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A beloved Easter movie from my childhood. My brothers and I watched every year when it came on, on the television. Sadly, these days the leftist, humanist, secularist, Hollyweird has no interest in films about faith. They only want to produce and broadcast movies that cheapen and profane believers and the love and mercy of God toward mankind through the sacrifice of Jesus, The Redeemer. Thank God for the Sherwood Baptist and their ilk who again produce high quality movies that teach biblical principles and point to and praise the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
Like any vintage movie it must reviewed in context with its time. An excellent film where, the sets, acting, costumes and music are all in sync .As a personal aside, it is nice not hearing some inane pop song at the end of the movie. And as an added treat, Alfred Newmans excellent score is isolated in stereo. For fans of spectacle type movies or those looking for some religious message or for those looking for an example of how it should be done The Robe is highly recommended.
The Blu-ray version's picture quality of The Robe is a great improvement over the DVD. The picture looks bright, sharp and clean, however, there are problems with the colors. Sadly, the colors in many of the daylight scenes look weak and washed out. In the night scenes, there is an abundance of orange (in the skin tones, as well) and there are times when the movie looks like a Cinecolor presentation.
Since the DVD is unacceptable (except the colors are richer and more accurate), the Blu-ray version will have to do.
I can never get enough of this classic with Christian values masterfully woven throughout the plot. Although the movie is dated it is powerful enough to hold today's audiences captive. Well worth purchasing and watching annually like I do with my family.
What if you had not only been present at the crucifixion of the Messiah, but you were directly responsible for executing the order to carry out the death sentence? The young Roman officer is charged with overseeing the execution of two criminals and a political prisoner, his first such assignment, and from a benign self interest in a career as a professional soldier he completes the task only to realize almost immediately the error. The trauma of guilt inexplicably leads to madness, a madness that he can only attribute to a possession of his spirit brought on my magical enchantment caused by contact with a particular victim's blood and a particular article of clothing that was worn by this Jesus of Nazareth. The quest for relief indicates seeking out, locating and destroying "the robe" and lifting the curse, but actually results in redemption through religious conversion and martyrdom for a belief in Christian theology. The protagonist's haunting question, "Were you there?", easily becomes "What would I have done differently if I had been there?".
The Robe was the first feature released in CinemaScope so I guess it's only fitting that everything about it is overblown and in some cases, overacted! Alfred Newman's beautiful score ends almost every scene with a giant exclamation point to remind us that we're watching something special. And the invention of CinemaScope WAS special for it's time in film history! Even though at the end of the fifties, epics like "Ben Hur" would surpass this in it's story telling, acting, and grandeur....this film still holds a special place in my movie going experience. It's a story about Roman decadence at the beginning of the decline of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Christianity. Richard Burton's acting in this is just a little over the top at times for my tastes as the Roman soldier who oversees the crucifixion of Jesus and is temporarily driven mad by what he has done.In his search for the robe that Jesus wore, he finds salvation and there are a few very touching scenes along the way. As far as acting goes, Burton is only out done by a fun, campy performance by Jay Robinson as the mad Caligula. Jean Simmons looks gorgeous as Burton's true love (wish she was in it more) and Victor Mature is somber but good as the Greek slave who looks into the eyes of Jesus and finds hope and a purpose. The color, the sets, the cinematography, and the costumes are vivid and beautiful... all in all this is still an entertaining film despite some flaws!
P.S I'm reviewing the Blu-ray edition and the transfer is great! It has an introduction by Martin Scorsese and some of the extra's include the making of the CinemaScope process, trailers, and Alfred Newman's score.
I haven't seen the movie in over 20 years. I remember as a child we watched it every Easter. I was really seeing it for the first time, through the eyes of an adult. I thought Victor Mature was fabulous in the movie. However I don't remember any Book of the Bible mentioning a Demetrias taking away the Robe of Christ. I was happy to see the movie again after so many years.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 23, 2019
Richard Burton and Victor Mature are the stars in this great Fifties movie concerning a Roman who becomes a Christian. There's plenty of action, but no happy ending for Burton, who had witnessed the death of Christ and afterwards been drawn to his beliefs. Mature plays his sometime servant, and he was later seen in the sequel to this film. A good, entertaining film.
awful. first of all they don’t have enlisted details about the blu ray wether region 1 or 2. l bought this blu ray through amazon app and nowhere l’ve seen details about region. No they don’t want to refund all the money
5.0 out of 5 stars... buy a Sony 3 region player to watch this Great movie. Well I used a deferent Hi Rez ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2017
I had to buy a Sony 3 region player to watch this Great movie. Well I used a deferent Hi Rez tv in an other room in my house and It finely played. Wow what a picture and sound, very please at last. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe first film to be released in CinemaScope!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2013
Like most people of my generation I saw this film in the mid-1950s. It was indeed the first film to be released in CinemaScope and as such was quite spectacular in its day. The production techniques and sets now seem a little dated. The stereo sound track seems a little too exaggerated and there are virtually no close-ups of the lead actors. But overall it holds up well as an entertainment. I am waiting for a Blu-ray version for the UK.
5.0 out of 5 starsI love all of these great films with true and ultimate ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2015
I had forgotten all about this film, BUT what a splendid, abfab cast and performance from the golden past. I love all of these great films with true and ultimate professional artists that today's so called STARS? cannot hold a candle to. BRING ON THE PAST ! ! !