Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ben Hammott, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, Margaret Starbird, Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe, Robert Eisenman
Director: Bruce Burgess
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Cinema Libre Studio Release Date: 09/16/2008
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Wanda McKolskey | San Bruno, CA | 11/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is really for the open minded. At first I was opposed to any negative view particularly when it came to my belief. I realized I needed to do my own research, if for nothing else but to prove I was right. Was I ever wrong. The pain & betrayal I felt for being lied to by the Vatican. For me, truth must win out no matter what. I find most people who give negative reviews never even take the time to read up on the subject. It's the only way you will ever be satisfied with the results. I find this film riveting. It confirms everything I've read and more. Too bad the average person doesn't realize that even our government has fed us garbage throughout the centuries and have their own agenda. What a true eye opener they would experience. Then they would realize nothing is outrageous of what people will do for power."
Awesome awe-inspiring movie, spine chilling
Krishna Rose | Florida, USA | 11/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I LOVED this documentary, it's so cutting edge, and riveting to watch, I was on the edge of my seat, and watched all the extras.... very pleased, well done, a great documentary at last! Long live the Grael!"
It's a Gem.
Marian | Rainier, WA. | 12/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a great film. Unlike ANY others on the subject, both in what was presented and how it was acquired and what other possibilities it might uncover and what the implications might be. It is exciting in and of itself without needing the usual dramatic special effects to make it that way. And it has value for a number of reasons ...one in revealing unusual and surprising information (even for those who have other research on the subject) NOT revealed before and surprising to most...while leaving you to assess for yourself what that information means to you. The methods shown of the acquiring some obscure and yet very relevant information, was interesting (for some i know, it kept them on the edge of their seat), highly informative, and extremely thought provoking and even more so, if you have a mature desire to really know the historical, spiritual and scientific truths that might affect our perceptions of reality and our individual life journeys.
So, everyone at all interested in this subject, should see this and would benefit from its presentation of information that everyone has a right to have access to, but up to now didn't, to this extent, even with some of the other good research already done both popular and obscure. I think it suggests and questions what the evidence shows rather than imply that anything at this point is absolute and conclusive and that it was designed to do that...so any criticism that it is overdramatic and it doesn't prove anything is sort of out of place and is missing the real message inherent in the manner of presentation of the material and intent of the film itself.
Done the way it was, viewers are given the opportunity and encouragement to think for themselves and it does not claim to prove anything at this point and time...but does show information, interviews and experience shared that most do NOT HAVE access to and SHOULD and should want to if they want to know the truth (the whole truth that is). I believe that it also encourages independent thinking and soul searching as to what the implications are IF certain things are true that we may not have thought about before...as well as open discussion of things typically hidden or suppressed. It further encourages the questioning of long held beliefs and dictates to see if THESE ARE SOUND AND PROVEN OR JUST SOMETHING WE DO ACCEPT AND CHOOSE TO BELIEVE and if we do question ...where the answers to those questions can be found along with what are the repercussions of that to ourselves individually or as a collective consciousness.
Isn't that the purpose of most documentaries?....to expose or show possibilities and probabilities and even to suggest further exploration of these without necessarily claiming the knowledge thus far to be absolute or conclusive? So i don't think anyone can criticiZe it on it's validity of the evidence that is shown or the value of it's being meaningful and provoking to a mature, intelligent, mind, as well as exciting and potentially life changing for us who do see its implications and continue to learn and refine our ability to assess what any sources of information tells us.
Everyone i know who saw it did not want to miss this opportunity to see this kind of documentary on this subject. The BEST that I see that this film has to offer is that IF what is presented here as evidence of certain possibilities IS TRUE and if it CAN be proven beyond a doubt it IS....it's implications are profound and important to all people everywhere, regardless of individual beliefs and historical claims of the past. For that alone we should find ourselves worthy of such an opportunity to experience that which someone found value in searching out and presenting to us.
Finally what the producers of and contributors to this film gave of their knowledge, minds, thought provoking insights and personal experiences shared is of high quality OF HONESTY AND COURAGE and INTERGRITY along with extremely high level of dedication WHEN UP AGAINST GREAT CHALLENGES, greater even that what is often the qualities of works produced on this subject.
I can say this without hesitation or assumption, having viewed the film in a theatre and having met and spoken with the producers/ director in person where additional information and insights into it's creation were revealed to a much greater extent than could be acquired from only viewing the film itself. After that, I saw it several times over and with a more expanded and deeper understanding each time, of what was going on that might be missed in just one viewing.
For this reason I would want to own this DVD TO VIEW OVER AND OVER again and to revisit, as new information and conclusions are drawn along the way from whatever sources. This will mean so much more once you view the film and once you see what i cannot say in words without giving away what should not be said out of context as part of a sequence of events that took place in the making of the film.
