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Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Jack Hawkins , Joan Collins , Howard Hawks  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis, James Robertson Justice
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Harold Jack Bloom, Harry Kurnitz, William Faulkner
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Arthur Siteman, Chuck Hansen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OHZJIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Land of the Pharaohs" on IMDb

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The Great Pharaoh orders architech Vashtar to build him the highest pyramid in the world as his tomb. After fifteen years, the work slows as the treasury diminishes. The Pharaoh tries to exact tribute from Cypress, which is ruled by the beautiful and ruthless Princess Nellifer. Impressed with her abilities to charm, the Pharaoh marries her. But Mellifer plots to kill the ruling family - so she can rule Egypt.

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Last! April 23, 2007
Format:DVD
Well, I thought it would never come out on DVD. Perhaps it's my passion for all things ancient Egyptian, but I have always loved this wonderfully enjoyable epic. Howard Hawks was a director who steadfastly refused to be pigeon-holed, making everything from Bogey's "The Big Sleep" to sci-fi classic "The Thing" (although he credited editor Christian Nyby instead of himself) to stock car racing "Red Line 7000." Here he takes a shot at "historical" epic and does a damned entertaining job of it. Pharaoh Jack Hawkins plays straightman to Joan Collins' campy concubine while James Robertson Justice does a terrific job of keeping a straight face as a tomb architect. Amidst all the stone monuments, the only thing wooden is Dewey Martin as Justice's son. All this may not sound like a **** movie, but it's a guilty pleasure I've watched so many times on VHS that it's embarrassing. That's gotta be worth extra credit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars About the Korean Version September 20, 2005
Format:DVD
This DVD version is letterbox, but that's about all one can appreciate in this edition. Picture quality doesn't even match the VHS version. Large crowd scenes have characteristic jiggle common to VHS. Focus is not sharp and crisp.

I compared my VHS with the DVD and the VHS actually had better picture quality, albeit pan & scan full-screen. I would wait for the studio edition of this DVD (if it ever happens.)
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bogdanovich Commentary Stinks July 5, 2007
Format:DVD
The only thing that mars this beautiful presentation is Bogdavoch's commentary. Not only does he have nothing positive to say about the film, he actually has NOTHING to say at all. His presence on the track can only be explained by his having an old taped interview with Hawks in which he leads the director to discuss DeMille and dump on his movie. A total waste of time when there is so much to behold on screen. But get it anyway! It's a great 'Land'."
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LAND OF THE PHAROAHS EXTENDED EDITION January 18, 2007
Format:DVD
COME ON WARNERS, PLEASE RESTORE AND REMASTER LAND OF THE PHAROAHS FOR OVERDUE DVD RELEASE.

THE LASER DISC WAS VERY BLUE BUT WE THEN AT LEAST HAD A LEGAL WIDESCREEN COPY FOR OUR NOW OUTDATED LASER PLAYERS.

ALSO, AS WITH A STAR IS BORN (1954), PLEASE CARRY OUT A SEARCH FOR THE LOST FOOTAGE EXCISED FROM LAND OF THE PHAROAHS PRIOR TO ORIGINAL RELEASE

IN 1955. TWENTY OR SO MINUTES WERE DELETED FROM THE RELEASE PRINT AND IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO SEE THE FULL VERSION FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF WE FANS OF FILMS PRODUCED IN OR SET IN EGYPT, AND THOUGH WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DVD RELEASE OF 1980'S SPHINX, ANOTHER REVIEWER HAS MENTIONED THE AS-YET-UNAVAILABLE, PROPER STUDIO DVD VERSIONS OF THE EGYPTIAN AND VALLEY OF THE KINGS.

ALL OF THESE FILMS HAVE HUGE FAN BASES SO PLEASE GRANT OUR WISHES FOR THEIR RESURRECTION, RESTORATION AND RELEASE TO THE HOME VIEWING MARKET FOR THEY ARE ALL FILMS THAT INVITE REPEATED VIEWINGS AND NOT JUST A ONCE ONLY VISIT.

THAT WE STILL WANT THEM FIFTY YEARS AFTER FIRST RELEASE IS PROOF ENOUGH.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Am sure that we all are glad that finally TIME/WARNER decided to release this Movie on DVD. Hopefully soon followed by other long neglected films of the 1950th vintage. Like "THE EGYPTIAN" and "VALLEY OF THE KINGS," (ALL STILL GATHERING "STAR DUST," ON THE TIME/WARNER FILM LIBRARY VAULT).

