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Spartacus is a film near and dear to my heart. I know it well, having first seen it theatrically, in 70mm, in 1960.

When it was re-issued in 1967 it had been shorn (much like Lawrence) of much of the material that held the film together, inclusive of the original ending.

Photographed in 35/8 Technirama, by Russell Metty, who won the Academy Award, it received a digital restoration several years ago by the team at Universal, but was only seen in HD by the home theater audience.

That has now been remedied by the studio's new 4k release, and the results of all the digital work are permitted to shine.

An exquisite 4k, perfectly stable, with gorgeous color, wonderful high (and low) lights, great shadow detail, and perfectly a reproduced grain structure.

Audio is now offered in DTS-X, and it fills the room, as it should.

I'm a happy camper.

Well, almost.

I had a tiny problem making an initial incision into the outer wrapping protecting the Best Buy steel case, but it did protect the case from bumps and scratches nicely.

I'm sure the packaging would please Mr. Kubrick no end.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-X)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely!

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
 
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I think I'm one of the few on this forum that has not seen the film and i am a big fan of Kubrick and Kirk Douglas. Our local library's are adding 4K movies to their collections so i should check it out or the regular Blu-ray.
 
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Understandable of course - but daresay Mr. Harris is much too modest in not noting his own incredible efforts restoring "Spartacus" to its full length in 1991. I had the great experience of seeing this - - like "Lawrence" and later "Vertigo" (two others of Mr. Harris' greatly appreciated restoration efforts) - at the wonderful Ziegfeld (R.I.P.) in NYC.
 

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I think I'm one of the few on this forum that has not seen the film and i am a big fan of Kubrick and Kirk Douglas. Our local library's are adding 4K movies to their collections so i should check it out or the regular Blu-ray.
I think R. Harris answered your question above. The 4K is a big time upgrade from the blu ray.
 

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I had been considering grabbing this on iTunes since I already have a handful of discs of this movie but it’s not likely to have Atmos and will not have DTS-X so I’m hoping to grab the 4K disc on sale at some point.
 

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The 2015 Blu-ray came with a digital code that redeemed at iTunes which means I should get a free 4K upgrade, however I fear that like Blues Brothers, this may be another Universal release where the digital 4K version is indefinitely delayed. :(
 

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Spartacus is a film near and dear to my heart. I know it well, having first seen it theatrically, in 70mm, in 1960.

When it was re-issued in 1967 it had been shorn (much like Lawrence) of much of the material that held the film together, inclusive of the original ending.

Photographed in 35/8 Technirama, by Russell Metty, who won the Academy Award, it received a digital restoration several years ago by the team at Universal, but was only seen in HD by the home theater audience.

That has now been remedied by the studio's new 4k release, and the results of all the digital work are permitted shine.

An exquisite 4k, perfectly stable, with gorgeous color, wonderful high (and low) lights, great shadow detail, and perfectly a reproduced grain structure.

Audio is now offered in DTS-X, and it fills the room, as it should.

I'm a happy camper.

Well, almost.

I had a tiny problem making an initial incision into the outer wrapping protecting the Best Buy steel case, but it did protect the case from bumps and scratches nicely.

I'm sure the packaging would please Mr. Kubrick no end.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-X)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely!

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
Yup, I'm a happy camper too as I just got done watching my 4K disc. It looked beautiful!
 

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Spartacus is a film near and dear to my heart. I know it well, having first seen it theatrically, in 70mm, in 1960.

When it was re-issued in 1967 it had been shorn (much like Lawrence) of much of the material that held the film together, inclusive of the original ending.

Photographed in 35/8 Technirama, by Russell Metty, who won the Academy Award, it received a digital restoration several years ago by the team at Universal, but was only seen in HD by the home theater audience.

That has now been remedied by the studio's new 4k release, and the results of all the digital work are permitted shine.

An exquisite 4k, perfectly stable, with gorgeous color, wonderful high (and low) lights, great shadow detail, and perfectly a reproduced grain structure.

Audio is now offered in DTS-X, and it fills the room, as it should.

I'm a happy camper.

Well, almost.

I had a tiny problem making an initial incision into the outer wrapping protecting the Best Buy steel case, but it did protect the case from bumps and scratches nicely.

I'm sure the packaging would please Mr. Kubrick no end.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-X)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely!

Very Highly Recommended

RAH

FORGIVE ME IN ADVANCE- watching the film for the first time- is there SUPPOSED to be (what looks to be) an accidental editing skip at 10min13sec.....? Video right below.
 
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I knew what you were talking about just by the timecode. This is normal and has been a part of every print and home video release I've seen since 1991. I'm sure Mr. Harris can explain why.
 
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My congratulations to Robert A. Harris.

And kudos to Universal, as well.
Bravo.:cheers:
 
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