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There once was a British novelist, who created some of the finest detective mysteries this side of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Her name was Christie - Dame Agatha to many - and her tomes have been brought to the great silver screen again and again. Some productions not so great, others something special.

This is one of the special ones.

Directed (and produced) by one Kenneth Branagh, who happens to be one of my favorite filmmakers, regardless of what hat he's wearing.

Here, he both directs and stars, along with a selection of wonderful other thespians, many of whom you may recognize from other works.

Here's the interesting thing, especially as Fox (Disney) is releasing this in 4k.

It wasn't shot digitally. It was photographed on something called fillum, on a size a bit larger than the norm. Specifically, it's called 65mm. Why the prints are 70mm I've never been able to figure out, but they are.

In this situation, the post was completed as a 4k DCP, which means that this is going to look pretty good in comparisons to some films shot at lesser resolutions.

I saw Death on the Nile on a large screen back in February, in 4k, and with Dolby Atmos, and I was amazed by the quality of the sound and imagery.

And one other thing.


It's a terrific film. Great story, with wonderful acting and a top cinematographer, Harris Zambarloukos, who knows his way around large format. He also shot Murder on the Orient Express way back in 2017, as well as some other Branagh projects...

Belfast, Artemis Fowl, Cinderella, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (did you know Branagh did that one?), as well as Thor and Sleuth. He was second unit on a film called Batman Begins.

In any case, this is a gorgeous piece of entertainment, and the new 4k magnificently renders it to 4k UHD, so that you can run it privately and unmasked, in your own home. Highly resolved, wonderful color, black blacks.

The track, which is Dolby Atmos, is full, crisp, and encompassing.

A great production, now on 4k.


And for those who like Marvel films, it's got Gal Godot, who was once in one, in a major role. Fans of French and Saunders can have a good time too.

Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k - 5

Highly Recommended

RAH
 

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OK, which nerd is going to correct him?

In any case, thanks for the head's up on the PQ/AQ for this. Was a bit disappointed in the Doyle score (after the job he did with Murder...) but I'm open to the film as a whole.
 

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OK, which nerd is going to correct him?

In any case, thanks for the head's up on the PQ/AQ for this. Was a bit disappointed in the Doyle score (after the job he did with Murder...) but I'm open to the film as a whole.

Won't be me.

Every RAH post feels like a 1st night in Shawshank replay
 

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It wasn't shot digitally. It was photographed on something called fillum, on a size a bit larger than the norm. Specifically, it's called 65mm. Why the prints are 70mm I've never been able to figure out, but they are.
From a 70 year old timer projectionist whos spent a lifetime screening 35mm and many 70mm Roadshow prints. 65mm prints were all blown up to 70mm, there were no 65mm projectors.

Most of the big Roadshow 70mm films were shot on 65mm film. They were released for exhibition and projected in 70mm in many of the top city theatres. 35mm prints were also made for the suburban and country cinemas as the installation of 70mm projectors and 6 track magnetic heads, speakers and new larger screen were very costly. All the 70mm projectors were dual 35/70mm and either had dual 35/70mm sprockets or they had to be changed out between screenings. Also the lenses had to be changed for that larget format.

Some of the 65mm famous films are:
  1. 1 The Hateful Eight (2015)
  2. 2 Hamlet (1996) ...
  3. 3 Patton (1970) ...
  4. 4 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) ...
  5. 5 Battle Of The Bulge (1965) ...
  6. 6 The Sound Of Music (1965) ...
  7. 7 Cleopatra (1963) ...
  8. 8 Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) ...
 

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It wasn't shot digitally. It was photographed on something called fillum, on a size a bit larger than the norm. Specifically, it's called 65mm. Why the prints are 70mm I've never been able to figure out, but they are.
Didn't they use 65mm cameras to avoid patent infringement from some guy, I think his name was Edison somebody or maybe Pathe, I forget.
 

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From a 70 year old timer projectionist whos spent a lifetime screening 35mm and many 70mm Roadshow prints. 65mm prints were all blown up to 70mm, there were no 65mm projectors.

Most of the big Roadshow 70mm films were shot on 65mm film. They were released for exhibition and projected in 70mm in many of the top city theatres. 35mm prints were also made for the suburban and country cinemas as the installation of 70mm projectors and 6 track magnetic heads, speakers and new larger screen were very costly. All the 70mm projectors were dual 35/70mm and either had dual 35/70mm sprockets or they had to be changed out between screenings. Also the lenses had to be changed for that larget format.

Some of the 65mm famous films are:
  1. 1 The Hateful Eight (2015)
  2. 2 Hamlet (1996) ...
  3. 3 Patton (1970) ...
  4. 4 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) ...
  5. 5 Battle Of The Bulge (1965) ...
  6. 6 The Sound Of Music (1965) ...
  7. 7 Cleopatra (1963) ...
  8. 8 Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) ...
Some early prints of Oklahoma were projected in 65mm In sync with a separate mag.
 

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I saw the 70mm print in London and it looked really good and the Datasat 5.1 audio was great also.
 
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I've ordered this. I enjoyed Branaugh's other film in the series (and hear there is a third one coming), and I recently revisited the original Express and Nile films in their recent blu-ray releases.
 

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Ive never ever heard of that, it certainly must have been only in a handful of locations as there were no 65mm projectors out there on mass thats for sure. Can you show a link of this please?
I believe they were the earliest of the AAII models. I had footage.
 

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From a 70 year old timer projectionist whos spent a lifetime screening 35mm and many 70mm Roadshow prints. 65mm prints were all blown up to 70mm, there were no 65mm projectors.
Improper use of the term “blown up”. Image was not enlarged. Wider strip of celluloid to make room for magnetic sound tracks.
Didn't they use 65mm cameras to avoid patent infringement from some guy, I think his name was Edison somebody or maybe Pathe, I forget.
No. You’re thinking of 34mm used in England.
 

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Improper use of the term “blown up”. Image was not enlarged. Wider strip of celluloid to make room for magnetic sound tracks.

No. You’re thinking of 34mm used in England.
And it was import duties
 

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Improper use of the term “blown up”. Image was not enlarged. Wider strip of celluloid to make room for magnetic sound tracks.
Yes that is correct and what I actually meant to say, Ive tried to edit my post but that one isnt allowed now. I dont know when they close off the editing of a post on this site?
 

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