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Screen stills from the 1923 silent version of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments . Below is actress Nita Naldi from the second half of DeMille's silent version which takes place in contemporary San Francisco and is quite unlike the approach DeMille took in the much more famous Chuck Heston version of 1956.

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Ten Commandments 1923

Blu Ray "Digibook" edition released

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The 1923 Silent Ten Commandments Blu Ray disc

I compared the 1923 silent film Ten Commandments "extra" that is packaged onto this Blu Ray Digibook version to the 50th Anniversary DVD set which is also included the 1923 silent version. The film is "silent" only in a relative sense: both the Blu Ray and DVD versions have a nonstop organ soundtrack. Not surprisingly, the Blu Ray version of the 1923 film is sharper than the DVD version. It isn't a huge improvement but it is discernible difference, supporting the idea here on this 2020 Blu Ray release that the 1923 version "extra" is a complete 1080 HD scan of that movie.

Related: The 1956 version of Ten Commandments


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