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    Amitabh Bachchan's Don Coming To Netflix 12/31/19

    I sometimes feel like I'm talking to myself when it comes to Bollywood films, and I know not everyone can get into them. I get it.

    That said, Don is coming to Netflix on 12/31/19.

    I have a crappy old tape sourced DVD. There used to be a few Bollywood DVD stores in my neighborhood, right up until a couple of years ago. Anyway, they're all closed now. But I went into one of them years back and asked for Don on DVD. The guy handed me the remake. I said, no, I want the original one from the 70's. He told me it was a bad movie, but that he knew what I really wanted. At that point, he pulled back a secret wall at the back of the store where there was a load of Indian porno DVDs hidden away and he handed me a disc called 'Curry Cunts.' He said, 'I get guys like you coming in from time to time looking for stuff like that, it's okay.' I assume he meant white dudes wanting Indian porn. Anyway, Indian chicks are great and all but I wanted Don. Finally he told me, 'Oh, it's in the $5 bin up front.' And it was. and I bought it. And it's great.

    I've been marginally obsessed with it ever since. I even got the Record Store Day soundtrack on fancy limited yellow vinyl.

    So the fact that it's coming to Netflix reportedly from a recent restoration makes me happy. Not as happy as a proper Blu-ray because I am old (and because this won't be on Netflix forever), but happy enough for now.

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    Thanks to Josh Hurtado for bringing this to my attention.

    This shit is fucking rad. Check it out.

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    Absolutely awesome movie. Should be seen by everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willpak View Post
    Absolutely awesome movie. Should be seen by everyone.
    You speak the truth.
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    I’m concerned that this the trend for the old Bollywood films, target streaming platforms and neglect Blu Ray releases. I might as well throw out my cruddy looking DVD for Dil Se because a much superior (if marred by excessive DNR) print showed up on Netflix, but as far as I can tell there’s no equivalent Blu Ray release.

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    Streaming is definitely the way most Bollywood stuff, old or new, seems to be heading. Hold onto that cruddy DVD, it won't be on Netflix forever.

    And this is my concern with Don. I'd be more than happy to pay decent money for a proper Blu-ray. The restoration is done so the elements are there, but it doesn't appear to have happened. So far as I know you can't even buy an HD download of it, it's streaming only. Which is fine... until it isn't.
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    Are there any older Bollywood films on restored blu rays? Even Sholay of all things only exists on an old full frame dvd, one I purchased in a very similar store to what you mentioned Ian. Sadly it too closed down two years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    There used to be a few Bollywood DVD stores in my neighborhood, right up until a couple of years ago. Anyway, they're all closed now. But I went into one of them years back and asked for Don on DVD. The guy handed me the remake. I said, no, I want the original one from the 70's. He told me it was a bad movie, but that he knew what I really wanted. At that point, he pulled back a secret wall at the back of the store where there was a load of Indian porno DVDs hidden away and he handed me a disc called 'Curry Cunts.' He said, 'I get guys like you coming in from time to time looking for stuff like that, it's okay.' I assume he meant white dudes wanting Indian porn. Anyway, Indian chicks are great and all but I wanted Don. Finally he told me, 'Oh, it's in the $5 bin up front.' And it was. and I bought it. And it's great.
    Ha, there used to be a bunch of cool Bollywood DVD stores that I would frequent in Artesia, CA. Also one store with a bunch of "pop posters" of then-current Bollywood stars. I remember asking the clerk if she knew if it was possible to get posters of 60s/70s Indian actors and she shot me a withering glance. Similar to when a video store lady was trying to recommend current Bollywood DVDs and I kept trying to explain, "No, the old shit." And she had plenty of old movies, but her annoyance was palpable.

    Edit: I just realized that I am annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Wazoo View Post
    Are there any older Bollywood films on restored blu rays? Even Sholay of all things only exists on an old full frame dvd, one I purchased in a very similar store to what you mentioned Ian. Sadly it too closed down two years ago.
    The Indian site Induna lists between 300 and 400 Blu Rays, with only a handful from the 70s and 80s. Most of these are the sort of straight romantic melodramas unlikely to get the blood running. The ones I would be most interested in, Deewar and Amar, Akhbar and Anthony are listed as out of stock.

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    Yeah, unfortunately I can't think of a single vintage Bollywood titles on Blu-ray that I'd actually want to own. Guess I'll make due with the tape sourced DVDs!
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