Mr. DeMille’s 1952, 152 minute circus extravaganza, The Greatest Show on Earth finally arrives from Paramount, as one of the hold-out Best Pictures to hit Blu-ray as spine number 16.
It just doesn’t stand that “test of time” everyone talks about.
Derived from a scan of the original negative(s), it looks just fine, Brad.
Peopled with actual circus performers, with a handful of SAG players thrown in for good measure, it comes of as being what it was back in 1952, a quasi-professional production, directed with all the verve that Cecil DeMille could throw at it.
As noted, people have been requesting this one for ages, and now they have it…
Fans of the circus should love it. I’m one of those who can still not figure out how it won Best Picture.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
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