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NOT TRUE WIDESCREEN but otherwise fantastic film
on 21 January 2010
Please note that this DVD, like the review of other version remarks, is also NOT TRUE WIDESCREEN, but is simply the 4:3 version with the top and bottom of the picture cropped off. We also have the 4:3 version on VHS and compared them side by side like the other reviewer and found the same thing on this version, so you are actually getting LESS picture on this DVD than on the 4:3 VHS rather than extra at the sides. We stress that this is our ONLY criticism and is the fault of the DVD distributor, not the original makers. Had it not been for this disappointing format problem we would have awarded full 5 stars not 3 to this DVD release. The film content itself is truly remarkable with the combination of drawn (2D) and amazing modelled (3D) animation. Viewers of all ages will be captivated, the incredible detail I just love little details like the children messing around in the background, chasing chickens etc, so lifelike when you think this was all photographed frame by frame making tiny movements to dozens of models, 24 frames for every second of the film. The skill of the animators is commendable. The story of Jesus is told faithfully but in such a fresh, human way it will appeal to all people not just those of Christian faith. We love this film and would recommend it to everyone. Viewers will certainly not feel that religion is being "pushed down their throat" in any sense or form. 5 stars to the film content.