I hope I'm not getting off topic by continuing to discuss epics from the 50's & 60's that are not necessarily being released by Twilight Time, but I'm always taken by the enthusiasm of Mr. Lachman's posts, and I must confess that my interests as a collector are similar to his. As I'm sure Mr. Lachman would point out, both BARABBAS & SOLOMON AND SHEBA were amazing large format films. Even if both seem somewhat flawed in terms of their narrative structure on DVD, in large format they were utterly stunning, and extremely compelling to watch, both on a visual as well as an aural level. I don't think you can really judge BARABBAS until you've seen the film in 70mm on a large screen. It's spectacular -- the score, the arena and gladiator scenes, Silvana Mangano--just stunning. I read the book before I saw the movie, and was expecting not to like the changes, especially from seeing the trailer, but the awesome visual quality of the film just swept me away. BARABBAS was also directed by Richard Fleischer, who work impresses initially on a visual level, though in films from THE NARROW MARGIN to VIOLENT SATURDAY to THE VIKINGS to MADINGO, those dynamic images bring forth a very consistent theme about individuals caught in a world of escalating violence. It's true that this theme isn't particularly central to Per Lagerkvist's book, but I guess that's the difference between books and movies. Also, we're talking about films that I saw when I was growing up, to the extent that the colors and visual design of these Biblical Epics have taken on the physiognomy of my soul, which I guess renders criticism somewhat irrelevant.