Cecil B. DeMille Collection

Cecil B. DeMille Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Best remembered for his lavish biblical spectacles (which, in actuality, constituted a fairly small percentage of his total output), legendary director Cecil B. DeMille is well represented in this five-disc box set, which offers a quintet of his strongest films from the 1930s. The Sign of the Cross (1932) -- featuring Fredric March as a centurion, Charles Laughton as the emperor Nero, and Claudette Colbert as the alluring Poppea -- recounts the persecution of early Christians by the Roman Empire. Cut for theatrical re-release and televised screenings, the film is even more impressive in its recently restored version, which sports several pre-Hays Code sequences involving violence, sexual suggestion, and partial nudity. Colbert also stars in two 1934 features: Four Frightened People, a small-scale melodrama about a shipwrecked quartet trying to survive in the jungle; and Cleopatra, an opulent production that showcases some of DeMille's most celebrated set-pieces as well as a terrific supporting cast. The Crusades (1935), a rousing epic that thoroughly whitewashes the medieval Christian invasion of the East, stars longtime DeMille favorite Henry Wilcoxen as Richard the Lion-Hearted. Union Pacific (1939) dramatizes the building of the first transcontinental railroad and pits likable leading man Joel McCrea against villainous Brian Donlevy, with Barbara Stanwyck portraying a feisty Irish lass. While Cross and Cleopatra are the obvious standouts, there isn't a weak film in the bunch.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
UPC:
0025192948725
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
9:31:00
Sales rank:
44,382

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Sign of the Cross
1. Rome in Flames (Main Titles) [7:46]
2. Nero's Reward [4:36]
3. Justice Goes Blind [7:23]
4. Spreading the Word [10:25]
5. Keep the Faithful [5:46]
6. In Danger [7:21]
7. At the Grove [10:40]
8. Betrayed [11:35]
9. Don't Be a Fool [6:29]
10. Orders to Be Seized (Intermission) [6:17]
11. Model of Purity [5:59]
12. The Naked Moon [8:04]
13. Plea for Compassion [4:02]
14. The Body Is Weak [4:22]
15. Let the Games Begin [10:13]
16. It's Our Time [8:35]
17. Saved [5:11]
18. End Titles [:44]
Disc #2 -- Four Frightened People
1. Main Titles [1:31]
2. Escaping the Plague [7:00]
3. Must Go Through Jungle [3:30]
4. Unfamiliar Dangers [5:50]
5. Sleeping Arrangements [5:11]
6. Totally Lost [3:29]
7. Death in Four Minutes [4:08]
8. One Good Deed Deserves Another [5:57]
9. Savages All Around [6:15]
10. Taking Charge [2:51]
11. Natural Beauty [4:01]
12. Giving In [2:29]
13. Thinking of Love [4:38]
14. Held Captive [9:08]
15. Lessons in Civility [3:24]
16. Found a Way Out [4:13]
17. Basic Instincts [4:09]
18. End Titles [:39]
Disc #3 -- Cleopatra
1. Main Titles [2:46]
2. Exiled From Egypt [4:03]
3. A Gift for Caesar [8:26]
4. Intimate Plans [5:16]
5. Sole Ruler [5:53]
6. Blasphemous Rumors [3:13]
7. Day of Evil [3:45]
8. New Found Treasures [4:37]
9. Caesar Is Dead! [3:39]
10. Roman & Egyptian Affairs [2:48]
11. Dazzling Antony [11:32]
12. A Case of the Hiccups [6:47]
13. Roman Revolution [8:23]
14. Pretty Toast [12:03]
15. At War [4:13]
16. Courageous Request [6:06]
17. Undying Love [5:00]
18. Abdicating the Throne (End Titles) [2:36]
Disc #4 -- The Crusades
1. Main Titles [1:52]
2. Power of the Cross [5:31]
3. Summoning the King [8:07]
4. Betrothed Alliance [4:01]
5. Finding a Way Out [9:41]
6. Convenient Coupling [10:26]
7. Sword Ceremony [5:39]
8. Royal Acquaintance [5:47]
9. Nobel Enemy [9:56]
10. Flaming Nights & Bloody Days [5:58]
11. Love Stands in the Way [11:02]
12. Delivered to the Enemy [7:33]
13. Fear Not [7:10]
14. Search for the Queen [6:27]
15. A Treacherous Act [9:58]
16. Let There Be Peace [8:02]
17. No Pride, No Glory [6:56]
18. End Titles [1:21]
Disc #5 -- Union Pacific
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. A Golden Opportunity [6:22]
3. Excitement & Profit [3:11]
4. The Troubleshooter [10:00]
5. Comrades in Arms [7:24]
6. Hell on Wheels [11:17]
7. Premature Proposal [6:19]
8. Staying on Track [9:12]
9. Looking for Trouble [3:58]
10. Payroll Heist [7:41]
11. Friend of Foe? [10:09]
12. Sold Out [13:48]
13. 'Til Death Do Us Part [11:03]
14. Here Comes the Cavalry [10:10]
15. End of Track [9:22]
16. The Golden Spike [5:19]
17. Derailed [7:38]
18. End Titles [:55]

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