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The Ten Commandments [Blu-ray] (2013)

Anne Baxter , Yul Brynner , Cecil B. Demille  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (924 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner, Yvonne De Carlo, Edward G. Robinson, Charlton Heston
  • Directors: Cecil B. Demille
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (924 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AEBB9JQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

For sheer pageantry and spectacle few motion pictures can claim to equal the splendor of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 remake of his epic The Ten Commandments. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture this version tells the story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston). Once favored in the Pharaoh's (Yul Brynner) household Moses turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom. Now celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the film this unforgettable movie experience is available for the first time in Blu-ray High Definition.

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293 of 309 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding. . . June 7, 2005
Format:DVD
Okay. I admit it. Watching this Biblical epic, when it was a mainstay on ABC each Easter evening for some 30 years, I practically had the whole script memorized. . .even knew when Anne Baxter, as over-eager Nefretiri, would slide into a wickedly wonderful pattern of over-acting. ("Moses. . ." she would coo, "take me in your arms. . .") I must have seen THE TEN COMMANDMENTS dozens of times, and yet, each year, I plopped my carcass on the couch on Easter evening, popcorn and suds in tow, and watched Cecil B. DeMille's 4-plus hour epic, completely mesmerized and entertained.

All of us know the story: a once-great Egyptian prince leads his true people, the Hebrews, into freedom from four centuries of slavery and bondage. It is a great story, as four books of the Old Testament aptly, well, attest. Yet what makes this flick truly wonderful, impressive, and fun to watch, is the scope and grand scale of DeMille's 1956 epic--from the awesome vistas of Egypt, portrayed on a blue screen in some Hollywood studio, to the blatantly corny, often laughable, dialogue and actions of its characters (a distant reflection of the silent film icon who dominates this picture). Accordingly, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, in particular, this DVD Special Collector's Edition, is an absolute blast for film buffs thirsty for more trivia and knowledge regarding one of Hollywood's alltime classics.

Here, in the wonderful commentaries that accompany the film, "The Ten Commandments" student and author Katherine Orrison furnishes an incredible, interesting, and overwhelming avalanche of information. For instance: Did you know that DeMille's first choice for Queen Nefretiri was not Anne Baxter, but Audrey Hepburn?
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110 of 118 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
**The Film**

I'm not going to spend too much time here critiquing the movie. It's a perennial classic that most have seen at least parts of. Released in 1956 and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, it is also not a 'cinema verite' gorefest like many modern "swords and sandals" epics. It is peopled by characters who speak exclusively in dramatic flourishes, regardless of how illiterate or poor their characters are supposed to be. It takes liberties with some elements of the bible story (Moses' stutter and his Ethiopian wife are strangely absent, for instance). But for my money none of these are knocks on it - it is a classic through and through, and despite starting off a bit slowly, it picks up dramatic steam quickly and becomes quite a mesmerizing experience. The actors make their characters easy to care about, the visuals are sumptuous and engaging, the music is stirring, the story is solid. As a film, it's an easy recommendation for anyone who enjoys historical or biblical epics, or just connoisseurs of classic movies.

**The Blu-Ray**

I purchased this (the 2-disc edition) based on its glowing pre-release reviews on major online review sites. So my expectations were high, to say the least. I was expecting nothing less than a Grand Slam HD experience.

So what did I get? I'm happy to say: A Grand Slam HD experience.

You'll know you're in for a treat when the Overture begins. The backdrop looks just like leather - the sheen and texture are so finely presented that it's easily visible, even from a relatively far viewing distance. Things just keep getting better from there. Colors are out-of-this-world gorgeous. Fine detail is excellent, especially on the intricate Egyptian costumes and cloth textures.
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221 of 247 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's DeMille...You'll Either Love It or Hate It! September 3, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
While Cecil B. DeMille's directorial skills were sometimes too rooted in the more grandiose style of the silent era, he CERTAINLY was ALWAYS a master showman, and his 1956 remake of "The Ten Commandments" is a whale of a show! Both pious and profane, posturing and sincere, it isn't great history, but it abounds in spectacle. While he was in poor health during the filming (suffering a seizure that was either a stroke or mild heart attack, while working under the 130-degree Egyptian sun), his distinctive 'style' was never more in evidence, with broad, overwrought performances, dazzling costumes and sets, monumental climaxes, and morals that are repeatedly hammered home. In 'classic' DeMille, there ARE no 'grays', everything is 'good' or 'evil', and 'evil' WILL be punished! Watching the film, you'll either enjoy the 'ride', or you'll groan, again and again. Personally, I love it, even with it's unintentional(?) campiness!

Among my favorite 'so bad it's FUN' moments are 'Rameses' Yul Brynner and 'Nefretiri' Anne Baxter's frequent use of "Moses, Moses..." whenever he predicts something dire (Brynner looks like he can barely keep a straight face, uttering the phrase); 'Sephora' Yvonne De Carlo's stoic, yet impassioned pitch to Moses to marry her, always looking away ('into the future', I presume), when comparing her assets to Nefretiri's; 'Dathan' Edward G. Robinson's entire performance (nearly epic hamminess from one of America's finest film actors); Woody Strode's Ethiopian 'Princess' companion, who praises Moses' kindness with so much heat and honey that Nefretiri suspects he was fooling around, down south; and Sir Cedric Hardwicke's 'Sethi', turning an Egyptian Pharoah into a world-weary lovable executive-type (one can't help but wonder how Rameses could be HIS son!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie of the 1950's
I think none of the newer movies can top this one . I have loved this movie since I was a child and I would watch every Easter weekend. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I am delighted to have this movie to add to my collection. It is such a great movie! I remember when I was younger I learned how they made the sea divide. Read more
Published 1 day ago by dessalynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!!!!
It's been a family tradition of mine since I was a little boy, and it was one of my fondest Easter memories. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Skip Ohlquist
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments is one of the greatest movies made, based on the life of Moses and the Israelites escaped.
Published 3 days ago by Doreen Maybin
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular!
The Ten Commandments is without doubt, one of the truest representations ever put to film of the Holy Scriptures. Read more
Published 3 days ago by brobinson60
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I have just watched this DVD and was very impressed with the picture and sound quality, and hope to get more restored movies soon.
Published 3 days ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Old but classic reminder of the importance of Moses, the Israelites, the miracles of God and His coming to our rescue as we obey his commandments. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Trent Coates
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Religious Film
I love this film. Thank you for such fast shipment. Now I have this added to my wonderful memories. Highly recommend.
Published 6 days ago by Laura L. Lavalle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality
Didn't think it would be so fantastic on blue ray beat my expectations. Very pleased I purchased it on blue ray
Published 8 days ago by Dana Wiersma
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Commandments
this looked great and sounded great. i can't help however but think of mel brooks playing Moses with 15 commandments and dropping 5 by mistake.
Published 8 days ago by Lee B. Brown
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