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As an M-G-M UK production, Ivanhoe was given to Freddie Young as DP.

And it shows.

Derived from the original negatives, Warner Archive has given us yet another meticulously prepared Blu-ray, appearing akin to a Technicolor dye transfer print – but with slightly increased resolution.

Produced in 1951, and premiering in the summer of 1952, with a wide release in early 1953, the new Blu-ray is never less than astounding.

Color, densities, resolution, grain structure, black levels are also beautifully rendered. And while heralding yet another perfect Technicolor-based release from Warner Archive may seem redundant, I heard royal trumpets blaring as this imagery hit my screen.

Directed by Richard Thorpe, with a score by Miklos Rozsa, the film offers a decent cast of M-G-M players – Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, along with some British stalwarts (who never emigrated) – Emlyn Williams, Felix Aylmer, the great Finlay Currie, and Sebastian Cabot, who did make the voyage.

Another Technicolor necessity.

And another factoid re Mr. Young – he shot the first Cinemascope M-G-M UK production in 1953 – Knights of the Round Table.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH
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So looking forward to this one! There were so many requests over and over the years of "Where is Ivanhoe on blu ray?" Such impatience! I knew it would be coming eventually and I just knew it would look drop dead gorgeous!
When an Edition is made with real commitment it shows!! I can't wait to see this one!! It definatly is one my BRD Hitlist!!! Thanks!!
 

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In the last few years it seems like the picture quality of Warner Archive blu-rays from three-strip Technicolor negatives has gone from really good to great. For instance, RAH gave a pq score in 2016 of 4.5 for She Wore a Yellow a Yellow Ribbon, and in 2015 a pq score 4.25 for Dodge City. My eyes agree with these ratings—really good, but not quite great....



But for the last few years the 3-strip Technicolor releases from Warner Archive have been jaw dropping. It seems like their process for these films has somehow had a significant upgrade. I think there must be a lot of care, artistry, and technological wizardry going on behind the scenes.
 
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In the last few years it seems like the picture quality of Warner Archive blu-rays from three-strip Technicolor negatives has gone from really good to great. For instance, RAH gave a pq score in 2016 of 4.5 for She Wore a Yellow a Yellow Ribbon, and in 2015 a pq score 4.25 for Dodge City. My eyes agree with these ratings—really good, but not quite great....



But for the last few years the 3-strip Technicolor releases from Warner Archive have been jaw dropping. It seems like their process for these films has somehow had a significant upgrade. I think there must be a lot of care, artistry, and technological wizardry going on behind the scenes.
The major difference is that, where possible, MPI, the studio's crack digital facility, is scanning original negatives as opposed to IPs.
 

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The major difference is that, where possible, MPI, the studio's crack digital facility, is scanning original negatives as opposed to IPs.
Mr. Harris you have us all crossing the days off the calendar till we get to the 14th! And I hope even more my e-mail to WHV about Northwest Passage might pay off! Thank you for that great review. Do you know if Warners has the OCN on Three Little Words? Or was that lost in the Eastman fire? With Astaire, Vera Ellen, Red Skelton and the recently deceased Arlene Dahl should make that a Blu Ray down the line.
 

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Can't wait for this one. One of the top WAC releases of the year for me. I believe this movie may be the one the made me a fan of Robert Taylor when I started collecting movies on VHS and Laserdisc in the mid 80's.
 

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Can't wait for this one. One of the top WAC releases of the year for me. I believe this movie may be the one the made me a fan of Robert Taylor when I started collecting movies on VHS and Laserdisc in the mid 80's.
As I said on another thread SO wish Warner Archive would post a restoration clip like they were doing on YOUTUBE!
 

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One week to go! I'm planning to watch this to kick off my Christmas vacation. I'm pleased to hear that it's looking so good, but since it's coming from WAC I took for granted that it would. :)
 

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Glad RAH mentioned "Knights of the Round Table" which was also
beautifully shot by Freddie Young. As the first MGM Cinemascope offering it should be available in the best possible image and sound, as has been done with "The Robe" which was Fox's Cinemascope kick off. Plus we have a fantastic score by Miklos Rozsa, this time in stereo, which sounds great on the DVD but would be even better on a blu ray. I saw it on a big screen when it first came out and again at LACMA about 20 years ago and it has an impact in large format that was lost when chopped to 4.3 for old TV showings. Now that we have gone wide from that at home lets go WA. "The lists are open, who will tumble in the first?"