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Joseph and His Brethren

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From the pages of the Old Testament comes the story of Joseph, beloved son of Jacob and steadfast servant of God. He is presented as the favored son of Jacob and Rachel, sold as a boy into slavery by his brothers, who were jealous of Joseph's dreams and of his coat of many colors given him by Jacob. In Egypt, Joseph gained a position of authority in the household of his master, Potiphar, and was later imprisoned on the false accusations of Potiphar's wife. He was released after interpreting Pharaoh's dream of the lean and fat cows. Pharaoh renamed him Zaphnath-paaneah and took him into favor. Due to the obedience of Joseph to his God, Egypt is greatly blessed. Joseph's recognition of his brothers in the famine years when he was governor over Egypt is a famous scene. Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; RT - 101 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 1.85:1 / 16x9; Year - 1962; SRP - $9.99 Bonus Features: Actor Bios, Bible Character Bios, Digitally Re-mastered, Previews

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  • Actors: Geoffrey Horne, Robert Morley, Belinda Lee, Vira Silenti, Terence Hill
  • Directors: Irving Rapper, Luciano Ricci
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQSIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2010
Format: DVD
I had been hearing lots (and I mean, LOTS) of negative things about this movie, which, strangely, piqued my curiosity in it all the more (albeit in a disgusting way. Disgusted curiosity, in other words). I finally got to see it sometime ago - for free, thank heavens - and wow, it was even worse than I thought. It surpassed my low expectations. I would've thought it was a spoof or something, but from what I've heard, the film makers of this movie were *serious* in the making of this.
Wow, were they for real?

I'd never imagined a film as... as WACKO as this one could possibly exist on the face of the earth. For one thing, they got a lot of the Bible facts wrong, such as Jacob travelling w/ his sons to Egypt to rescue Simeon, and the baker (the guy in the prison who was executed) as Asenath's FATHER (erm, the Word clearly states that her father was the high priest of On, dearie, NOT the baker!).
Additionally, as Alfred D Byrd's review so eloquently stated, the characters and story were just WEIRD. The way they acted, the way the plot was executed - it was just weirdness to the max. Eh, a lot of examples of the craziness that was this movie was already mentioned, so let me see if I can add a few more... oh! Before the brothers sell Joseph into slavery, they get into this huge fight (the whole lot vs Joseph and Reuben) with the most abnormal-looking movements. Goodness, I don't even know how to mentally "choreograph" it...

And the costuming was so weird. The nemes headdresses actually reminded me of elephant ears. Real Egyptian nemeses were not that... elephant-like.

The only nice thing about this movie is the scene in which Joseph and Asenath get together, and Joseph says something really beautiful and poetic (gasp!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alfred D. Byrd on February 2, 2009
Format: DVD
Sometimes something that you expected to be bad turns out to be worse than you imagined. A case in point is the movie Joseph and His Brethren, which a theologian friend of mine told me was "the worst Biblical movie that I've seen." His comment did not prepare me for what I saw.

Let me put the film into its proper perspective: Joseph and His Brethren is a low-budget Italian sword-and-sandals epic from a time of innocence when we were young, and as such has all the excesses of such films, including the obligatory scene with dancing girls. Seen as such, the movie is fun in a campy way, especially if one is in the mood for some Mystery Science Theater 3000 dialog with the screen. As an enactment of one of the most beloved accounts of the Bible, though -- well, judge for yourself.

The movie starts out well enough with some strong chemistry between Joseph (Geoffrey Horne) and his little brother, Benjamin, and a cleverly done scene in which Joseph sorts out a dispute over the ownership of sheep by enacting a Martin Gardner mind-teaser on screen. The scenes in which Joseph excites his older brothers' jealousy are serviceable, if not great.

Things start to take a turn for the strange, though, when the brothers sell Joseph to Ishmaelite traders named Muhammad and Ali, forsooth! In Egypt, though, Joseph rises at once in the world as in the slave market he saves the life of his future master, Potiphar, with arcane knowledge of the medical practice of bloodletting. In Potiphar's house Joseph becomes even more valued for his ability to make the best wine in Egpyt and his innovative practice of making his masters feel better by flogging them with branches. I guess that I've missed these abilities every time I've read Genesis through, but, oh, well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary A. Smith on March 26, 2014
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I won't bother to discuss the merits or lack thereof of the movie Joseph and His Brethren here except to say I don't think it is nearly as bad as some of the other reviewers do. The VCI DVD is another matter entirely. This was previously available from VCI in an Epics of the Old Testament box set. Supposedly it was remastered since then and released as this single disc. Totally bogus. This is the same mediocre transfer as before with a full frame image cropped on the top and bottom to approximate a 1.85 picture. The original aspect ratio is 2.35 so why even bother with the incorrect widescreen at all. Even worse is that one of the most pivotal scenes in the story, the seduction of Joseph by Potiphar's wife, has been cut out. This must have been done intentionally (it's a Christian Classic, you know) because VCI's VHS tape, which was obviously taken from the same source, had the scene intact. The best thing about Joseph and His Brethren is Belinda Lee and now her best scene has been cut.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Jensen on December 30, 2008
Format: DVD
First, if you want a DVD about Joseph, buy the DVD "Jacob and Joseph." It is well-worth it. Don't waste your money on this DVD.

This DVD "Joseph and his Brethren" is not faithful to scripture. The worst example is that it portrays Joseph as an angry, rebellious young man, not the upright, industrious man in scripture.

There are other instances which run even more in direct contradiction to scripture. I bought this DVD several months ago, and watched it only once. I forget exactly what these were, but if you watch the video, and you know Genesis, you will see the contradictions. I don't plan to watch this again, so I will not bother to find what the problems were exactly. But take my word for it, you will be disappointed if you buy this.
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