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The Ten Commandments: The Musical

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TEN COMMANDMENTS:MUSICAL - DVD Movie

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Val Kilmer stars as Moses in The Ten Commandments--The Musical, an almost entirely sung stage adaptation of the biblical book of Exodus, captured on video from a production in Los Angeles. This is one of those profoundly misconceived ideas that self-destructs before your very eyes: From the moment Moses' mother Yokebed places an obvious rubber doll into a video projection of flowing water, you know that every step of this production will fall laughably short of its ambitions. The score is like an interminable 1980s power ballad; the choreography amounts to little more than generic leaps and erotic floundering; the awkward lyrics include such gems as "Metaphysics and religion, philosophy and love/A prince has got to know some things about all of the above"; and the actors deliver the insanely exuberant performances that only come from musical theater kids who think they're finally getting their big break. The story's moments of spectacle--the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea--are depicted by cheesy computer graphics projected on a giant screen behind the stage. Kilmer (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , Heat) is the only actor (aside from the French-accented Pharoah) with chest hair; was that in his contract, or was he too lazy to shave? Egyptian glitz and Jewish tatters are equally campy (just wait for the orgiastic Golden Calf scene!). This is for those who savor oblivious badness. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Behind the Scenes with Val Kilmer

Product Details

  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Adam Lambert, Kevin Earley, Lauren Kennedy
  • Directors: Robert Iscove
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HXDWIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ten Commandments: The Musical" on IMDb

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By Ashley Foster on April 2, 2009
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I wanted to see this but since I've rarely left Texas, I had to settle to get the movie. Val Kilmer is one of my favorite actors of all time. Adam Lambert is currently on American Idol and didn't know he was in the movie until I heard him sing "Is Anybody Listening". It goves me goosebumps. I love the dancing!! The plot shows the love of mothers, the cruelty of the Pharoh and how God can harden and soften other's hearts for certain things to happen. There is one song that I don't really care for and that's "The Glory of Ra". I just realized who that guy is! The man who plays Rmases is also Raoul from The Phantom of The Opera from 2004! No wonder he looked familiar! The women were AMAZING! Now all I have to do is buy the Soundtrack because I get songs in my head randomly. Do they sound the same on the CD as they do in the film? Must investigate.
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I got this to see an early Adam Lambert performance. He totally nails it in "Is Anybody Listening?" The guy has some serious pipes, the DVD is worth it for his solos alone! A worthy purchase for American Idol fans!
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This is a top rate musical version of a Biblical story, which doesn't sound too Biblical. It is tastefully done with intimate human interest that will strike a cord with anyone. Val Kilmer (the most well known personality of the cast) does a great job in his role as Moses, but the supporting cast is overflowing with music theater skill and artistry that even Broadway would admire (it is shot at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood). Even Adam Lambert (a current finalist on American Idol - as of this writing) does a beautiful job in his supporting role as Joshua, with vocal abilities that are stellar.
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I was one of the lucky ones who saw this live. The production was very moving. I thought that Val Kilmer was fine in the lead. While he does not have a "broadway voice", his voice is strong and his style is always interesting to watch.

Of course, when I saw the play and Adam Lambert began the song "Is Anyone Listening", I was in awe. I turned to my friend and said, "wow, is he singing the heck out of this song". We both had goosebumps! You can't imagine how happy I was to see Adam Lambert on American Idol. He is a gift and I look forward to hearing a lot from him in the future. He has the potential to be as popular as Elvis.

I had purchased this video and watched it a few times. I let a friend borrow it and never got it back..LOL! I am now buying a new copy and one for my friend who went to the play with me.

If you like broadway musicals, this is a little gem!
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I really enjoyed this musical. I had read some not so great comments so I was a little doubtful when I watched it with my daughter, but it was a nice surprise. I really enjoyed the musical score and the singing was just excellent. Val Kilmer does not have alot of range, but I thought that fact really added to the character of Moses who is deep thinking and laid back compared to his brother Rameses. I would never had thought of Moses as a way out there big singing character. It really added to the contrast between the characters of Moses and Rameses. The cast were just fantastic singers. I really enjoyed the 3 lead women and there harmonies together. Also the young lady who played Miriam. She had a really great voice and nice stage presence. Another great performance was American Idol's Adam Lambert as Joshua singing "Is Anybody Listening". He has a very unique sounding voice that you can actually pick out during the group singing.Guess that is why he is on his way to pop stardom on Idol. The actor who played Rameses did a great job! All in all my daughter and I thought it was a well rounded musical. You really have to like musicals to like it I think. The end song is very catchy and I liked the rock feel to the whole musical. All in all if you like musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar I think you will enjoy this one. If you are an Adam Lambert fan can't miss this. Everyone in the musical is also very pretty and there is some great dance numbers.
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THIS is on DVD? I knew there was a "Ten Commandments" musical starring Val Kilmer that opened and closed quickly in L.A., with less than enthusiastic reviews. There was no cast recording. I figured it would vanish into obscurity. I was pretty surprised, then, to see the production available for viewing on DVD. I wonder whether it was Val Kilmer's presence that made it so, or the world's predilection for Bible stories (the DVD contains subtitles in English, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese! That must be a record.). In any case, I'm all for preserving theater on DVD, so I'm glad this exists. I wish more shows made it to DVD. Is it a great musical? No. But it still has its merits.

The main problem? The storytelling. Just not effective enough. The show relies too heavily on assuming the audience's knowledge of the story of Moses, with characters given little dramatic motivation (In many cases, we don't even catch their names). It helps to be familiar with the Old Testament-- or at least the animated movie "The Prince of Egypt," which seems to be an inspiration for this retelling. Even with some attempt to create tension between Moses and his brother Ramases, there is just not enough drama. In a way, the show seems to be missing a plot, feeling too often like a series of connected checkpoints. Moses sailing down the river into royalty. Check. Moses finding out his true identity. Check. Moses banished to the desert. Check. Burning Bush. Check. Parting of the Red Sea. Check. Strangely, some of the moments you think would create the most drama are all but glossed over-- the various plagues unleashed when Moses' demands are not met by the Pharoah, for instance, pass by with little fanfare.
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