There have been remakes of films since the time of the Bible.

Most of them, less interesting, and certainly less inventive than the originals which they hope to supplant or update.

When Philip Kaufman, one of my personal favorite filmmakers in the known universe, decided to take on an uber-classic horror film, Don Siegel’s 1956 low-budget Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it must have been acknowledged that it was a go all-out or don’t bother moment.

And Mr. Kaufman went all-out.

And created a film every bit as good as the original, and with the help of DP Michael Chapman, better in many regards.

See Janet Maslin’s comments to that regard here:

Kino’s new 4k UHD release is gorgeous in every respect. And while it brings up yet another topic discussed since those biblical times – whether normal 35mm films, using only part of the frame for projection – especially more than a dozen years old – are worth bringing to 4k – the differences here are easily noted in many shots.

Thank Mr. Chapman.

Color, densities, grain structure, black levels are meticulously rendered.

As to bringing other 35mm films to I’ll make mention of one that could use the upgrade – Mr. Kaufman’s brilliant 1983 The Right Stuff, which I had the pleasure of screening in 70mm at the Plitt early in 1984. Brilliant imagery, incomparable sound. But that would be WB.

For those with the time to appreciate extras, Kino’s disc is overflowing.

The film is also overflowing with wondeful bits.

Look for Don Siegel, Kevin McCarthy, Tom Luddy, Michael Chapman, Robert Duvall and Philip Kaufman.

Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 5 (stereo)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 4

Highly Recommended

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Aug 1, 2020
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I'd crawl over a field of broken glass for a UHD of The Right Stuff. In lieu of that opportunity, however, I'll definitely be picking up this one!