In the Beginning (Full Screen)
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Martin Landau stars as Abraham in this sweeping historical drama of a man his people and their faith. Centered on one of the oldest and greatest spiritual texts of the Western world In The Beginning is a powerfully rendered film retelling some of the most enduring stories from the Old Testament - those of the Hebrew patriarch Abrahamand his lineage. Sacrificing neither power nor passion this saga begins with creation and Abraham s call to find the Promised Land then seamlessly weaves together the epic quest of a people through the lives of Isaac Rebeccah Esau and Jacob the remarkable rise to power of Joseph. Moses and the burning bush and the origin of Passover. World-class visual effects will awe today s viewers just as the actual biblical events awed those who first witnessed them. As the story culminates with Moses handing the staff of Abraham to Aaron gazing upon the new land there is sense that a new chapter in the life of the Jewish people is just beginning...with renewed hope increased faith and promise for all generations. Actors: Bill Campbell - Eddie Cibrian - Fred Weller - Jacqueline Bisset - Martin Landau. Director: Kevin Connor. Format: DVD. Format Size: Fullscreen. Runtime: 168 mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: PG. Genre: Drama. Release Year: 2000.
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The performances are uniformly mediocre, with only Martin Landau standing out as Abraham. The scenes of creation, including Adam and Eve, as well as the Fall, are quite nicely told through flashback, as Abraham tells the story around a campfire. But, it quickly falls apart after that.
If you really want to watch the story of Joseph, Moses, and the rest, I recommend watching the animated films JOSEPH and PRINCE of EGYPT. If you want to watch a classic story of Moses, go with THE TEN COMMANDMENTS--it's a classic that still rates close to 5 stars!
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When I was growing up my Mother gave me a book called the Bible Story Book. It had a child's summary of the great stories from the Bible in it. This DVD gives you the same thing, but in movie fashion. From Adam and Eve to Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.
Highly recommended for people who want their children to learn the Bible / Torah
Gunner March, 2008
It starts with Abraham, as he travels to the land of Canaan, in about 2000 B.C., and along the way he recites the narrative of the Creation (which has some nice visuals), the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, their temptation (the fruit here looks more like a small fig in a very thorny tree) and their expulsion from Eden.
There are some fine performances, among them Martin Landau as Abraham, Jacqueline Bisset as Sarah, Bill Campbell as Moses, Amanda Donohoe as Potiphar's wife, and Fred Weller as Jacob. Eddie Cibrian as Joseph seems at first out of place, looking more like a modern day hunk, but he grows with the part, and has the most touching scene in the film, when he is reunited with his father Jacob. In the small part of Jethro, the great Alan Bates is marvelous. Other name actors include Diana Rigg (mature Rebeccah), Geraldine Chaplin (Yocheved), David Warner (Eliezer), and Christopher Lee is a theatrical, entertaining Ramses I.
At times there's quite a bit of license taken with scripture (for instance, there is some incredulous dialogue between Moses and Jethro after the parting of the sea, where Moses doesn't seem to have much faith in God), and similar to other TV Bible films, the parts that take place in Egypt are full of gaudy sets and costumes, as well as some characters who have an almost Alice Cooper look in the makeup department, especially Pharaoh's magician (Victor Spinetti).
Filmed in Morocco, with lovely cinematography and score, this one is certainly worth a rental if you like Bible epics.
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