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Robert Harris

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Old, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and based upon the graphic novel The Sandcastle, wasn't something I was rushing to view, but which turned out to be a positive experience.

Over the years there have been productions linked in with various marketing and tourist agendas.

Some more obvious than others.

The wonderful Ben-Hur of music videos from Martin Scorsese, used to promote subway travel in Manhattan; a Kubrick film brought to us (in part) by the Oregon Tourist Bureau...

And now Mr. Shyamalan's Old, partially funded by Touristas Republico Dominican, as an aid to bring Covid shell-shocked tourists back on to airships, where they can visit the magnificent beaches of the Dominican Republic.

A small word of warning, and with nothing against the Dominican Republic. Those visiting might be forewarned not to visit this particular beach, which is well marked as being private property. Best to avoid the no trespassing signage.

While I had some problems adjusting science vs alternative facts necessary to suspend disbelief, the film works on a few levels, and a bit like a fine cabernet, if allowed to open, becomes a fruitful experience.

Interestingly cast with people playing the same characters at different ages, it works, and is worth your time. Kudos to the casting professionals.

From a technical perspective, it was shot on film, and finished as a 4k DI, and Dolby Vision - I viewed in projection via HDR, and presume that those viewing on panels in Dolby Vision will have a even more satisfying experience.

And this shows in Universal's new 4k UHD Blu-ray, as in projection, tiny background details come through fully resolved.

Aurally, the new disc replicates what would have been the original theatrical track, reproduced herein as Dolby Atmos.


Picture - 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k - 5

Recommended

RAH
 

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Except no one in the film is trespassing - they’re invited to visit the beach by the management of the resort they’re staying at.
 

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Except no one in the film is trespassing - they’re invited to visit the beach by the management of the resort they’re staying at.
Correct. But the point is made, as gates are opened, that it’s a private beach. Make note of the fact that no one will help carry gear or food down.
 

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