Her name was Christie – Dame Agatha to many – and her tomes have been brought to the great silver screen again and again. Some productions not so great, others something special.
This is one of the special ones.
Directed (and produced) by one Kenneth Branagh, who happens to be one of my favorite filmmakers, regardless of what hat he’s wearing.
Here, he both directs and stars, along with a selection of wonderful other thespians, many of whom you may recognize from other works.
Here’s the interesting thing, especially as Fox (Disney) is releasing this in 4k.
It wasn’t shot digitally. It was photographed on something called fillum, on a size a bit larger than the norm. Specifically, it’s called 65mm. Why the prints are 70mm I’ve never been able to figure out, but they are.
In this situation, the post was completed as a 4k DCP, which means that this is going to look pretty good in comparisons to some films shot at lesser resolutions.
I saw Death on the Nile on a large screen back in February, in 4k, and with Dolby Atmos, and I was amazed by the quality of the sound and imagery.
And one other thing.
It’s a terrific film. Great story, with wonderful acting and a top cinematographer, Harris Zambarloukos, who knows his way around large format. He also shot Murder on the Orient Express way back in 2017, as well as some other Branagh projects…
Belfast, Artemis Fowl, Cinderella, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (did you know Branagh did that one?), as well as Thor and Sleuth. He was second unit on a film called Batman Begins.
In any case, this is a gorgeous piece of entertainment, and the new 4k magnificently renders it to 4k UHD, so that you can run it privately and unmasked, in your own home. Highly resolved, wonderful color, black blacks.
The track, which is Dolby Atmos, is full, crisp, and encompassing.
A great production, now on 4k.
And for those who like Marvel films, it’s got Gal Godot, who was once in one, in a major role. Fans of French and Saunders can have a good time too.
Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Plays nicely with projectors – Yes
Makes use of and works well in 4k – 5
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