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NEW Heston/brynner/de Carlo - Ten Commandments (Blu-ray)

4.5 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004IK30LE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,955 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story relates the life of Moses, from the time he was discovered in the bullrushes as an infant by the pharoah's daughter, to his long, hard struggle to free the Hebrews from their slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. Moses (Charlton Heston) starts out "in solid" as Pharoah's adopted son (and a whiz at designing pyramids, dispensing such construction-site advice as "Blood makes poor mortar"), but when he discovers his true Hebrew heritage, he attempts to make life easier for his people. Banished

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Video: The restoration by Paramount was a monumental task. Because of the length of the film, a truck was used just to transport all the reels of films. Ron Smith of Paramount was able to view the film using its only one remaining VistaVision projector to determine the original colour and density. Some of their difficulties included restoring the yellow colour that had faded out over the years. The final product (1080p 1.78:1 transfer) was simply amazing. Fine detail was simply unbelievable. Textures were immaculate. You could see individual stitches in Moses' mother's Hebrew robe. You could see each one of the tiny golden squares that make up Pharaoh's elaborate chest pieces. Colors were bright and bold. The ornate Egyptian costumes burst off the screen with rich gold, deep blue, and crimson red. Skin tones were always natural. Thank you to Paramount for putting this lengthy film on two BD-50 discs, reducing compression to the minimum. (4.5/5)

Audio: The DTS HD MA-5.1 was a tremendous improvement over earlier standard edition. Music and effects combined to create a bombastic, enveloping viewing experience. Elmer Bernstein's score was brassy and bold, and the movie's sound effects - lots of swirling wind and thunderclaps - were quite forceful. (4/5)

Paramount's famous outdoor water tank was constructed for 'The Ten Commandments' to create the parting of the Red Sea, which garnered the film its only Academy Award (for visual effects). The sparking granite tablets in the film were created using gun power. The water on both sides as well has the crashing wave approaching from the back were all filmed separately in the tank. The sea bed was two back-to-back sound stages at Paramount and RKO. And the sky was separate as well.
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I already had "The Ten Commandments" on DVD, but with almost no extras and no commentary, it wasn't all that satisfying. This new Collector's Edition is easily worth its low price, to me, even as a replacement. The colors are breathtaking, Elmer Bernstein's store is still luscious, and it's probably as close to what DeMille intended as you'll get on a screen smaller than twenty feet.
I enjoyed Katherine Orrison's commentary track quite a bit (and have put her book on the movie on my wish list), although much more about the movie than some of her amateur theological comments. After spending so much time with Henry Wilcoxon, DeMille's right-hand man on this and many other movies, she has anecdotes and understanding that help you understand how the film was made. I had no idea it took five full years to make, or how some of the seemingly-odd decisions were made or even how some of the effects were created.
The other extras are a bit disappointing. The six-part documentary (complete with titles in Paramount's "Star Trek" font because they can't recreate the hand-lettering of the movie's titles, over leather that shows up in richer color than I've ever seen it) doesn't offer nearly as much as AMC's "Cecil B. DeMIlle" biography from earlier in 2004. That special included pre-matte shots of the parting of the Red Sea - the actual water in the tank, including the sides of the parted Red Sea, and how it was created. Paramount may not own that documentary, but some of that footage should have been on this disc. Without it, there are still some good interviews, but not enough behind-the-scenes footage that we now know exists.
If you like "The Ten Commandments" and don't have it on DVD, this is for you. If you have the older version but like it a lot, this one's also for you - but get the Cecil B. DeMille biography when it comes out on DVD, too.
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With Holy Week and the Easter season, I thought it would most appropriate to watch both the Ten Commandments and Exodus: Gods and Kings to compare both films. The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston is arguably best religious film of all-time. The best film of 1956 and Charlton Heston was outstanding as Moses. Christian Bale played Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings and two films are worlds apart. One film, the Ten Commandments by Cecil B. Demille follows the bible wheres, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings is a reimagining of the Ten Commandments and Scott's film doesn't compare to this epic film. The Ten Commandments is arguably one of the best films that I have seen in a long time. I've seen Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, Titanic, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor and Apocalypse Now and nothing compares to the masterpiece of the Ten Commandments,. It is a masterpiece. This is what movie making is supposed to be all about. It is an outstanding film about a man adopted by Egypt and comes into a life of wealth and power and to have it stripped away by a betrayal and a lust for power. The parting of the Red Sea was amazing and story was more believeable than Exodus: Gods and Kings. The Ten Commandments didn't need a remake much less a reimagining of the film. The Ten Commandments is brilliant and skip the pretender in Exodus: Gods and Kings.
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"The Ten Commandments" is one of the 1950s big budget elephantine Biblical epics. It charts the spiritual growth of Moses (Charlton Heston) as he matures into the stark reality that he is not of noble Egyptian blood. This, of course, eventually leads Moses on the righteous path to God as he frees the slaves from bondage. Also featured in this all star cast are Yul Brynner as Ramses, Edward G. Robinson as Nathan, Nina Foch as The Princess and - (chuckle, chuckle) Vincent Price as Backa, the master builder - looking rather effeminate in his Egyptian toga and gaudy head gear. This film is the perennial Easter fav' amongst secular Christians but for my money the average DVD consumer will be much more satisfied with BEN-HUR.
TRANSFER: That goes double for the transfer quality of this DVD. This is the same transfer as the previously issued and reviewed disc. It is riddled with edge enhancement, shimmering of fine details and pixelization that thoroughly distract from the visual presentation. Although colors are bold, rich and vibrant and black and contrast levels are deep - with fine detail evident throughout - the digital anomalies on both discs totally undercuts its assets in picture quality. The audio is a 5.1 remix and generally engaging in its spread.
EXTRAS: We get a 6 part documentary that - like those featured on Paramount's "Once Upon The Time In The Old West" - would have been better edited into one documentary instead of 6 featurettes. There's also an audio commentary that's - well, flat and uninspiring - unlike the film's subject matter.
BOTTOM LINE: After providing us with stunning digital transfers of "Sunset Blvd." and "Roman Holiday" I sort of thought Paramount Home Video had turned over a new leaf. They haven't. This transfer is unworthy of the moniker "Special Edition" and it just goes to show that classics continue to get shafted over at Paramount. For shame!
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