The Egyptian: A Novel Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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"The Egyptian contains the ingredients Americans relish: war, women, intrigue, romance, wassail, horror, and lavish scenes of violence..." -- -New York Herald Tribune
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The DVD import from Spain is a vivid and eye pleasing anamorphic 2.35 transfer.
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. A lot of care went into big productions in those days and it makes a refreshing change from todays overly mobile camera movements and sometimes dreary colours. I'm sure ancient Egypt never looked as colourful as this, but hey, this is, or should I say WAS, the movies.
You may find the movie a little slow in places, apart from a minute or so at the end there are no battle scenes. The story concerns a young Egyptian boy who becomes a physician and has everything going for him untill he drops himself in it by becoming besotted with an evil woman. He reduces himself to penury by giving her all he has and his father's house and tomb. Because he can't be found when Pharaoh's daughter is ill and dies he is sentenced to death and flees Egypt, much to the dismay of the girl who really loves him. What happens next, well, I wont spoil it for you. Get your own copy and watch it on a 50 inch tv, stuff yourself with popcorn and give your eyes a treat, and they WILL get a treat watching the fabulous photography. Revel for a little over two hours in pure movie nostalgia. They don't make them like this any more. Five well deserved stars for this one.
THIS REVIEW APPLIES TO THE VERSION WITH THE MOVIE POSTER COVER AND, "20th CENTURY FOX PRESENTS IN CINEMASCOPE," WRITTEN ACROSS THE TOP. ALL OTHERS ARE PAN AND SCAN VERSIONS.
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