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The Ten Commandments [VHS] [1956]


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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo
  • Directors: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Writers: A.E. Southon, Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Fredric M. Frank, J.H. Ingraham, Jack Gariss
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 222 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CK54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,225 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Epic retelling of the story of Moses (Charlton Heston), beginning with him as a baby in the bullrushes, and then moving through his time in the Egyptian court, the struggle with Pharoah (Yul Brynner) to obtain the freedom of his people, the parting of the Red Sea, the receipt of the Ten Commandments, the years of wandering in the desert, and the final arrival in the land of Canaan. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, this was both his crowning glory and his final film.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Fussy Bloke on 21 April 2009
Format: DVD
The Ten Commandments was made in Vistavision which was Paramount's answer to Cinemascope. Not as wide as Cinemascope, Vistavision had an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 which is almost exactly the same as a widescreen TV at 1.78:1. Standard 35mm film was used but it moved horizontally through the newly designed Vistavision cameras, the frames being photographed side by side instead of one over the other. This resulted in a bigger negative area and therefore better picture quality than Cinemascope.
To view the movie as intended you'd have had to visit a cinema equipped with the horizonal projectors. Most cinemas would have 35mm anamorphic prints which would crop the picture at top and bottom to give a scope aspect ratio of 2.35:1. TV of course, would crop the picture at the side to give a ratio of 1.37:1.
Paramount's Vistavision productions had a sharp, grain free look and it shows on this DVD. Ten Commandments is presented here in its correct aspect ratio with no black lines at top and bottom or at the sides.
The Ten Commandments was and is a ROADSHOW movie with an overture, intermission and exit music. In the 50s and 60s a roadshow movie often had special instructions sent to cinema projectionists on how it should be exhibited.
When the overture was playing the curtains were kept closed because there is no picture, the film has a soundtrack only at this point. When the picture appeared the curtains opened and the movie proper began. At the end of the first half the word "intermission" appeared briefly and then faded to black, the curtains closed. After about 15 minutes the second half of the movie began with the entr'acte music. Curtains were closed at this point because there is again, no picture. The curtains were opened when the picture appeared.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A.M.Boughey VINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
It's easy to start running out of superlatives quickly, on the quality of this Blu-Ray Transfer of the 1956 classic; I doubt it ever looked better.
According to Ron Smith, (the man at Paramount who was in charge of the restoration project), the original VistaVision negative was scanned at high resolution, giving an image basically 6000 pixels 4000 pixels, so you've got a rather large file with each and every shot, each and every frame.
The scanner then literally takes a photograph of each frame in the film as it goes by and turns it into data. That data is cleaned up by an army of technicians, before color restoration work by Smith and Yan Yarbrough, from Warner Brothers Motion Picture Imaging completes the process.

When you consider the running time of 231 minutes, you start to realize what a mammoth task this was, in fact Smith himself admitted that he hadn't done a lot of photochemical or even digital work since he started working on it in '96-'97,

No hi def restoration on older films, even on more contemporary classics like the original Star Wars, and Star Trek flicks, is without a down side though.
Crystal clarity often exposes the special effects quite clearly. Effects I might add that might have been cutting edge in their day and in the case of the Ten Commandments even award winning get a transparency in the wash.
Myself, I think this adds to the style of the picture, but some of the more obvious overlaid shots, and super imposing on stock footage, or backdrops can look cheesy.
All that said, this a masterpiece - not just the movie but the rich colors, crisp AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, and full production complete with Overture, Introduction by De Mille himself, and original Intermission.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The Screen Epic delivered by legendary Director 'Cecil B De Mille' remains the version of the Biblical Tale
that most if not all consider to be, far and away the 'one to watch'
This sprawling and extravagant spectacle screened with the cast of thousands and impressive 'Sets' with
many well known stars among the cast-list.
Still, over 50 years after it's release, it is still very watchable, standing the test of time.
Plot Outline -
'Charlton Heston' stars as 'Moses' (later chosen to play the lead role in epics such as 'Ben Hur' and 'El Cid')
who when just a baby to spare him the order of slaughter of the new-born male Hebrew's was cast into the
River Nile in a basket by his mother, found floating by Egyptian Royalty and brought up as one of their own.
The young Moses was favoured by his deeds by 'Rameses the First' over his blood son 'Rameses' (Yul Brynner)
''Rameses' is determined that it should be he and not Moses that claims the kingdom after his father dies, also
he craves the hand of 'Nefrtiri' (Anne Baxter) who also favours 'Moses'
'Rameses' does everything he can to discredit 'Moses' who'd been brought up as his brother, his chance comes
when 'Moses' who'd had a hint of his modest beginnings slays the 'Master-Builder' in anger as he was about to
punish 'Joshua' (John Derek) a Hebrew slave.
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