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ABC News - Pope John Paul II - His Life and Legacy (2004)

Bill Blakemore  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Bill Blakemore
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S94FC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The life of Pope John Paul II has seen him rise to become a spiritual leader for billions of people across the globe. This fascinating documentary takes a look at some of his inspirational work. The charismatic leader has travelled the world several times over, and is noted for having strong opinions on world events. Important world leaders have met with him frequently, but he treats them on an equal level to ordinary members of the public who have sought out his wisdom. This is his life, and his legacy.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The life of a True Hero of Our Time April 1, 2005
Format:DVD
In an age when it seems that fear dominates the world, this wonderful bio on Pope John Paul II is touching, endearing, and truly heartfelt.

True to his roots and true to his faith, Pope John Paul II will leave behind a legacy of goodness and peace that will be felt for generations, and perhaps, millennia.

You do not have to be Catholic to enjoy this truly amazing piece. The Pope touched many a people, and will certainly go down in history as one of the greatest popes ever.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Complex April 1, 2005
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This program provides an enlightening and complex view of Pope John Paul II's life in a way that shows his extensive involvement in world affairs... including his integral role in creating & leading the non-violent movement that intensely assisted in the dissolution of the USSR, as well as his role in fighting anti-semitism within the church.

Not a simple fluff piece, this is a superb program for really understanding the dynamics of his unbelieveable career. His victories as well as his failures are explored in depth, and the result is the creation of a really well honed complex exploration of one of the greatest men of our time.

I highly recommend it to all, and I comment ABC News for assembling such a rich documentary.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rehash of free TV April 6, 2005
Format:DVD
The material and presentation are decent, but this look at Pope John Paul is basically a ABC free broadcast from quite a while back, transfered to DVD-- and asking for your money. Some of the bonus features are strong (tho, again, rehashed TV), but Diane Sawyer in the Papal Apartments is typical annoying Diane: the focus is all on her, not the Vatican and certainly not John Paul II. A better bet is NBC's DVD, "NBC Presents: The Life of Pope John Paul II" -- with fresh material created just for DVD release.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABC - great coverage! April 1, 2005
By Brandon
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this ABC special when I saw it a while back, and was reminded of it while watching the current news of the Pope's ill-health. This is the most comprehensive look at his life that I have seen. Although not part of the main program, one of the best parts of the DVD is the tour of the papal apartments with Diane Sawyer. I have never seen footage like this anywhere else, and it is truly fascinating.

I would also highly recommend Search for Jesus, another ABC News DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful doc on this unique Pope April 1, 2005
Format:DVD
A balanced presentation of the issues this Pope has addressed. I found this insightful and revealing and also inspiring. It shows the Pope as a profoundly spiritual man guiding the church through modern problems.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 22, 2005
By Gipper
Format:DVD
This is a biased, negative account of one of the greatest figures of the 20th century - focusing a disproportionate amount of time on the Pope's alleged failings: clergy sex scandal, contraception, ordination of women, refusal to step down for health reasons... The "bonus" material is really disappointing - it can't last more than 5-10 minutes. Not worth the price.
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