King Of Kings

HummerUK

Well-known Member
After waiting quite a long time for my copy I would say it is well worth the wait.

Picture quality is very good with the exterior scenes looking the best.

Film was shot in 70mm and also has a superb multi channel soundtrack by Miklos Rozsa (CD of which is VERY RARE).

One odd thing is this USA release has the long list of copyright messages at the end including UK & Ireland.

ENJOY.

EDIT: It looks like the soundtrack is on iTunes for under £4.00

Checked, yes it is the original film-score, all 43 tracks but with a different album cover.



HummerUK
 
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BrianPK

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King of Kings Blu-ray Jeffrey Hunter I've watched this a few times recently and can only urge people to get it.It's simply outstanding with wonderful acting performances.First class entertainment with a ravishing score,especially the choral parts from Miklos Rozsa. While it's naturally about the life of Christ,it's so much more than a religious film and this should not put any one off the wonderful old fashioned entertainment on display. It has fascinating looks at Pilate,John the Baptist ,and Herod's family especially. It's fascinating to watch the acting style of the late great Frank Thring (Herod) with his cruel eyes,sunken cheeks and debauched expression.Most people will remember him as the evil king in The Vikings and as Pilate in Ben Hur but in King of Kings we actually feel some sympathy for him as he is cornered by his dodgy lust for his step daughter Salome.
I'm now surprised to find myself actually wondering if I prefer this film to Ben Hur. The blu ray quality is outstanding and I've seen a few references to the picture quality being superior to Ben Hur which is praise indeed. Buy this and be prepared to be greatly entertained. Highly recommended.
 

HummerUK

Well-known Member
Indeed, a most enjoyable film.

I am not a religious person but I did not realise Judas Iscariot sold out JC to start a rebellion rather than just being a rat.

If you are a Hammer film fan you may also note that Viveca Lindfors playing Claudia was in "The Damned" (1963) as Freya Neilson the artist.

A most unusual role also for Robert Ryan as John The Baptist.

HummerUK
 

bosque

Novice Member
Indeed, a most enjoyable film.

I am not a religious person but I did not realise Judas Iscariot sold out JC to start a rebellion rather than just being a rat.

If you are a Hammer film fan you may also note that Viveca Lindfors playing Claudia was in "The Damned" (1963) as Freya Neilson the artist.

A most unusual role also for Robert Ryan as John The Baptist.

HummerUK
A lot of the King of Kings script has to be taken as "speculating" on the role of Judas and the revolt organised by Barrabas is fictional. That said, King of Kings is probably the best of the biblical blockbusters of the 50s/60s and I would say it has aged much better than Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments. The PQ is spectacularly good.
 

Pecker

Distinguished Member
I am not a religious person but I did not realise Judas Iscariot sold out JC to start a rebellion rather than just being a rat.
It's been a matter of debate among theologians for around...oh, maybe 2,000 years.

Judas Iscariot - Theology - Betrayal of Jesus

The truth is that, as far as we know, he didn't tell anyone why he did what he did, so we'll probably never know, and can only guess.

Steve W
 

Garrett

Moderator
King of Kings Blu-ray Jeffrey Hunter It's fascinating to watch the acting style of the late great Frank Thring (Herod) with his cruel eyes,sunken cheeks and debauched expression.Most people will remember him as the evil king in The Vikings and as Pilate in Ben Hur but in King of Kings we actually feel some sympathy for him as he is cornered by his dodgy lust for his step daughter Salome.
Hes also one of the 2 Muslim leaders captured at the beginning of El Cid the other being Douglas Wilmer, Thring prove to be a very dishonorable were as Douglas quite the opposite. Who's performances Ive always enjoyed.
Thring I have to admit not noticed he was in the film till recently.

This film is often compared with The Greatest Story Ever Told which in comparisons I think KoK beats TGSET.
 

Dr Force

Distinguished Member
I have this on the way and looking forward to seeing it on blu ray.

I may be in the minority here but IMO the second part of Jesus Of Nazerath with Robert Powell is the best performance of Jesus in any Film.

Do you think we will ever see this hit blu ray????

Dave
 
I have this on the way and looking forward to seeing it on blu ray.

I may be in the minority here but IMO the second part of Jesus Of Nazerath with Robert Powell is the best performance of Jesus in any Film.

Do you think we will ever see this hit blu ray????

Dave
I think it's likely but as it's owned by ITV there is a good possibility it would be cropped to 16:9 as they have done to other filmed 4:3 tv series
 

BrianPK

Well-known Member
I have this on the way and looking forward to seeing it on blu ray.

I may be in the minority here but IMO the second part of Jesus Of Nazerath with Robert Powell is the best performance of Jesus in any Film.

Do you think we will ever see this hit blu ray????

Dave
This was a wonderful series and I thoroughly enjoyed it the few times I saw it back in the early 80s.Once again,one doesn't need to be religious in any way to really enjoy this.The marvellous acting,the wonderful costumes and sets and the luscious score from Maurice Jarre and of course the input from Zeffirelli ensured it's world wide success. Have a look at the IMDB score of 8.5:eek: Splendid old fashioned entertainment at it's very best. People just love a good story told well and this does that very well indeed.

Jesus of Nazareth (TV mini-series 1977) - IMDb
 

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