parting of the red sea

Parting of the Red Sea – The Ten Commandments

The Parting of the Red Sea in the movie The Ten Commandments, is one of the most spectacular scenes ever created by Hollywood. It literally takes your breath away when you watch it on the big screen. The shot features a myriad of small effects shots ingeniously composited together to present a visually stunning scene.

The important point to keep in mind is that no graphics were used in any of these shots. Of course computers were unheard of in those days, and so computer graphics is naturally ruled out. But they also decided not to use hand-drawn animation for the entire Red Sea sequence. Instead, they used real water (shot in different angles) and composited them together. So bear in mind that every drop of water that you see in the sequence is real water. No graphics whatsoever.

Watch the video below to learn how this shot was achieved.

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Buyer review of Blu-ray Disc
I remember seeing this many times while growing up & it is still one of the best “Epic” type movies ever made I think. I don’t want to talk about the movie because you can get reviews on Amazon for that. I want to say that if you are thinking of getting this in Blu-Ray I don’t think you will be disappointed. Compared to Dvd this is so much better. The color is also really nice too. Technicolor will do that. There is nothing like it. Looking at the clothes & the jewelry is amazing. The brilliance is unbelievable. This is in the 1:85:1 aspect ratio which means it fills the full screen. I myself think the 2:40:1 ratio for this would have been better although being as old as this is I don’t know if that is possible. If it could have been done it should have been done. As far as the audio goes I listen with external speakers run from my regular stereo system. The audio sounded good to me, but I can’t say how it would be on better equipment. Really good I would think. I did not hear any loss or gain in volume throughout the movie. It sounded fine. There is only a commentary & a news reel as far as special features go. For this special edition much more should have been added. Overall this is a really good movie & worth the money & time to watch it.

Gregory P. Jerkichon

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