HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: King of Kings

3 Stars

A great film with a superb transfer! The picture quality is incredible, such excellent clarity and detail in the image, this powerful event is even more present and tangible with such an image, just wonderful. You’ve got to love 70mm film, I was wish all great movies were shot on it. One of the very best looking Blu-ray disks you’ll ever see. Highly recommended.

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  1. Lee-c

    A great film with a superb transfer! The picture quality is incredible, such excellent clarity and detail in the image, this powerful event is even more present and tangible with such an image, just wonderful. You've got to love 70mm film, I was wish all great movies were shot on it. One of the very best looking Blu-ray disks you'll ever see. Highly recommended.

    No hat required – it's a keeper! Although generally not a fan of religious epics, i really enjoyed watching this film. I vaguely recall seeing it on television ages ago but this is the first time viewing the blu ray. Everything is good, the casting, the music, the location filming (unlike most of these studio set epics).

    I can't understand why there are so few comments about the film and blu ray when, to me, lesser films have hundreds of comments. As Lee says, the blu ray (as a large format) is absolutely superb, simply one of the very best to be released. I did notice that a couple of interior scenes seemed momentarily slightly out of focus in the first hour (have to go back and have another look in case it is my equipment), but otherwise this is a reference blu ray, and one to demonstrate to your friends.

    I look forward to the 4k disc.

  2. I don't know why it wasn't discussed in this thread. It appears that our review thread got placed in the Black Hole when we probably switched to different software as one of our reviewers did a review of this movie when it came out on Blu-ray back in March, 2011. However, it was discussed in other threads. A personal favorite film of mine from my youth.

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/posts/3692579/

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/co…se-king-of-kings-blu-ray.300687/#post-3651811

  3. This release simply looks magnificent and Warner released it so quietly that one could have thought they were ashamed of it.

    The score imo is at least as good as the score for Ben-Hur if not better and the detail, colors and scenery just pop off the screen, it is an audiovisual marvel. I can remember one particular scene that was out of focus but I seem to remember that this was the way it was shot – reshoots were not always possible when such problems were noticed several days if not weeks after the scene in question had been shot.

    Overall I consider this to be the best looking Blu-ray of a biblical epic that I have seen up until now and the second best Blu-ray of a (Super) Technirama release that is only surpassed by Spartacus.

  4. OliverK

    This release simply looks magnificent and Warner released it so quietly that one could have thought they were ashamed of it.

    The score imo is at least as good as the score for Ben-Hur if not better and the detail, colors and scenery just pop off the screen, it is an audiovisual marvel. I can remember one particular scene that was out of focus but I seem to remember that this was the way it was shot – reshoots were not always possible when such problems were noticed several days if not weeks after the scene in question had been shot.

    Overall I consider this to be the best looking Blu-ray of a biblical epic that I have seen up until now and the second best Blu-ray of a (Super) Technirama release that is only surpassed by Spartacus.

    It came out on Blu-ray when Warner was the distributor of Paramount titles. It was released on the same day as "The Ten Commandments" on March 29, 2011. So it was overshadowed by that film, even though, it's a better film in my opinion, but, it less known.

  5. Keith Cobby

    No hat required – it's a keeper! Although generally not a fan of religious epics….

    For someone who isn't generally a fan of religious epics, you sure did buy a lot of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Definitely one of my favorites. I think that's because it might be the only one I went to on its first run, and I paid several repeat visits. It was also my introduction to Miklos Rozsa, and I know I wore out my first copy of the soundtrack LP in short order. I haven't watched the Blu-ray in several years, but I thought it looked fantastic.

  6. Robert Crawford

    It came out on Blu-ray when Warner was the distributor of Paramount titles. It was released on the same day as "The Ten Commandments" on March 29, 2011. So it was overshadowed by that film, even though, it's a better film in my opinion, but, it less known.

    I also prefer King of Kings. On a technical level The Ten Commandments also was an excellent Blu-ray but I do not like it as much as a movie and I also think that King of Kings just looks and sounds better despite it being a less costly production.

  7. OliverK

    I also prefer King of Kings. On a technical level The Ten Commandments also was an excellent Blu-ray but I do not like it as much as a movie and I also think that King of Kings just looks and sounds better despite it being a less costly production.

    The Ten Commandments has been shown on network TV for many, many years which has kept it relevant to the general public here in the States.

  8. I love King of Kings – saw it six or seven times in its first run engagement at the Egyptian back in the day – spectacular. The Ten Commandments is a gorgeous Blu-ray of a stagy, plodding film that always gave me the giggles from the first time I saw it to now. I have a vivid memory of seeing it at my local neighborhood theater in a reissue around 1959 and howling through it.

  9. john a hunter

    The only thing wrong with the BD is the cover image of Jeffrey Hunter as a zombie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Warner tried hard to make it look like the movie should actually be called "I was a Zombie Jesus" to capitalize on the horror movie craze ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. I watched Pride & Prejudice & Zombies recently (good film) and there is certainly scope for a religious/zombie picture (resurrection etc).

    Jeffrey Hunter was very good in what must have been a difficult part to cast. Good mix of well known and lesser known actors instead of lots of star cameos.

  11. Keith Cobby

    I watched Pride & Prejudice & Zombies recently (good film) and there is certainly scope for a religious/zombie picture (resurrection etc).

    Jeffrey Hunter was very good in what must have been a difficult part to cast. Good mix of well known and lesser known actors instead of lots of star cameos.

    Not sure it is good to give Hollywood any ideas about zombie movies but then I have a hard time imagining any kind of religious epics being made today like they used to, they did not even get the colors right in the last three religious themed movies I watched.

    I thought Jeffrey Hunter was very good. It may have helped that before King of Kings I only knew him from The Searchers.

  12. It looks spectacular. I believe it is a large format film. Very bright and sharp and colorful. And very inspirational. Not quite as good as Ben-Hur, but up there.

  13. john a hunter

    The only thing wrong with the BD is the cover image of Jeffrey Hunter as a zombie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know ! That's why I used the DVD cover for my Bluray. That is why I print custom covers for all the Terrible covers that companies release. All Bluray releases should use the Original Poster artwork on their covers. KL,WBArchive, and Shout all release Great poster artwork on their covers !

  14. This movie was not filmed in 70mm. It was filmed in Technirama which is technically slightly anamorphic Vistavision and shown in 70mm Super Technirama (which is a 70mm blow-up) in certain venues. Nevertheless, I agree that the quality is stunning.

  15. RICK BOND

    I know ! That's why I used the DVD cover for my Bluray. That is why I print custom covers for all the Terrible covers that companies release. All Bluray releases should use the Original Poster artwork on their covers. KL,WBArchive, and Shout all release Great poster artwork on their covers !

    Agreed and you can add the Indicator series from Powerhouse Films UK to that list.

  16. GerardoHP

    This movie was not filmed in 70mm. It was filmed in Technirama which is technically slightly anamorphic Vistavision and shown in 70mm Super Technirama (which is a 70mm blow-up) in certain venues. Nevertheless, I agree that the quality is stunning.

    The PQ quality was also stunning to those lucky enough to see K of K in 70mm and even more so with El Cid.
    The image area of the 35mm horizontal frame may be smaller than that of 65mm, but Technicolor's printing and the clarity of the Delrama opts provided a breathtaking image.

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