While the liner notes seem to make something special about the fact that The Last Command was derived from a new 4k scan of the original Trucolor negative, we’ll not spend a great of time on that one.
While Trucolor in the late 1940s was a two-color process, by 1953 it was boring old 5248 Eastman Color tri-pak.
Move along. Nothing to see here.
What’s nice, however, is that we do have a new scan, presumably courtesy of Paramount, as part of their overall preservation program.
And since the film is early (as opposed to late) Eastman, the color is quite nice. Film grain, shadow detail, overall resolution, and stability are all up to very pleasing levels.
As a film, it’s one of the best to cover the events of The Alamo and with a superb cast – Sterling Hayden, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Richard Carlson, Arthur Hunnicutt, Ernest Borgnine, J. Carrol Naish, Virginia Grey, Otto Kurger, Slim Pickens, John Russell…
You get the idea.
It’s a quality Republic production.
Image – 4.75
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
It's a quality Republic production.