I am also in the market for a player that will play 4k UHD movies and SACD audio discs. I was looking at the Sony 700 and 800 model lines, but the interwebs are rife with articles and videos documenting that these players freeze when playing 4k discs. They also freeze up during streaming...
I find that the added footage in the scene where the Alamo defenders discuss their belief or non-belief in god is much more balanced in the extended version than in the cut version, which basically endorses the Xian point of view.
Considering that the whole “Jews were enslaved in Egypt and built the pyramids as slaves” is an outright myth (ask any Egyptologist/Archeologist), I don’t know if outrage over not casting Jews as the thousands of extras is an issue. I mean, the guy playing Moses wasn’t a Jew. 🤔😱
BTW - I noticed...
I watched the new Criterion version last night. I greatly prefer it to the 2013 BluRay. Yes, I like the grain. The whole picture is clear, clean and natural to my way of looking, and the mono ST is fine. Worth the $30.
I’ve got this on preorder. Hoping it’s an improvement over the BluRay (which I reviewed unfavorably upon its 2013 release (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/review/B000IZ0WQ4/R1QJS65U7ZXESI/ref=cm_cr_dp_mb_rvw_3?ie=UTF8&cursor=3)
Yes. I mentioned it as some earlier posts in this thread remarked that doing a good, cleaned-up UHD version can often mean an improvement in the standard BluRay version.
That certainly is not the case here. Same-old, same-old.
I took a look at the colorized BluRay - the last 9 minutes of the film (starting when George returns to the bridge) are still disfigured by a scratch running down the right side of the image. This scratch has been removed in the 4k version.