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The Message [DVD]

Anthony Quinn , Irene Papas , Moustapha Akkad    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest
  • Directors: Moustapha Akkad
  • Producers: Moustapha Akkad
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEGU1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,985 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Controversial film version of the life of the prophet Mohammed. Set in the 7th century, it shows how Mohammed received a message from God calling him to bring his people together under one religion and then to take arms against the city of Mecca, home of the powerful religious leaders. Mohammed is never portrayed directly in the film, but is seen rather through the effects his actions have upon others.


Moustapha Akkad's THE MESSAGE tells of the beginnings of the Muslim religion. A compelling drama about an ancient and venerable culture, the epic film stars Anthony Quinn as the uncle of the prophet Mohammed.

There are two discs in this set: "The Message" starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas is in English; "Arissalah" starring Abdallah Geith and Mona Wassef is in Arabic.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not DVD quality 25 April 2006
I had seen this movie before and I had it in VHS. But I bought this item to have it in "DVD Quality" for my collection. But I was so disappointed to see that it is in VHS Quality if not worse. It looks like they copied the film from a videotape and not from the original film reels. No menu, no subtitles either. It's a real shame because this is such a great movie and I really don't understand why they don't bother because there are millions of potential buyers out there for this unique piece of film history. Seeing it in DVD quality would have made the joy of seeing this masterpeice over and over again a better experience.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this horrible Blu-Ray release at all cost. 16 July 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Got my Blu-Ray disc of "The Message" today and being a fan of this movie I was very excited to play the disc.

First of all I am hugely disappointed that they crop the movie from sides and made it full screen 1.85:1 Aspect ratio while the original release of The Message was 2.35:1. I compared it with the previous DVD release to clear my doubt and yes the image is cut from the sides which is ridiculous on part of Anchor Bay. I mean why the hell they wanna mess with what the Director has intended? The result is a horrible movie look and it feels like you are watching the movie in Zoom In option.

Secondly, there are no subtitles included in the BD. Is adding subtitles is too much to ask? Its a feature which even bootleg DVDs have. Shame on Anchor Bay,

Thirdly, I am not impressed by the look of the newly remastered print. It looks marginally better than the DVD. They didnt put much effort to present the movie to us which we deserve to see in HD.

There are No Extras included in this release which is also a mystery to me why? I remember watching The making of The Message and Soundtrack in the previous DVD release.

There is also the Arabic version included in Standard definition as a separate DVD which is presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio but I dont care about that since I was looking to watch the English version in its purest form in HD.

Overall verdict is that if u have the Original DVD of Message please stick with it as it represents the movie as Moustapha Akkad liked us to see in its Original aspect ratio and not how Anchor bay wants us to see. I would have compromise on the picture quality if atleast the movie is presented in its original aspect ratio. But Anchor Bay got it all wrong by messing up with it. Even the newly remastered DVD by Anchor Bay must have the same cropped version and it should be avoided as well.

Final word: Avoid this release at all cost.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful intro 30 Dec 2003
By A Customer
The acting is good and the film has good production quality.

People who are familiar with Islamic history will find some elements to be odd - though the opening credits say that the film was approved by Sunni authorities in Saudi Arabia and Shia authorities in the Lebanon.
A creditable effort and one which places some emphasis on the role of the Prophet (PBUH) as a social reformer.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done 29 Dec 2003
By A Customer
I approached this film thinking it would be a cheap performance of the beginnings of Islam. This was not the case. Even though some of the characters look unnatural with their attempts to put an accent on, the lifestyle and the culture which is shown in the movie makes it look truly authentic.
The film is certified by Al-Azhar university in Cairo as being an accurate representation of the beginnings of Islam. Its nice to see a film giving a positive view of Islam in a time when it is commonly mis-perceived as an intolerant an confrontational religion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SHAME ON YOU ANCHOR BAY 12 July 2012
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Accurate 30 Nov 2004
I think this movie was way ahead of its time. Being done in the 70s it clearly and accurately depicits the true beginning of Islam. What is outstanding is the ability the director showed in describing the foundation of this Faith during the times of the Prophet while not including a character who plays His part thus respecting the Islamic tradition of not portraying their Leader. I give the movie a 5 star rating and encourage all those who are doubtful as to the true message of Islam to watch it and understand the commonly misused elements of this faith. It encompasses Islam's view on Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, knowledge, poverty, women's rights, treatment of people of other faiths and the true version of Jihad. For those who want the truth, unattached and independent of this age's media battery, this is the movie to watch.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Rubbish Edition 10 Nov 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As mentioned in other reviews, the production quality of this edition of The Message is abysmal. If you want to buy this film at all, then buy a different, slightly more expensive, version: The Message [1975] [DVD]. The same movie, but much higher quality reproduction with proper DVD features. Disc 1 is the English-language film starring Anthony Quinn. Disc 2 is in Arabic and features a completely different set of actors, i.e. with native speakers of Arabic, not dubbed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!!!! 17 Feb 2004
This film was produced almost 30 years ago. However, the sound and visuals still deliver. The visualisation of 7th Century Mecca and Medina is impressive. Considering the limitations on showing the face of the Prophet and the central characters, the story-telling flows very well and is educational. The acting is average, apart from Anthony Quinn, who is pure class. Its the only film I have seen about the origins of Islam, and I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in finding out more about the origins of Islam and the trials and tribulations that were faced by The prophet and his followers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The message dvd 2012 release.
Another let down from anchor bay, firstly disc 1 is still a 4.3 letterbox release back cover
says 1.78.1 anamorphic. Disc 2 is 2.35. Read more
Published 6 days ago by K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
An Excellent movie portraying the life of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). A movie which is certainly recommended for people to watch.
Published 4 months ago by MR A MATIN
3.0 out of 5 stars Film quality is poor
The film is great, it was enjoyable to watch. The quality of some parts of the picture was poor. There were a couple of parts where the film got stuck, and would not move forward. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
very good story, with great actors, for see more than one time and understand more what religion is for sure
Published 4 months ago by samuel lijovitzky
5.0 out of 5 stars anthralled
an epic that i did not want to take my eyes off, of course one you can watch again and again and learn something new everytime.
Published 4 months ago by joanna ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOOOVOE THISSS!
SOO much to learn from htis film - when you see how giving full the prophet was and how media seem to protate his teachings is absolutely bulls**t! Read more
Published 4 months ago by salman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film Highly recommened
This is a fantastic film and would recommend for persons of any religion. It is an old film but the filming and acting is fab !
Published 6 months ago by hawra ali
5.0 out of 5 stars unsure
Powerful movie not sure how to rate it, good acting skills i must say; Anthony Quinn brilliant actor, OK. thanks
Published 6 months ago by Fay Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant quality
I have seen this movie many times in the older format. But the digital/blu-ray quality just improved the viewing experience infinitely. Most definitely recommend.
Published 9 months ago by Masood Faisal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Message
This film was awesome, epic and sensational. It speaks about a non-fictional event on the Arabian peninsula where God (Allah) speaks to Muhammed (Pbu) through the Archangel... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ibrahim Abdi
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