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The Greatest Story Ever Told Blu Ray

Greatest Story Ever Told blu-ray cover

For Easter, MGM releases this epic bible film on blu-ray but it has the same flaws as the dvd version.

MGM should be applauded for opening up their catalog of titles after a year of financial troubles but why release these classics if no restoration work is done on them for the best possible picture and sound.  I was really looking forward to this classic George Stevens biblical epic that stars the then unknown Max Von Sydow as The Christ and just about every Hollywood star of 60’s, including John Wayne, Charleton Heston, Sal Mineo, Telly Savalas, Claude Rains, David McCallum and Jose Ferrer among others (so many that it is a bit distracting finding them all).  The film is one of the best in the telling of Jesus on Earth, faithful to the Bible but also presented in dialog and acting skill that brings real life to the story.  Shot in the desert southwest of the U.S., the landscapes are breathtaking to behold and the disc presents this epic in its original widescreen format, (super cinemascope). Colors are bright and consistent and really capture the beauty of the landscape in high definition.  What bothers me the most about the transfer is it seems to be the same flawed master used for their dvd version.  Most noticeable are some irritable flashes in the picture during the dark cave scene with Donald Pleasance and a few minutes after that. A disclaimer at the beginning of the film states that they used the best film elements available , which basically means no restoration was done for this disc.

Audio is DTS MA in 5.1 and sounds great, although most of the soundtrack is front and center.  Extras include a cast recollection of Stevens work on the film and is a great accompaniment to the film for insights on its production.  Comments from Charleton Heston and Max Von Sydow are especially great to hear.

Although this disc contains a few flaws, it is still one of the best films of its genre and priced reasonably by MGM.  If you want the high definition picture, this is still the best way to watch the film on home video, even with the few minutes of flaws.

April 24, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. WORST BLU RAY TRANSFER TO DATE. ALL THE BACKGROUND NOISE WAS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. I WOULD HOPE MGM/FOX WILL RESTORE THIS AND GIVE IT A PROPER BLU RAY RELEASE. ON THE OTHER HAND WARNER HAS GIVEN US A BREATHTAKING BLU RAY RELEASE WITH “KING OF KINGS”

    Comment by RON D'ANTONIO | May 21, 2011 | Reply


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