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Barabbas [Blu-ray] (2012)

Billy Zane , Hristo Shopov , Roger Young  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Zane, Hristo Shopov, Paolo Seganti, Christina Capotondi, Filippo Nigro
  • Directors: Roger Young
  • Format: 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,585 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie March 15, 2014
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This movie was good but not great. The actors were really good acting out the character, the storyline starts out at the end or mid way through and then it jumps back to the beginning. I like how Barabbas was willing and wanting to change his ways finally at towards the end and wanting to be passionate about it.
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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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