The King of Kings [1927] [Criterion] (DVD)

Cecil B. Demille

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Synopsis

2-Disc Set Includes both versions of The King of Kings: DeMille’s 155-minute roadshow version and his subsequent 112-minute general release.

 

 

The King Of Kings is the Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with the biggest budget in the history of Hollywood, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and a cinematic bag of tricks that could belong to none other than Hollywood's greatest showman, The King Of Kings is at once spectacular and deeply reverent-part Gospel, part Technicolor epic. Criterion is proud to present one of the best-loved films ever made in a two-disc edition featuring both the 112 minute general release version and the rarely seen 155 minute cut that premiered at the grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Product Details

  • Starring: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Jacqueline Logan, Rudolph Schildkraut, Sam De Grasse
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, Fullscreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 12/07/2004
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 266

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of The King of Kings
  • Cast portraits by photographer W.M. Mortensen
  • Production and costume sketches by renowned artist Dan Sayre Groesbeck
  • Stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos
  • Original illustrated program and press book featuring photographs from the film’s gala premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and studio correspondence from DeMille
  • Plus: a booklet featuring a 1927 essay by DeMille, an excerpt from Robert S. Birchard’s book Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, production notes, and a new essay by film critic Peter Matthews
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