Samson & Delilah
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DVD 2013 1 disc UPC: 097360501049 Samson and Delilah is Cecil B. DeMille's characteristically expansive retelling of the events found in the Old Testament passages of Judges 13-16. Victor Mature plays Samson, the superstrong young Danite. Samson aspires to marry Philistine noblewoman Semadar (Angela Lansbury), but she is killed when her people attack Samson as a blood enemy. Seeking revenge, Semadar's younger sister Delilah (Hedy Lamarr) woos Samson in hopes of discovering the secret of his strength, thus enabling her to destroy him. When she learns that ... Show more Samson and Delilah is Cecil B. DeMille's characteristically expansive retelling of the events found in the Old Testament passages of Judges 13-16. Victor Mature plays Samson, the superstrong young Danite. Samson aspires to marry Philistine noblewoman Semadar (Angela Lansbury), but she is killed when her people attack Samson as a blood enemy. Seeking revenge, Semadar's younger sister Delilah (Hedy Lamarr) woos Samson in hopes of discovering the secret of his strength, thus enabling her to destroy him. When she learns that his source of his virility is his long hair, Delilah plies Samson with drink, then does gives him the Old Testament equivalent of a buzzcut while he snores away. She delivers the helpless Samson to the Philistines, ordering that he be put to work as a slave. Blinded and humiliated by his enemies, Samson is a sorry shell of his former self. Ultimately, Samson's hair grows back, thus setting the stage for the rousing climax wherein Samson literally brings down the house upon the wayward Philistines. Hedy Lamarr is pretty hopeless as Delilah, but Victor Mature is surprisingly good as Samson, even when mouthing such idiotic lines as "That's all right. It's only a young lion". Even better is George Sanders as The Saran of Gaza, who wisely opts to underplay his florid villainy. The spectacular climax to Samson and Delilah allows us to forget such dubious highlights as Samson's struggl
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This DVD is evidently a bootleg and a very bad one. The DVD cover is of poor quality as is the disc print, obviously homemade.
That is not to mention the movie itself which looks like a clip downloaded from low quality Youtube!!!! And I don't mention the menu....
And a thing that really disapoints me is the fact that I got it from Amazon and that I am not used to that kind of low quality product at their store.
I'm sorry to say this but, in the future when I make an order at Amazon, I'll make sure it's not from GROOVEYARD.
a class act all the way. The "Ten commandments" &"Ben Hur" were all
great epics in their rights but I'm I alone when I say we're really
just waiting for the parting of the red sea and the chariot race.
This epic was told entertainingly (and mercifully) at 128 minutes
and has just as many glorious technicolor moments as the later award
winners. The so called drugged lion fight is actually no better or
worse than say "Hercules" or "Demetrius and the Gladiators" Keep in
mind this is 1949, The choregraphed Man vs.beast dance was still in
its infant stage. There's also the wedding feast fight and the bone
of an Ass massacre not to mention Climatic collapse of the mighty
Dagon temple. I hope that Paramount pays attention to detail when<BRthey finally put this technicolor wonder out on disc with original
trailer (I know Greatest show on earth is out this month so maybe
just maybe) "I'll need no eyes to find you"
Our only quibble is with the way Dagon is portrayed in the temple scene. All the decor is Babylonian, and the idol looks like Moloch, the Canaanite sun god to whom certain kings of Judah used to sacrifice infants until commanded by God, through King Josiah, to desist (2 Chron. 28:3; 33:6; Jer. 7:31; 32:35; 2 Kings 23:10). The Philistines were related to the Phoenicians, not the Babylonians. Their wealth came from the sea. Dagon was an ocean god like Neptune, and was portrayed as a fish or a merman. The only decor in the movie that properly reflects Dagon are Delilah's fish earrings in the wedding scene.
This should be released on DVD so that like Miriam says at the end, we can watch his story "for a thousand years"!
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I enjoyed this movie every bit as much as I did many years ago when I saw it the first time. It's a true classic and worth of collecting in my opinion.Published 24 months ago by GordBren
I remember watching this biblical move with my dad many years ago and loved it.They do not make movies like this anymore.That;s sad. Read morePublished on July 2 2014 by janette
I LOVED this movie when I was a kid! And watching it at my now makes me love it even more. It helps to understand the little things more than I used to. :)Published on May 15 2010 by Abigail O. Ryks
Yeah, I give the film "four stars" but my main reason for submitting is to set the record straight. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Reginald D. Garrard
when the inimitable groucho marx was asked if he was going to attend the premiere of this movie, he responded that he refused to go to any movie where the hero had a bigger chest... Read morePublished on April 22 2004
I have always loved this movie since I was a kid. I want to purchase this movie but I prefer to wait until it is released on DVD. Why isn't this movie on DVD? Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by filmflavor
I like this movie. Wish it were on DVD. But why is it on 2 tapes? The movie only runs 128 minutes! Why did they divide it? I have movies that run MUCH longer on a single tape. Read morePublished on March 7 2004