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The Ten Commandments (Three-Disc 50th Anniversary Collection) (1956)

Theodore Roberts , Charles de Rochefort , Cecil B. DeMille  |  G |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Estelle Taylor
  • Directors: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Writers: A.E. Southon, Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Fredric M. Frank, J.H. Ingraham, Jack Gariss
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 356 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ten Commandments (Three-Disc 50th Anniversary Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes 1956 Oscar-winning version and Cecil B. DeMille's original 1923 silent version
  • Hand-tinted footage of the Exodus and Parting of the Red Sea Sequence from the 1923 version
  • Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of "Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic, The Ten Commandments," on both the 1956 and 1923 versions
  • 6-part, 37-minute "making of" documentary, featuring interviews with Charlton Heston and composer Elmer Bernstein, among others
  • Newsreel footage of the New York premiere
  • 3 theatrical trailers: 1956 "Making of" trailer, 1966 re-release trailer, 1989 re-release trailer

Editorial Reviews

For sheer pageantry and spectacle, few motion pictures can claim to equal the splendor of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 remake of his epic The Ten Commandments. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, this version tells the story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston), once favored in the Pharaoh's (Yul Brynner) household, who turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom. With a rare on-screen introduction by Cecil B. DeMille himself, this unforgettable movie experience is enhanced by a Dolby surround stereo soundtrack.

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82 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Like many admirers of DeMille, I was delighted when this 50th Anniversary Edition appeared but then, profoundly disappointed with what it contains. This movie has had two previous DVD releases and to my eyes, the presentation here is not an improvement on earlier outings.

Unlike Warners magnificent restoration of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, GONE WITH THE WIND and WIZARD OF OZ (amng others) which were digitally restored, frame by frame, Paramount has merely assembled the best archive print it can and remixed the soundtrack.

As for the "extras", surely a film which was in production & pre-production for almost 5 years & cost $13 million to make , had a ton of archive materials - photos, stills, memos, storyboards etc- that could have been included? The documentary seemed underproduced and cheaply done. Where was Debra Paget? Where was Nina Foch? Where was Yvonne De Carlo? All major players in the film and still very much alive! What great memories they would have had to share! Instead, we get an old interview with Heston and two minor bitpart players (one, Eugene Mazzola who played Ramses son, offers little as he was only 12 at the time!). And what about Clint Walker? Every time he makes an appearance as a guard (which is often), we are told this by the irritating commentator, as though it was some momentous event - well, if so, why didn't they interview him? He's a nice guy & loves talking about his career.

So, Paramount, I am giving the DVD set just 3 stars but only because it is good to finally have the silent version available at last. But given the fact that De Mille's own private archive is extensive and comprehensive I am surprised the De Mille Estate was not more fully involved in this.

Three DVDs in a matter of 8 years seems to me to be milking the cow without any effort. Will there be a Super Collectors' Edition next year? If so, I hope it's an improvement on this!

An opportunity missed!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic film, but is it worth the upgrade? March 16, 2006
There is little I can say that will add to the discussion of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 VistaVision classic "The Ten Commandments." Love it or hate it, it is impossible to rank the film as anything less than a monumental chapter in the history of cinema.
As for the DVD, the question posed is this: Is the new 50th Anniversary Edition worth the upgrade? The answer depends on your circumstances. If you have never purchased the film on DVD or own only the bare-bones 1999 DVD edition, then I would highly recommend picking up Paramount's newest release of the film. In addition to the 1956 classic (presented in anamorphic widescreen; note to editors: the aspect ratios of VistaVision films are 1.85:1, not 2.20:1 as claimed above), the DVD offers six featurettes detailing various aspects of the film's production, audio commentary by DeMille historian Katherine Orrison, and three trailers, including the 1956 "Making Of" trailer featuring DeMille himself. This three disc set also includes the first DVD release of DeMille's 1923 silent film version of "The Ten Commandments" in black and white and in its original Academy Standard (1.33:1) aspect ratio; the film also features commentary by Orrison.
However, if you own the 2004 Special Collector's Edition release, there is nothing in this set you do not already have, except for the silent film. There are no new special features in this set, and the transfer is identical to the 2004 release. If you own the 2004 DVD, I would recommend saving your money unless you are eager to own the original silent film. For those who do not own any DVD edition of "The Ten Commandments," I highly recommend picking up a copy of this set; it offers the best opportunity to view a true Hollywood masterpiece.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful


Over the years I have seen this film dozens of times, but this is by far the best rendering I have seen yet. The 1956 edition is as pristine a restoration as I have ever seen. It is "Widescreen" and plays in either English or French with English subtitles available.



***** TRAILERS: - 1956 'MAKING OF', '1966 RE-RELEASE', '1989 RE-RELEASE'


***** COMMENTARY: KATHERINE ORRISON for both the 1923 & 1956 film included -- This is about as good as movie commentary gets. Many subjects, like camels 1300 years before any were in Egypt and Biblical errors, are discussed in detail. I suggest seeing the film without commentary first and listening to the commentary during a subsequent viewing, because she speaks non-stop for 3.5 hours.



To make a relatively-modern film regarding the story of Moses would have been much easier if it DID NOT have to appeal to such a broad audience. With its huge epic scope and the tremendous cost that came with "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS," certain compromises were necessary so that the huge costs could be recouped. However, I believe the film, like the message of the Ten Commandments within the Bible, is meant to be available and, hopefully, compelling for a universal audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ten Commandments
My purchase of "The Ten Commandments" far surpassed my expectations. The quality of the boxed packaging artwork and dvds were excellent! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ann Marie Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Girl
Love this movie. Most have seen it. This is a excellent copy. I have watched it a million times and still pick up on things I hadn't noticed before. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Morgan Granger
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I've always loved this movie! Definitely one of my favorite movies of all times. Totally recommend it for anyone to purchase.
Published 2 months ago by JMR
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
I admit I cannot stand this movie, but I bought it because my husband loves it and lost his copy in Hurricane Katrina. I just hope he never watches it when I am in the room.
Published 2 months ago by T. Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Good classic set.
I enjoyed the modern version, but it is the original that was really the treasure. The two versions are different, but the silent version is a great one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Kandel
3.0 out of 5 stars Ten Commandents
I did not care for this version of Moses, in the Ten Commandments. I believe it was too dramatic, Fake like a soap opera...... It seemed too much like Hollywood
Published 3 months ago by Courtney Maas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
All time great movie, that we need to watch to see how God has delivered people, and how miracle can happen.
Published 3 months ago by doll
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of my favorites. The movie is excellent. Cecil B DeMille did a wonderful job on this adaption of Moses
Published 3 months ago by Jordan Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the great epics of all time
This has always been one of my favorite movies and now that I own it, I can watch it anytime I feel like it! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Hockey
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