Horizon (1937/Frank Capra/Columbia/Sony Blu-ray)
B Sound: B Extras: B Film: B
Capra's Lost Horizon (1937) celebrates its 80th Anniversary
with this deluxe special edition Blu-ray featuring the film in a
remarkable new version Sony has gone to great lengths to restore in
high definition. Presented in deluxe digi-book packaging with
production notes on the film and beautiful archival photographs, this
is a must have for Frank Capra fans and cinephiles.
2016, the film was selected for inclusion in the United States
National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being
"culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Originally released in 1937, the film also snagged seven Academy
Horizon stars Edward Everett Horton, Jane Wyatt, Sam Jaffe, John
Howard, Thomas Mitchell, and Ronald Colman. The film is based on the
best-selling novel by James Hilton.
1935, seasoned diplomat Robert Conway (Colman) is sent to rescue a
group of British nationals who find themselves in China in the midst
of an epic rebellion. Conway manages to get them all out and also to
escape with his brother George (Howard) and several others on the
last airplane only to find that they are being actually being flown
far into the Himalayas.
eventually find themselves in Shangri-La, a Tibetan monastery in a
beautiful mountain valley, where it soon becomes clear that they were
apprehended against their will. At first feeling like prisoners,
Conway and his companions end up falling in love with their new
surroundings are keen on leaving but slowly, they all come to
appreciate their new surroundings except Conway who wants to go back
home. However, when Robert learns the true secret of Shangri-La and
his specific reason for being there, he is faced with having to leave
in order to protect his brother and the strong possibly that he will
be leaving without him.
in 1080p high definition with a full frame aspect ratio of 1.37:1 and
a great sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless track,
this 4K restored black and white film looks better than it ever has
before. In 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment completed an all
digital restoration at Colorworks, using the preservation negative
created in 1998 as the primary source, scanned at 4K and integrated
with the director's personal nitrate print.
material was located in a badly worn 16mm print of the scene of the
first meeting with the High Lama, where previously missing footage
had been represented by the original soundtrack and still images.
Even though there is a mixture of formats that went into this
restoration, the 35mm film elements are significantly the sharpest as
compared to the recently uncovered footage to give us the longest
version of the film ever. Overall, this is a nicely done restoration
that will hopefully hit the 4K UHD format in the near future. A
digital copy is also included.
Before and After Comparison
Digi-Pak book packaging
is a great new release. It's a shame that Frank Capra isn't here to
see it himself.
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