The Bible: In the Beginning

The Bible: In the Beginning


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Filmed with a cast of thousands (as the old saying goes) this chronicle of the Old Testament is sometimes breathtaking to behold visually, though audiences did not exactly line up around the block to see it when it was originally released in the mid-'60s. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's DVD of the biblical epic probably won't win over many new converts, but the disc is nevertheless excellent, if a bit sparse on the extras front. The anamorphic widescreen picture (2.55:1) is wonderful and is relatively free of digital artifacts. The image is consistently sharp and colorful. To be honest, critics have never been kind to this film. But there are more than enough visually splendid (and almost surreal) moments to keep things lively, especially during the opening scenes in the Garden of Eden and the later Tower of Babel scenes. The disc has been given a new two-channel Dolby Digital English soundtrack, though the original English mono track has thankfully been supplied as well. A French mono soundtrack is also available and the disc has been given English and Spanish subtitle options. The original theatrical trailer has been included, along with other Fox DVD trailers.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2004
UPC: 0024543020806
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:52:00
Sales rank: 4,769

Special Features

Closed Caption; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.55:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Parks Adam
Ulla Bergryd Eve
Richard Harris Cain
John Huston Noah,Narrator
Stephen Boyd Nimrod
George C. Scott Abraham
Ava Gardner Sarah
Peter O'Toole One of the Three Angels
Gabriele Ferzetti Lot
Gabriella Pallotta Actor
Claudie Lange Actor
Adriana Ambesi Actor
Pupella Maggio Noah's wife
Franco Nero Abel
Robert Rietty Abraham's steward
Eleonora Rossi-Drago Lot's wife
Zoe Sallis Actor

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Vittori Bonicelli Screenwriter
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Maria de Matteis Costumes/Costume Designer
Katherine Dunham Choreography
Christopher Fry Screenwriter
Jonathan Griffin Screenwriter
Toshiro Mayuzumi Score Composer
Ivo Perilli Screenwriter
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Creation/Main Titles [8:02]
2. In Our Own Image [7:26]
3. The Garden of Eden [:36]
4. Banishment [6:58]
5. Cain and Abel [1:27]
6. Noah's Ark [3:42]
7. Forty Days and Forty Nights [3:23]
8. A New World [6:37]
9. Intermission [2:04]
10. The Tower of Babel [7:00]
11. Abraham [6:23]
12. God's Covenant [:44]
13. The Handmaiden's Tale [6:48]
14. Abraham's Enemies [7:10]
15. Blessings [2:23]
16. The Three Angels [5:56]
17. Sodom and Gomorrah [6:23]
18. Isaac [:02]
19. The Journey [3:17]
20. The Sacrifice [4:01]
21. End Credits [2:48]

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The Bible: In the Beginning 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this movie, I look @ it over and over again, John Huston was great as Noah and also as the narrator,also George C. Scott was outstanding. anyone having questions about the begining of creation should have this movie in their collection.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
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Mom1123 More than 1 year ago
My son and I wholeheartedly enjoyed this movie!! I will defintiely share with the rest of my family. If you want to teach someone the main points of the Bible (the beginning), this is the movie to show them. Excellent movie, excellent cast, excellent naration.
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