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The Nativity [DVD]

Tatiana Maslany , Andrew Buchan    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tatiana Maslany, Andrew Buchan, Neil Dudgeon, Peter Capaldi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005F30G38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A brand new adaptation of the greatest story ever told – the birth of Jesus Christ…

Mary counts her blessings when her parents arrange to marry her to a local carpenter, Joseph.

He has a good heart, but when she falls mysteriously pregnant, he can’t accept her explanation. He must, however, set aside his anger, to save her life – by allowing her to travel with him to a faraway town… Bethlehem.

The tyranny of Herod, search of the Magi, and the Earthly troubles of the lowly shepherds are all explored in this visually stunning film. It renders beautifully a classic tale and reveals that behind the traditional, there is a universal and very human story. A story of two people: a young, scared girl with a momentous role in history and the kind man who loves her. This unique take on the story of the Nativity explores the troubled times of turn–of–the–millennium Judea, bringing legend to vibrant life.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Tony Jordan's unique take on the story of The Nativity explores the troubled times of Roman occupied Palestine, bringing legend to life but rooting the action in a world we can all recognise and understand. Mary is a seemingly ordinary, spirited 16-year-old girl, who counts her blessings when her parents arrange to marry her to a local carpenter, Joseph. He may be older, and have simple ways, but Joseph has a good heart. But when she falls pregnant, supposedly a virgin, she brings shame upon her family and the threat of death upon herself. At her father's desperate plea, Joseph nevertheless agrees to save Mary by allowing her to travel with him to a faraway town... Bethlehem. Meanwhile wise scholars watching the movements of the stars, realise that an ancient prophecy is about to be fulfilled, the coming of the Messiah. Just as their courage and faith seems tested to the limit, their paths converge in the unlikeliest of places and suddenly, it seems that the impossible might just be possible after all... ...The Nativity

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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best biblical account I've seen 16 Nov 2011
By AndyMG
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Contray to the review already posted Mr Salamon this version of events, which whilst not 100% biblical, is without doubt the best and most accurate attempt to tell the story of the Nativity to date. The portrayal of both Joseph and Mary reveals just how human they were.

Jospehs doubts and the treatment of Mary at the hands of the other women in Nazarath (Calling her a Whore etc) are both culturally and biblically accurate.

It is true that the story of the Wisemen is somewhat condensed from the biblical verion but thats only because of the constraints of the time allowed in filming. Both the story of the shepherds and the wise men as seen here reflect the cultural, polictical and socal aspects of the times in a very realistic manner. Also Mr Salamon should note that whilst the bible does not specifically say that the wise men went to Bethleham it also doesn't say that they didn't. Certainly thats where they were directed. Bethelhem being the place the prophets had predicted all this would happen. Plus Mr Salamon over looks the story of Mary and Jospeh fleeing to Egypt following the Wise Mens visit.

In short this is magnificent story telling, which given the obvisous contstraints of T.V., is accurate and, in the main true to the source material. This serial actually helps to shed real light on what actually happened and I for one, as a Church Minister, have yet to meet a Chritian who has had any real objections to this what so ever.

Great acting, wonderful direction, great set peices and about an accurate version of the story as we could hope for. Throughly recommended.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Nativity 17 Nov 2011
By orchid7
I found this BBC drama very moving and I think that any retelling of the most famous story in history is a good thing, even if perhaps it veers a little from the gospels. I'm glad that the BBC produced it as it's important that we don't forget the true meaning of Christmas as so many people nowadays do.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful production 19 Nov 2011
By ValKatH
Unlike the first reviewer, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this BBC film, first shown last year, and can't wait for the DVD to arrive. Yes, there may be some historical inaccuracies and literary licence, but don't let that put you off this excellent production. It is beautifully filmed and scripted and the characters really come alive. The whole experience was very moving - keep some tissues handy!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best yet 6 Dec 2011
Yes, I also found the BBC's version of The Passion frustratingly weak and gutless, but this nativity account is probably the best yet, condensing the material into a consistent set of threads that reflect the culture of the time well, bringing out a lot of the biblical material's richness that can get missed when looking from our perspective.

For example, the shame of Mary's pregnancy is brought out particularly well - and the ensuing tension between Mary and Joseph - as is the pressure that the poor, such as shepherds, were under to survive as soon as health issues arose.

