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The Egyptian Blu-ray

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Screen Archives Entertainment Exclusive / Limited Edition to 3000 - SOLD OUT Twilight Time | 1954 | 139 min | Not rated | Jul 12, 2011

The Egyptian (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.55:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.55:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

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None

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

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Video 4.3 of 54.3
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 2.6 of 52.6
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The Egyptian

 (1954)

The Egyptian Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. As Sinuhe is drawn into court intrigues, and bizarre secrets are revealed to him, he learns the answers to the questions he has sought since his birth. Short on historical accuracy but strong on plot and characterization.

For more about The Egyptian and the The Egyptian Blu-ray release, see the The Egyptian Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Michael Wilding, Peter Ustinov, Judith Evelyn
Director: Michael Curtiz

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The Egyptian Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Egyptian is the first Blu-ray release from niche label Twilight Time, though as Nick Redman revealed in his exclusive interview with Blu-ray.com, the HD transfer was actually handled by Fox and was in their "assets" vaults, simply waiting for release. Encoded via AVC, in 1080p and 2.55:1, this is (rather incredibly) one of two HD masters evidently in the Fox vaults, this one from 2010 while a previous transfer is from 2005. According to Redman, this was handled by the same crew who oversaw the exemplary Blu-ray release of The Robe, and if the results aren't quite as staggering as they were with that film, they're still often awe inducing. The biggest qualm some viewers may have with this release, however ultimately minor it may be, is the kind of pasty yellow skin tones that are the hallmark of Deluxe color, the process Zanuck chose for this film. The better news is if you can get past that anomaly, the rest of The Egyptian's lavish palette is incredibly robust, including gorgeous blue, green and teal tones that fully bring the jade, lapis lazuli and other gemstones of the costumes and sets completely to life. The image here is just a tad bit softer than The Robe, and there does appear to have been some moderate noise reduction applied, though grain is still natural looking and never overwhelming. Depth of field is astounding in the many outdoor shots, though the increased resolution of the Blu-ray only makes the many matte paintings and rear projections look more obvious. One or two times there's some very faint haloing from edge enhancement, but it's extremely minor. Overall, this is a sterling transfer of a film very few of us probably ever thought would see the HD light of day, and it's a joy to see it looking so splendiferous on this new Blu-ray.


The Egyptian Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Egyptian was originally released with the "wonder" of "directional, four track stereo," and those original stems have been quite artfully repurposed on this Blu-ray in a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. A film this huge has plenty of opportunity for immersion, and some may find The Egyptian a little lackluster in terms of consistently involving surround activity, but what's here sounds wonderful. Some of the huge crowd scenes teem with sonic activity skirting around the edges of the soundfield, and quite often nice panning effects are utilized in terms of things like spears or arrows finding their marks. Dialogue is clean and crisp, and in fact the entire track is damage free and lacks any overt narrowness that sometimes plagues soundtracks of this era. Best of all is the vaunted score by Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman (also available on an isolated track, see below for details), which sounds absolutely magnificent throughout the film.



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The Egyptian Blu-ray, News and Updates



A Classic Restored: The Egyptian - July 13, 2011

From the vaults of 20th Century Fox comes an epic unavailable on home video since the days of VHS. Newer label Twilight Time has released a restored (by Fox) limited edition Blu-ray of 3,000 copies. Read on to learn the history of this epic production with very ...

Exclusive Interview: Nick Redman discusses The Egyptian - June 22, 2011

Screen Archives has just announced pre-orders are available for 1954's epic The Egyptian, released by niche label Twilight Time. Twilight Time is a partnership between Nick Redman and Brian Jamieson, both of whom have a long history with various Hollywood studios ...

The Egyptian Coming to Blu-ray in July - May 5, 2011

Twilight Time, a specialty label which focuses on releasing vintage 20th Century Fox films previously unavailable on DVD, have revealed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray Michael Curtiz's The Egyptian (1954), starring Jean Simmons (Hamlet, Spartacus), ...

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