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Testament [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393UEV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I first saw John Romer's Testament when it first aired on Channel 4. That was way back in, I think, the very early 90s when I was an industrial design student. With only a very passing interest in 'religion' at that time, Testament absolutely stunned me and, apart from making me think I was on the wrong degree course, gave me a lifelong fascination with the history of religion and the Bible. I bought the accompanying book at the time and have treasured it and reread it many times in the intervening years.

Here I am now two decades later and I recently went back to Uni as a mature student to study...theology. I still think I can put my second 'academic life' down to Romer and the effect which Testament had on me all those years ago. So of course, not having seen Testament since those first student days, I picked up a copy off Amazon. It's region 1 but laptop's can get around that.

So, is it as good as I remember it? No.

It is better.

This is how good documentaries used to be before satellite TV; before Discovery channel 'documentaries' went into commercial breaks with cheap, sensational hooks, trying to catch and retain channel-hoppers; before trite modern tricks and CGI eye-candy made up for depth of content; before dumbing down in other words.

The first thing that strikes you about Testament is its pace and sheer class. The photography is subtle, there are whole lengthy, unrushed sequences of no narration...just evocative footage of mundane life in the Holy Land. The viewer is given time, precious time to just watch and be beguiled by and drawn into the world which Romer is describing.
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I gather from searches for this Documentary on the internet that there is a significant demand for this title. I am lucky enough to have a rather grainy copy of this on tape from years ago when it was reshown on Discovery. I have been unable to find a region 2 copy of it so far.
John Romer's style is very warm and easy on the ear. Clearly a non believer, he examines the Bible with respect, as a historical set of documents, and brings it alive, in the context in which it was written. Very informative indeed.
Well worth having, despite the region and price (!!).
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John Romer is an articulate and informed archaeologist who brings the past alive with a vibrancy and elloquence that few can achieve. I watched this series a quarter of a century ago and I am delighted to be able to watch it again. The accompanying book is superb but this the video is absolutely hypnotic. Once you have watched it you will have a comfortable, informed and intelligent relationship with one of the most influential books written, and you will be more than a match for any doorstepping missionary. I liked it!
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Having read the book many years ago, I decided to get the television series on DVD. I am not disappointed by the purchase. However the problem is that I now want to read the book again. Consequently, I have now had to find the book in the library and begin to read it again. I am sure that I shall enjoy it just as much, if not more now that I can watch the TV series.
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John Romer's a consummate messenger, taking you on an eye-opening journey through the history of the Bible and Christianity in this wonderful '88 series. Beautifully imaged and structured, it's passionate, funny and highly educational with some staggering revelations. A perfect programme for newcomers (like me) to the evolution of this religion and its book of scriptures.
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First saw this series when it aired on tv back in the 80's and it is as fresh today as it was back then. I didn't think it was available until I saw it on import, but fortunately I have a multi region player that handles that.
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