The Ten Commandments (Three-Disc 50th Anniversary Collection)
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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!
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 Amazon.com 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.
Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture (it lost to Mike Todd's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS), THE TEN COMMANDMENTS tells the life of Moses (Charlton Heston) from infancy to old age in ancient Egypt. Though secretly Hebrew, he lives the life of a pharaoh. The supporting cast is very impressive-Yul Brynner as Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, lovely Debra Paget as Lilia and John Derek as Joshua (their career performances), Martha Scott and Yvonne DeCarlo, evil Vincent Price, and literally a cast of thousands during the Exodus climax. DeMille had many technical advisors and believed "the film was made in the office", meaning when the screenplay was completely finished line for line and scene for scene. He prided himself on having every single extra know exactly who they were playing and what they were doing story-wise.Read more ›
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An all time favorite of my young granddaughter. Great to have a home copy so we can view without commercials and I can pause it to answer her many questions. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Cheri
The movie was great, my only con is that the DVD case was kind of scratched when I got it, and worn out.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've watch this movie ever since I was 5 years old, and the scene where Moses divides the Red Sea still gives me chills right to this day. Read morePublished 3 months ago by coralpink
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I have a similar dejavu, but I'm not sure it isn't from another "costume piece" as my mother used to call historical movies. Does anyone have any ideas? Spartacus or some other epic?
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Pelicula viene solo en Frances e Ingles. Desafortunadamente no esta disponible en espanol en Amazon. Yo pude conseguir 2 versiones en espanol en la web, una es en espanol (de espana) y la otra en espanol (latino america).
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