For those who may have not been around when it ran theatrically, it’s a brilliant film that beautifully stands the test of time.
With an image capture from the original negative, and a new track adapted to stereo and Dolby Atmos (there’s also a mono track), it’s a wonderful representation of mid-20th century filmmaking, seen in the highest quality for modern home theater presentation.
There’s an age-old question here. Repeated for generations since the time of the Bible.
How well do older films translate to 4k UHD (with or without HDR), and is it necessary?
My personal feeling is that for most people, it isn’t.
But for cinephiles who seek the last bit of pictorial resolution, even whilst seated at a normal distance from a screen, especially via projection, there’s definitely a positive attribute even if visceral, but it’s there, and I applaud it.
For those not into projected images, a new Blu-ray based upon the same master would absolutely suffice.
One of the problems of frame grabs that we see on some sites compare a new 4k vs an older Blu-ray, which tells us nothing. The important point here, is that one must compare vs a new Blu-ray from the same master.
Picture – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Plays nicely with projectors – Yes
Makes use of and works well in 4k – 3.5
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