Twilight Time has another wonderful Blu-ray release on their hands with a fantastic restoration for both the video (especially amazing) and audio that any fan of Khartoum will hopefully appreciate. The bonus materials are a bit limited though the film historian audio commentary track is well worth a listen whether or not you like the movie as it’s absolutely fascinating.
Genre(s): Drama, War, Adventure
Twilight Time | NR – 136 min. – $29.95 | January 22, 2014
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Writer(s): Robert Ardrey (written by)
Cast: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson
Theatrical Release Date: June 15, 1966
Features: Commentary, Isolated Score Track, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.76
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 39.9 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C
Plot Outline: Khartoum, directed by Basil Dearden and written by Robert Ardrey, is an historical epic about the ill-fated expedition of British General Charles Gordon (CHARLTON HESTON) in late-19th-century Sudan, an attempt to halt the incursion of the fanatical Muslim leader, Muhammad Ahmad (LAURENCE OLIVIER), the self-styled Mahdi. This action-adventure yarn, full of thrilling battle sequences, stunning desert landscapes, and fascinating political intrigue led by British Prime Minister Gladstone (RALPH RICHARDSON).
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5
Along with a 6-page essay and picture booklet inside the case, the disc doesn’t have many features. There’s a fairly interesting, and honest, Audio Commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman who not only praise the film but also point out mistakes and where it went wrong; an Isolated Score Track to hear Frank Cordell’s epic music; and the Original Theatrical Trailer (2:09).
VIDEO – 4.5/5
Twilight Time once again proves to one of the best independent distributors presenting this epic 1966 war-drama in its original 2.76 aspect ratio and a brilliant looking 1080p high-definition picture. The detail levels in this is amazing with clarity and sharpness but still retaining the film-like quality with grain. Colors also look dazzling, bright and evenly dispersed.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The movie includes a DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo (2.0) track which actually sounds really good throughout with excellent dialogue levels and the action sequences shine through quite nicely despite being spread across only 2 channels.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Overall, Twilight Time has another wonderful Blu-ray release on their hands with a fantastic restoration for both the video (especially amazing) and audio that any fan of Khartoum will hopefully appreciate. The bonus materials are a bit limited though the film historian audio commentary track is well worth a listen whether or not you like the movie as it’s absolutely fascinating.
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