In short The Hallelujah Trail is a huge production, released in 1965 in Ultra Panavision 70 – 2.76. Originally 165 minutes. The new Blu-ray is derived from a 35mm scope IP at 2.35, and is the shortened 156 minute version, inclusive of music.
There was an earlier release in 2018 by Olive, which was close to VHS quality, so I presume readers would like to know if the Kino is any better or the same transfer.
Not a simple answer, as it may be based upon the same transfer, but all similarities end there.
Kino’s new release is a high quality affair with audio in 5.1 as opposed to 2.0 stereo, and the data throughput is a “bit” higher.
I spot-checked one section of the Olive which was running at around 9-10,
vs the Kino which constantly runs in the mid-20s.
Bottom line, the difference is night and day. I believe most viewers will be thrilled with Kino’s new effort.
Image – 4
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from earlier Blu-ray – No contest!
Works up-rezzed to 4k – Yes
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