Mar 262021

The Ten Commandments from 1956, starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner and Anne Baxter, marks its 4K Ultra HD debut that includes the same bonus material from the 2020 digibook release.



The Ten Commandments

Genre(s): Drama, Adventure
Paramount | G – 231 min. – $25.99 | March 30, 2021

Date Published: 03/26/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Writer(s): Aeneas Mackenzie, Jesse L. Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, Frederic M. Frank (written for the screen)
Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Bryner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne de Carlo, Debra Paget, Vincent Price, John Carradine

Features: Commentaries, Featurette, Gallery
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K UHD, Blu-ray (x2)
Number of Discs: 3

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: 2160p/Widescreen 1.78
Dynamic Range: HDR10, Dolby Vision
Subtitles: English SDH, French, German
Codecs: HEVC / H.265
Region(s): A, B, C

Blue Underground provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

Note: The screen captures in this review were taken from the included Blu-ray disc
and does not represent the quality of the 4K transfer.


Enjoying a life of ease in the court of Egypt’s pharaoh, Moses (CHARLTON HESTON) discovers his Hebrew heritage and, later, God’s expectations of him. He dedicates himself to liberating his people from captivity and — with the aid of plagues and divine intervention — manages to lead them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. A greater challenge comes in the form of the golden calf idol, however, and it takes an unforgettable visitation by God on Mount Sinai for Moses’ mission to prevail.



This is a digibook release with behind-the-scenes photos and quotes from the movies. The 3-discs are the exact same ones previously released by Paramount, so doubtful there’s a new transfer or features.

  • Audio Commentary with Author Katherine Orrison
  • Newsreel: The Ten Commandments Premiere in New York (2:24)
  • Theatrical Trailers: 1956 “Making of”/1969 Trailer/1989 Trailer (12:40)
  • The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles (1:13:14)
  • Photo Gallery


VIDEO – 4½/5

Paramount releases The Ten Commandments, nearly a year after the Blu-ray in 2020, onto 4K Ultra HD with 2160p high-definition transfers. Doing a comparison with the included Blu-ray (which is the same disc in the previous release), I really didn’t see a significant improvement, though the Blu-ray picture was already quite good looking in its own right. As such, detail is relatively sharp and colors appear to be well balanced and in keeping with how the movie originally looked in theaters back in 1956. There were no obvious instances of dust marks, scratches or other damage to the film.

AUDIO – 4¼/5

The 1956 version includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which sounds rather good, dialogue comes though with fine clarity and there is some okay depth with the front and rear channels as the adventure aspects ratcheted up. This is likely the same lossless track from the 2020 Blu-ray release.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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