September 25, 2009

Taare Zameen Par — a new date and a new title

It is official: Taare Zameen Par — Aamir Khan's directorial debut about a eight–year–old boy with learning disabilities and a vivid imagination — will street on Walt Disney Home Entertainment (Region 1 NTSC for the States and Canada) on October 13th on January 12th, 2010 (according to Amazon.com).

As expected, it has gotten a new English title: Like Stars on Earth. (Whether that decision sits well with Bollywood fans here in the States will be an open question.) The packaging, adapted from the original T–Series release, does show the original title in smaller type — and small–cap letters.

Also as suspected, there will be an English dub along with the original Hindi soundtrack.

What wasn't expected, however, is how much of the T–Series three–disc package will be included in Disney's Region 1 release, also to contain three discs: Mr. Khan's running commentary, the panel discussion about children with special needs, deleted scenes (with commentary explaining their deletion), a music CD (of the score, as with the T–Series box, a reprint of their song CD widely available, or&hellip?), and two postcards. (No flip–book, as in the original T–Series box?)

I will wait for this one to arrive on October 13th; Amazon.com is already taking pre–orders.

But the T–Series box stays in my collection. Just because. Take it in the proper spirit.

[UPDATE 2009.11.18: Just now got the new release date, which has been pushed back past Christmas as noted above. Guess the House of Mouse has too much on its plate right now.]

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