BYU SPECIAL COLLECTIONS A BIG PART OF “THE TEN COMMANDMENTS” BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL BOX SET
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections have just released a special announcement.
Brigham Young University’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections was a major contributor to the visual richness and content of Paramount Home Video’s upcoming release, on March 29, of a special blu-ray/DVD box set featuring Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 biblical epic The Ten Commandments. Perry Special Collections is located in the university’s Harold B. Lee Library, and is home to the massive collection of original papers of legendary motion picture producer-director Cecil B. DeMille.
The Harold B. Lee Library will show the feature-length documentary The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles, on the making of the famous movie, on Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 PM in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Admission is free and no tickets are necessary. However, early arrival is encouraged as seating is limited.
On Wednesday, March 30, the library will also present on its big screen the full-length four-hour version of The Ten Commandments. This special one-time showing of the tale of Moses will screen at 6:00 PM, also in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 PM.
Paramount Home Video officials traveled to Provo, Utah, last fall to sort through 91 boxes of original production correspondence, research photographs, and publicity materials in the Cecil B. DeMille Papers that document the making of the film that starred Charlton Heston as Moses. They also went through more than 1,100 pieces of production art, including many executed by famed Utah artist Arnold Friberg, who was hired as a costume designer and consultant for the film. Paramount selected over 300 items from the DeMille Papers to use in the feature-length documentary, which was directed by celebrated filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau.
Specific pieces of art and other items from the DeMille Papers were reproduced as keepsakes in the deluxe box set that will house both the high definition blu-ray disc and the standard DVD edition of The Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles also features on-camera interviews with Charlton Heston and his son Fraser Heston, who played infant Moses, and who also serves as the narrator of the documentary. Other interviewees include Katharine Orrison, author of Written in Stone: The Making of The Ten Commandments, Lisa Mitchell, the actress who played one of Jethro’s daughters in the film, and James D’Arc, curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive, who originally helped acquire the Cecil B. DeMille Papers from the DeMille family for Brigham Young University in the 1970s.