A few words about…™ Murder on the Orient Express (2017) — in 4k UHD Blu-ray

It's an absolutely magnificent release, with a myriad of extras, fit for a cinephile. 4 Stars

Fox’s new 4k Blu-ray of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, is a perfect example of the fact that quality of image and sound are of supreme importance.

I attempted to view the film a couple of months ago on a DVD screener, and gave up after about twenty minutes, resolved to the belief that the film was a bore, but also desirous of seeing how the film, which originated as 65/5, might play more highly resolved.

The answer is amazingly well.

With true 4k imagery, along with a layer of delicately controlled HDR, and a booming Dolby Atmos track, the film will grab your attention, and never let go.

As one of the true 4k releases in 4k, the film is magnificent eye-candy. An extremely highly resolved image, that draws you in.

Great cast, terrific film, beautifully photographed — did I mention mention 65mm origination?

Don’t yet have 4k gear?

Doesn’t matter.

Future proof. This is way to purchase the film.

It’s an absolutely magnificent release, with a myriad of extras, fit for a cinephile.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Highly Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

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27 Comments

  1. gadgtfreek

    Been on the fence about buying it. Just not sure if it is a movie I want to watch.

    Same here….now, if I saw such a glowing review for a US release of the 1974 version, I'd be all over it in a second.

  2. gadgtfreek

    Been on the fence about buying it. Just not sure if it is a movie I want to watch.

    It's worth watching for sure. What I'm not sure about is how much rewatching I would do. In any case, I won't be getting it this week since there are so many other things coming soon. But I might strongly consider it after a price drop, and am glad to hear the release is so good. Thanks Robert.

  3. Robert Harris

    Fox's new 4k Blu-ray of Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express, is a perfect example of the fact that quality of image and sound are of supreme importance.

    I attempted to view the film a couple of months ago on a DVD screener, and gave up after about twenty minutes, resolved to the belief that the film was a bore, but also desirous of seeing how the film, which originated as 65/5, might play more highly resolved.

    The answer is amazingly well.

    With true 4k imagery, along with a layer of delicately controlled HDR, and a booming Dolby Atmos track, the film will grab your attention, and never let go.

    As one of the true 4k releases in 4k, the film is magnificent eye-candy. An extremely highly resolved image, that draws you in.

    Great cast, terrific film, beautifully photographed — did I mention mention 65mm origination?

    Don't yet have 4k gear?

    Doesn't matter.

    Future proof. This is way to purchase the film.

    It's an absolutely magnificent release, with a myriad of extras, fit for a cinephile.

    Image – 5

    Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

    Pass / Fail – Pass

    Highly Recommended

    RAH

    Thanks for the review Robert! Can’t wait to pick this one up!!

  4. Due to my unyielding biases towards Albert Finney and DP Geoffrey Unsworth, I have found it difficult to open my mind toward's this latest version of Orient Express. Okay, Mr. Branagh, I've finally been swayed to get on board. And you can thank Robert A. Harris for this review.

  5. Peter Neski

    This was a mess ,I saw the earlier movie on Blu-Ray and the TV Movie on blu- ray,This version is plain stupid ,He's bad casting ,and
    other than 70mm ,this movie is a total waste

    And I really liked the casting. To each his own.

  6. I purchased the 4K version through iTunes because it was $10 cheaper than the 4K Blu-ray. It was a blind buy and my wife and I watched it last night. I enjoyed the film and I don't regret the purchase. The video quality was excellent but, as I think RAH is suggesting, HDR is underutilized. Still, this wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. This, despite that fact that I've never seen ANY version of this film (prior to last night).

    Not a terrible film by any means, but not a great one either. The RT scores seem a little too low. I'd give it 3.5 out of 5 stars (70%).

    Mark

  7. did UHD come from a 4K DI? should make sense given 70mm film.

    while 35mm seems to have been ‘bested’ by HDR technology, does 70mm capture more colors than 35mm or is it about the same? film is film is film right?

    in another words… are there benefits or having HDR technology optimizations on 70mm original scans?

  8. One of my favorite movies of 2017. 70mm adds to the feeling of really being on the train imho. Nice to see a mid-budget movie made in 70mm. Hope the next one in this series is 70mm too….

  9. One of my favorite movies of 2017. 70mm adds to the feeling of really being on the train imho. Nice to see a mid-budget movie made in 70mm. Hope the next one in this series is 70mm too….

  10. Peter Neski

    This was a mess ,I saw the earlier movie on Blu-Ray and the TV Movie on blu- ray,This version is plain stupid ,He's bad casting ,and
    other than 70mm ,this movie is a total waste

    Yeah, to each his own as I thoroughly enjoyed this film and thought the cast was excellent.

  11. OK, I got this watched this afternoon. It was entertaining, well produced, and well performed. Had I never seen another version of the story, it would be perfectly adequate though in some ways a bit removed from Mrs. Christie's original book.

    But I still think the 1974 version has it all over this version. It's more playful, the star cameos are more spectacularly singular, and the director and screenwriter give every one of them a time in the spotlight to shine (some of the roles in this remake like the porter and the Princess's maid are almost afterthoughts). Without the Daisy Armstrong kidnapping sequence at the start, the double ironies that many of the Calais coach passengers were actually part of that scenario we saw earlier and then forgot about can't be present. Thus, the ingenuity of the set-up gets a bit muffled.

    Branagh really takes great pains to change up settings to get them out of that cramped train as much as he can, but for me that was the fun of the original book and film: there is nowhere for the killer to go but hide among the passengers until the identity is revealed. The flashback to the night of the murder has far more impact in the original, too, even though it seems more vicious and vengeful in this new version.

    The 4K presentation with Atmos sound was tremendous.

  12. I hated the excessive use of CGI – I thought this movie was more Tintin 2 than Agatha Christie. Concerned about the Death on the Nile remake that the same team has apparently embarked on, although the first version of that was not much to speak of, so who knows…

  13. Right now the Finney/Ustinov films are available on Blu-Ray only in Region 2 from Studio/Canal. These Blus are new and much better remasters which were released in October. I have all 3 and they are really (to my eyes on my 28 inch screen) stunning. There are also some decent extras.

  14. My Blus of the four Christie movies from 1974-1982 were Swedish issues that had English language audio tracks and were region free (though I have an all-region player). They were barebones releases, however, so I retained the DVDs for their bonus materials.

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