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In The Beginning [2000] [DVD]

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  • 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)
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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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By A Customer on 30 Dec. 2005
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Bible films often seem to be at the extreme ends of possible presentations - some are inaccurate or sentimental while others are unrealistic and evangelistic. This film avoided all these traps and was a well presented condensed version of the events, from the life of Abraham (who tells the creation story) to the end of Moses' life. The costumes and sets are wonderful. Having read the bible several times I can recomment it for both the uninformed and for those well versed in the scriptures. Be prepared and forgiving for a bit of licence and American accents.
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All details is in this movie, came in good condition and l will to enjoy this movie
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Wouls used again thank you
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Originally a 4-hour miniseries for NBC, with a large international cast of well-known actors, this telling of parts of the first five books of the Bible is interesting, and on the whole flows well, though it crams a lot of story into one film, therefore skipping many major events.
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.
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A great film with a great cast. I couldn't believe they could fit all the events from Creation to the Exodus into just 3 hours, but they did it and did a marvellous job at it. The one thing that really struck me was how all the Bible stories came to life and were linked with each other. A masterpiece!
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This film started out brilliantly - fairly faithful to the Bible story, and extremely well played by Martin Landau. Some amazing filming, excellent costume and sets. We really enjoyed the beginning.
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.
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I have the other version with George C. Scott as Abraham and decided I would buy this version as well. I am a Christian so I enjoy films about the Bible and characters from the Bible. I noticed however that some of the films about the Bible are rather expensive, some pushing even to £10 or £12; that seems a little pricey but what's new?

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.
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I really enjoyed this DVD. Top actors/actresses too. The effects were very very good. As the time scale was very long they couldn't get everything in but did a good job with the DVD space they had. Recommend it.
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