Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the questions we receive most frequently about Satyajit
Ray and our archive. If your question isn't answered by this page, please
feel free to contact us.
- Are the DVDs and videos in your collection available for purchase?
We are participating in the effort to restore Ray's films in 35mm, but
we do not have any rights to sell DVDs or videos. Our project is
exclusively for educational purposes. Please visit your
local video stores or try the Internet. Currently, Sony Pictures has
released the Apu Trilogy on DVD and nine Ray films on VHS. These are
available in most video stores and online shops. All of these releases
- Where can I buy Ray's films on DVD, VCD, or VHS?
Sony Pictures has released the Apu Trilogy on DVD and nine Ray films
on VHS. These are available in most video stores and online shops. As
for the other Ray films, you may be able to buy DVD, Video CD (VCD), and
VHS copies of some films in India - sometimes with English subtitles.
We cannot recommend any particular videos or vendors besides the legal, licensed copies listed below.
Here are a few links to information about available DVDs and videocasettes:
- When will more of Ray's films be released on DVD?
This is really up to the producers and owners of distribution rights
for Ray's many films. We do not have any rights to sell DVDs and videos. Our project is
exclusively for educational purposes.
- I am a student or professor. Can you help me find DVDs or videos of
Ray films for educational and research purposes?
Yes. You can visit our archive at UC Santa Cruz at any time to view
our collection. (We can probably have a special arrangement with you if we are able to verify your affiliation with a university or other academic institution.) Please contact us
for more information or to set up an appointment to visit the archive.
- How can I gain admission to your film institute?
We are not a film studies or film production program. Our archive is dedicated to the study
of Ray's films, writings, music and art. If you are interested in the UCSC Film program,
please visit their website at film.ucsc.edu.
We cannot answer questions about admissions or questions about the UCSC Film program.
- Why can't I see the pictures in your Stills and Images database?
The database is currently text-only and represents an inventory of photographs
and stills in our collection. We are in the process of digitizing them and
investigating copyright concerns. We will add thumbnail images to the database
as soon as it is possible.