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New: Restored 1927 Version; "The King of Kings"

 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: New: Restored 1927 Version; "The King of Kings" Reply with quote

Due out any day now is a DVD containing a new restoration of Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 silent film -- with long-lost portions of footage shot in the beautiful final version of the 2-strip-Technicolor process -- of The King of Kings.

Whether its the original first-run 155-minute version, or the much shorter general-release version, I don't know. The longer version is the one to hold out for...

The one being released now likely has the original post-production musical-accompaniment soundtrack, and some moments of the brilliance of the Technicolor footage can be seen in this trailer for the new release: (SPOILER --- the trailer shows the film's finish, which, though not surprising in-theory, can spoil the movie because it SHOWS the finish):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Ks6Ncbb-M

Produced and directed by DeMille via his DeMille Pictures Corporation, this movie was not released by Paramount Pictures, but by American Pathe's releasing company. Re-released in a talking version in 1931 (the second Movietone process, as used by RCA under the Photophone trademark), and apparently a different talking version in 1928 (to a few theaters) in Vitaphone.

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