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Ten Commandments: Anniversary Collection [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Theodore Roberts , Charles de Rochefort , Cecil B. DeMille    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Estelle Taylor
  • Directors: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Writers: A.E. Southon, Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Fredric M. Frank, J.H. Ingraham, Jack Gariss
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of that. While graced with such 1950s niceties as VistaVision and Technicolor, The Ten Commandments (DeMille had already filmed an earlier version in 1923) has an anachronistic, impassioned style that finds lead actors Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner expressively posing while hundreds of extras writhe either in the presence of God's power or from orgiastic heat. DeMille, as always, plays both sides of the fence as far as sin goes, surrounding Heston's Moses with worshipful music and heavenly special effects while also making the sexy action around the cult of the Golden Calf look like fun. You have to see The Ten Commandments to understand its peculiar resonance as an old-new movie, complete with several still-impressive effects such as the parting of the Red Sea. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This is an absolutely absorbing set as it contains both the 1923 silent version and the 1956 epic.

Cecil B de Mille version from 1923 is actually two films in one, the biblical story from the slaying of the Egyptian first born to Moses bringing the tablets containing the Ten Commandments to the Hebrews, then with a quick fade we move into a modern story, reminiscent of a Victorian novel extolling the virtues of obeying the Ten Commandments. The scale of the biblical portion is staggering with sets a hundred foot high, in some respects the film exceeds the scale of the 1956 remake. The film has been restored to pristine condition.

The 1956 version is a three and a half hour long all biblical epic covering Moses entire life. The production values are fabulous, fine acting from a stellar cast, and a cast of thousands. De Mille deliberately recreated the sets from his 1923 silent version, and where the film covers the same ground he repeats the same acting scenarios, except for some personal self indulgence de Mille reverses action left to right.

Therefore the set gives us the luxury of making up our mind which version is best. Surprisingly I prefer the 1923 version; Moses is superbly acted by the sixty two year old Theodore Roberts whose age is perfect for the timeline of the film. Amazingly the parting of the seas is very similar and more effective than in 1956, and the scene on Mount Sinai when Moses received the commandments is immeasurably better. Also the 1956 film is far too long and slow, and although it leaves a lot of striking images in the mind, and has the superb acting of Yul Brynner and Charlton Heston, a great orchestral score by Elmer Bernstein, wonderful photography, it lacks the freshness and vigour of the 1923 version.

However this is a film that divides opinion, as does de Mille, so view this marvellous set and judge for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Ten Commandments. 24 Dec 2006
An interesting title as the Commandment part is a tad closer to the end of the movie. Cecil B. DeMille takes a few liberties with history; however if he did not then this would have been some dry documentary instead of a great epic. This story is more of the life and times of Moses from birth to the last farewell. We see rivalry, temptation, brick making and dancing girls.

One item that Cecil tactfully worked around is where do you think Anne Baxter ...Nefretiri came from? Can you say sister? As the bloodlines from Egyptians, came through the women. That is why who ever married her would become pharaoh.

The graphics are great for the time; the plagues are really spooky and we all still hold the image of the parting of the sea. The acting has that 50's epic feel. Elmer Bernstein's music adds a hidden dimension to the story and you will not be able to get it out of your head. Edward G. Robinson made a great Dathan; He gets to be a modern day Dathan in "Key Largo" (1948). Is it not interesting that Pharaoh Rameses in The Prince of Egypt - DTS (1998) looks like Yul Brynner?

This is the one version most people relate too. The story has been told before and after this version. Some people know this version better than the real one.

Some of the other "Ten Commandments" floating around out there:

The Ten Commandments (1923).

The Ten Commandments (1956).

Greatest Heroes of the Bible - The Ten Commandments (1978).

Ten Commandments 1 & 2 (2000).

Ancient Secrets of the Bible - "Moses' Ten Commandments: Tablets From God?"

The Prince of Egypt - DTS (1998).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ten Commandments 12 May 2009
I first watched this item as a film many, many years ago and I found it awesome! Now that I've got children of my own I intend to watch it with them with the hope that they will get to appreciate it the way I did those many years ago. Whether or not the film is biblically accurate or not is not the main issue for me.
It's the imagery and the fact that it get's you thinking about the bible, the awesome power of God, His patience, His love for the Israelites and His judgment is what makes this film worth watching. The Ten Commandments [DVD] [1957]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie which has stood the test of time. 5 April 2014
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Excellent if you want to trace the Israelites journey out of bondage and an excellent 'picture' of a believer's walk of faith and endurance. The american accents are jarring but EVERYONE is well cast, with Yul Brynner superb portraying jealousy and hate. Worth watching for the magnificent sets and the not so far off our current digitally enhanced efforts to portray the parting of the dead sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic oldie 26 Dec 2013
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Ive never seen this film all the way through but what i have seen i like so i bought it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money 31 May 2013
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I first saw this film in the early 1970's I think. Brings it all back and really the special effects were good considering when it was made. I'm talking about the colour version here. An accomplished film and for someone who knows The Bible nothing objectionable. A lot of time spent on Moses early life which was based on the views of historians who wrote about that period. Quite thought-provoking really!
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