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The Bible - TV Miniseries [DVD]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2014
How do you go about turning the Bible into an `epic miniseries'? How do you translate the greatest story ever told onto the small screen?

The producers must have known what a mammoth task they were undertaking. The result is a cross between a children's illustrated bible and Gladiator. We are reminded that the Bible is not pretty. Blood and butchery combine awkwardly with beautifully-filmed lush backdrops, and for good measure, there's a wooden script and some camp overacting. Nevertheless, one can but marvel at the achievement of the film-makers and the unending power of the original texts.

When selecting which parts of the Bible to use in 12 one-hour-long films, something had to give. Notable by their absence: the writing on the wall from the Old Testament, and from the life of Jesus: the presentation in the temple as a child and Jesus getting lost in the temple. The death of John the Baptist is mentioned though the circumstances behind it are somewhat glossed over.

Despite the stirring music and rolling landscapes, this is not a watered-down nor bedtime-reading version. Sacrifice, war, and man's inhumanity to man are common themes. Nevertheless, many questions are thrown up: was Jesus destined to die? Was it as the result of Judas' betrayal or John the Baptist's publicity that things ended the way they did?

Notable by their gigantic on-screen presence: Samson, in a particularly memorable performance, and Jesus himself: brown and Middle Eastern as a toddler, fair-skinned and somewhat clichéd as Christ himself, complete with an air of mystery, a foreign accent, and a mystical take on all things.

The stories included from the Old Testament include the majority of what Abraham and Moses did for the Jews, and a powerful re-enactment of the sacrifice of Isaac, the destruction of Sodom, and the parting of the Red Sea, all skilfully handled. Also on the disc are stories from the time of Joshua, Samuel, Jeremiah, Saul, King David, Samson and Delilah, Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel and the lions. The New Testament presents a particularly repulsive Herod ordering the slaughter of the innocents, and Pontius Pilate is shown in a fairly bad light, as a ruthless thug with little sympathy shown in his character, and every inch the pantomime villain.

Some of the in-your-face- violence means you need to be selective in which bits you show younger children though I doubt that many will feel that `The Bible' is too adult in its take on the world's most famous book (or collection of books). It is a colossal achievement, despite its unavoidable shortcomings, and a worthy five-star recipient. The Blu-Ray discs are rich in detail and colour.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2014
This is an excellent series of stories of the bible easy to understand,very easy to follow lovely tearful ending and I recommend this to anyone interested in understanding about the bible this is directed by the same guy who was in Jesus of Nazareth which is also such a DVD
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2014
I saw this series advertised on channel 5 but missed the first one.
Then i taped the second and found my self behind with it all. so i bought
this item. and i have loved it; even if you are a Christian watching this
don't get hung up on a few; different mistakes if you like; if you are not
a Christian but like Biblical films you will love this. The point is that the message
of Jesus Christ is out there; so that's great stuff. Fantastic series and now that
i own them on disc i can watch them again
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
This retelling is superbly portrayed and accurately tells parts of the best-selling book of all time... The Bible. Buy it, enjoy it, learn from it.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
I found it absolutely great! the special effects are really what I've always longed for in making the bible & it's characters come alive. I bought it for a family member as a new year's gift after she saw the television series & was so impressed by it. I watched the dvd's myself first before I gave it to her to make sure it was the right ones as seen on television & I couldn't stop watching until I've seen it all.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2014
This is an excellent piece of work, bringing the Bible to life for the average viewer, whether or not they are believing Christians. It seems to be authentic in costume, setting and the lifestyle of the times. I didn't particularly enjoy some of the violence and gruesome details but I prefer that to the sanatised versions we often see. I did not think the portrayal of Jesus conveyed His strength of character.It reminded me of the images in a Victorian illustrated Bible.
The film gives an outline of the Bible covering all the main events, but inevitably having to make slight changes to some stories in order to compress them to a suitable length. It certainly drove me to the Bible to read again and check the accuracy of some parts I thought I knew but didn't. I hope it will encourage other people to do the same.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2014
Excellent film that covers most of the story of bible. If you didn't read this holy book you should at least wach this film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
Movie is great!if someone is thinking about buying this dvd I can highlight recommend!Also Great service!I can recommend!no problem!quick and reliable!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2013
This miniseries of The Bible is a must have. It covers everything from Abraham to Joshua to Samson right through an incredible depiction of Jesus' life and beyond. Made by husband/wife team Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel)and Mark Burnett (Survivor), they have clearly spared no expense in bringing the Bible to life. And with Roma Downey playing Mary too!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2014
When it comes to movies about Jesus and the saints etc. I've always been very skeptical, especially when it comes to contemporary media. Having said that, I decided to take a chance on 'the Bible' after seeing a short clip on YouTube.

I was completely blown away by the quality, special effects etc. but most importantly by the cast, who were amazing at acting! The depiction of the story of Abraham was truly inspiring, as was the telling of Kind David. Unfortunately, I wasn't as keen on the new testament part of the series, particularly the scenes with Jesus.

Although, there are a few good episodes in the New Testament, Jesus is portrayed as hippy-type figure by an actor who can't really act - which is a shame because the rest of the cast are superb! Overall a good series that gives new insight into the book we know as the bible!
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