Posted August 13 2014 - 06:40 PM
Well this is reviving an old topic, but just had to write something. I finally broke down and bought the Blu-ray of KHARTOUM. Wow! Does it look great. The detail and sharpness is amazing (and sharpness is not the strength of my plasma) and the colour is great - especially the reds that jump out at you. The sound is also a big step up from the DVD.Is it a great film...no. Is it a good film...yes. I would even call it very good. I would certainly recommend it. A large scale epic where there are real people and no CGI. There is a little bit of process photography, but, by and far, most of it is done on location. The Egyptian locations look great!Olivier takes a little getting used to and the number of people performing in "black face" takes a LARGE grain of salt, but those were the times. I think the last movie I saw something like that in (that I remember) is PASSAGE TO INDIA where Alec Guiness played an Indian. Kind of made you want to cringe.Of course Heston's British accent is...well let's just say Professor Henry Higgins would not be pleased. But he certainly has that heroic sort of stature to fit the part. In the 60's,I agree, it was a bit of a cliché that he was in so many of these films, but think about it. How many actors today could do it?Anyway, having watched most of it and the first 20 minutes for a second time already tonight just had to spout off a bit about the excellent work done to bring this to Blu-ray.P.S. Couldn't help but think...this is what MY FAIR LADY should look like.