The Blu-ray/DVD Combo gift set comes packaged in a limited edition box featuring an image of the Red Sea that parts when the box is opened to reveal two tablets, which encase all six discs (three BDs, three DVDs) in the set. The set also includes a commemorative photo and archive book, a new 75-minute, in-depth documentary about the film and its impact, original costume sketches, the 1923 silent film The Ten Commandments (also available for the first time on Blu-ray), international premiere photos, production notes from Cecil B. DeMille, correspondence from Charlton Heston, feature commentary and more.
The movie will be split across two discs, both in the two-disc Blu-ray edition and in the gift set.
Special features include:
Two-disc Blu-ray edition
Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments
Newsreel: The Ten Commandments Premiere in New York
As above, plus:
Commentary by Katherine Orrison
Hand-tinted footage of the Exodus and parting of the Red Sea sequence (from 1923 feature)
The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles—75-minute documentary
So, as reported Monday, no info on the 6-part Documentary, huh? (the above info on the New set says there is a 75-minute Documentary, but that that is NEW). Either way, $62.99 for the 6-disc set = No-Brainer for this EPIC 231-minute Classic FILM.
I will buy the gift set, but three DVDs in it? I usually don't complain when there is a combo set of a DVD with a Blu-ray feature...but three DVDs seems like it is overkill. That way, it seems like the studio is issuing only one gift set and those who have Blu will buy it and get three DVDs they don't really need, and those who only have DVD will have to buy it to get the DVDs but get Blus they don't need.
I really want to see that documentary, considering the one on the 50th Anniversary set wasn't that great but I don't need a six disc gift set of this film...especially when three of the discs are DVDs.
I guess it all depends on how big the gift set is. If it's rather compacted in size, I'll spring for it. If it's rather large, I'll pass and just get the two-disc Blu Ray.
Either way, Yul Brynner's Rameses comes to Blu Ray in March.
"But their tally of bricks shall not diminish. So let it written. So let it be done."
Is it CONFIRMED the 1923 version will be on the third BD of the 6-disc set? Just because they mention it doesn't necessarily mean it's on the BD. (Remember MGM: When the Lion Roars on a DVD flipper in the full sets of both GWTW & WoO? Or the Jack Warner doc on DVD in the Casablanca UCE? Granted this is Paramount and not WB, but still...)
@arkadin: I'm skeptical too, but due to Paramount laziness--NOT the fact that it's silent (or B&W). Well-preserved silent films with solid HD transfers can look incredible; just look at the Czech version of Sunrise on the MoC BD (a truly silent print cleaner than the official Movietone preservation prints) or the DVDBeaver screenshots of The General (I don't own it, but the screenshots alone prove it's a great transfer). Same goes for B&W; see Casablanca, the 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty, or (if you have Region B-capable equipment) the UK BD of 1948's Hamlet. (All About Eve will also be on BD before this.) B&W film (silent or talkie) is actually easier to make HD transfers from than color film; it's just that the big studios don't think it's profitable...
Good news, but seriously the fact that it's seperated over 2 discs really pisses me off. One of the best advantages of bluray has been that these epic movies could be contained on one disc, So was the seperation really that neccesary or are they just porting over the DVD set and they couldn't be bothered to change it?
I also hate that the 75 minute doc is only available on the 6 disc set, The bonus of the collectors set should have just been the 1923 version, not half the extras
Paramount's transfer better wow me because so far i'm not really happy with this release
Despite the fact I have no desire for DVDs for films and shows that could come on Blu, I will get the six disc set. I'll wait, though, to make absolute sure the 1923 version is given the HD treatment. However, I trust Paramount on this.
First off, there are three discs of both DVD and Blu-Ray. The last two DVDs had the film split in two, so we can assume it'll happen for the DVD here too, along with the Blu-Ray. The last DVD in this set, I think, will most likely include the same extras as the Blu-Ray. I doubt the DVD will have something the Blu won't and I doubt Paramount wouldn't put two SD versions of the same film on two discs.
Second, Blu-Ray.com is pointing out the 1923 film will be in high definition and, in a separate sentence and paragraph, the first time on Blu-Ray. I know Blu-Ray.com wouldn't put that unless Paramount told them. I don't know if Paramount press release is worded like the news story here but if it is, then two specific mentions of the 1923 being on Blu for the first time (should ) precludes the film only coming in SD.
