The new release appears to be derived from the same restorative efforts performed c. 2008, and while 4k does add some extra resolution, those who already own the earlier Blu-ray, which is a high quality affair, may want to think twice before upgrading, unless they have a large screen.
The two variants appear the same in all areas. The single problem that I had with the Blu-ray was a lack of air in the blacks, and the 4k has precisely the same anomaly, with detail missing in virtually anything black. This does not come from HDR, which seems to have been used sparingly. The film plays nicely with projectors.
I’m also pleased to report that the matte lines are not a problem. Same as Blu.
No doubt about it. The film is historically important. Dialogue sequences still play akin to a filmed stage drama, but in the end, it’s great fun.
Audio is requisitely huge for the era.
I do have one small problem with the production, and hopefully HBO and on line streamers will attend to this when it makes its annual Easter appearance.
It should be noted that with tens of thousands of actors playing Jewish slaves, helping to build the Egyptian empire, the majority of the actors, well…
And that’s just wrong-headed.
I’m not suggesting that the film be removed from distribution, but it’s time to make amends.
As to the set itself – It’s three discs 1-4k, and the same two Blu-rays that appeared earlier. If the 1923 version could have been included, dropping the Blu-ray, and leaving the extras, this would have been a more intriguing release.
4k Image – 4.5
Audio – 5 (DTD-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – If you love the film, and have a large screen
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