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The Egyptian (NTSC) South Korean import

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HH8DAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,468 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. As Sinuhe is drawn into court intrigues, and bizarre secrets are revealed to him, he learns the answers to the questions he has sought since his birth. Short on historical accuracy but strong on plot and characterization.


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinemascope version at last 3 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
I have been looking for this film for many years now. There has been more than one version available but they have all been imported pan and scan. This one is a Spanish release and it seems it's all we are going to get for a long time. If you are a fan of this film and, like I was, you are a little hesitant to buy it in case it it wouldn't play in English, let me put your mind at rest. This is a beautiful transfer with pin sharp focus and vibrant colours. The film itself will play in English without subtitles of any kind, there doesn't seem to be anything cut out or censored in any way and you can't tell it's not produced in Britain - except for the packaging which is ALL in Spanish. The picture on Amazon shows an English cover but the one I ordered arrived with a Spanish cover. There is also a luxurious 32 page book included with many glossy photographs and printed on thick, high quality paper, the best I've ever seen with a DVD - but all in Spanish. But the main thing is that the movie itself is here, presented as it should be in 2.35:1 Cinemascope, with good, clear stereophonic sound. In audio you select, "V.O. Ingles" and Pelicula = play and there you have it. There's no real extras except for a cast list and a photograph gallery. Pity there's no trailer.

As for the movie itself, it's a typical epic of the time, made in 1954 just after Cinemascope was introduced and filmed accordingly. Shots are composed to show off and make full use of the new wide picture format. This was a time when studios engaged a Technicolor colour consultant to advise on how certain colours would appear when photographed, how light would be reflected, whether certain colours would clash or affect the complexion of an actor etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great But Flawed Classic Epic 3 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
When this film gets it right it really gets it right. And when it goes wrong... I'd say that a full 3/4s of the film is great. I can even isolate the bad bit. It's everything that has to do with the romance. Everything that you need to know about it is said in the first five minutes but it drags on for about 30. I'd recommend skipping that section if you can. It does nothing except explain his exile. It should have been a minor plot point quickly thrust aside. Fortunately, the period from about 0-30 and 1:00-2:19 (The End) is excellent.

There are a number of excellent performances in this film, and an equal number of terrible ones. Just like everything else in this movie the acting is either perfect or terrible. Peter Ustinov as the slimy one-eyed slave Kaptah is perfect. It is one of his best performances, up there with his role in Spartacus. Victor Mature as the ambitious Horemheb is also perfect. Again, one of his best roles. Jean Simmons is wasted as Merit, the perfect girl in love with our hero John Carradine gives a nice supporting role as a philosophical grave robber; and Michael Wilding is excellent as Akhnaton, the idealistic pharaoh who tries to bring peace and monotheism to Egypt only to see it fall apart due to his unwillingness to fight. Now for the bad. Edmund Purdom as Sinuhe is sadly miscast. This is doubly unfortunate as he is the main character. The entire film revolves around him. He actually does rather good as the disillusioned exile and the wise old man. This is because of his sorely limited range. He doesn't seem able to put any passion into his words. This is especially apparent during the love scenes which are beyond awkward. He spends the last half of the film as an old man, a performance at which he is decent enough at.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Epic 17 Dec 2010
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Based on the best seller by Mika Waltari set in 18th dynasty Egypt, Michael Curtiz' massive epic tells the story of a physician (Edmund Purdom), who becomes friend and doctor to the Pharaoh Akhnaton (Michael Wilding), and his adventures amid the religious and political intrigues of the enlightened but doomed Pharaoh's reign. With the exception of the tedious proselytizing about God toward the film's end, the film is quite an impressive, eye popping example of the Hollywood historical epic at its peak and much more entertaining than stuff like THE ROBE. Unfortunately, it's saddled with the bland Purdom as its central character though I'm not sure anyone could have made such a passive character interesting, even Brando (who turned the part down). Some of it is in the writing and the characters and not even a fine actress like Jean Simmons can do much with the saintly tavern maid who falls for Purdom. Much more lively and devious are the Victor Mature as the politically ambitious soldier, Gene Tierney as the wicked sister of the Pharaoh, Peter Ustinov as the lazy thieving rascal of a man servant and Bella Darvi as the evil and narcissistic Babylonian courtesan. With Judith Evelyn, Henry Daniell, John Carradine and Tommy Rettig. The film's excellent score is by two of the greatest, Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann and Leon Shamroy's CinemaScope lensing received an Oscar nomination.

The DVD import from Spain is a vivid and eye pleasing anamorphic 2.35 transfer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hollywoods golden age,comes to the digital age. 31 Oct 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
for those of you who loves these biblical epics,will not be disapointed with this re-master of one of hollywoods golden age classics,but hurry,its only a limited edition.shown in anamorphic widescreen and restored technicolor,you will be surprised at the diffrence in the restoration, to the print quality shown on the bbc with its washed out colours.this print is amazing,this edition includes the original trailer,but unlike the film is un-restored.highly recomended for biblical movie epic collectors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved the novel and I only like the movie...
Published 1 month ago by Christian Philipsen
3.0 out of 5 stars bit dissapointed
the quality of this dvd is not very good. picture far too small and i could not get rid of the subtitles which were extremely offputting
Published 5 months ago by Vivienne C. Henderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Delivery date was on time and I love the movie but the quality of the picture is not great. The picture quality would be fine but looks as though the film has been transferred to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. E. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars I realy enjoyed this film
The dilivery date was on time and the film was very good ,it took me a while to work out the language as I do not understand Spanish
Published 11 months ago by doreen scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine to watch this forgotten movie
It's fine to watch this movie. The quality of the copy is alas not up to the standards of nowadays
Published 11 months ago by Fernando Miguel Fernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbbish
Picture and sound quality rubbish. Cannot get rid of Korean subtitles which was very off putting. Would definitely not recommend
Published 15 months ago by Star
3.0 out of 5 stars No Logo is a No GoGo!
It's always a bad sign when the company logo is missing from the front of a film. I'd feared the worst when I'd received "Land of the Pharaohs" just prior to this. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tomlan
2.0 out of 5 stars not like the book
I loved the book and was very excited to watch it live on-screen. What a disappointment. This really is very boring and doens't capture the spirit of the book in any way. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by optimus78
3.0 out of 5 stars The Egyptian dvd
Ordered a copy of the film above, the recording wasn't really that good but i assume thats the person who put it to disc not the sellers fault and to be fair it is an old... Read more
Published on 15 April 2011 by Sr Caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great But Flawed Classic Epic
When this film gets it right it really gets it right. And when it goes wrong... I'd say that a full 3/4s of the film is great. I can even isolate the bad bit. Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Arch Stanton
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