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Samson & Delilah (1949)

Hedy Lamarr , Victor Mature , Cecil B. DeMille  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Henry Wilcoxon
  • Directors: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Journey through time to a gloriously extravagant Biblical setting of lust, violence, and betrayal in this meticulously restored Oscarr-winning* classic from legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. Victor Mature flexes his muscles through such scenes as Samson's barehanded battle with a lion, a single-handed assault on a thousand Philistine soldiers and the spectacular climax where he pulls down the pagan temple. All that action makes the picture exciting. But it's the seductive lady with the scissors, inimitably played by Hedy Lamarr that truly makes it great entertainment.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACLE AND ROMANCE A LA DEMILLE March 14, 2013
By Casey62
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In the history of filmmaking, no other director handled the genre of Biblical epics with more panache and reverence than Cecil B. DeMille. Yet, in his entire celebrated career the director made only five such movies: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1923), KING OF KINGS (1927), THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932), SAMSON AND DELILAH (1949), and his own remake of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956).

The fourth film in DeMille's Biblical canon is his most passionate, and its style and structure was responsible for inspiring the highly successful Italian sword and sandal sub-genre a decade later. From the moment that scroll unfurls introducing the opening title - CECIL B. DEMILLE'S SAMSON AND DELILAH - you know you're going to be in for a thoroughly satisfying viewing experience. Offering rip-roaring action, colorful spectacle, and sensual romance all presented in an engaging storytelling manner, this is a masterpiece of the kind only DeMille could make. The picture manages to stay quite faithful to the Bible account in Judges 13-16, with only a few instances where Jesse L. Lasky, Jr. and Fredric M. Frank's script takes dramatic license. For instance, the film depicts Samson's bride and Delilah as sisters whereas the Bible doesn't substantiate such a relationship between them. Also, in the movie Samson is blinded by a red-hot blade held close to his eyes, while in the actual account they're bored out of their sockets. Aside from these textual deviations the film is a largely accurate, vivid dramatization of the most famous romantic betrayal in recorded history.

Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr flesh out definitive portrayals in the lead roles; Mature is beefy and totally at ease playing the straying strongman whose weakness is women, and Lamarr is the epitome of the beautiful seductress who betrays him.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And when he called upon his God... July 8, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
One of DeMille's finest, from the sets and costumes to the superb acting and expressive music. Even the bit players are wonderful (look for George Reeves as the wounded Messenger relating the Battle of Ramath-Lehi to an incredulous George Sanders in terms that echoed the intro to Reeves' most famous role a few years later!). Lamarr is stunning, Mature is intense ("Look about you, Delilah..."), Sanders plays himself as the world-weary Seran of Gaza. Even ol'warhorse and longtime DeMille associate Henry Wilcoxson gets to shine as Prince Atur (he was originally supposed to play Samson, but was considered too old). There is no counting of the stars. Five is not nearly enough.
Our only quibble is with the way Dagon is portrayed in the temple scene. All the decor is Babylonian, and the idol looks like Moloch, the Canaanite sun god to whom certain kings of Judah used to sacrifice infants until commanded by God, through King Josiah, to desist (2 Chron. 28:3; 33:6; Jer. 7:31; 32:35; 2 Kings 23:10). The Philistines were related to the Phoenicians, not the Babylonians. Their wealth came from the sea. Dagon was an ocean god like Neptune, and was portrayed as a fish or a merman. The only decor in the movie that properly reflects Dagon are Delilah's fish earrings in the wedding scene.
This should be released on DVD so that like Miriam says at the end, we can watch his story "for a thousand years"!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New DVD of Samson and Delilah 1949 February 2, 2013
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After having the laser disc of this film for years now, they finally release it on DVD. I'm thinking this going to be the same as the laser disc( which is the best transfer so far. It was DeMilles own print, wich is the Road Show Version, With Overture and Exit music. There is also a seperate Music track with the isolated music Score by Victor Young ( one of his best Scores).The print was flawless.I don't know why Paramount hasn't thought of releasing this before they have had it since the early ninety's. Now its time for a cd release of the Complete score.I do hope this is the version thats coming out. Addendem: 02/27/2013 Just finished viewing the New Samson and Delilah It's the same as the laser disc With The overture and Exit Music, but no seperate music Track. The Transfer is Just magnificent The dolby mono soundtrack is Fine. It deserves 5 Stars.
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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the blu-ray will be available when? December 17, 2012
A recent announcement for this release stated: "The original nitrate three-strip Technicolor negatives were scanned in 4K, and the three strip image was registered, cleaned and color corrected in 4K. In addition, DeMille's original nitrate print was used in order to complete the original music overture and special effect work was done to clean up original optical images, a particularly tricky three-strip challenge. Finally, the original mono audio track was cleaned up and restored." Let me get this straight, Paramount went through all this, sparing no expense, for a standard DVD only release? I would have to give this restoration effort five stars, as well as five for the original film, which I adore. But, can the same company that gave us WINGS in BD in the initial release and a blu-ray of the original 1923 TEN COMMANDMENTS in the deluxe box set really be serious? Please, Paramount, stop kidding around and announce the blu-ray, already. Some of us were believing you wanted to lead us into the 21st Century blu-ray medium, not deny its existence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So clear and beautiful.
Published 5 hours ago by Antonio L Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This one is a classic!
Published 10 hours ago by Granny B
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
good film
Published 5 days ago by Jonathan Thorsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Biblically Accurate and Not Great but Not Bad
I wouldn't watch this for it's biblical accuracy because it takes some generous liberties in the story, and I wouldn't watch for its plot, because at times it's melodramatic or... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jared
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Movie Classic
Published 8 days ago by Jeremiah F. Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy watching it
Even though there are some things that are "Hollywood's Padding", this movie still has enough Bible truths in it that make it worth the purchase. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Beverly Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cecil Demille's greatest masterpieces. Great settings
One of Cecil Demille's greatest masterpieces. Great settings, great costumes, and a great performance from Victure Mature. A great story of strength, seduction, and betrayal. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Ben Lombardi
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic. I remember watching it when I ...
It's a classic. I remember watching it when I was younger. Sure the special effects are outdated but movie is definitely worth watching
Published 13 days ago by P.Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 15 days ago by grant cornett
4.0 out of 5 stars SAMSON & DELIAH
Cecil B. DeMille epic from the Bible. Hedy Lamar as Deliah is very good. Many believe she is the most beautiful woman ever to be in film. Read more
Published 20 days ago by James R. Morrella
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