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Bible, the

Michael Parks , Ulla Bergryd , John Huston    Unrated   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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John Huston adapted the first 22 chapters of the Book of Genesis in this mostly silly film that takes us from Creation through Noah's Ark through Abraham's near-sacrifice of son Isaac. This is one of Huston's more personally distant projects, à la Annie or Victory; and for the most part you'd barely know there was even a director involved. On the other hand, Huston does provide some of the only liveliness on screen, playing Noah. --Tom Keogh

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3.0 out of 5 stars FIRES BELOW ..... May 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
EXCEPT for the MAGNIFICENT score by TOSHIRO MAYUZUMI ... this one does not quite hold up as it was promised. Granted ... it IS different ... lots of hoopla during the filming - after all we would be seeing Adam & Eve [variously] buffish ...
BUT the producers must have spend quite a fortune on EYE MAKEUP .... Ye, Gods, even the kids are sporting green or vaguely lavender eye-shadow - as for NIMROD's golden brows!
AVA GARDNER does shine as SARAH - unafraid of unflattering lighting or angles, but she was and still is quite special, and GEORGE C. SCOTT does have a few pithy moments .... the make-up though! BRINGING UP THE REAR - so to speak is Peter O'Toole as Triplet, blue-eyed Angels of Wrath [!], Richard Harris - star rising ["This Sporting Life"] as Cain, Zoe Sallis as the 'other woman' in Abraham's life, Stephen Boys [utterly wasted] as Nimrod, John Huston as a bemused, befuddled and bewildered Noah [nice comic turn though], and somewhere in there a Young Franco Nero!
COSTUMING is dreadful - pity for this almost completely Italian Production. And the famous SODOM AND GOMORRAH sequence? Pale Fellini or is it George Romero? The styrofoam blasted 'Wife of Lot' - really!
WISH the score was available on CD - MAYUZUMI went on to score Huston's "Reflections in A Golden Eye" - somewhat better fare.
DVD sound is VERY ODD - stereo? Color is quite washed out too - pity - this one could be wonderfully restored in full 5.1 or even DTS - it is as close to an epic as we'll ever come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible with Passion!!! July 14 2003
Format:VHS Tape
There have been former reviews of this film, which have weighed in on the pro or con, but aside from all that hoopla, this is the DEFINITIVE movie by John Huston.
As not only the director, but the one who portrays "Noah," my family and I found this to be very close to the first 22 chapters of Genesis, which the film is adapted from. Huston is a phenomenal Noah, and you can actually believe that the period before, during, and after the Flood occurred in this fashion. He is remarkable as the Patriarch who's in love with the animals which the Lord God brings his way and preserves - two-by-two - in order to replenish the Earth after the Flood.
Aside from Noah, probably the most engrossing of them all is Abraham's depiction by George C. Scott, and at times, Scott played Abraham with a heavy hand, and the scene before he is asked to sacrifice Isaac was a bit much, with Scott carrying on very melodramatically. But overall, it was still worth the price for the film.
Do yourself a favor and get this film. Don't take this reviewer's word for it, although I think my word is pretty good, but be the judge for yourself, and while you're watching the film, crack open the Bible and follow along. You'll find it not only instructional, but enjoyable as well. And it may give you a new passion for what's taking place before your eyes.
Highly recommended!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie! Nov. 29 2003
Format:DVD
I watched this movie on TV and I thought it was good. All of the actors were very good but I especially liked John Huston as Noah, George C. Scott as Abraham, Ava Gardner as Sarah and Richard Harris as Cain. I think John Huston did a good job directing the movie but he also acted in this movie and I think he was very good as Noah. For a Biblical movie I think John Huston's The Bible is pretty low-key and simple rather than a super glossy Hollywood movie and I think some people were maybe expecting that and though those big budget glossy Hollywood Biblical movies are good I enjoyed this more subdued movie and I'm planning on buying the DVD.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Bible ... in the Beginning is a most interesting motion picture. Over the course of almost three hours, the people and events of the first twenty-two chapters of the Book of Genesis are brought to life by a star-studded cast of characters under the direction of John Huston (with Dino Delaurentiis as the producer). It is a strange film; at times it is very moving and communicative of the Biblical message, but at other times it becomes strangely surrealistic or downright comical. It is, with a few exceptions, a pretty faithful reenactment of the Biblical text, however, and that certainly does count for something. The film can basically be broken down into several sections: the Creation, original sin, and the first murder; Noah's flood; the tower of Babel; and the life of Abraham.

The creation of the world is given a slow and sonorous treatment that tends to drag just a little bit. Then we have the creation of Adam and Eve (although there's no mention of the whole rib business). I found it somewhat strange to see Eve drawn to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil almost immediately - the serpent's job was made quite easy, and I must say I rather liked the manner in which the serpent was represented here. The ejection of Adam and Eve from the Garden is pretty powerful stuff, as is the later murder of Abel by his jealous brother Cain (played by a young Richard Harris).

Then comes the story of Noah and the Great Flood, which has to be my favorite part of the movie. John Huston himself plays Noah, and it is a remarkable performance that oscillates between seriousness and downright goofiness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Movie Made with 1960s Extravagance, with a 21st Centruy...
This is a comprehensive story of the Book of Genesis presented in wide-screen format with English and Spanish subtitles. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Demetrios Angelis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
It's a classic! Not for young kids, though, in my opinion. But from, say, 9 and up it's great. Worth the money.
Published 4 months ago by Reverend Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay movie
This ones not up there with the Ten Commandments or The Robe but it is watchable. Acting is okay but not great.
Published 7 months ago by Diane Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars For Film Epic Junkies Only
I debated between 3 and 4 stars. I know that much of the film is slow moving and some can even be seen as kind of silly. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Glenn M. Frost
3.0 out of 5 stars A NICE REFRESHER
GREAT PICTURE QUALITY I WAS LOOKING FOR A REFRESHER TO THE BEGINNING OF MAN ON EARTH AND I GOT IT PICTURE QUALITY WAS GOOD BUT NOTHING COMPARED TO THE BLU RAY REMAKE OF THE TEN... Read more
Published on May 10 2011 by Richard B. Barnaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
I liked the movie in all parts except for two. I'll start with the positive things.
Another reviewer mentioned it was a little slow in the beginning, and that is true, but if... Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Jon Daley
1.0 out of 5 stars if adam & eve were this dull, they 'd never have multiplied
thank god (pun intended)that the bible characters werent really this over inflated and boring because if they were, they would have never had the energy to recreate, to be fruitful... Read more
Published on April 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film/2 tape series/'92 older videography but good!
I prefer this version of the "Genesis" story over the one in the "Bible Series" called simply "Genesis"...that one, is booooooorrring!!! Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Presentation Could Be Better
John Huston's filmization of the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis is good, though not as fine as it certainly could have been, given the material to work with. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003 by F. Adcock
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