Court Jester, The

Featured In Issue 254, March/April 2021

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Norman Panama & Melvin Frank
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In "The Court Jester" Danny Kaye is kind-hearted entertainer Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo. Hawkins infiltrates the court of an evil villain (Rathbone), but when a sorceress hypnotizes him, royal chaos ensues. Alternating identities at the snap of a finger, between swordplay and wordplay, Kaye's comic genius shines through. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Filmmaker Faces" (HD 07:03), the theatrical trailer and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on 35 mm film stock in VistaVision and sourced from a 6K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent with superb color fidelity that is nicely saturated. Grain is very fine and fillmic. Resolution is very detailed from facial features to ornate costumes and suits of armor. The heightened resolution enhances the set pieces and obvious studio production. HDR contrast is well balanced with studio lighting, deep blacks and revealing shadows, all rendered with a nuanced color gamut. This is vintage cinema perfectly restored to a glorious presentation. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 2.0 monaural soundtrack remains undistinguished as the original element. Mild hiss remains as well. Overall, not much more than intelligibility can be expected for this period in motion picture soundtracks. (Gary Reber)