I was particularly impressed by writer Tony Jordan's use of up-to-the-minute scientific information. We can now re-create views of the sky from any time and place and Jordan's thread of close-ups on the alignment of Jupiter, Venus and Regulus as viewed from space bring out the cosmic scale of the event.

Add some strong acting, credible dialogue (with only the odd lapse) and beautiful set-piece landcscape shots and this is a very fine piece of work. Recommended.

Now, let's have Jordan working on the passion....
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Refreshing Change 14 Dec 2011
Forget sugar and spice and all things nice, this gritty retelling is brilliant. The realistic interpretation of the nativity story resonates with 21st century reality. A must see that is heartwarming in unexpected ways yet does not hide the anguish nor the harsh life in 1st century Palestine. Fab-u-lous ...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star or no Star I give it Five Stars 8 Dec 2011
I was really very interested to read other reviewers' comments regarding the star. However, I think it is just such a good film to watch and really makes you think about the time the story is set in and how it might be portrayed by film makers now. I strongly believe that if more people are to learn about Christianity films have to be made in the same way that other stories are told to capture the audience's attention. After that it is up to the individual to dig deeper and find out more if they so wish. Watching television last night we are already well into advent and there was absolutely no reference to the Nativity in either the programme schedule or ads. Well done BBC for making this and may you screen it every year for the next fifty years. :)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 14 Dec 2011
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Beautiful, moving and gritty re-telling of the Nativity. This adaptation really shocks you and brings you closer to the truth of what the annunciation and birth of Jesus must have been like. Incredibly moving and shows a perspective on Joseph that is lovely to behold. A masterpiece.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 16 Dec 2011
By Angela Lovelace VINE VOICE
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I loved this when it aired last Christmas and still do. It was nice to see a bit of quality TV at Christmas time that reminded you about the real meaning behind the season, without smacking you around the head with a bible in the process.

Most of my life has been based in religion in one way or another, but I think it is something you can enjoy even if you are not of a practising faith. The program its self had a bit of a modern feel to it without being in anyway pretentious. I thought Joseph's reaction to Mary being pregnant was a lot more believable than some versions I have seen. The scenery was beautiful too.

The two main leads did a good job and played their parts well. It brought tears to my eyes, especially the moving birth scene. Andrew Buchan is a fine actor and a star that will continue to rise. A nice couple of cameos by John Lynch as the Angel Gabriel and Vincent Regan as a very seedy Herod. Tatiana Maslany was new to me as Mary, but she did a good job of portraying innocence as well as strength.

Well done BBC, occasionally you bring out something worth paying the TV licence for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it is an original and brilliantly acted re-telling of the Nativity of...
Although it strays a little from the Gospel accounts at times, it is an original and brilliantly acted re-telling of the Nativity of Jesus and captures something of the wonder of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Deacon Brendan Vaughan-Spruce
5.0 out of 5 stars What Christmas is really about...
This is a really thoughtful and thought-provoking telling of the story of Jesus's birth, with the protagonists portrayed as normal people that anyone can identify with. Read more
Published 12 days ago by K. Mower
5.0 out of 5 stars Nativity
It was a fresh and true to life adaption of the Biblical story. I found the actors engaging and sympathetic.
Published 4 months ago by Carol Ann Lole (Miss)
5.0 out of 5 stars more please BBC refreshings
I love the DVD my only complaint is that it is a little bit too short, felt I could watch a bit more but felt it was well made, more of these BBC please, it was refreshing
Published 4 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Nativity production ever, in my opinion.
Beautifully filmed and acted with perfect casting. Some very emotional scenes. Easy to imagine how the story could have really been experienced, regarding family difficulties and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
The familiar story is beautifully and sensitively told. Ideal for view in the run up to Christmas. We used it as a part of a 4 week Advent study.
Published 5 months ago by Meta
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nativity DVD
Children loved this especially at Christmas as it taught them the whole Christmas meaning in a beautiful natural way for the 21st Century
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. A. C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The reality of the first Christmas excellently portrayed
This was first broadcast on the BBC and should be shown annually to remind us of the real meaning of Christmas. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stella A. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A wonderful telling of the nativity story. Great acting especially by the 2 leads and very moving portrayal of the overwhelming situation Mary found herself.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Franny
5.0 out of 5 stars A new perspective
A refreshing change from the usual sanitised version. In the social/religious climate of the time Mary's acceptance of God's choice of her as mother to Jesus was bound to cause... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. J. Reid
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