Prince of Egypt

Prince of Egypt

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Director: Brenda Chapman, Stephen Hickner, Simon Wells

Cast: Brenda Chapman, Stephen Hickner, Simon Wells, Val Kilmer

     
 

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This widescreen anamorphic (1.85:1) DVD adaptation of the animated film comes with a commentary by the directors, a technical effects reel, a multi-image segment of the chariot race scene, an art slide show, a "making of" featurette, a clip of the song "When You Believe," theatrical trailers, production notes, and closed-captioning. Audio options are confined to Dolby… See more details below

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This widescreen anamorphic (1.85:1) DVD adaptation of the animated film comes with a commentary by the directors, a technical effects reel, a multi-image segment of the chariot race scene, an art slide show, a "making of" featurette, a clip of the song "When You Believe," theatrical trailers, production notes, and closed-captioning. Audio options are confined to Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. Picture quality is sharp and clear and brings out the animations effectively; sound quality is resonant, with excellent surround effects and deep bass. The production notes are in the two-page glossy booklet inside the DVD case front cover, which also includes a chapter index.

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As many critics correctly noted, Dreamworks missed a golden opportunity in its first animated feature to assert a distinct visual style, preferring to imitate the familiar Disney look, hence paying its primary competitor a huge compliment. But The Prince of Egypt still exists as a mature first foray into the market by the young studio. It's nothing if not grand, complete with towering pyramids, electric chariot races, and a first-rate parting of the Red Sea. The film's greater accomplishment is making The Bible accessible to those unwilling to slog through chapter and verse -- namely, children. Hearing the idiosyncratic and inescapably modern speech patterns of Sandra Bullock and Jeff Goldblum may take viewers completely out of the Biblical moment, but those with greater screen time, notably Ralph Fiennes as Rameses, fare much better. The hit title song, popularized by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, lends a certain frivolity to religious characters and situations that might be conveyed more soberly -- a necessary part of selling the film as a phenomenon of multiple media. But the animators make up for it with their dignified renderings of the landscape and its people, showing a particular ability to wow with their chilling depiction of the ten plagues, as remarkable for what's left unseen as what's visualized. The Prince of Egypt is a tight and effective depiction of brothers torn apart by their differing beliefs in the right course of action, simultaneously personal and large-scale -- a solid story on its own, which also happens to be the foundation for both Christian and Jewish scripture.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
UPC:
0667068466720
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with directors Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells; "The Making of the Prince of Egypt"; "When You Believe" multi-language presentation; Basics of animation: "Chariot Race"; Focus on technical effects; "The Prince of Egypt" art gallery; Two theatrical trailers; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Production notes; Sneak preview

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer Moses / God
Ralph Fiennes Rameses
Michelle Pfeiffer Tzipporah
Sandra Bullock Miriam
Jeff Goldblum Aaron
Danny Glover Jethro
Patrick Stewart Pharaoh Seti
Helen Mirren The Queen
Steve Martin Hotep
Martin Short Huy
Natalie Portman Additional voice [uncredited]

Technical Credits
Brenda Chapman Director
Stephen Hickner Director
Simon Wells Director
Kathy Altieri Art Director
Lon E. Bender Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Chavez Art Director
Penney Finkelman Cox Producer
Leslee Feldman Casting
Darek Gogol Production Designer
Jeffrey Katzenberg Executive Producer
Kelly Kimball Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Lazebnik Screenwriter
Don Paul Special Effects Supervisor
Dan Philips Special Effects Supervisor
Sandra Rabins Producer
Ron Rocha Associate Producer
Stephen Schwartz Songwriter
Wylie Stateman Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Deliver Us (Main Title) [4:14]
2. The River [3:59]
3. Chariot Race [2:54]
4. One Weak Link [2:25]
5. Rameses' Hiding Place [1:25]
6. Desert Flower [4:00]
7. You Are Our Brother [3:19]
8. All I Ever Wanted [2:01]
9. Hieroglyph Nightmare [1:32]
10. Sacrifice [1:45]
11. This Is Your Home [1:33]
12. Slavery [4:01]
13. The Sand Storm [4:07]
14. Through Heaven's Eyes [4:45]
15. Burning Bush [5:44]
16. The Mission [2:57]
17. Let My People Go [2:52]
18. Playing with the Big Boys [3:13]
19. Ramses vs. Moses [2:27]
20. Nile of Blood [4:29]
21. Plagues [1:16]
22. Ultimatum [3:02]
23. Death of the Firstborn [4:02]
24. When You Believe [4:40]
25. Parting of the Red Sea [5:26]
26. The Closing of the Red Sea [3:43]
27. Goodbye Brother [3:05]
28. End Credits [2:19]

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