But the film holds up not only for its historical parallels but also because it's thrilling and, in its present incarnation, it looks breathtaking.
The key is that this is a 4K digital restoration. When a machine called the Imagica EX scans across each frame of a film's negative, it creates a digitally encoded replica that consists of 4,000 (actually, 4,096) pixels on each horizontal line. Multiplied by the 2,160 pixels on each vertical line, this makes for a total of 8.8 million pixels per frame.
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