Khartoum Blu-ray Review & Comments

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    1. Casimir Harlow

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      I remember seeing this at the Casino Cinerama cinema in central London in Old Compton Street eons ago. It's now known as the Prince Edwards theatre and has been for many years. When it was a Cinerama cinema it went from the original three strip Cinerama presentations to single 70mm Cinerama, Khartoum was the latter. As you said Cas by todays standards the representation by British actors representing others with a different skin colour or coming from a different lineage is filled with affectation to say the least.
       
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      Wasn't the Ron Howard / Tom Cruise film Far and Away shot in 70mm ?
       
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      Yes it was, but it was Super Panavision 70 which has aspect ratio of 2.2:1, whereas Ultra Panavision is super-wide 2.85:1.
      khartoum was the last filmed in UP70 until Hateful8.
       
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      Thanks for the review Cas,saw at the movies,a quite a few times on the TV since,would mind a blu ray of this :)
       
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      A superb film, the kind they made then but don't any more. Where I would disagree with Cas (yes, there is a blue moon up there) is the strength of reaction to seeing Lawrence Olivier in, well, brown-face. He was cast as a rightfully famous and top rate actor, who brings also a great deal of humanity to his portrayal of the Mahdi. The film was made in 1966, today we would do it differently and simply acknowledge that the old ways no longer apply. Appalling? Come, sir, we at avforums are made of stronger stuff!

      As for the portrayal of Gordon "as the Jesus-like white saviour coming to save the poor 'defenseless' people of Khartoum", that is not only how he went down in history, if you read about the man himself, also in his previous incarnation as 'Chinese Gordon', he really did have a Messiah-complex, apart from being a devoutly religious man of his time, and that is exactly as he saw himself.

      If I remember correctly it is, if not stated openly in the film, but certainly alluded to, Gordon had plenty of opportunity to avoid his fate. He is presented as trying to save the people of Khartoum because it was in the script, fits the prevailing historical narrative and ties in with Gordon's very devout, not to say martyrdom-driven, personality, and there is little doubt that the Mahdists, who were renowned for massacre, would not have spared the city anyway. In Whitehall they were well aware that Gordon was embroiling the country in something the powers that be preferred to keep out of. But with rampant patriotism, the reputation of the Empire at stake, the press and public clamouring, something had to be done. Cue gunboats and a relief force.

      And in the end Gordon did give us the Battle of Omdurman and hence the various versions of The Four Feathers. My favourite is the Alexander Korda one.
       
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      I'd rather have full 16:9 Imax, like the scenes in Dunkirk. For me,having half your television screen made redundant is irritating. Space is already at a premium, even on a 65".
       
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      The film is in 2.76.1 which was presented in 70mm Cinerama and it looked fantastic
      on a really big screen so much better than Imax.
       
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      I get that, because that's the way home screens are designed, but imagine if it was the other way around and the home standard was 2.76:1. You'd be balking at the idea of watching something in 16:9 because of how much screen was wasted on the sides.

      The fact is that this ridiculously panoramic scope affords films that are this epic a truly epic feel, with so much to see right into the horizon on both sides of the screen. It's an entirely different style to what we see in 'taller' movies, and, just like we need those same IMAX shots to show the 'height' of Cruise's ascent in Fallout, or the height of robots or dinosaurs, for epic settings I do think it would be nice if they went wider than 2.4:1 (although I'm at least grateful that they still favour that for most conventionally 'cinematic' films, even if it means shifting ratio).
       
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      I remeber listening to a film theme radio program when I was a lad and distinctly remeber the theme. I never saw the film at the cinema although managed to see a couple of his epic films there El Cid and Ben Hur, and watch this countless times on TV. I think one of Chuck nicknames was Mr Epic.

      BTW I think???? of all things showed a clip on Blue Peter with a mention about the film.

      Score from the film all very pomp. Slight spoilers but probably no more you would not have seen in trailers of the day.
      Frank Cordell - Khartoum - Main Theme and End...
       

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