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on 27 February 2016
A beautiful Blu Ray transfer. Colours are rich and vibrant, detail is startlingly clear and well focused.

The story is divided into two essential acts, the first part deals with the upbringing of Moses and the political context of the time he lived, as a member of royalty Moses is privileged and wealthy though not also unkind or wicked. Several supporting characters are introduced, including the all powerful Pharaoh, Moses's adoptive mother, his adoptive brother the cruel Ramses, a love interest and a young Jewish Slave called Joshua. During much character development Moses learns more of his Hebrew past and begins to detest the system that has enslaved his people. Rameses on the other hand develops to become only more controlling and unjust, tensions reach a head when Moses kills a man about to whip a slave to death, his punishment - exile and the loss of a chance ever to be king. After further hardship Moses settles with a local Jewish tribe in the wilderness after impressing them with his bravery, he finds peace among it's simple rustic life, as well as further happiness in marriage to the daughter of a tribal chief. By this point he has come a long way from the beginning of the story. I adored the first part of this film, especially for the rich interaction between the different characters and the dynamics they have, as well as the character development they all undergo

The second part deals with Moses encounter with God which set him on a mission to lead the Jewish people back away from captivity in Egypt. Moses's encounters with God change him both physically and psychologically. He becomes stern, fanatical, almost a zealot in parts. The battle of wills between him and Ramses plays out as Egypt is subjected to one kind of plague after another. There are moments when Moses is portrayed quite unsympathetically unlike in Ben Hur, Charlton Heston's other epic released just a couple of years before. Moses is certainly no Jesus, death comes several times to those who oppose his commands, though he makes it clear, as many extremists do, that he is not carrying out his own will but that of God's. Some of the special effects leave a little to be desired in the second part, especially God's voice which sounded muffled and weak, his manifestation as the pillar of fire also looked far from impressive, though the mist of death looked genuinely nightmarish. Moses is eventually able to secure the Jewish people their freedom and defeat his nemesis Ramses, only to have his own people nearly betray their commitment to God, leading to further violence. In this film Pharaohs pursuit of Moses is motivated largely out of revenge for his only son, something most audience members could probably understand, unfortunately just before the showdown takes place, our villain is starting to feel a lot less villainous while Moses our protagonist seems to have lost all of his softer more human qualities.
The film wraps up 40 years later with a very old Moses literally passing the staff onto Joshua to continue his work.
Running time nearly 4 hours.
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This has an absolutely stunning opening where we see Theatre curtains as the director appears and talks to the audience. He explains his sources. I was agog.

Went into it as someone with a ten foot projection screen who has never seen a Cecil B. DeMille film before. I am completely areligious. I had some vague memory of Moses and the ten commandments. This is all you need to know. The story of the man’s progress from being given away at birth to leading people from slavery to freedom

So, that being brought up one way then realising his true birth circumstances resonated with this adopted reviewer. He knew his self was the same. His free-will innate.

This is a movie of today. We witness the coming of compassion. Even these days to speak of refugees from far lands as ‘economic immigrants’ ignores the deep suffering of every individual who leaves the land they would much prefer to stay. To move to a land of a different language and culture. At one point a woman called Sephora makes a speech that clearly marks the human aspect of struggle from the racist politics of rule.

I could see God as an idea. ‘I am that I am’ a voice tells Moses. Always in the spectacular movie there is room for inner revelation. Miracles as magic tricks and miraculous events. On the path to Justice. On the path to Justice compassion must reign. Compassion. For freedom to bloom greed must be banished.

Even after much strife gold is offered to the masses in response to a Leader’s absence. In times of doubt they revel in gold’s debauchery. I’ll leave you to see what saves them.

On the technical side it is almost too good for its own good. This blu ray is a 2010 6K restoration that shows some of the joins for the blue screen special effects. Not too often and does not spoil your enjoyment of a very colourful movie. First disc lasts 2h 15m, the second 1h 30m, you can Bookmark anywhere if your Player allows. Women abound, nipples protrude. Men stand astance. Yul Brynner and Edward G. Robinson glow in their roles. But Charlton Heston plays the part of Prince, slave and God’s messenger to perfection. The direction not as silent movie as expected, the camera rarely moves on the giant sets. Careful to keep many people in shot. Cinema with a massive intent.

For a fiver these days you will not be disappointed especially if, like me, you don’t know the stories. It really is a tale of blind slavery to the freedom that comes with self discipline. The guides to that end are common sense. And written in stone.

It left me with just one question: is there always a cruel woman in these stories?
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on 17 May 2017
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on 17 October 2016
brought back so many wonderful memories as a child I was when I first went to see it with my mum and dad on the big screne. it is still wonderful to watch it now after all those years gone by
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on 9 June 2017
It's okay I suppose, but a great reminder of the great prophets of old. The cast is amazing and the special effects great for it's time. It is one I shall watch again which is why I gave it 4 stars.
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on 8 April 2017
God bless you
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on 8 May 2017
I was delighted with the blu ray of this film.the sound and picture quality was excellent.it was really great. brilliant.
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on 23 July 2016
A movie classic which is excellent viewing for all the family. Definitely a "must see" on those long, cold days in winter when you don't want to go outside.
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on 6 July 2017
The remastering is so good this film looks like it was shot in 2017, not over 45 years ago.
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on 12 May 2017
Good old fashioned bible story, with mystical visuals that still work today.
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