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It may be a year late, but the 1956 version ofThe Ten Commandmentsat last arrives on 4K UHD, & the crystal clarity, impeccable contrast, và eye-popping color of its glorious Dolby Vision/HDR10 transfer make director Cecil B. DeMille"s gargantuan epic more immersive sầu and lovelier lớn look at than ever before. If you"re looking for upgraded audio, new extras, & the 1923 silent version, you won"t find them here, but the ultra high-def video clip is so sublime, it"s easy khổng lồ forgive the omissions. Devotees of this inspirational blockbuster shouldn"t hesitate to grab this 4K UHD release that dazzles the senses & stirs the soul.

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A year ago, I began my Đánh Giá of a brand new digibook edition ofThe Ten Commandmentswith these words:"When Paramount decided to lớn re-releaseThe Ten Commandmentsin a digibook editionjust in time for Easter, little did the studio know Cecil B. DeMille"s classic Biblical epic might also provide some much-needed comfort for a nation struggling to lớn giảm giá with an unexpected health crisis of monumental & frightening proportions." And sadly, little did Iknow such a statement would still ring true a very long 12 months later as we celebrate the long-awaited debut of The Ten Commandmentsin the 4K UHD format. COVID continues lớn impact our lives, and though the future seems brighter, we still have sầu a long way lớn go before we permanently emerge from its massive sầu shadow.

The Ten Commandmentscertainly won"t cure our ills, but as I wrote in March of 2020, "The inspirational story of Moses (famously played with strength and stoicism by Charlton Heston), who heroically fights to miễn phí an enslaved people & shows boundless courage và unshakable conviction in the face of oppression, persecution, & a devastating và insidious pestilence, never ceases to lift our collective sầu spirits & renew our faith in humanity. And in this moment of fear & uncertainty, it"s especially reassuring."And so it remains today.

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"Say what you will about DeMille"s treatment of this stirring and uplifting tale. Impressive, Oscar-winning special effects & sumptuous production values aside, the film flaunts a bombastic tone, features an array of shamelessly hammy performances, & frequently flirts with camp. It"s classy one moment & cheesy the next. It dwells on trivial matters và zips through important, meaningful events. The stodgy, stilted script and DeMille"s heavy-handed direction weigh the picture down & slow its pace. Somehow, though, the overall magnitude of this elephantine production eclipses such deficiencies & inspires a sense of admiration và respect, if not for the film itself, then for the story it tells and the vital themes of perseverance, courage, solidarity, faith, love, and selflessness it so sincerely espouses.

"Though not as dazzling or emotionally affecting asBen-Hur,The Ten Commandmentsremains a monumental cinematic achievement và one of Hollywood"s most iconic and beloved epics...For many,The Ten Commandmentsis an Easter tradition, but this year,"và again in 2021,"DeMille"s film resonates more strongly, and its sober yet hopeful message might provide some consolation during these tough, uncertain times."

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And it certainly resonates more strongly in the splendor of Dolby Vision and HDR10. It"s been a decade since we"ve gotten a new transfer ofThe Ten Commandmentsand high time this blockbuster received the 4K UHD treatment. Last year, I bemoaned the missed opportunity of releasing DeMille"s signature film in the Ultra High-Def format, và though it"s a shame so many fans purchased the 20đôi mươi digibook when this edition already must have been in the pipeline, its belated arrival is no less welcome. In years past, I might have tried to lớn be clever and called the 4K release ofThe Ten Commandmentsa gift from God. This year, though, there are so many more vital gifts we"d rather receive sầu instead.

For a more in-depth look atThe Ten Commandments, kiểm tra out my colleague Aaron Peck"s nhận xét ofthe 2011 limited edition gift set.

