King Tut in Colour (2020)

DailyView: Day 315, Movie 448

Tonight’s DailyView takes us to Disney + and, from there, to Egypt in the Valley of the Kings where, in this documentary, we see the story of the discovery of the Ancient Egypt tomb of the boy king, King Tutankhamun, but we see it in a way that we had never seen it before… in color.

This National Geographic documentary takes old photos and films from the 1920s and, through research and a caring artistic touch, brought accurate color to them, bringing a new perspective to the iconic expedition led by British archaeologist Howard Carter into the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

It spends time showing us some of the colorization skills used, but it is not the sole focus of this doc. They used the colorization to show the story of the exhibition in a new light. While the color was fine, the story of King Tut was much more fascinating to me. I have always enjoyed Egyptian mythology and the time of the kings, and King Tut brought the whole mystery together.

The doc does touch upon the “curse” that supposedly led to the death of Howard Carter’s beneficiary, Lord Carnarvon. The doc debunked the speculation on a curse with a simple blanket statement that it was made up by some journalists who were lacking anything to report.

The process of the colorization was fun, but it was most effective once they actually got inside the tomb of Tutankhamun. The beauty of the treasures found inside the tomb was considerably more illustrious with the color intact.

While this was interesting, there was not much new included in the story that added to what was known. It was a quick and fun watch and could show someone with less knowledge of the topic a good introduction to the story.

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