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ABC News Presents - Jesus Mary and DaVinci (2004)

Elizabeth Vargas , Various  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZDPYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Author Dan Brown's book THE DA VINCI CODE is a huge-selling novel that opened up some prescient debate about the life of Christ. Filmmaker Elizabeth Vargas takes some of the ideas from Brown's book and develops them in this engrossing film. Uncommon ideas spring forth, such as whether Jesus was married, and whether he has any descendents walking the earth today. Thoughts on Mary Magdalene are also disseminated, with Vargas exploring the possibility that she was Jesus's wife, and bore his child. A global scurry through various important locations such as Italy, France, and Scotland is conducted in order to provide some meat for the bones of Vargas's theories, making this a riveting way to digest some interesting theoretical musings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good synopsis of the Da Vinci Code January 18, 2005
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I saw this ABC News Special when it first aired November, 2003 and I was hoping that it would come out on DVD. I'm thankful that it did! Elizabeth Vargas does a good job of interviewing Dan Brown, Henry Lincoln, Catholic scholar Richard McBrien, evangelical scholar Darrell Bock, and pro-Gnostic Gospels scholars Karen King and Elaine Pagels.

The DVD is 55 minutes long and covers the following issues:

Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?

How important a leader was Mary Magdalene and how did the church portray her through the centuries?

What secret messages did Da Vinci try to convey through the painting of the Last Supper?

What is the relationship between the Holy Grail and Mary Magdalene?

What is the Priory of Sion?

Is there evidence of a Merovingian legacy of descendants?

Vargas does a good job of summarizing the basic arguments of the Da Vinci Code (e.g. Dan Brown); I'm happy that she also interviewed scholars like Darrel Bock and Richard McBrien, who may disagree vehemently with the claims made by the novel, Da Vinci Code. I'm also glad that at the end, Vargas mentions that there is no conclusive historical evidence which supports the claims made by the Da Vinci Code (esp. the Merovingian descendants from the supposed marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.)

I really like this DVD because it brings out the issues brought out by the Da Vinci code in a simple and clear manner, it provides interviews with Dan Brown and notable scholars, and it gives you an visual image of the Last Supper painting and explains Dan Brown's arguments in his Da Vinci Code novel.

If you're fascinated with the Da Vinci Code, you will enjoy this documentary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative September 14, 2013
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I enjoyed it, I found it unbiased and informative , I enjoyed the different points of view , worth the money
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1.0 out of 5 stars Da Vinci Code a demonstrated fraud May 7, 2006
Anyone who is doing any kind of serious research into Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code should be aware of some important information that isn't revealed in 'Jesus, Mary, and Da Vinci'. Mr. Brown's book, which he claims, in the preface, is based on 'fact' is actually perpetuating a known and established FRAUD with respect to its claims regarding the 'Priory of Sion' and the 'Dossier Secret' documents in the French National Libary. It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that the 'Priory of Sion' and the 'Dossier Secret' documents are in fact the fraudulent creation of a circle of anti-semitic French nationalists who revolve around the figure of Pierre Plantard. Mr. Plantard was a primary source for the authors of 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' which Dan Brown attributes as one of his primary sources for the 'Da Vinci Code'. This information has been brought to light in the excellent video 'Breaking the Da Vinci Code' as well as by CBS's 60 minutes, which filmed their own investigation into Mr. Brown's claims on a show that recently aired on April 30th.

Basically, Mr. Brown propagates the same fraudulent information that he inherits from his uncritical use of 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail'. Not very good form for someone who claims his fictional novel is based on 'fact'. There are numerous other errors, misrepresentation, and outright fabrications in Mr. Brown's book that aren't adequately addressed in 'Jesus, Mary, and Da Vinci'. Those who are truly interested in some solid, scholarly research on Mr. Brown's book would be well served by viewing the excellent video 'Breaking Da Vinci's Code' also available on Amazon.com.

There's nothing wrong with reading and understanding the 'Da Vinci Code' as a work of fiction, which it is, but don't confuse this book as a serious representation of history and theology, which it most certainly is not.
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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's Peter Jennings? May 9, 2005
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I bought In Search for Jesus bacause it was advertised that it is hosted by Peter Jennings and also bought Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci for the same reason. Elizabeth Vargas actually hosted it. Though she delivered it very well, it is so disappointing for the fans of Peter Jennings to find out later that it was not him. Anyways, I will add another star for the longer appearance of Dan Brown here compared to The Da Vinci Code Decoded where he only appeared in less than a minute, but was advertised as his DVD. Can I get my money back or some kind of discount for this error?
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