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Most Biblically accurate feature film about Jesus available
Ted | Pennsylvania, USA | 07/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the Bible's depiction of the life of Jesus, not Hollywood's.
This film, conceived by Bill Bright, was made in the late 1970's as a desire to spread the Gospel message to the world. Now translated into over 800 languages and seen by over 3.5 billion people, it remains the best feature film about the life of Christ. The account is taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke and each scene was carefully reviewed by Biblical scholars for authenticity.
At the end of the film is a short message on God's plan of Salvation and tells the viewer how to be saved. The only drawback is that it lacks any mention of Hell which Jesus said will be the destination of all people who reject him. But the film is still produced very well and is a must see for every person in the world.
This DVD version includes dubbing in 8 languages and subtitles in 5 languages.
Audio is in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Arabic.
Subtitles are in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, and Portuguese."
This is THE Jesus film
E. R. Huber | Houston, TX United States | 06/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an evangilistic movie shown around the world (the DVD has a choice of about 8 languages) of the highlights of the ministry of Jesus, according to the gospel of Luke. It is a very well produced and acted documentary, bringing dramatic visual imagery to biblical scripture. Intended to introduce people of all nations to Jesus, is should also appeal to those Christians who appreciate adding another dimension to their biblical experience. This is a 2 DVD set, with the second DVD geared for children."
One of the most accurate depictions on Jesus Christ
moviemusicbuff | Walnut, CA United States | 04/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Jesus Film is truly a phenomenon and great tool for reaching many people to understand the Jesus that is described in the Gospel of Luke. The producers of this movie did painstaking research for many years, and they sought to be accurate in the little details, not only of the clothing and village life, but the ways the people talked and recited the prayers. The filmmakers sought and succeeded in making a very accurate depiction of the life of Christ as taught in the Holy Bible.
The Jesus Film has been seen by over 4.7 billion people in 236 nations and thousands of people have accepted Christ as their personal Savior through this remarkable movie. More people have watched this movie than any other movie in history. It is based on the Gospel of Luke and sticks very closely to the biblical text. (There is very little outside interpretation or extraneous material.) This is its most valuable asset. Watching this movie is like taking a picturesque tour of the Gospel of Luke.
Brian Deacon is a charismatic and believable Jesus. He speaks with authority. He also displays different emotions -- he smiles and treats children with great affection; he is stern toward the religious leaders and hypocrites. He also displays sadness and grief. Brian Deacon also looks like a man in his 30's, which Jesus was when He began His earthly ministry after being a carpenter for so many years.
Many of the familiar scenes are depicted in this movie (The Birth, the Baptism, the Teachings, Healings, Trials, Suffering, Death and Resurrection). There are certain scenes in the Gospel of Luke which are depicted in this movie which don't appear in other Jesus films except the Gospel of Matthew - Visual Bible (e.g. The Transfiguration, The healing of the Gadarene demoniac; Jesus' praying in Gethsemane and sweating drops of blood, then being strengthened by the angel).
What is so useful about this movie is that it is dubbed very precisely in so many languages. This particular DVD features the spoken languages of English, Arabic, French, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Mandarin (Chinese), and Spanish. The subtitles are done in English, Spanish, French, Portugese, and Arabic. If you look at the wonderful behind-the-scenes documentary of how the movie was dubbed, you'll see that they selected trained experts to read the text in the native language and they timed it to the milli-second to make it precisely right. So, when Jesus speaks, it looks and sounds as if He is speaking the native language.
There are wonderful Special Features in this DVD:
Besides Direct Scene Access, there is a documentary of Knowing Jesus Personally, where the gospel message is presented and the teachings of Jesus are explained. There is the Behind-the-Scenes look at how the film was made. There is also a Tribute to Jesus from people like George Bush, Larry King, David Copperfield, Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, and others.
There is also a bonus DVD of the story of Jesus for Children.
Even though the acting may not be up to par as Hollywood, they do a good enough job. The biggest plus of this movie is how faithful it is to the biblical text. An added plus at the end of the film is a complete and clear presentation of the Gospel message.
I bought several copies of this DVD for my friends and church members and they have found it very useful. I enjoy watching this movie over and over again. I highly recommend this film, along with "The Gospel of John.""
The Gospel of Luke brought to life!
rnorton828 | Riverbend, IL | 09/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the 2-disc 25th anniversary edition which includes both "Jesus," the 1979 film starring Brian Deacon, and "The Story of Jesus for Children," which uses scenes from "Jesus" woven together with newly filmed scenes with child actors portraying children living in Jerusalem circa 30 A.D. "Jesus" has been translated into more than 800 languages, shown in 236 countries and viewed by more than 5 billion people. Based on the Gospel According to Luke, this film presents an unbiased portrayal of the life of Christ. Prior to filming, the filmmakers and those backing the making of this film undertook five years of extensive research to present the most accurate movie possible not only biblically, but also historically and archaeologically, right down to the pottery and the architecture of the homes. This is very well-made film, and the actors give some excellent performances. "Jesus" makes a great complement for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," as one film is about the suffering of Jesus and His death on the cross for the remission of our sins, and the other is about His life, ministry & teachings. "The Story of Jesus for Children" follows the story of the Christ through the eyes of children living during the time of Jesus' ministry. One of the kids is the son of a Pharisee who thinks Jesus is a charlatan and instructs his child to stay away from his friends who do believe in Jesus. This production is a great tool for parents who want to show their children who Jesus is. "The Jesus Film" is a great DVD set, and a must-have for your DVD library whether you do believe in Jesus or not. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I definitely would."
Highly accurate portrayal
Andrew Haas | Johannesburg, South Africa | 05/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Filmed entirely on location in Israel with a largely Jewish cast, the film achieves authenticity that will be difficult for future filmmakers to duplicate. 25 years from now "Jesus" will still be a standard by which other films about the carpenter turned rabbi must be judged.
While films like "The Passion of the Christ" present more emotion and Hollywood glitz, "Jesus" is painstaking in its accuracy. The complete life story is presented based on the biography compiled 2,000 years ago by a doctor named Luke. The film is a plain and simple docudrama that many families make a tradition of viewing every Christmas and Easter. The fact that the film is available in the local language of over 90% of the earth's population says a lot about the film's lasting appeal and prominent place in cinematic history."