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King Arthur – Director’s Cut (2004/Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: B-     Film: B-



Despite a cast that includes Clive Owen, Keira Knightley and Ioan Gruffudd, Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur (2004) is one of the less-discussed Fantasy/Sword films to arrive in the wake of Lord Of The Rings.  Part of the problem is simply that Fuqua’s theatrical cut was PG-13 and the intended cut was DVD-only.  It is that latter cut now being issued in Blu-ray, with all the same extras as the DVD.


You can read our coverage of that DVD at the following link:





So is the Blu-ray enough of an upgrade to upgrade?  Well, the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is better sometimes than the DVD, but has the same digital problems that annoyed us with The Brothers Grimm and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to some extent and offers even more obviously the same kind slapped-together digital that is too obvious in too many shots.  I saw this in 35mm and know it can look a little better than this.  Video Black can be richer, yet not with the range of a Batman Begins by any means.  Little errors are all over the place, making us wonder if this is a second-generation HD master/transfer, but some digital problems need reworked.


The film had two soundtracks for the two different ratings and the Dolby Digital 5.1 uncut mix is back here again, but the PCM 24-bit/48kHz 5.1 mix is markedly better, though there is still something a bit off about it.  They went back and fourth with this mix for ratings purposes and is this really the final uncut mix?  Who knows, but without the fullness of the PCM, this would rate lower like the Dolby.


Overall, barely an improvement from the DVD-Video, but if you must own it and don’t have it, you might as well get this one.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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