Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson And Delilah Has Been Fully Restored For First DVD Release

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Samson and Delilah is best known as a biblical tale about a Hebrew with hair that gives him mighty power who falls in love with Delilah, a woman who will betray him. In 1949, this tale was told in the theatrical epic Samson and Delilah, which was later nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two. More than sixty years later, Paramount Home Entertainment has restored the classic film, making it available on DVD for the first time ever on March 12, 2013.

Samson and Delilah is probably best known in pop culture for an adventurous scene featuring a crumbling temple, that used great visual effects for its time. Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr star in the movie, which also features Murder She Wrote’s Angela Lansbury. In its time, it was quite the popular film, and it is certainly deserving of restoration work.

If you are bummed the classic flick won’t be coming to Blu-ray, there was still a lot of work done on the endeaver to ascertain it was cleaned up for the new century and a DVD release. Samson and Delilah was restored at the same time and by the same team as the guys who put together. The film’s negatives were totally scanned into 4K to start off the process and were cleaned up and color corrected from there. Additionally, the audio track was cleaned up and restored, as well. So, while there won’t be any Blu-ray release of Cecil B. DeMille’s winning film, now would certainly be the time to get a hold of a copy, if you are interested in giving it a watch.

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