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on 20 March 2014
Okay, this review is for the Elm Street Media release of King of the Khyber Rifles. I've not seen the other versions reviewed here so I can't comment on them, but this is the latest version available. On the plus side the print is very nice, with some minor scratches during the credits and immediately after, which is common in a film of this vintage that has not undergone any obvious restoration. Sound and dialogue are clear, too.
The major problem here is the non-anamorphic transfer. The measured aspect ratio of this transfer is 2.44:1, but it has not been enhanced for 16:9 TVs. Therefore, being letterboxed in a 4:3 frame,you will have nice, thick black bars all around the picture, giving you a relatively small image in the middle of your widescreen TV screen.
This excellent film, which has long been awaiting a decent release, is once again denied an opportunity to display its full potential. I mean - who, in the western world, is still watching films on a 4:3 TV? What are Elm Street Media thinking?
At least it's a relatively inexpensive DVD release - unlike the overpriced Twilight Time release of Violent Saturday a couple of years ago.