- Actors: Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Campbell, Eddie Cibrian, Frederick Weller
- Directors: Kevin Connor
- Writers: John Goldsmith
- Producers: David V. Picker, Paul Lowin, Robert Halmi Jr.
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Odyssey
- DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2003
- Run Time: 173 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000C24LJ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
In The Beginning  [DVD]
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Actors: Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Campbell, Eddie Cibrian, Frederick Weller Release Date:22 September 2003 Region Code: Region 2
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Top Customer Reviews
It starts with Abraham, as he travels to the land of Canaan, in about 2000 B.C., and along the way he recites the narrative of the Creation (which has some nice visuals), the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, their temptation (the fruit here looks more like a small fig in a very thorny tree) and their expulsion from Eden.
There are some fine performances, among them Martin Landau as Abraham, Jacqueline Bisset as Sarah, Bill Campbell as Moses, Amanda Donohoe as Potiphar's wife, and Fred Weller as Jacob. Eddie Cibrian as Joseph seems at first out of place, looking more like a modern day hunk, but he grows with the part, and has the most touching scene in the film, when he is reunited with his father Jacob. In the small part of Jethro, the great Alan Bates is marvelous. Other name actors include Diana Rigg (mature Rebeccah), Geraldine Chaplin (Yocheved), David Warner (Eliezer), and Christopher Lee is a theatrical, entertaining Ramses I.
At times there's quite a bit of license taken with scripture (for instance, there is some incredulous dialogue between Moses and Jethro after the parting of the sea, where Moses doesn't seem to have much faith in God), and similar to other TV Bible films, the parts that take place in Egypt are full of gaudy sets and costumes, as well as some characters who have an almost Alice Cooper look in the makeup department, especially Pharaoh's magician (Victor Spinetti).
Filmed in Morocco, with some lovely cinematography and score, this one is certainly worth a rental if you like Bible epics.
However, it seemed to us as though the latter half was produced by someone entirely different, in horribly vintage Hollywood style... not quite Cecil B DeMille but almost. Even some good acting by the 'veterans' couldn't rescue the glaring errors and ham acting by 'Joseph'. It was hard to decide whether the script or his acting was to blame, but it certainly wasn't worth watching. A great pity, but I am still glad I bought it, because the Beginning made it worth it, and will be played again. I just know when to turn it off now! So I would recommend it, especially for folk who want their kids to understand Bible scenery and the amazing steps of faith made by Abraham. The 'sacrifice' with Isaac is particularly moving. Worth buying.
I really enjoyed this film and thought that the stories were well acted by the various actors, some whom you will know and other characters generally unknown to a mass public. This one captures the excitement of the early Bible stories very well and for the price is excellent value for money. It starts with the wanderings of Abraham and ends with the story of Exodus: 'Let my people go!' is Moses fervent cry to the arrogant Rameses II! Yes, most people know the stories and know them well but there is always room for a good movie about those wonderful, thrilling, exciting and passionate stories of people long ago.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good effort covering the period from the times of abraham to the moses story but the last part of the moses story was not as good as the other parts mainly cause this story... Read morePublished 14 months ago by V. K. Manglaveras
A great version about the beginning of the world according to the Bible. Great actors, acting and dramatization. Buy it!Published on 5 Nov. 2013 by BigMan
you will find no enjoyment in this film you will probably have fallen asleep by the first 1/4 of it it worse than troll 2Published on 28 July 2013 by MR Brett M Jones
Great film well produced enjoyed by all the family but I think you need to be a Christian family
to get the most out the film
Very good, A Great story for anyone to watch the religious and none religious. I liked the acting and all of it reallyPublished on 7 Jun. 2013 by Gilly
i just loved this dvd,it was well dramatised,great biblical epic,would highly reccomend to lovers of the bible accounts buy itPublished on 9 April 2013 by coolchick
This is a class dvd really enjoyable watching to those who revere the gospel of the Living God I would recommend it to anyone.Published on 3 April 2013 by Jack Pittam
Quite a line up of stars in this DVD. Nice film to watch on a Sunday afternoon. Good teaching tool for children.Published on 2 April 2013 by lanciagirl