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Jesus Christ Superstar [DVD]

Ted Neely , Carl Anderson , André Previn    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ted Neely, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Josh Mostel, Barry Dennen
  • Directors: André Previn
  • Producers: Tim Rice, Norman Jewison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LEJLI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Ted Neeley makes for a wimpy looking Jesus in Norman Jewison's screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice "rock opera," which was a smash on stage in the early '70s. Jewison (Other People's Money) adds some good exterior settings in the desert, but Lloyd Webber and Rice's dialogue-free story (everything is sung, as in a real opera), with its quasi-profundities about the inner demons of principal figures in the life of Christ, is the real hook. Yvonne Elliman sings the show's best-known song, "I Don't Know How to Love Him." --Tom Keogh

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Ted Neeley Jesus Christ Superstar

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning! 30 Aug 2005
I must have watched this film dozens of times - it's one of my all-time top ten!! It's a very moving story, for a start. Every time I watch it I discover something new, another subtle little nuance I haven't noticed before... The casting is fantastic - each actor is just so right for their role, and the acting is superb. The backdrops/photography are truly wonderful - it is an amazing landscape. I love the way that the film's costumes and sets very cleverly combine period and modern styles so seamlesslessly - the secene where HE chases everyone from the temple is a good example. My own favourite scene is in the garden of Gethsemane, where he has his dark night of the soul - the passion in his singing at God is awesome. I loved the film as a video and was thrilled when it came out as a DVD - I bought it immediately. It was extremely interesting to see the film with the comments/chit chat by Ted Neeley (Jesus) and the Director - I learned so much about the film and now know why the performances were so wonderful. The music is divine. Even though it's very 70s, it still is a wonderful, inspiring film - please get it and watch it!!!!! (And no,I'm not religious at all...)
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Christ Superstar - The Original and Best 26 Sep 2004
This has it all
... A classic soundtrack, Listen to the powerful Overture, the pain in Judas before he commits suicide, and the confusion in Mary's voice in the classic "I don't know how to love him"
... Inspired direction (All set in the desert, filmed in seven days, numerous clever touches and symbolism), and most of all ENERGY. Judas is the strongest character, and steals the show, but Jesus and Pontius Pilate for me are just behind, with Mary just behind again (Sorry but I have heard Mary's songs too many times !!).
For me the most compelling thing about this production is it's coherence. It is clearly produced in a certain period, but for all that it is ageless. Some of the singing is off, but beyond that everything just clicks wonderfully, and the dancing is exciting and impressive.
I looked around for a long time to get this, and even got hold of a multi-region player to watch it.
Early work by any composer always tends to have the raw edge and energy to inspire the audience, and this is certainly one for me.
BUY THIS!! Don't bother with the later production, I will be diplomatic, and say that I cannot watch it, because it is so bad, and this is so good.
This set a benchmark, and I don't expect another musical based on the life of Jesus to beat it any time soon.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome musical spectacle ! 24 Mar 2005
Still as enjoyable to watch and listen to today as it was when I first saw it as a child. Even better watching it on DVD with a pristine picture & sound quality. If you have never seen this live, then watch this movie version first and what could be better than in the privacy of your own living room. It's just as enjoyable if not more so than watching it live at a theatre. I have experienced both and the movie version still wins hands down quite simply, because the singing and acting performances are better than any I have witnessed at any theatre I have seen it in.
Don't get me wrong though, I would still go to see it again at the theatre because it's a fantastic and enjoyable night out for all the family.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teaching tool 3 Jan 2007
My 9 year old daughter happened to be playing nearby the TV during the video, and she was completely entranced. There is so much mystery to her about Jesus' crucifixion since all her learning is from a kids religion book, and this movie brought the story to life. The movie is INTENSE, and I sat with her and explained the scenes and was able to answer her questions. The music is fantastic, the symbolism a little tough to figure since it's pretty deep, and Ted Neely is mesmerizing as Jesus. His voice is so good that we are getting tickets to his JCS tour in the spring.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 30 Jun 2007
As a musical JCS is moving, powerfull and memorable.

As a film its great. Yes its off the wall and very much of its time, but that is part of its charm.

If you are a very serious person with no sense of humour like one reviewer here, then perhaps you wont like it. But if you have a funny bone and a love of musicals then I guarantee it will make you smile wide!

For me its brilliantly cast, tremendous fun and has all the fantastic music of JCS.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class... 28 Jun 2005
By Wallace
Like the reviewer below, I grew up with this too & I have to agree that it still sounds as good now as it did then. I used to think Ted Neeleys voice was a bit thin compared to the album version with Ian Gillan, but it grows on you. The musicianship in this version is first rate too.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a film! 4 Dec 2005
I have just finished watching this for the first time and was blown away by the sheer power of this film. I felt that the casting was good but its the music and vocal performances that I thought made this in a league of its own. I read a review on Empire magazine's website and they gave it 1 star. I'm sorry, buut I felt that they must have just not got it. Even as an aethiest, I was moved by the power and glory of this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Once you accept the bare chested, medallioned rabbi's you'll have no problem at all accepting Ted Neeley as JC himself. Top track for me: Why must I die? have played that track over and over and it still brings goose bumps!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 14 days ago by Fleetchief
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully brilliant
One of the best moving, entertaining films ever made.
Published 20 days ago by MRS ANGELA MURPHY
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 27 days ago by old hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb superb superb
Published 1 month ago by Betty P
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film
Great film, great singing, great songs all shot in authentic location in the Israeli desert. What more could you ask?
Published 2 months ago by PJJC 2478
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Film!
This was a birthday treat. It's the best rendition of the musical, Judas being my absolute favourite! Read more
Published 2 months ago by S N-S, N London
5.0 out of 5 stars Useless DVD
What is the point in sending a version of a DVD which is unplayable in UK ?

I have returned it and await a reply.

Barbara Nichols
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Barbara Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars A great musical.
An absolute classic. I downloaded this for my 5 & 7 year old to watch to learn more about Waster and they loved it! They spent the whole day singing the songs.
Published 3 months ago by hmb1969
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I good way to get the Easter story to young folk.
Love the music, found the 70's hippy energy entertaining
Published 3 months ago by Isobel Morrice
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie to see
Fantastic! Must see - very nostalgic and I thoroughly enjoyed it - the musi was astounding and really a must see.
Published 3 months ago by Laura
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