If you’re a Bible-movie buff and a space-movie buff like me, then you can’t help but notice how the two genres sometimes overlap.
Watch: A deleted scene and a bonus feature from Exodus: Gods and Kings, which comes out on Blu-Ray tomorrow
Exodus: Gods and Kings comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow, and the studio has released a couple new videos to mark the occasion. Check them out below the jump — and while you’re at it, if you’re a subscriber to Books & Culture, you can also read my review of the film, which appeared in its March/April issue.
Exodus: Gods and Kings came out on Digital HD today, and the studio has revamped its official website so that it now features three new image galleries and several new videos on the making of the film. At least three other websites have posted new video clips to mark the film’s digital release, too. Check ’em all out below the jump.
Exodus: Gods and Kings video round-up: several TV spots and an eleven-hour (!) video of the burning bush
It’s been a while since I posted any videos for Exodus: Gods and Kings, but the studio has released several new TV spots, most of which feature new footage of Moses’ family, Mount Sinai, Moses tossing his sword into the Red Sea, and so on. The studio has also released what I can only assume is one of the more bizarre promotional videos ever, in the form of an eleven-hour shot of the burning bush displaying the entire Book of Exodus. Check ’em out below the jump.
Early on in Exodus: Gods and Kings, there’s a scene in which Moses, who is still an Egyptian prince oblivious to his Hebrew heritage, confronts an Egyptian viceroy named Hegep, who is supposed to be building a new city for the Pharaoh but seems to have diverted some of the funds towards his own luxurious lifestyle. Hegep tries to deflect Moses’ attention by pointing to the troublesome Hebrew slaves, and says he needs more resources to deal with them. As proof of how rebellious these Hebrews are, Hegep says, “Do you know what ‘Israelite’ means in their own language? ‘He who fights with God’.” An annoyed Moses replies, “‘He who wrestles with God’. There’s a difference.”
Moses at the Movies / When we trace more than a century of movies about the Exodus, what do we learn?
Ridley Scott isn’t the first filmmaker to tackle the story of Moses, and he certainly won’t be the last. There’s drama in the prophet’s confrontations with the rulers of Egypt, there’s spectacle in the miracles he performed to liberate his people, and there are lessons to be learned from the way he led the Israelites and forged them into a nation, not least by giving them the Law. And filmmakers have been turning to Moses’ story for inspiration since pretty much the dawn of cinema.