The DVD cover says "Colossal Spectacle" and, if anything, it is an understatement. Films if this type simply aren't made any more at 2 and 3/4 hours it examines the deep subject of man's intolerance to his fellow man through time in four historic settings (Babylon, 1st century Judea, 16th century Paris and "Boom" America in the early 1900's.)The cinematography is excellent and often sumptuous especially Babylon, the largest film set ever constructed and it's staggering "zoom in" sequences. It isn't so much a "Movie" as a moving (in both senses) work of art! Some of the acting, especially Paris and the US is a little "hammy" while some of the performances are tender and full of sentiment, seen well in the many close up shots all of which add to the piece.
This version is of good , if not brilliant quality, sometimes the (sub?)titles are barely visible, especially the white on "book background" ones (more expensive "re-conitioned" versions are availible, but in my opinion, a little "rawness with age" is no bad thing and adds context and a certain authenticity.) Overall detail and context are still clear enough but at the very reasonable price paid, one cannot quibble! This staggering masterpiece should be watched by all fans of modern cinema with it's "same old" computer generated effects and formula "acting" and see how it should be done, and how it indeed was done in 1916. The Babylon sequences are simply stunning.