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The Prince of Egypt [VHS] (1998)

Val Kilmer , Ralph Fiennes , Brenda Chapman , Simon Wells  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (588 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum
  • Directors: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner
  • Writers: Nicholas Meyer, Philip LaZebnik
  • Producers: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Linda Olszewski, P.J. Hanke
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Hebrew
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (588 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783236689
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Violent, tender, harsh, terrifying and life affirming, as is the story of any enslaved people, Dreamworks' version of Exodus is the Old Testament's tale of the Hebrews in ancient Egypt. Though Egypt of the time was the only multi-cultural society in recorded history, there still remained a hated group-the Hebrews. This cinematic legend is stunning and provocative. Like much other current animation, it is inappropriate for young children. It is startlingly straightforward about hate, power, pain, anger and love. FOR YOUNG ADULTS ONLY. A 1999 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner. (Diana Huss Green, Parents' Choice®) -- From

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A full-length, animated musical version of the story of Moses. After being raised as the son of a Pharoah, Moses learns that he is a Hebrew and must accept his destiny as the leader of his people. Moses' brother Rameses refuses to let the Hebrews go, and brings down the wrath of God upon Egypt. A triumph of animated storytelling and colorful design. Academy Award Winner: Best Song, "When You Believe.", An all-star cast--including Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sandra Bulock--leads this full-length, animated musical version of the story of Moses. After being raised as the son of a Pharaoh, Moses learns that he is a Hebrew and must accept his destiny as the leader of his people. Moses' brother Rameses refuses to let the Hebrews go, and brings down the wrath of God upon Egypt. This triumph of animated storytelling and colorful design won the Academy Award for Best Song with "When You Believe."

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamworks Creates an Animated Classic March 1, 2000
Format:DVD
This is a beautiful movie and a great DVD. The animation is some of the best ever done. Notice, in particular, the life-like Nile River and Red Sea at the beginning and end of the picture. The chariot race that opens the movie is thrilling and the parting of the Red Sea is breath taking. Frankly, I hesitated to see this because I believed that it would just be "The Ten Commandments" re-visited. However, the creators decided to focus on how the God's edict to "Let my people go" would effect the relationship of the two brothers--Rameses and Moses. This point of view permits the audience to have a strong attachment to both characters and the things that happen to them. Another surprise is that the creators did not tone down or "Hollywoodize" the religious aspects of the story. They realized that the great power of this story is its spiritual element. The DVD "extras" make it well worth the price. In particular, I found the comparison drawings showing the creation of the chariot race to be particularly compelling. The music and songs perfectly compliment the action and are never distracting. Clearly, Disney is not the only studio that can create a great animated film.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mazel Tov, Katzenberg! April 23, 2000
Format:DVD
How exactly do you translate the story of Exodus...the story of freedom...into an Animated film...? How did they do it? Rarely have I felt tears at the BEGINNING of a movie...when Y'sheved(Moses' Mother) started to sing her lullaby IN HEBREW, I almost started crying. Since I always prefer animated films to the "real thing", I felt "finally, a perfect film..." Being Jewish and seeing this movie during the month of Pesach(Passover) was literally a religious experience. I was touched. Seeing the people sing Mi'Chamocha as the left Egypt pulled tears from my heart. I was so happy to see the way the film was executed. Don't get me wrong, this is a film for all peoples. But it seems to almost be aimed at the Jewish Community. And I think this movie is better than ANY live action film to date. I could literally hear the Words from the Torah in my mind as I watched. The music was too incredible to describe, the voices a special treat, especially Jeff Goldblum as Aaron. This movie may not be historically acccurate, but it is a well rounded account that has achieved an incredible thing. The Hebrew singing was too much for me, again, I wanted to cry because it was so amazing to see it on the screen, and feel like you are there. L'Chiam, Katzenberg, Dreamworks SKG. Thank you for adding something to the list with The Ten Commandments and Schindler's List and La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful). If you have to buy any movie for you or your children, please buy this one. It may be a little violent, but the sheer fact that Dreamworks is not afraid to show what it might have been like is something to applaud. The movie is a masterpiece. Watch it, it is a NEW experience...
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film For The Entire Family June 22, 2006
Format:DVD
The story of Moses is a compelling one. "The Prince of Egypt" manages to meld that story into a very easily digested tale for the whole family. Though some liberties are taken, "Prince" keeps the basic elements of this wonderful tale intact. The only truly noteworthy changes are that Moses confronts Pharoah instead of his biological brother, Aaron, doing most of the talking and Moses and Ramses are raised as brothers by the Pharoah. In the Bible, Moses is raised by Pharoah's daughter, and Aaron plays a larger role in the overall story, doing most of the speaking to Pharoh as a representative of Moses.