What makes the film most interesting ....beyond the subject matter...is the UNEXPECTED that occured and what direction each bit of information or experience took the inquisitor every step of the way. You almost experience/ live the journey with him...and it is NOT ACTING and NOT FICTION because it is a filming of something as it is happening. So it is more than a documentary. It is both a journey and a documentary and an unveiling and it is history in the making. I hope many more people see this film and i think it makes a great gift."
A well-made film that instills drama into archeology but nev
Haunted Flower | Indianapolis | 04/16/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bloodline" is a documentary from the Cinema Libre Studio directed by Bruce Burgess that explores the popular belief that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and fled to France with their child by following clues left in churches. It sounds very "DaVinci Code" and according to IMDB was released in 2008, 2 years after the "DaVinci Code" movie, more than likely in response to the peak of interest in the subject raised by the book/movie.
Bruce Burgess right away comes clean that the interest in the book is what propelled him to investigate the claims. He goes straight to the Louvre within the first few minutes and talks about the hidden messages in paintings and literature. The footage in the film has been taken from 2005 to 2006.
Burgess speaks with a spokesman for the Priory of Sion that became a public organization in 1956 but could not give away all the answers. This man indicated that certain works of arts are coded to allow a journey to the truth but it is too dangerous to say outright on film. Another mysterious guy in a cafe walks up and hands the spokesman a card with writing on it after which he shut up. Is the Priory real or a hoax? If it were a hoax, it is unlike any other hoax in history making the documents and "proof" so difficult to come across hiding the materials in libraries and churches. By releasing information gradually over a great deal of time, it is a lot more likely to eventually become widely accepted.
Tim Wallace-Murphy, an author on cracking codes speaks about Latin and anagrams and solving puzzles. He speaks of it as a game but asks the question, who is playing it? The claim is that Jesus did not come to die on the cross for the peoples' sins but to guide others to a path of a way of living and spirituality which would be a different version that would undermine the church's message for years. If a bloodline could be proved and came to light, many changes would take place. Some people the author met claiming to be from the bloodline were descended from Jersuleum, but it is unclear if they are direct from Jesus.
Burgess does a lot of investigating into his subject's backgrounds for authenticity and some people refuse to go on camera and are instead audio recorded. He tracks down a Nicolas Haywood who claims not to be a Priory of Sion member though others are convinced that he is. Haywood does agree to go under the lights on camera and agrees for the record that there is a bloodline and there is evidence for it, but the series of items that prove the bloodline are kept together in secret that he will not divulge. He puts on an aura as the cigarette smoking man like in "The X-Files" and seems much more mysterious with the smoke whirling around.
Suddenly Burgess' phones are apparently being bugged and he gets more involved in the story and it is hinted Burgess himself might be in danger too as well as people he is bringing into it. Haywood indicates that men who talk too much get poisoned, labeled as a cerebral hemorrhage including one person who dies before they can interview him. This is just the beginning!
The drama makes it very exciting with more at stake and might make you feel like you are living the DaVinci Code story all over again but you have to ask how much of it is contrived and how much is real. It is presented in an amazing way with discoveries supposedly being made live on camera, but from another perspective it all potentially could have been planted. There wasn't anything in the film that it wasn't possible in manufacturing circumstances, but then again it could all be real depending on how much you want to buy into it. The filmmaker obviously comes to a point of belief and continues to relate it in commentary. Whether you believe is completely up to you, but it's an interesting ride to say the least either way.
First off, the trailer for "The Beautiful Truth" that automatically played to get to the main menu caught my attention right away because it was so off topic of this piece and plays on a common fear people have about their teeth and claims to expose the greatest mercury poisoning one could have might be from fillings in their mouth and ominously asks "How many fillings do you have?"
For bonus features, there is an extended interview with Nicolas Haywood without being cut up like in the film. Absent of the music, it's a little less spooky but more informative and realistic. The deleted scenes are in low resolution video with the website address etched across the center and show footage of taking the chest to a museum, coded messages in a church, exploring a quarry and underground labyrinth, and more tomb footage.
Director Bruce Burgess and Producer Rene Barnett have a commentary track for the film. After starting off talking about his red watch strap and the difficulties of looking pensive in the car while his cameraman attempted not to fall over, he admits that Haywood is the Bloodline version of Cancer Man from X-Files. They remark on how exciting some of their findings were and how some people were mysterious and withholding in their giving of information. Also the many warnings that Rene gave by phone are acknowledged but not explained. Many facts are just acknowledged but not expanded very much on.
More fascinating are the images of scientific documents examining hair found at the tomb and the fact that they aren't afraid to put them on the DVD. If you get the chance, check out this movie's website. It has a really neat opening graphic and is very detailed with more information about the film including news, a blog, and a photo gallery. [...]"