The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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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. Once favored in the Pharaoh's household, Moses turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom. Now celebrating its 55th anniversary, this film has been fully restored.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2011]
ISBN: 9781415758069
1415758069
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (231 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: French title: Dix commandements

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fletcher09
Aug 28, 2020

A timeless classic! So well made and worth passing on to future generations!

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Janice21383
May 28, 2020

Say what you like about Mr. DeMille; he knew how to make a picture. Here is star Anne Baxter's description of his approach: "It was all corny, sure, but DeMille knew it was corny—that's what he wanted, what he loved. I loved slinking around—really, this was silent film acting but with dialogue." He also knew how to make the best of difficult material. The focus is on spectacle, with a sprinkling of human drama, while avoiding the most horrific parts of the Bible story. Acting standouts include Baxter, majestic Yul Brynner, and Edward G. Robinson, whose character provides a little skepticism. Some people may find it slow, but the orchestral score and pre-CGI special effects still hold up. See on the biggest screen you can find.

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violetjelaine
Apr 27, 2020

This is a beautiful movie. A must watch! Great actors and everything. Only thing is that there are some inappropriate parts that you may want to skip if you are watching it with kids. Such as when the Israelites forget about God and make an idol and start worshiping it inappropriately, (in part two) and there is a bit of kissing from the princess. But otherwise a great movie about God rescuing the Isrealites in Exodus. :)

✡️ This is the film responsible for the Ten Commandments monuments that are blots on the landscape everywhere, as lowbrow schlockmeister deMille's publicity campaign gave them away to cities and towns all over the USA, starting a tradition.
Edward G. Robinson doesn't say, "Where's your Messiah now, Moses?" in the movie. Billy Crystal made that up out of whole cloth for a comedy routine. In fact, nobody talks about the Messiah throughout the movie.
For another laugh, notice that in an opening scene, where Pharaoh orders all the Hebrew chillun to be put to death, some lackey bellows, "So orders Rameses the First!" How did he know it was Rameses the First? There wasn't a Rameses the Second yet.

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BASLM
Feb 29, 2020

2 discs; though a long movie, it moves alone at a nice clip. There is an optional special feature to listen to commentary. I watched the entire movie then went back and watched it again with the commentary turned on. Very very rich, fascinating details of the back story of cast and scenes. This movie is an ambitious wonder to behold. Thank you, Cecil, for bringing the Bible to life.

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amanoletters99
Sep 08, 2019

A technical marvel to make at the time, the film's scope at 3 hours and forty minutes is astounding. Part One moves along at a good pace. I found sections of Part Two a little slow, but overall the story moves well. Can we bring back Technicolor, it's amazing!

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reginator_22
Jan 30, 2018

We would watch this every Easter/Palm Sunday. Great movie, classic.

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Onewhoissaved
Nov 17, 2017

I saw this movie as a boy. The acting performances by all the main characters are terrific. The movie sets a phenomenal. The color is rich. The directing is stupendous. For audiences of 1956 they were much more faithful and reverent than those of today's turned away from God audiences. This movie could not be remade today anymore than it was possible to redo Ben Hur. My only criticism is that Cecil B. deMIlle left out some of the plagues of Egypt. How can you be true to the Bible if you don't add in all seven plagues? I condemn the review of Fuzzy-Wuzzy. He wants nothing more than to criticize anyone that believes in God. What a louse of a person.

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dennismmiller
Apr 19, 2017

A movie that truly deserves to be called a classic. Of course it's old-fashioned, obvious, and full of hammy acting. But Yul Brynner, Edward G Robinson, Vincent Price, and Anne Baxter are as wonderful a company of villains as any in the history of film. This aids greatly in establishing the epic scope, which is precisely what later film versions of the Moses stories lack, and the reason this one is still the best.

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VV17
Mar 21, 2016

This is one of the best films ever made! The actors, sets, and script are sensational! Every family should watch this film!

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reginator_22
Jan 30, 2018

Nefretiri: But I have saved your son, Moses.

Moses: It is not my son who will die. It is... it is the firstborn of Egypt. It is your son, Nefretiri!

Nefretiri: No. You would not dare strike Pharaoh's son!

Moses: In the hardness of his heart, Pharaoh has mocked God and brings death to his own son!

Nefretiri: But he is my son, Moses. You would not harm my son.

Moses: By myself, I am nothing. It is the power of God which uses me to work His will.

Nefretiri: You would not let Him do this to me. I saved your son!

Moses: I cannot save yours.

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dennismmiller
Apr 19, 2017

Rameses: You will be my wife. You will come to me whenever I call you, and I will enjoy that very much - whether you enjoy it or not is your own affair. But I think you will.

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reginator_22
Feb 15, 2018

Sexual Content: Mild nudity.

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