With those minor details out of the way, "Prince of Egypt" is one of the best films around for the entire family to watch. It begins with the finding of Moses on the Nile River by Pharoah's wife, then shows him grow up as royalty in Egypt. He and his brother, Ramses, pretty much have full run of the roost. They get into plenty of trouble with each other, and their chariot race sequence is one of the best "chase" scenes in cinematic history. When Moses finds out that he is Hebrew, and that most of his people are slaves to Pharoah, he begins to notice the horrible things happening to his people. He accidentally kills one of Pharoah's guards when he attempts to protect one of the slaves, and, upset, he leaves his home in search of himself. God reveals to him that he is to lead his people out of Egypt, and he must go and tell Pharoah (who, by now, is Ramses) to, "let my people go."

The tale then takes us through the plagues that wreak havoc on Egypt as long as Pharoah refuses to free the Hebrews. The final plague, and definitely the most chilling, is the Passover.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebuttal review for trezku13 February 3, 2004
Format:DVD
I am pleased to offer this review for what I consider to be one of the finest animated films of all time. The review is partially in response to a rather malicious one offered by a reviewer known as trezku13. I felt it necessary to rebut some of this person's inaccurate comments.
The movie puts a disclaimer at the beginning to inform the viewer that there are artistic and dramatic licenses taken with the story (a.k.a. whales in the Sea of Reeds). You should be prepared for this when you watch it. If you're watching this with the book of Exodus in your lap, you will see some differences in the two accounts. These changes don't adulterate the message of the story and should not detract from the viewing experience. Some differences to note are:
1) Seti's wife finding Moses rather than his daughter (Exodus 2:5),
2) The idea that Moses didn't know he was Hebrew and had no contact with his family (Exodus 2:7-11),
3) Moses' "accidentally killing the Egyptian rather than deliberately killing him (Exodus 2:12),
4) Rameses pleading with Moses to stay in Egypt as opposed to Pharaoh seeking to kill him (Exodus 2:15),
5) Any idea of personal rivalry between Pharaoh and Moses,
6) Moses speaking by himself before Pharaoh instead of Aaron speaking for him (Exodus 4:14-16),
7) An exaggerated role for Zipporah when she is actually hardly mentioned.
These changes may seem unnecessary, however they do add intrigue to the narrative and, as before mentioned, do not in any way seriously alter the story.
The quality of the music does fall firmly into the realm of opinion. However, as a person who holds a degree in music, and has performed and taught professionally for many years, my professional and personal opinion is that the music is quite wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazmyn's World Religion review
This movie is a great depiction of the Moses story in the Old Testament, in the book of Exodus. This movie tells the story of Moses and the Hebrews in slavery and the freeing of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jazmyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Review of The Prince of Egypt
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This movie was a great children's representation of what Moses' life was like in the Bible. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Shane Strange
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince of Egypt Review
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Prince of Egypt

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The Prince of Egypt is the story of the book of Exodus in... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Karen Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars This was great.
The main problem I have with animated Bible stories is that they don't seem real or true. But, in that context, I thought this was very well done. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Marigold
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
I have use this movie for at least six years now. It is a great connection to make between the ancient Mesopotamians and the Hebrews and how they were enslaved in Egypt. Read more
Published 24 days ago by M. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars The story the way it was told.
One of my favorites to watch with my kids! It is very accurate and the music is amazing. I recommend this and the soundtrack!
Published 1 month ago by D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
these item are very helpful i use them every day to go about my every day life whether, thanks for your service.
Published 1 month ago by Vil
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!
I know this has been out for a few years, but I think it is great to use this as a teaching tool, in my class.
Published 1 month ago by Christy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love this movie! I forgot how awesome the animation and story are in this movie! Would watch again and again!
Published 1 month ago by Shelby Stidham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great educational tool
Classic. Great educational material online to use with the movie. Kids of all ages love seeing this movie. Worked out great!
Published 1 month ago by Scott B. Littky
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Why can't dreamworks deliver this film on Blu-ray
I agree! I was wondering the same thing and I hope some are released on blue ray soon.
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