Finally, look at the Blus for Star Trek Season 2 and NCIS: LA Season 1, both Paramount products. Star Trek had two tribble shows on one of the discs, from the Animated series and DS9, while NCIS: LA had the original NCIS episodes that served as LA's pilot episodes. The ST Animated episode and original NCIS episodes were both in HD with lossless audio that were equal to the main attractions. Even the DS9 episode, whose video was basically DVD quality, had an excellent loseless audio track. Those instances make me comfortable that Paramount will deliver again and make the 1923 version in good looking HD. I personally trust Paramount when it comes to giving HD treatments to extras that should be (DS9 required a complete rebuild, so that's understandable).
The 1956 version should look excellent. It's a really good film and I'm excited about it by itself. Should be an excellent release, regardless of how the 1923 version turns out.
I know the issue of tinkering with effects is a hot one, But I would love to see some of the Blue screen work corrected for this release
I don't mean new CGI backdrops or anything, what i mean is new composites, The film has always suffered from alot of blue/green sceen bleedthrough. In some scenes theres alot of rough and unfinished edges around characters and it's always looked bad. I believe it was a time and budget issue, but why not take the time to correct it for this release?
I am really excited to get this, it is the film that I watch every Easter Sunday snce I was a kid. I'm really glad that I waited for this title to be released because I gave my DVD copy to my mother. Can't wait for March...
I'm really happy about The Ten Commandments being spread out over 2 discs. This is both in keeping with the film's original release with an intermission, and in keeping with allowing the film to have a higher bit rate and look it's best on Blu-ray. The movie runs 220 minutes, and that is too long for anyone to sit without an intermission.
Even though this is a movie I really like, I don't know if I could spend more money just to have the silent version and and a few extra features. I mean, I did it for Apocalypse Now, but I don't know how much worth it would be, specially when it includes DVDs. Why couldn't they condense everything into a 50 GB blu-ray instead of having us get three 8 GB DVDs??
Gone with the Wind is on one disc and I must agree this really pisses me off that the movie is being split. I'm seriously thinking about passing on it because of stupid stuff like that. I guess whenever it comes out, Lawrence of Arabia will be split too. Seriously, there are longer movies on one disc and they had to pull this nonsense? Bullshit Paramount. Total bullshit.
@Wdm81 Yeah really. I can't imagine the giant eyesore this thing's gonna be. Unless this transfer literally rivals Avatar or Apocalypse Now in terms of pure greatness, and even if it does given the movie being split this is gonna be one of the biggest disappointments of 2011. Giant packaging that serves no purpose, paying 60 dollars to get the silent version of the film and splitting the damn movie when there are longer movies on one disc on the format. Paramount usually has such a great track record with their classics, how did they butcher this up so bad?
I'm actually most interested in the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments in HD. I don't like it one bit Paramount wants me to buy a crappy gift set that's of no use to me. I don't want any DVDs and I certainly don't want a big tacky box. What's wrong with just allowing us to buy the movies instead of silly paraphernalia so they can drive up the price?
@yojoeski - agreed, unless the transfer is jaw dropping, this does have the potential to be the biggest dissapointment of 2011
As for those that are justifiing the movie being split because it breaks the movie up and tells you when to take a break - thats what the pause button is for and the intermission can still be included if the film is one one disc, infact it's part of the orginal release and should be included...but no need to break the film up for it, Do you really need the disc to stop playing so you know to go take a pee? Plenty of people could sit through a 4 plus hour movie without a break and if they need a break they pause it
when even longer films are on one disc without any image loss there is simply no reason for them to spread this over 2 discs. To me it's almost as if this is just going to be a cheap upconvert of the 2 disc DVD not a brand new transfer
Can't wait to see this on Blu-Ray! And yea, I really do hope the blue screen scenes are corrected. Cause I am aware that at the time the film was being made that they didn't have time to polish up the blue screen scenes due to time restraints, so seeing it corrected would really display the scenes they way they were intended to be shown.
well the film has been given a complete restoration.
I mean that is well known, so unless the encoders just completely mess up this bd should be a very high quality release.
I have faith it will be fantastic.
But I can name several films that are of comparable length if not longer than The Ten Commandments that are on one disc and all look stellar. Those being The Godfather Part 2, The Leopard, Seven Samurai, and Gone With The Wind. Do I really need to make any more of an argument that those 2 sentences as to why there's no reason to split this movie?
