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The Ten (2006/DVD-Video) + The Ten Commandments (CG Animation/Genius DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Features: C



When we look back on the beginning of the 21st Century, the fake Christian and religious revival will be seen as one of the nadirs of our times.  However, part of the success has been marketing in the phoniest ways and two new DVD releases inspired by the tables Moses brought down the mountain have arrived.  One is the spoofy comedy The Ten, which directly spoofs the movement composed of ten vignettes and the other is a new Animated version of The Ten Commandments that is far from impressive with CG very dated ion arrival.


The Ten is aimed strictly at adults from David Wain, whose Wet Hot American Summer tried to be a 1970s type comedy with few good results.  He repeats the same problems all over this new release, with a character (Paul Rudd) narrating in between each segment in a patchwork that never adds up to much, though some might find a few laughs here if they like the crude and throw-away style of the film which has no religious agenda whatsoever.  Adam Brody, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Moll, Oliver Platt and Jessica Alba also star.


The Ten Commandments (2006) is yet another unnecessary retelling of the classic tale still in the shadow of Cecil B. DeMille’s epic version and the actual writing.  Like motion capture animation, the computer graphic here makes everyone look like they have Downs Syndrome and the 88 minutes seem much longer, no matter how abbreviated.  Ben Kingsley, Christian Slater, Alfred Molina and Elliott Gould loan their voices here, but the results never gel.


Both are soft in their anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 presentations, both showing their digital origins.  In the case of the live action comedy, motion blur is a major problem on this disc.  We wondered if this would be the case of the HD-DVD City Lights is issuing, but we could not secure a copy at posting time.  The disc also claims DTS sound but has no such track, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mixes are nothing to write home about with sound sources as varied as the video shoot.  The animated program has passable Dolby Digital 5.1, but the music is nothing to write home about and the sound mix is poor.  Dialogue is limited in both cases.


Extras on The Ten include ringtones/wallpaper access, making of featurette, audio commentary with jazz music in parts as a joke, alternate take/deleted scenes section, interviews and episode of Wainy Days, while The Ten Commandments offers a bonus CD of the score, trailer, Molina & Slater segments, origins, Challenge segment and Music Video.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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