A few words about…™ – Serpico — in 4k UHD

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[FONT=times new roman][SIZE=5]Sidney Lumet’s Serpico (1973) is one of the best police dramas of not only that era, but any era. Photographed on location by Arthur Ornitz (Death Wish), and with a score by Mikis Theodorakis (I’ve always loved his score for The Day the Fish Came Out), Serpico may be the quintessential good cop vs the system film – and Al Pacino shines.

Viewing the opening of this Paramount created, Kino released 4k UHD product, my initial thought was that here’s another 4k release that has no need to be 4k.

But then we move to daylight in Serpico and slower film stock, and the grain normalizes and there actually is a benefit. Not huge, but it’s there, and DV helps.[/SIZE][/FONT]

[SIZE=5][FONT=times new roman]Screenplay from Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy) and Norman Wexler couldn’t be better.[/FONT][/SIZE]

[FONT=times new roman][SIZE=5]This one is simple. Just grab a copy.

Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 5 (DTS HD-MA 2.0)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 4

Worth your attention – 10

Upgrade from Blu-ray – Yes

Serpico is Very Highly Recommended

RAH

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Robert has been known in the film industry for his unmatched skill and passion in film preservation. Growing up around photography, his first home theater experience began at age ten with 16mm. Years later he was running 35 and 70mm at home.

His restoration projects have breathed new life into classic films like Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, My Fair Lady, Spartacus, and The Godfather series. Beyond his restoration work, he has also shared his expertise through publications, contributing to the academic discourse on film restoration. The Academy Film Archive houses the Robert A. Harris Collection, a testament to his significant contributions to film preservation.

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sbjork

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Thank you for your review as I haven't watched my 4K disc yet, but will try to do so in the near future.
I haven't ordered this yet, but I do need to add it to my growing pile of Kino Lorber 4K discs that I never seem to get around to watching. It's up to well over a dozen now.

I need a vacation.
 

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Thank you for your review as I haven't watched my 4K disc yet, but will try to do so in the near future.
Sidney Lumet's films at their best don't even feel like they are being directed. They just seem to unfold before your eyes. It's not naturalism per se but such great natural energy and rhythm to his pacing and performances. And a gifted eye for locations and light.
 

Robert Harris

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Sidney Lumet's films at their best don't even feel like they are being directed. They just seem to unfold before your eyes. It's not naturalism per se but such great natural energy and rhythm to his pacing and performances. And a gifted eye for locations and light.
The Verdict
 

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I have posted this in other threads- a shame that Sidney never did win an Oscar for one of his films, and he directed some great ones (Network- 👍👍).
 
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