BluCaps: Hannibal

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  • Label: Kino Lorber
  • Disc Locality: USA
  • Region: A
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Source Format: 35mm (spherical)

The previous releases of HANNIBAL were all horror shows to one degree or another — derived from a nasty, smudgy 2K Spirit scan with plenty of ringing and little in the way of fine detail. Finally, nearly two decades after its original release, a new 4K transfer has been created of this most criminally underrated of Ridley Scott’s films, and it’s safe to say the result is a revolution. Released on both standard Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD by Kino Lorber, there are some crucial differences between the two, with the UHD version exhibiting what some have described as black crush. The jury’s out for me, but the standard BD (pictured here because I STILL don’t have the means to take 4K UHD captures) is unquestionably the brighter of the two, with what looks like a lower gamma curve. As this comparison at Caps-a-Holic shows, the UHD disc renders grain and fine detail considerably better than the BD, which at times takes on what looks like a degrained look (whereas, at other times, the grain comes through loud and clear). Regardless, either version absolutely trounces the previous releases, meaning that the creaky old telecine can finally be consigned to the trash compactor.