Archive for December 30, 2010

Samson and Delilah (The Bible Collection) (1996)

Posted: December 30, 2010 by CatholicJules in DVD Review

Actors: Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley, Eric Thal, Michael Gambon, Diana Rigg
Directors: Nicolas Roeg
Writers: Allan Scott
Producers: Eleonora Andreatta, Gerald Rafshoon, Heinrich Krauss, Lorenzo Minoli, Luca Bernabei
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Turner Home Ent
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
Run Time: 180 minutes

Product Description

Samson is a simple shepherd with the strength of a titan and the destiny to fight the Philistines and General Tariq. Delilah is a Philistine beauty, torn between her love for the shepherd and loyalty to her people. As told in the Old Testament, Samson’s betrayal by Delilah left him in slavery. But Samson’s epic revenge vanquished his Philistine foes and made him one of the greatest heroes of the Bible. Samson and Delilah is the powerful tale of a deception that brought down an empire… and sealed their names in eternity.
Review :

Visually stunning with lots of liberties taken in the retelling of this famous bible tale.  However the essence of the story is intact.  Some may find certain scenes offensive in that they can be quite brutal while others may find the sex scene between Samson and Delilah distasteful. ( NO it did not border on porn in any way)  I on the other hand applaud them for trying to make this as accurate as possible how else would you be able to see just what a temptress Delilah really was!

I did however have problem with the casting of Dennis Hopper as the fictional Philistine General Tariq, I reckon they spent too much time developing his fictional character as a result and this indeed was not one of his better performances.  Diana Rigg was exceptional as Mara while Eric Thal did a very convincing portrayal of Samson.  Liz Hurley is as usual visually stunning on film.