- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: None
- Dubbed: None
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
- Audio Description: None
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: 8 Nov. 2010
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003P9WIEY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,784 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Real Face of Jesus? [DVD]
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Religion meets science to expose a hidden secret. One of the most studied and controversial artifacts in all of human history, The Shroud of Turin has attracted the scrutiny of scientists and scholars for at least 500 years. Advances in technology have enabled us to inch closer towards understanding its mysteries, but only now do we have the technology and capability to recreate moving 3D models from its twodimensional images, enabling us to see the man in the Shroud as he would have looked at the time. Fascinating tale involving the Knights Templar, hidden messages and secrets that could be taken straight from the pages of The Da Vinci Code.
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Very good quality DVD (PAL) but difficult to get as a PAL version. I bought it used through Amazon.co.uk.
The second theme of this documentary is a remarkable attempt to reconstruct the actual face of the man who was apparently covered by the Shroud, using the latest computer techniques. (The expert performing this task mentions that a level of artistry -imagination?- had to be used in this highly realistic reconstruction.) The result turns out to be surprisingly different to the famous facial image known from the photographic-negative of the Shroud of Turin, and this exercise didn't fully convince me.
A lot of very intriguing facts relating to the Shroud come up in the course of the documentary. Of particular interest is the statement that the image on the cloth has been shown by computer to contain "three-dimensional information", something which any image that has been painted, does not contain. (The recent book "The Shroud", by Ian Wilson, has much more information of this kind, including the discovery that dirt-deposit on the sole-print apparently contains traces of a travertine rock which is typical of the area around Jerusalem.) The story of the Turin Shroud has become a detective story, in the literal sense.
Possibly the most important question asked during the course of the programme is: "if the Shroud is NOT the burial cloth of a crucified and flayed man (with all the biblical characteristics of the crucified Jesus), then HOW was it created??" There are theories of how the image was imprinted, but this question has still not been satisfactorily answered. (Equally, if the Shroud is genuine, how the image was left on the cloth remains a mystery.)
This programme confronts the well-known fact that 'Carbon 14' dating tests performed in the 1980's determined the Shroud to be a fake, and the programme suggests that there are good reasons why these tests may have been skewed by contamination of the cloth during its long history.
This very engaging tv-programme is 88 minutes in length (not 100 minutes, as stated in the product information.)
There is a history of this amazing relic and several people give their opinions on just what caused this image to be formed. Although most of the people that are interviewed clearly believe the Shroud to be genuine, it was good to see that the results of the carbon dating are mentioned which showed the Shroud to be a fake.
It really was quite eerie to see the final results of the 3D image of the man in the Shroud and well worth the wait. Is it Jesus Christ? Is it an unimaginable fake that has puzzled scientists for centuries? Will we ever really know? This is a compelling DVD which builds up nicely to it's very interesting revelation. There could possibly have been a couple of extras, maybe a brief written history and a bibliography but that is perhaps being too picky and this is well worth watching.
Now I have had to pay £5 to return it. I am not happy.