The Prince of Egypt: Special Edition

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Chad Estrella

Plot: What’s it about?

The story is about two brothers, Moses and Rameses, brought together. One is born in royalty and the second is an orphan with a secret past. The movie shows how the two grow up together and become the best of friends. Their adventures as teenagers take us on a chariot ride and laughs as they always seem to get into trouble along the way.

When Moses learns of his past and he was found and not really family and how his people are enslaved to the Egyptians to build their pyramids while their freedom is taken away. Moses leaves Egypt and is married to a farm girl. While he is living in peace with himself he is spoken to by God, by way of the burning bush, to free his people. He goes to Egypt to free his people and tries to talk Rameses to letting them go. Rameses will not let them go and terrible things start to happen to the people of Egypt. Rameses gives in to letting the slaves go free. He has something else in mind as he takes his army to wipe them out for good. When his army comes across Moses and his people they seem to be trapped with the army at one end and the Red Sea at the other. The people start to panic and what happens is history.

This is a good movie and although not true to the bible in all parts, as my mom pointed out, it is a well done movie and an entertaining one at that. The audio and video is first rate and there are a lot of well known actors who lent their time and voice to help make this movie. You may recognize most of the voices and I looked to the credits to clarify a couple of the voices that I didn’t recognize. The animation is excellent and it may leave you speechless in some parts. I highly recommend this movie to purchase, but at least a rental if you choose not to pay the list price of $35. (although you should find it for about $22 over the internet)

Video: How does it look?

The picture quality of this movie is superb. The animation almost takes on a 3-D effect when watching this DVD. The scenes come to life in this excellent transfer.

Audio: How does it sound?

The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is also excellent. The front sound stage is broad and very clear. The music is very well done and very distinguished and the action scenes don’t disappoint either. When Moses splits the Red Sea the entire speaker system erupts with an enveloping soundtrack.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The extras are a plenty in this Signature Selection from the people at Dreamworks. The four featurettes on this DVD give you a great behind the scenes look as to how the movie was put together. The first is a featurette on the making of the movie with interviews with the actors and film makers of the movie. The second is about how they had to change the audio for the several languages being used for countries around the world. The third is a specific behind the scenes look at the chariot race sequence in the movie. The fourth and final is a look at the technical aspects of the film and interviews with the animators. The audio commentary is also present along with production notes, cast and crew biographies, art gallery and two theatrical trailers for The Prince of Egypt and two teaser trailers for two upcoming animation movies from Dreamworks titled, “The Road to El Dorado” and “The Chicken Run.”

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