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Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The 4K UHD edition ofThe Ten Commandmentsarrives packaged in a standard clear case inside a glossy sleeve. The 4K UHD disc features a 2160p/HEVC H.265 encode in both Dolby Vision và HDR10, while a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 version of the film is spread across the two included Blu-ray discs. A leaflet containing a code to access the digital copy is tucked inside the front cover of the case. Once the disc is inserted inkhổng lồ the player, the full-motion thực đơn with music immediately pops up; no pĐánh Giá or promos precede it.



The previous 1080p Blu-ray transfer ofThe Ten Commandments, which is included in this edition, is quite impressive sầu (for a complete đánh giá of it, clickhere), but this 2160p/HEVC H.265 encode, which is struchồng from the same 2010 restoration, improves upon it just enough to lớn make this 4K UHD release worthy of an tăng cấp. At first glance, the wow factor seems lớn be lacking, but upon closer examination & especially when compared head-to-head with the standard Blu-ray, the enhancements become easier lớn discern & appreciate. A more vivid picture, deeper & more varied color (especially with Dolby Vision engaged), and better integrated special effects are the most palpable improvements in this Dolby Vision/HDR10 presentation.

According khổng lồ the press release accompanying the disc,"As part of the restoration done in 2010, the film was scanned in 6K và those files were the basis for this brand-new Dolby Vision version...Paramount spent well over 150 hours doing new color work and clean-up on the scan. The move sầu khổng lồ Dolby Vision created the opportunity to further improve sầu the look of the film: blacks are enhanced and improvements were made to lớn smooth out special effects mattes..."Of course, when your source material is the original VistaVision negative, you"ve got a leg up in the process. (Most film buffs would term VistaVision the high definition of the 1950s, & I certainly would not dispute that assessment.) Marrying VistaVision with Dolby Vision is a match made in movie heaven, và this transfer ofThe Ten Commandmentsshowcases the attributes andmaximizes the impact of both processes.

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Faint grain preserves the film-lượt thích feel, but never compromises the crystalline clarity that enhances depth và helps even the finest details pop. The sandstone carvings, etched writing on the tablets, nhảy đầm torch flames, kernels of hail, shimmering seas, & all the individual faces in the cast-of-thousands crowd scenes are remarkably sharp, and combining that increased vibrancy with the greater color spectrum of Dolby Vision creates an arresting image, especially during the movie"s effects-laden second half. The deep red sky at the climax, blood red water, orange firebombs, azure blue skies và water, peach-tinged sunsets, gray-speckled stones, & dusty desert landscape all look stunningly gorgeous, as bởi the turquoise, coral, and gold bejeweled bibs worn by the Egyptian royalty. Baxter"s gold and silver lamé gowns sparkle và all the costume textures (especially the rough-hewn slave attire) are crisply rendered.

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Lustrously rich blacks anchor the image, superb shadow delineation keeps crush at bay, and a breathtaking long-shot silhouette of camels crossing the desert makes an indelible impression. Whites are bright và resist blooming, the varying flesh tones - from alabaster and ruddy khổng lồ olive và ebony - look natural and remain stable throughout, & all the razor-sharp close-ups showcase facial pores & hair, glistening sweat, & gritty grime. No nicks, marks, or scratches dot the pristine source, & no digital anomalies distract from the on-screen spectacle.

As advertised, this new transfer kicks the special effects up a notch, significantly smoothing out the rough edges of the processed shots and seamlessly integrating the animated fireballs & flame bolts. The staffs morphing into serpents look every bit as magical as they vị khổng lồ the agape characters, và while the parting of the Red Sea will never look realistic, the sequence feels far less cheesy here than it has in previous trang chủ Clip versions. Yes, some blaông xã outlines remain, but they appear less noticeable và the figures in the frame no longer resemble Colorforms pasted on a matte background. The pics below illustrate the improvements...

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If you"re a devotee of this monumental và inspiring epic, an tăng cấp is whole-heartedly recommended. I also hope this top-notch effort will spur Paramount to release more of its classic catalogue in 4K UHD. So many fans would be so grateful.