Sabu! [1937-42] [Criterion] (DVD)

Robert Flaherty and Zoltán Korda

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Synopsis

3-Disc Set. Eclipse Series 30.

 

 

In the thirties and forties, the young Indian actor known as Sabu (born Selar Shaik) captured the hearts of moviegoers in Britain and the United States as a completely new kind of big-screen icon. Sabu was a maharaja’s elephant driver when he was cast in Elephant Boy, a Rudyard Kipling adaptation directed by documentary trailblazer Robert Flaherty and Zoltán Korda that would prove to be enormously popular. Sabu went on to headline a series of fantasies and adventures for the British film titans the Korda brothers, transcending the exoticism projected onto him by commanding the screen with effortless grace and humor. This series collects three of those lavish productions (which also included the classic The Thief of Bagdad): Elephant Boy, the colonialist adventure The Drum, and the timeless Jungle Book.

 

Elephant Boy:Elephant Boy served as the breakthrough showcase for the thirteen-year-old Sabu, whose beaming performance as a young mahout leading the British on an expedition made him a major international star.

 

The Drum: Zoltán Korda’s charged adaptation of a novel by The Four Feathers author A. E. W. Mason features Sabu in his second film role, as the teenage Prince Azim, forced into hiding when his father, the ruler of a peaceful kingdom in northwest India, is assassinated by his own ruthless brother.

 

Jungle Book: This Korda brothers film is the definitive version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic collection of fables, starring Sabu as Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves, who can communicate with all the beasts of the jungle.

Product Details

  • Starring: Sabu, Valerie Hobson, Roger Livesey, W. E. Holloway, Walter Hudd, Allan Jeayes, Raymond Massey, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 30
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