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In this India-set Canadian drama, two disparate wives related by marriage and united at first by the oppressiveness of Indian tradition that relegates them to miserable unions, find solace and love in each other's arms. The film opens as an unhappy young couple, Jatin and Sita, fumble through a conversation. Neither wanted to marry each other, but as it was arranged by Jatin's family, they had no choice. Marriage does not stop Jatin, who owns a video store, from continuing his long-time love affair with a Chinese hairdresser. Caring nothing for Sita, he doesn't even try to hide the affair. Jatin's brother Ashok (who forced Jatin's marriage) is married to Radha. Deeply frustrated at her inability to conceive, he has joined a radical cult that forbids all sexual contact. Ashok and Jatin's demanding mother doesn't help matters nor does the family's twisted servant Mundu.

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Fire has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English (while much of the cast is from India, director Deepa Mehta is Canadian), with no multiple language options. Bonus materials include notes from director Mehta, cast biographies and filmographies, a short documentary on the controversy which led to the film being banned in India, links to related internet websites, and the film's original trailer.

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NYFV65300 Fire DVD (1996/Deepa Mehta) $59.99