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The Ten Commandments
ID:
1956
Comments:
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenplay: A.E. Southon, Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Fredric M. Frank, J.H. Ingraham, Jack Gariss, Jesse Lasky Jr., Æneas MacKenzie
Producer:
Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 231
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Features:
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Mar 2011 Discs:  2 (Blu-ray) []
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Reviews:  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"


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