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Esther (2000)

Louise Lombard , F. Murray Abraham , Raffaele Mertes  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louise Lombard, F. Murray Abraham, Jrgen Prochnow, Thomas Kretschmann, Ornella Muti
  • Directors: Raffaele Mertes
  • Writers: Sandy Niemand
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Z2X7GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Esther" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Rescuing God's people from destruction, Esther is a symbol of hope, the virtue that gives men and women strength in the darkest moments, and which, for the Bible, is founded on God's promise. Starring Louise Lombard (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Thomas Kretschmann (Valkyrie) and Jurgen Prochnow (The Da Vinci Code). Approximately 90 minutes.

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a woman of courage March 14, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Of all the Bible sories, I find the The Book of Esther does not flow as easily as others, but nevertheless, this film based on the story is interesting; it is faithful to scripture, with a few additions to fill out the plot.
Queen Esther is beautifully cast with English actress Louise Lombard (seen in 2004's "Hidalgo"), and Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham excellent as her cousin and guardian Mordecai.
King Ahasuerus (historically known as Xerxes) is a character I find hard to like; he appears to be an indecisive and capricious man, who puts all his trust in the evil Haman (well played by German actor Jurgen Prochnow). It is Esther who courageously stands up to Haman when he tries to annihilate all the Jews of the land.
The main addition to the story is the inclusion of Ezra as a friend of Mordechai. Ezra was the scribe and priest who led a remnant of the Jewish captives back to Jerusalem, but this would come twenty years later, under the reign of King Artaxerxes, in 457 B.C. Having Ezra in the story also emphasizes the importance of God, whereas in the Book of Esther, no mention of God is made.
Directed by Raffaele Mertes (who was the cinematographer for most of the other films in this television series), it has a good score by Carlo Siliotto, lovely cinematography by Giovanni Galasso in the exotic area of Quarzazate, Morocco, with the use of a wonderful color palette in the costumes, using rich earth tones and shades of teal and olive greens.
The story of Esther is the basis for the Jewish Festival of Purim, which is a grand time for children; it's a time to dress up in costumes and masks, eat sweets, and best of all, twirl one's gragger (noisemaker) whenever Haman's name is mentioned in the reading of the story.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I cried, I laughed, I cheered, & exalted! January 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
As a born again Christian, lover of history, beauty, & courage, Esther was such an inspiration to me. A few liberties were taken (ie. God is never mentioned in the Book of Esther, while He is in the movie.) But these liberties actually succeeded in bringing out the meaning of the Biblical story. Some of the acting done by the actors playing the eunuchs was a little stilted, but it also didn't damage the progression of the story. This movie is an excellent teaching tool to get people interested in the Bible. It tells a story of a young woman who is an example for women of all ages. Esther is courageous, honest, graceful, empathetic, & a woman of integrity & dignity. Through her bravery, faith, & wisdom she brought the enemy of her people down & gained the respect & love of her young, impetuous, & immature husband who was a reluctant king. Because of her qualities Esther didn't have to use ruthlessness & vulgarity, or dishonesty to bring down her & her people's enemies. Because of her dignity she won the place as partner with her husband in ruling Persia, & certainly her husband needed someone who could help him in his responsibilities & help him to grow up & rule responsibly. So many girls & women in our society could use Esther as their role model. She was Every Woman & a Lady! She was truly a "Liberated woman."
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST January 16, 2001
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Format:DVD
I MUST SAY I'M A CRITIC, BUT THIS MOVIE IS REALLY REALLY GREAT!! IT IS SCRIPTUAL AND THE ACTORS DID A GREAT JOB. ESTHER WAS NOT PORTRAYED AS A HOLLYWOOD STAR, BUT AS A JEW. THE KING IS THE COMIC IN THIS MOVIE. I LOVED HIS FIRST MEETING WITH ESTHER, A TRUE ROMANCE. MORDECAI AND ESTHER'S TRUE TEST OF FAITH WILL MAKE YOU LOVE THE STORY MORE. I JUST DISAGREED WITH THE PART OF ESTHER'S ENTRANCE INTO THE COURT TO SPEAK TO THE KING, WHERE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HOLD OUT THE SCEPTURE TO HER, INSTEAD OF HIM LEAVING HIS THRONE TO MEET AND SPEAK TO HER. WELL PUT TOGETHER FOR THE 20TH CENTURY. WE DON'T SEE MUCH OF THESE BIBLICAL MOVIES NOWADAYS. THEY SHOULD MAKE MORE LIKE THESE AND THE ONES OF TIME PAST, LIKE A.D. TEN COMMANDMENTS, BEN-HER AND JESUS OF NAZARETH. THESE MOVIES MAKE YOU THINK THAT THE ACTORS AND THE SETTINGS PORTRAYED IN THE MOVIE WAS HOW IT REALLY HAPPENED. THESE PRODUCERS SPEND MILLIONS TO MAKE THESE "SO CALLED GREAT MOVIES" WITH NO SENSE AND MORALS. I REALLY WISH THEY WOULD PUT THEIR MILLIONS INTO MAKING THESE BIBLICAL MOVIES. PLEASE KEEP MAKING MORE. I THINK DANIEL AND THE THREE HEBREW BOYS WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT MOVIE.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This movie is very well done for a made-for-TV movie!

The story of Esther is VERY accurate and faithful to the actual Bible scriptures! The actress playing Esther is much prettier in the movie than on the cover of the DVD, yet she does a great job of portraying Esther as a smart, resourceful women doing her best in impossible situations.

This movie is one of about a dozen Bible films that were made during the 1990's by this same company, "Lube"-- a European production company making great films for an American audience. All the films are shot speaking English.

You can save money by purchasing "The Bible Series Box Set," which features Esther, plus equally good movies of JEREMIAH and SOLOMON. Esther is the most Biblically precise telling, while the other two films have to cover much larger chunks of scripture, so the producers had to move story elements around to fit a movie length, but they are all three equally enjoyable and educational for Bible lovers.

Some of the other Lube movies are starting to finally come out on DVD, such as JACOB and JOSEPH, via TNT, the cable TV giant, whom I suppose purchased the DVD rights. JACOB and JOSEPH are also up to the same quality standards as ESTHER, JEREMIAH, and SOLOMON. I think that MOSES and ABRAHAM are also part of the Lube Productions output, but I'm not sure, since I have yet to view MOSES and ABRAHAM. I plan to buy the rest very soon.

These DVDs of the Lube Productions are the most consistently high quality and Biblically accurate series of Bible movies that I have ever seen available on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great movies to see.
Published 4 days ago by Michael McIntosh
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Published 12 days ago by Seer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story about a beautiful woman.
This is a beautiful re-telling of a story by a magnificent woman from the Bible. Beautifully cast and directed.
Published 21 days ago by GHS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie
Published 24 days ago by nancy Cayetano
4.0 out of 5 stars This is version is more biblically correct than others that ...
This is version is more biblically correct than others that I have seen. I would've gone in a different direction than the actor who played the king. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was added to my Library
Published 1 month ago by Pauline Gogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely movie
i was very well surprised with this movie. avoid other versions of Esther. either watch this or more importantly read it in your bible :)
Published 1 month ago by Jack Dashing
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie reminds me of the book, The Secret, There is always a blessing in a negative situation.
Published 1 month ago by glenn smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is well made and close enough to scripturally accurate.
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