Does It Really Take 3D To Make A Great Film Better?

It might not be better, but at least its heading back to cinemas. But this is Bollywood. reports that there is no film that has more deeply ingrained itself into the Indian collective consciousness as Ramesh Sippy’s epic Eastern Western, Sholay. Initially a critical and box office failure, the film quickly became the all-time highest grossing film in Indian history thanks almost entirely to word of mouth publicity in 1975. Since then, the film has become a cultural cornerstone, one of those films that everyone can quote from front to back, a film that is referenced in hundreds of other films over the past forty years.

While the film and its cast are revered and have turned from characters on screen to folk heroes, its fate in terms of the physical elements has been less that optimal. For years the film has been available on shoddy full screen DVDs that fail to capture the film’s immense scope properly. For years, film archivists have been crying out to restore this, the greatest of Bollywood’s blockbusters, to preserve it for future generations. It seems strange that it would take a 3D re-release to make the money men see the value in this preservation, but I’ll take what I can get.

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