Joseph and His Brethren - DVDJim McCullough
From the pages of the Old Testament comes the true story of Joseph, from his humble beginnings in Canaan to his eventual rise to power in Egypt. Angered by his coat of many colors and his dreams of his brothers bowing down to him, Joseph's brothers fake his death and sell hi... Read More
- Product type: Video
- Format: DVD
- Release Date: Jul 6, 2015
- Height: 0
- Language: English
- Volumes/Discs: 1
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- From the Bible Classic Series by Debra on 8/24/2015
This movie is from 1961 and was an Italian production. I have to guess it was intended to appeal to the same audience that made movies like The Ten Commandments so popular.
Like The Ten Commandments, the movie takes a brief episode from the Bible and adds in a whole lot of extra conflict and intrigue, much of which isn’t even hinted at in Genesis. Events like a Syrian invasion of Egypt, for example, where Joseph comes up with the idea to open the floodgates and wipe out the invading horde.
Since we have all that extra intrigue, there isn’t time for events like Joseph testing his brothers by having his cup put in the top of Benjamin’s sack, and Jacob accompanies the brothers to Egypt that second time.
Some of the acting is pretty good. We thought that Pharaoh did a good job of showing that he is worried, yet still has a command presence, for instance.
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- Classic for Family by Bethany on 8/5/2015
This is from the Bible Classic Series and is the 1960 movie on DVD format.
The Bible story of Joseph is one of the kid's favorites. So we thought this might be one that they would like. Since it is an "older" movie the lighting is darker than current movies, I wasn't sure if the kids would hang in there to watch it all. But they watched until the end and only one of them asked about the darkness of the screen. There were a couple of scenes that the kids were not interested in watching and turned away from; for example, when Joseph's brothers slaughtered the lamb so that they could put blood on Joseph's coat after they sold him into slavery. It is not graphic, but blood dripping is too much for them.
Something that stuck out to me was that Joseph and his brothers were shepherds and in my mind, I imagined them much different than was portrayed. Most likely, they were probably much closer to how the movie made them look versus how I had thought of them.
There were some liberties taken (one example is that there is a market place scene with Potiphar buying things including Joseph), but, or the most part, the movie is based on actual Biblical accounts.
If you are looking for a movie of Joseph’s life that is close to the actual events and you enjoy classic movies, this would be a perfect fit for you and your family.