Just got Barabbas because I love those old epics. The good thing about the picture is that it is remarkably clear of any grain or blemishes, especially when considering the age of the film. The color is rather muddy and washed out but this may well have been an intentional effect. I saw it in 70mm when it first opened but I can't remember how it looked then. The dialogue and effects are directional but the music, surprisingly, seems to be mono. Unfortunately Columbia have not included the original Overture and Intermission music, which suggests a 35mm print was used to master this disc. I must say the film is not as good as I remember, being slow and heavy going with people constantly stating the obvious although it improves a lot once you get past the first 40 minutes. Jack Palance comes off best in a typical over the top performance, with everyone else, including Anthony Quinn, giving mediocre or plain bad performances. At least the film has good production values with the Roman Colosseum scenes appearing more like a circus, as it probably was, complete with performing elephants.