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Story of Jacob & Joseph [VHS] (1974)

Keith Michell , Tony Lo Bianco , Mihalis Kakogiannis  |  PG |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Keith Michell, Tony Lo Bianco, Colleen Dewhurst, Herschel Bernardi, Harry Andrews
  • Directors: Mihalis Kakogiannis
  • Writers: Ernest Kinoy
  • Producers: Mildred Freed Alberg, Roni Ya'ackov
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Greek
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: February 25, 1997
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302690412
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brother against brother in a classic tale of envy and greed.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Jacob and Joseph, TVM April 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very good, albeit rather basic account of the Biblical stories of Jacob and Joseph. It gives a fine account of the two Patriachs, in one part each, with very little poetic licence or interpretation. It was shot on location in the Middle East, and many of the actors speak with a very distinct accent on their English, which adds enormously to the film's sense of 'long ago and far away'. This is especially true of Laban and Pharoh. The only critisism is that the second part-Joseph- probably deserved a little longer running time and budget, with the sets and costumes not quite up to the true spectacle of ancient Egypt. But overall this production is a very worthy portrayal of the events.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This lavish Biblical drama of 1974 has been produced in two parts. The First part tells the story of Jacob fleeing his tribe when he cheats his brother out of his birthright, gets cheated himself in his exile years while learning of the need to make amends. The second part is of the story of Jacob's favourite son, Joseph. Betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers, he meets and overcomes all adversity to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, second only to the Pharoah.

This is one of the better Bible story dramatizations ever adapted to the silver screen which complement John Huston's 1966 monumental "The Bible ... In the Beginning" very well. The acting is much better than any typical Biblical movie. The characters speak and act like real people, not cardboard cutouts. The writing tells the stories faithfully, without unnecessary additions, yet in a refreshing way that even after over three decades is enjoyable to watch. All in all, a Bible Movie worth watching by every christian.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This film begins in Genesis, when Rebecca gives birth to Jacob and Esau. It ends with Jacob going to Egypt to see his lost son Joseph. As the other reviewers have indicated, this is a "bare-bones" account of the lives of Jacob and his son Joseph. For example, it is written, Laban pursues Jacob after the latter leaves for Canaan, but not in this film. But what the film does portray, it does rather faithfully. Now, not everything in the film is straight from scripture. However if you're not a "purist" that will not be a problem. (I myself don't mind so long as scripture is not contradicted.)

Hence, this film is much in the style and flavor of the film "Jesus" which I love. In fact, it looks like the two films were made in the same location in parts. For example, the desert backdrop where Jacob is reunited with his brother Esau looks much like the scenery where Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40 days in the "Jesus" film.

The acting is in this film is very good. I thought that the portrayals of Jacob and Joseph were convincing. Esau also. Although I thought Rachel was a little silly.

I was surprised when the two brothers were reunited that Esau still wanted to kill Jacob. I always got the impression in scripture that Esau already forgave Jacob. But I suppose it's possible he held a grudge.

I especially enjoyed the second half of the movie, which was about Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into Egypt. This Joseph I liked much better than what I've seen in other films. This Joseph is upright, great work ethic, a man after God's own heart. Exactly the way scripture says. The only disappointment was, I thought the film ended too soon. I would have liked to have seen the reunion of Jacob and Joseph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable December 4, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We enjoyed this Biblical movie from the Old Testament book of Genesis on DVD at our house, and actually it is two entirely different stories on one disc. The first is the story of Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Rebekah and Isaac, son of Abraham. The Firstborn son Esau the hunter gives away his birthright for a minor gain to Jacob the peaceful shepherd, and then when he regrets it, it is too late. In his wrath he determines to kill Jacob, who must flee. In twenty years Jacob is determined to return home, knowing his life is in jeopardy from Esau.

In the second story, Jacob is old now and has 12 sons, his favorite being Joseph. But his brothers are jealous of the favor shown him, and plot to get rid of him. After throwing him in a well, they sell him as a slave to a caravan. He is them sold in Egypt, and through the same talents that endear him to his father, he rises from slavery and becomes a valuable administrator to the Egyptians.

Made in 1974, it is obviously dated in some respects, but we knew that when we bought it. The story flowed well, and there are obvious areas the story is changed from scripture, but that is the case in all biblical movies, or any movie from a book for that matter. Nothing is changed that offended me, and it was done to keep the story moving it seems. The costumes and settings were enjoyable, the actors very capable and realistic.
Aspect ratio of 1.33:1 Full Screen, and the DVD picture and sound were clean, appeared remastered. No problems with DVD skipping or freezing. No extras. I recommend to any biblical movie collector like me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I wonder if they really did a serious reading of the scriptures before they made this one. I enjoyed watching it, but it really strayed from the original.

In this presentation they make Rachel out to be some kind of a mad woman. I never saw her as a 'wild animal' as she is described by Laban in this movie. I thought for a moment I was watching Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew' by mistake! She would be perfect in that role without changing a thing. She was silly, not at ALL modest, and didn't appear to be of normal intelligence. Later, of course, she becomes clever and shrewd.

I'm not really complaining. I'm just amused by it. I don't know WHAT they were thinking!

In fact, Laban's whole family is portrayed as wild and crazy, not at all dignified or respectable. They took extreme liberties with that part of the story. I've got to go back and read that story again in the scriptures. They portray the whole group a little more crudely than I have understood them to be.

What's the deal with the strange dancing in the wedding ceremony? It looks more like a portrayal of Sodom and Gomorrah!

Even with all of the inaccuracies, it's an enjoyable movie. Lots of screaming and crude, vulgar behavior, dancing that I don't think happened that way, a little too Hollywood.

If you don't take it as entirely accurate, the main story is there and if it makes you go back to review the scriptures again, it's worth it. Who knows?! Maybe some of it is more accurate than the more refined way I've always pictured it.

In Part II, the Joseph segment, the dream segment was wrong. The scriptures say that the Phararoh insisted that someone not only interpret his dream, but tell him what the dream was!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good price for a double feature!
I ordered this for my husband for last Christmas, and was not disappointed!
Might be good for a younger viewing audience.
Published 10 days ago by Virginia Dockery
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
This is one of the best movie telling the story of Jacob and Joseph. Easy to watch and read the bible altogether. I recommand the movie to others.
Published 25 days ago by Faustin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video
This is my second time owning this video. I loaned it to a friend and never got it back. I was overjoyed when I discovered I could get it again. Read more
Published 26 days ago by arrietty
5.0 out of 5 stars brand new movie
I was excited to receive my movie and hope that it was everything that I hope for. the movie was very clear.
Published 1 month ago by DIANNE
2.0 out of 5 stars Jacob and Joseph
Strictly, Hollywood! There were a lot of parts missing from the bible. Although, this movie was made in the 70's I guess they felt the important parts were not necessary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Naomi
5.0 out of 5 stars it is great
it is excellent. It is informative and very enjoyable to watch. it kept my attention and I felt as if I were there.
Published 4 months ago by carmen kleinwachter
5.0 out of 5 stars great way to join these two stories together
the dvd was informative, watch alongside your bible to check- some of the quotes characters used in the DVD are similar but not exact to bible. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Holley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Jacob and Joseph
I did enjoy watching these to stories of the bible. It helps me to understand the bible better. I recommend this DVD. I love the story of Joseph. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lorraine Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Jacob and Joseph
This is one of my favorite biblical movies. I had this movie on VHS I really love it that I can now see a much clearer copy on DVD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tracie
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I appreciate the research done when writing the novels about the old stories from the Bible. I will be searching for more novels of this time in history.
Published 10 months ago by cbrooks
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