The screenplay for this CLASSIC MOVIE was written by no other than the great American literary genius: "WILLIAM FAULKNER."

Director Howard Hawks, worked brilliantly on this large scale epic, a gigantic production filmed on location in Egypt, using thousands of extras. This movie plot would take you to the time of the building of the Great pyramid at Giza, for Pharaoh Khufu, this Pharaoh is been played here by Jack Hawkings (who also starred on the epic film "Ben Hur.")

Also as the Pharaoh's second wife mistress, you can see the sexy newly arrival to Hollywood of "Joan Collins" (in one of her first starring roles) long before her "Dynasty's Persona Character," whose insatiable lust-greed, would lead to murder, betrayal and much more on this movie plot.

"Land of the Pharaohs" is a very entertaining film, which along with the story featuring the saga of an slaved conquered nation, one which is finally allowed to return to their promise land along with their fellow architect, the designer of this "Seven Wonder of the World," after the death of the conquering Pharaoh. All of them set free by a benevolent "High Priest," upon the completion and sealing of the Great Pyramid as this wonderfull film ends.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Seems strange that this movie is still gathering "Star Dust" on 'Time/Warner Film Vault Library' when it carries an screenplay gemstone, written by no other than the great American literary genius: WILLIAM FAULKNER. While sadly now, only poor Korean copies are circulating the internet for the sale of this classic.

I only wish that this film, with some help from us, that by our favorable votes on this review, would let the studio know that we need it now finally released on Anamorphic Widescreen DVD format fully restored, preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition in Cinemascope. Along with the movies "Samson and Delilah," "The Egyptian" and "Valley of the Kings (A Warner Bro. Movie)," all of which are also classic films been sorrow ignored and neglected by those people in charge, at the Studios Corporate Suites.

But for all of us who love and appreciate classic Hollywood's movies of the 1950th vintage, we fell that it is now time for the Movie Studios Executives and in particular those at "Time/Warner" to take time, do please listen to our requests and fully remaster fully restored on DVC copies of all these clasic movies. Ending once and for all this benign neglect to these wonderful feature films of that era.

Director Howard Hawks, worked brilliantly on this large scale epic, a gigantic production filmed on location in Egypt, using thousands of extras. This movie plot takes place during the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza, for Pharaoh Khufu, played here by Jack Hawkings, who also starred on the epic film "Ben Hur.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 52 minutes ago by mattiedaniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back the Classics.
This movie is what made getting into your car, driving several miles and sitting with hundreds of people to see. This is a classic. The acting was superb!
Published 4 hours ago by Richard Pieczarka
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Pharaohs
I like to collect old classic movies. This is one of my absolute favorites, since they don't make movies like this anymore with hundreds of real extras.
Published 17 days ago by MICHAEL DUREE
2.0 out of 5 stars Epic looks great, but poor script
I really wanted to like this film. The opening scenes are pretty impressive as we see thousands of Egyptians accompanying the Pharaoh (Jack Hawkins) on his return from a campaign. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eugene
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite
I love this film. The acting is good, the storyline is also good. The scenery is in character with the Egyptian story. I will enjoy this one for many years to come.
Published 1 month ago by susan candy-luterman
5.0 out of 5 stars She gets it in the end
I have become a Howard Hawks fan over the years collecting movies. I prefer movies with good dialogue and short on special effects. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Stephen Franks
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Pharoahs Merits
Great storyline of a Pharoah who is tricked by a scheming woman who wants what belongs to him, his power , his wealth, but not him, and gets it but in the end, pays with her very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ravenwoo53
5.0 out of 5 stars "This is your kingdom!"
I have very fond memories of this movie, having watched it on TV eons ago. To finally have my own copy, to watch anytime I want to, is great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen of the Nile... Almost.
A grand scale production by famed director Howard Hawks. Filmed on location, some 9787 extras were employed most of which were actually recruited from the ranks of the modern... Read more
Published 3 months ago by keith m. orr
3.0 out of 5 stars Great scenarios but very poor dialogs and actings
You can only enjoy the locations and the numerous extras. The plot is very weak. The build of the pyramids is another interesting feature of the film.
Published 3 months ago by Carlos Alejandro Molina
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