Home video: 'Noah' isn't your traditional bible story

  • Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:10 PM
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Russell Crowe stars in "Noah."

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Not your traditional bible story

Anyone familiar with the story of the 500-year-old Noah and his ark might need to check cherished visualizations of him at the door. No cozy two-by-two images of beatific giraffes grace this “Noah,” out Tuesday on home video. Like any good artist, director Darren Aronofsky has avoided predictable, literalist retellings of beloved Sunday school stories by inserting new characters, bringing parenthetical figures to the fore and making one of history’s most enduring myths his own. The result is a movie that is deeply respectful of its source material but also at times startlingly revisionist, a go-for-broke throwback to Hollywood biblical epics of yore that combines grandeur and grace, as well as a generous dollop of goofy overstatement. The Blu-ray (Paramount, $40; also on DVD, $30) includes behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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