The Ten Commandments: Special Collector's Edition Okay, we've all seen Cecil B. DeMille's epic umpteen times on Easter and let's be clear: This is not a masterwork with subtle, Leanian shadings… The Ten Commandments: Special Collector's Edition Okay, we've all seen Cecil B. DeMille's epic umpteen times on Easter and let's be clear: This is not a masterwork with subtle, Leanian shadings…
Movie on DVD Review

The Ten Commandments: Special Collector's Edition (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 09, 2004; DVD Release Date: Mar 09, 2004; Movie Rated: G; With: Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner and Charlton Heston

Okay, we've all seen Cecil B. DeMille's epic umpteen times on Easter and let's be clear: This is not a masterwork with subtle, Leanian shadings or deep subtexts. It's well-made, kitschy fun put across by special effects that retain a thrilling visual power and a cast that knew exactly how to serve up the ham. EXTRAS According to the sometimes over-reverential commentary, William Holden was nixed for Brynner, who looked better bald (good decision). Audrey Hepburn lost out to Baxter because her twiggy figure didn't amply fill out the filigree costumes. Though Moses apparently stuttered in real life, DeMille decided it wouldn't work to have Heston do the same (another good decision). And most fascinatingly of all, that's popcorn falling on Brynner in the plague-of-hail sequence. How appropriate!

Originally posted Mar 05, 2004 Published in issue #754 Mar 05, 2004 Order article reprints
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