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Barabbas [Blu-ray] (2012)

Billy Zane , Hristo Shopov , Roger Young  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Zane, Hristo Shopov, Paolo Seganti, Christina Capotondi, Filippo Nigro
  • Directors: Roger Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sonar Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 216 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC6YEEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist, winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature, Barabbas is a four-part mini-series that explores the story of a man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To be shot on location in Tunisia, this sweeping epic is an ultimate story of redemption that will pick up where the Bible left off.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The REELZ Channel original miniseries "Barabbas" strains to be a religious epic but tries to include enough action mayhem to interest a non-secular audience as well. Sadly, the amateurish production values cause it to come across a bit too cheaply to make much of a mark either way. Loosely based on the 1950 novel by Pär Lagerkvist (as opposed to something more Biblical), a previous adaptation hit movie houses in 1961 with Anthony Quinn as the titular character. In short, Barabbas was a thief facing execution at the hands of the Roman authority. Under legend, Pontius Pilate convinced the populace to pardon Barabbas so that Jesus Christ could be crucified in his stead. This decision was to haunt Barabbas throughout his life, his many struggles, and eventually set him upon a new destiny leaning toward a more Christ-like existence. It's a powerful story of overcoming adversity and redemption as a man of moral weakness becomes one of spiritual strength. The 1961 version was classic Hollywood grandeur (despite being filmed in Italy, the Dino De Laurentiis spectacle also cast Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance, and Arthur Kennedy in key roles) with a bold and robust turn by the great Quinn.

Hoping for the star power of Quinn, we get Billy Zane instead for this TV adaptation. He is the only recognizable name in the cast that features Italian actors who have their performances poorly dubbed into English. As "Barabbas" opens, we pretty much make quick work of Barabbas's pardon and Jesus's crucifixion. What we are left with is the aftermath to make up the entire body of the miniseries. In the first half of the presentation, we see flashbacks to understand just how this rather unpleasant fellow ended up standing next to Christ in the first place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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All in all, this is an EXCELLENT movie for those who question their identity and their destiny in Christ.

Admittedly the storyline drags in the beginning. Personally, I feel that this movie would have had a much bigger impact on/for families, with a little less "action-packed" violence and sexual-innuendo throughout the movie.

This is probably why it was not rated; and ended up as a 2012 "lost Christian TV movie"---not readily available through Christian retailers/outlets. With that said:

Billy Zane was totally believable as Barabbas. Although a rogue character; Barabbas is intriguing and real when he asks all the really tough questions ---WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW, and most importantly; WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME [eventually he finds the answer to all of these questions].

Anna Valle's character "Claudia" (as Pontius Pilate's wife) was also very intriguing (did she know Jesus personally?).

Although this movie is clearly not entirely factual; who can say for certain, that the real Barabbas mentioned in the Bible, was not used mightily in this way for God's purposes?

The ending was thrilling [I didn't see it coming] and easily believable---it made my heart "skip a beat"---it made me think about what is really important in this life, and beyond!

SEE IT; and tell your friends!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nicely done January 27, 2014
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This story was nicely done. A wonderful story of redemption. I did not see the other reviews. This is not like todays films filled with and dependent upon high tech distractions. This is like the films that depend upon acting and the scenery. I think Billy Zane did a great job of being Barabbas, and Cristiana Capotondi who played Ester was wonderful. Actually all the actors and actresses made this story seem real and that is what a movie like this is supposed to do. I actually started this on T.V. but could not stay up for all of it as I had to go to work the next day so I bought it. I am very glad I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie March 31, 2014
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In response to another review, this is NOT dubbed. The voices and lips are in sync. Barabbas does Not tell Jesus to shut up. He does tell Judas Iscariot to shut up. This is a work of fiction based on a Nobel Prize winning novel. I dislike the lies portrayed near the end. Peter never went to Rome. Paul did. There is also no record of Mark's ever going to Rome. Christ did not tell Peter that if Peter did not allow himself to be crucified then Christ would have to die again. Christ's death was a one time sacrifice. In the book and original movie, Barabbas is crucified due to his misguided part in the burning of Rome. He was never portrayed as a martyr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 2, 2014
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Great seller, great product.
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