Time spent: 48092 hours
Release Details Title: The Buddha of Suburbia
Release Date: 05/27/2008
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Retail Price: $29.98
Cast: Naveen Andrews, David Bamber, Brenda Blethyn, Janet Dale, Susan Fleetwood
Running Time: 238
DVD Video Options: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled
DVD Audio Options: English, Subtitled; English, Original Language
UPC Code: 883929014323
Before Velvet Goldmine, there was Buddha of Suburbia. The coming of age story of Karim, an assimilated Indian in London during the swinging seventies. Winner of seven international film awards. Soundtrack by David Bowie.
The Buddha of Suburbia
By Ed Grant -- Video Business, 5/5/2008BBC/WARNER
Street: May 27
> British miniseries boasts a Lost star and a score by David Bowie.
The politics and pop culture of '70s England supply the backdrop for this well-acted 1993 BBC miniseries, written by Hanif Kureishi (Venus, My Beautiful Laundrette). Naveen Andrews (TV's Lost) stars as a young man of East Indian descent who moves through the worlds of theater, political activism and rock music while coping with the romantic entanglements of his family and friends. The series starts off at a razor-sharp level but loses its edge by the midpoint, during which the sex and romance trump the politics and social satire.
Shelf Talk: BBC America is releasing Buddha with three other titles with gay content (including the musical Stonewall) to commemorate Gay & Lesbian Pride Month in June. Buddha should be shelved in the gay interest section, but two other elements also will draw attention: Andrews' popularity as "Sayid" on Lost and the film's original score by David Bowie. The soundtrack features vintage hits by Bowie, T. Rex, Pink Floyd and the Pretenders.Drama, color, NR (mature themes, sexual situations, nudity, drug use, language), 212 min., DVD $29.98
Extras: director/writer's commentary, David Bowie music video
Director: Roger Michell
First Run: British TV, 1993