The movie has some very obvious merits; many of the special effects (particularly the 'Angel of Death' vapor, and the massive parting of the Red Sea) are still astonishing, today; Elmer Bernstein's score is an often 'over the top' joy to listen to; & the cast includes some very entertaining supporting players, including Nina Foch, Vincent Price, and DeMille's longtime associate, Henry Wilcoxon.
Paramount Pictures celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille's Bible epic spectacular, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, with a double feature that includes both the 1956 version and the director's original 1923 silent version. See individual titles for plot details.
Anne Bauchens, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Cecil B. DeMille, Nominee, Best Picture,Edith Head et. al., Nominee, Best Costume Design, Color,Hal Pereira et. al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,John P. Fulton, Winner, Best Effects, Special Effeects,Loren L. Ryder, Nominee, Best Sound, Recording,Loyal Griggs, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color
Golden Globe (1957)
Chalton Heston , Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
BBC Film Review
[Remake] Shot in wonderful VistaVision onto Technicolor stock, this is a film where the colours are bright and saturated with vivid flesh tones. A near impeccable print transfers to DVD this spectacle of scale and grandeur for a whole new generation to marvel over. Particularly impressive in 'Vista-Vibrance' is the 'light of God' breaking through a fresh sky, that in a later scene turns to an angry blood red in this fine transfer.
[Remake] Say what you will about the factual content here -- as it turns out, the film is based on a collection of novels, not historical texts -- this is a movie about spectacle and excess. It doesn't feel particularly religious or spiritual; it's an adventure on the grandest -- and longest -- scale. Heston may as well be screaming about Soylent Green, but damn if he doesn't make for one hell of an inspiring leader.
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Digital Surround; Dolby Digital Stereo, Commentary, Documentaries, Newsreel, Trailers, English, French Subtitled
Anne Baxter / Charlton Heston / Estelle Taylor / Heston,Charlton / Theodore Roberts / Yul Brynner
Cecil B. DeMille
Paramount Home Video
John J. Puccio, DVDTown.com
[Remake] ...a monumental spectacle and a delightful extravagance.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
[Remake] Vivid storytelling at its best...
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