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The King of Kings

Cecil B. DeMille

 
The King of Kings (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1927
  • 155 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #266

The King of Kings is the Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with one of the biggest budgets in Hollywood history, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into a silent-era blockbuster. Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and the great showman’s singular cinematic bag of tricks, The King of Kings is at once spectacular and deeply reverent—part Gospel, part Technicolor epic. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this beloved film in a two-disc edition featuring both the 112-minute general-release version and the rarely seen 155-minute cut that premiered at the grand opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Cast

JesusH.B. Warner
MaryDorothy Cumming
Mary MagdaleneJacqueline Logan
CaiaphasRudolph Schildkraut
The PhariseeSam De Grasse
The ScribeCasson Ferguson
Pontius PilateVictor Varconi
ProcullaMajel Coleman
Roman CenturionMontagu Love
Simon of CyreneWilliam Boyd
MarkMicky Moore
MalchusTheodore Kosloff
BarabbasGeorge Siegmann
MarthaJulia Faye
Mary of BethanyJosephine Norman
LazarusKenneth Thomson

Credits

DirectorCecil B. DeMille
Story and continuityJeanie Macpherson
Chief photographyJ. Peverell Marley
Assisted byJ.A. Badaracco and Fred Westerberg
Assistant directorFrank Urson
Second assistantsRoy Burns and William J. Cowen
Art directorMitchell Leisen
Set dresserTheodore Dickson
CostumesAdrian, Earl Luick and Gwen Wakeling
Associate film editorClifford Howard
EditingAnne Bauchens and Harold McLernon
ResearchElizabeth McGaffrey
Color photographyTechnicolor

Disc Features

SPECIAL-EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored digital transfers of both versions of The King of Kings: DeMille’s 155-minute roadshow version and his subsequent 112-minute general release
  • New Dolby Digital 5.1 scores by composers Donald Sosin (1927 version) and Timothy J. Tikker (1931 version), plus the original score for the 1931 release by Hugo Riesenfeld
  • Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of The King of Kings
  • Cast portraits by photographer W.M. Mortensen
  • Production and costume sketches by renowned artist Dan Sayre Groesbeck
  • Stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos
  • Original illustrated program and press book featuring photographs from the film’s gala premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and studio correspondence from DeMille
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Plus: a booklet featuring a 1927 essay by DeMille, an excerpt from Robert S. Birchard’s book Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, production notes, and a new essay by film critic Peter Matthews

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

King of Kings: Showman of Piety

By Peter MatthewsDecember 06, 2004

In the classical Hollywood era, it was axiomatic that the public didn’t give a damn about . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The King of Kings

By Charles MusserMay 25, 1992

Hollywood Boulevard was mobbed on the evening of May 18, 1927, as Cecil B. DeMille’s The King . . . Read more »

Film Essays

King of Kings: Showman of Piety

By Peter MatthewsDecember 06, 2004

In the classical Hollywood era, it was axiomatic that the public didn’t give a damn about . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The King of Kings

By Charles MusserMay 25, 1992

Hollywood Boulevard was mobbed on the evening of May 18, 1927, as Cecil B. DeMille’s The King . . . Read more »