11/20/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Kino on Video presents
Himalaya (2000)

"No land without a leader."
- Tinle (Thilen Lhondup)

Review By: Rich Rosell  
Published: February 11, 2002

Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap
Other Stars: Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Karma Wangel, Karma Tensing
Director: Eric Valli

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (some intense sequences during a snowstorm)
Run Time: 01h:43m:37s
Release Date: March 05, 2002
UPC: 738329023522
Genre: foreign


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A A-AA- A-

DVD Review

In the remote corner of Nepal, high in the treacherous Himalaya, is the isolated Dolpo region, where the inhabitants lead an extremely difficult, and at the same time, simple life. The core of their existence is based on the trading of lake salt for grain, which involves leading a dangerous yak caravan across the Himalaya range. In Eric Valli's Himalaya, we are treated to what almost becomes a documentary at times, as a film that tracks not only the journey, but the fierce struggle that arises between the crusty Tinle (Thilen Lhondup), who is the village chief, and a young caravanner named Karma (Gurgon Kyap).When Lhapka, the chief's son, is killed during an expedition, Tinle instantly blames Karma, who served as assistant to the dead man. With the death of Tinle's oldest son now leaving an opening for the chief's successor, a subtle power struggle arises over who will take over as the village leader. Tinle recommends that Lhapka's seven-year-old son Tsering (Karma Wangiel) become the next chief, while part of the villagers recommend the headstrong Karma as the most fitting candidate. With the critical seasonal trek to exchange salt for grain imminent, and a deadly snowstorm brewing, Karma and Tinle decide to lead separate yak caravans across the Himalaya, each seeking to prove their worth to the Dolpo-pa. While Karma group is made up of most of the young village men, Tinle's ragtag troupe includes Tsering and his mother Pema (Lhakpa Tsamchoe).While the story is rather straight forward, Valli's film is simply amazing to look at. The scenery is stark and lush at the same time, with gorgeous mountain vistas giving way to barren, rock-filled valleys as Karma and Tinle lead their respective caravans. Filmed on location, without the benefit of any convenient soundstages or green-screen shots, there is a natural feel that could never have been as intricately recreated in a studio. The Dolpo village is real, not a set, and most of the actors were selected by Valli from the local populace, and give Himalaya genuine realism. To call this a breathtaking film might sound trite and sensationalistic, but it's true.Himalaya is driven by a solid cast of literal unknown Tibetans, except for Lhakpa Tsamchoe, who appeared, appropriately, in Seven Years In Tibet. The natural acting ability of Valli's cast is impressive enough to make me wonder if a group of legitimate actors could have done it any better, with Thilen Lhondup's wise and cantankerous Tinle dominating the film. He has terrifically weathered features, and his portrayal of the well-meaning village chief is handled strongly.There is subplot about Tinle's strained relationship with his other son Norbou (Karma Tensing), who is a lama living at a distant monastery. Their interaction, and disagreements, play naturally and reveal much about the core beliefs of the Dolpo-pa. When Norbou is coerced into joining the salt caravan, he develops a close relationship with Tsering that leads to a great scene where he describes a tree to the young boy, who has never seen one, as the pair sit on a rocky outcropping, huddled against the cold, with the incredible vastness of the Himalaya all around them.Some of the dramatic elements of the script seem a bit rushed near the climax, but Valli has created such a visually appealing film that it matters little.

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio2.35:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: Kino's beautiful 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is literally without flaw. Colors are deep and vivid, with the vast and rugged Himalayan scenery captured with very sharp detail. There is a lot of natural beauty in Valli's film, and this disc does not downplay that at all. From the brilliant blues of a lake, to the crisp white of a raging snowstorm, there is not really anything to find fault with here.Overall presentation is excellent.

Image Transfer Grade: A

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
Tibetanno


Audio Transfer Review: Himalaya features a subtle 5.1 Dolby Digital track, presented in Tibetan with English subtitles. Rear channels are used effectively for ambient sound, such as birds, wind and background voices, and it creates a very enjoyable sound field. Nice use of directional imaging, as ringing yak bells pass across the fronts, notably during the dramatic caravan across the lake trail. The original score by Bruno Coulais, full of percussive Tibetan rhythms, sounds very clean and full.Engaging without being distracting.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 16 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English
1 Original Trailer(s)
1 Documentaries
1 Feature/Episode commentary by Eric Valli, Debra Kellner
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Electronic Press Kit
Extras Review: The story of the production of Himalaya is almost as fascinating as the film itself, and Kino has issued this disc with a respectable selection of extras.CommentaryA full-length scene-specific track from director Eric Valli and fellow crew member Debra Kellner provides a wealth of background information on the film's staggeringly impressive production, including Valli's connection with the region, which began with his first visit in 1981 when he was one of the first ten or fifteen foreigners to ever set foot there. Valli's thick French accent, combined with his rather soft voice, make it sometimes difficult to decipher his comments, but there is a lot of solid information here about what he refers to as a "spiritual and technical adventure."Himalaya: The Making Of (27m:06s)A nicely done behind-the-scenes piece, narrated by Debra Kellner, traces how the film's scheduled 79 day shoot progressed to a nine month odyssey that ended just 48 hours before the beginning of monsoon season. From the lugging of 10,000 lbs of equipment and food across the Himalayas, where any mistake could be fatal, to explaining the difficult concept of movies to a remote people who have never been in a theater, let alone ever seen a film. This story of "a film about life with non-actors" could easily have run another hour, as far as I'm concerned.Electronic Press KitA series of five quickie segments of the EPK variety, featuring a combination of behind-the-scenes and final footage, relevant to a specific sequence in the film. The segments are:TV Promo Trailer (01m:35s)Yaks On A Cliff (01m:22s)Karma Leads A Caravan (01m:28s)Tinle And Norbou (01m:01)Karma Wangel On The Set (01m:16s)The disc also features easy to read English subtitles, a theatrical trailer and 16 full-motion chapters.

Extras Grade: A-

 

Final Comments

This is a beautiful looking film, made all the more dramatically pleasing by the harsh location shooting. Part adventure, part love story, Valli's Himalaya provides a memorable glimpse at a distant part of the world, where life is hard and the people are sturdy.Highly recommended.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store