The 1956 Ten Commandments movie is most likely on two 50GB Blu-ray discs at a high bit rate transfer. Hopefully the original film negative was scanned at 8K or 4K. I will be getting the box set of the Blu-ray so I can also see the 1923 version of the movie in HD. I am upset that I am forced to purchase the 3 DVD and 3 BLU-RAY combo to see the 1923 version in HD. The boxset most likely costs around $15 more for the 3 DVD’s that are included. I have no plans on using the DVD discs. I only want Blu-ray. I wish there was a 3 Blu-ray only version of the boxset for $15 less.
yojoeski and Mr. Joshua........I can't BELIEVE your attitudes about this!!! CALM THE F$%^ DOWN!!!! IF you guys were such HUGE fans of this movie, you would know that Paramount just finished a 6K restoration of this film and had a Premiere screening of it here in LA in early December!!! COULD Paramount have put the whole movie on one disc?? Sure they could have.....but you would be getting average Blu-Ray quality, which is still good, but why not gor the best that they can do?? Myself, I am VERY HAPPY that it is on 2 discs, as that means that Paramount is going to gives us the best picture quality, with higher than normal bit rates!!! Do you remember the Sony Superbit DVD's?? Well, that's basically what those discs were......they used a much higher bitrate for both the audio and video to gives us better picture quality, and I was VERY happy that they gave people who actually cared about the QUALITY a choice!!! Maybe you should just WAIT until they come out with a lower quality single disc version.....I'll be enjoying a VERY HIGH QUALITY Blu-Ray disc, while you sit and complain and be angry!!!
cinema-forever19......have you had a look of the QUALITY of Once Upon A Time IN America???? a LOT of the scenes look better on the DVD than they do on the Blu-Ray!!! I just don't understand why some people even BOTHER with getting Blu-Ray discs if you aren't going to BOTHER to pay attention to the QUALITY!!!!
It's absolutely fricking hilarious just how many people here are LAZY with a capitol L! The whole world comes crashing down cause they have to put in another disc. QUALITY is everything. I personally could care less about extras, I never watch them anyhow. It's the movie, first and foremost. Anything else they give you is chicken feed.
• 6-Discs Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack
• 2-Disc DVD of the fully restored 1956 version
• 2-Disc Blu-ray of the fully restored 1956 version
• Exclusive Blu-ray of 1923 Ten Commandments (First time on Blu-ray)
• DVD of all-new bonus features
Extra Content Exclusively in Box Set:
• Commemorative 50-page book with rare facts and photos
• Beautiful tablet keepsake to hold all six discs
• Specially designed “parting of the sea” box to hold all collectibles
• Original 1956 Souvenir Program
• Meticulous reproductions of rarities from the Paramount and BYU vaults
The 1939 Wizard of OZ negative, 1939 Gone with the Wind negative, and 1965 Sound of Music 70mm negative all received an 8K digital scan before being downconverted to 1080P Blu-ray. I was hoping that the 1956 Ten Commandments would be scanned at 8K also but instead 6K was used on the Ten Commandments. 6K scan is still really good since most films these days are only scanned at 4K before being downconverted to Blu-ray.
@foxtechca You're missing the point of my argument. There is no reason this movie can't have a stellar transfer and not be on one disc when there are longer movies that have accomplished it. This is also one of the perks and selling points of the blu-ray format. Tell me you don't like having Seven Samurai, The Godfather Part 2, The Leopard, Once Upon A Time In America, Gods and Generals, Gone with the Wind, and probably some that I'm forgetting all on one disc. I don't think there's anyone at this site that will complain about the SIMPLE CONVENIENCE OF HAVING THE MOVIE ON ONE DISC! This is nothing more than a way by Paramount to jack the price of the set up and as I said before, combine this fact with that ungodly eyesore of a boxset(which is truly the most useless and unnecessary load of bulky packaging I've ever seen) and the fact that it includes so much useless stuff that's only meant to jack the price up(3 dvd's anyone?) as well as the final fizuck yizou to film fanatics and that is making you buy that abortion just to get the 1923 silent version then yes seriously, I think it's gonna be one of the biggest disappointments of 2011. It's already won it for at least the first half of the year and I think it's gotta be at least in the running for biggest disappointment in the short history of the blu-ray disc format. SHAME ON YOU PARAMOUNT FOR BOTCHING THIS UP ON SO MANY LEVELS