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  • Actors: Fr. Robert Barron
  • Directors: Matt Leonard
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Word on Fire
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (476 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J6U77Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Journey around the world and deep into the faith! For the first time, in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience. Travel with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Father Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth's people.

From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda...from the glorious shrines of Italy, France, and Spain, to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the fullness of CATHOLICISM is revealed. Learn what Catholics believe and why by exploring the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition. Mike Leonard, a veteran NBC Today Show correspondent and acclaimed filmmaker, is the Executive Producer of this groundbreaking series.

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CATHOLICISM will have a national footprint. This series will be of great interest to viewers who want a better understanding of the impact and meaning this faith has throughout the world. --Dan Soles, WTTW Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer, PBS affiliate - Chicago In tying together art and culture, history and literature, beauty and truth, which is the wisdom - the timeless genius that CATHOLICISM is all about - he does it magnificently. And this is just what we need in the Catholic Church today. --Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan Archdiocese of New York Shook me to the core... --Mike Leonard, NBC Today Show Correspondent and Executive Producer of CATHOLICISM

In tying together art and culture, history and literature, beauty and truth, which is the wisdom - the timeless genius that CATHOLICISM is all about - he does it magnificently. And this is just what we need in the Catholic Church today. --Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan Archdiocese of New York

Shook me to the core... --Mike Leonard, NBC Today Show Correspondent and Executive Producer of CATHOLICISM

In tying together art and culture, history and literature, beauty and truth, which is the wisdom - the timeless genius that CATHOLICISM is all about - he does it magnificently. And this is just what we need in the Catholic Church today. --Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan Archdiocese of New York

Shook me to the core... --Mike Leonard, NBC Today Show Correspondent and Executive Producer of CATHOLICISM

Customer Reviews

All I can say is WOW!
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The DVD series on Catholicism by Father Barron was a wonderful presentation of the Christian Faith and the Catholic Church.
Matt
Robert Barron, professor of systematic theology at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.
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426 of 434 people found the following review helpful By bobbalouie on September 18, 2011
Format: DVD
Four years in the making, "Catholicism" is the long-awaited evangelical work of Fr. Robert Barron, professor of systematic theology at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. In addition to rock solid scholarship and theology, the DVD series is filled with beautiful cinematography, which is used to illustrate the theological points in the series. As Fr. Barron points out, the Catholic Church is and always has been a Church that embraces both the "right and left brain" of humanity. It is a Church of science AND art, and the imagery in the DVD series is far more than fluff or filler. The art depicted is ITSELF theology, and is very compelling. Fr. Barron reminds us over and over again of the historicity of Jesus, and we see compelling modern examples of the Gospels in practice. This series is mandatory viewing for anyone with a serious interest in the Catholic Church historically and today. This will be one of the great evangelical works of modern times.

PBS has already picked up four of the ten episodes, which will air in all major U.S. television markets. I've seen the entire series (ten episodes in all) and I would strongly recommend purchasing the whole set. Truly a remarkable work. Fr. Barron is a genial, engaging and very powerful advocate for Christianity and Catholicism who will not be easily dismissed.

Precisely because it is so remarkable and compelling, I predict "Catholicism" will be vigorously attacked by today's self-styled "new atheists." And with good reason: this series represents a mortal threat to the various brands of atheism, apostasy and simple misunderstanding currently in vogue. If I were an atheist I'd be very afraid of this work! So expect some "piling on" from that quarter. That's virtually a selling point for Fr.
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244 of 251 people found the following review helpful By Judy on September 14, 2011
Format: DVD
I am writing this review after watching only the first 3 episodes (hours):

I ordered this DVD set on a whim, thinking that at the very least, it would show the beautiful places that I had visited on my various pilgrimages, and give a little history.
I was delightfully surprised when Fr. Barron started teaching! Edifying! Not only are you drawn in by the beauty and wonder of the various places where Our Blessed Lord walked and taught, but the commentary and instruction of Fr. Barron is smart, and NOT fluff, it delves deep. Fr. Barron speaks as if he were talking to someone who is genuinely searching for the truth, which made this a refreshing bonus- after all, who isn't searching for Truth? My only regret is that I didn't order the study guides to go along with it. I've gone back and purchased 3 more sets already as gifts and plan to purchase a couple more for Christmas gifts as I believe this DVD set will definitely aid in enriching one's Catholic faith!
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163 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Dave G on September 27, 2011
Format: DVD
Fr Barron has attempted to explain Catholicism from the inside out- that is, from the Catholic perspective. Any religion can only really be understood from those who have stepped into its perspective, much like a player in a sport must "enter into" the rules and spirit of a game to truly compete. No Olympic athlete ever won a Gold while thinking critically about it as an outsider or refusing to buy into their sport's spirit. Barron has provided exactly that for Catholicism, and in style!

Beyond the beautifully photographed and musically accompanied images, Barron provides a deeply insightful narrative that gives life to those images and slowly but intelligently unpacks the beauty of the Church as only a Catholic can see it. As a Catholic, I have already seen and experienced much of what he talks about. Yet many aspects of his narrative are refreshingly new to me. Overall I have been deeply impressed with Barron's discussion in the series and his ability to catch and explain rather profound truths in an easily approachable manner.

Fr Barron is no intellectual wimp. He is obviously widely read, and knows the tradition well. He is at home in modern and ancient philosophy and the Patristics. Barron continually ties his narrative into modern day history and culture. And boy does he travel. I got exhausted just thinking about how much travel went into this series.

I recommend this to anyone who really wants to understand the Church from someone who KNOWS the Church. Fr Barron avoids being triumphalistic and cocky and instead is engaging and passionate. He avoids stereotypes and trite overly-simplistic spiritual cliches. He lets the art speak for itself.

In short it is a very cool series. I highly recommend it.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Siggy on September 9, 2011
Format: DVD
This series is epic and Fr Barron is an incredible teacher and lecturer...I know he will make many more converts with this new book and DVD series...there is a long waiting list for these at my city library...I am donating my copies to my Church library...
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. Munck on August 15, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm not Catholic and am not likely to become Catholic. However, that doesn't take anything away from this series. I have only watched the first hour so far, but that segment shows how close Christianity is in its many flavors. The central theme of Christianity is Jesus! That applies whether your faith is Catholic or Protestant. Either Jesus is who He said He is or else he is a liar or deluded. There is no middle ground here, no way to call him a good man if he isn't God. Jesus said "I and the Father are one". No 'good' man would ever make that claim. The first segment centers on the Catholic beliefs concerning Jesus and even if you are a Baptist you will find yourself saying "Amen!" all the way through. I know that as the episodes progress I will find areas of difference, but if believing in Jesus is the key to eternal life then Protestant and Catholic alike will be in good shape.

Now with respect to the blu-ray presentation, the picture clarity is wonderful! I haven't seen the DVD version so I can't compare the two, but I expect that most buyers will want the very best viewing experience and will opt for the blu-ray version. You won't be disappointed in the visuals, I promise you that. One of the beautiful aspects of Catholicism is their ornate sanctuaries...and blu-ray makes the frescoes, paintings and statuary really jump out at you in eye-popping realism. I recently visited St. Paul, Minnesota and toured the Cathedral of Saint Paul while there. You would be hard pressed to find a Protestant church with such reverence to those who served Christ in the past. There are reminders everywhere of those who were His stalwarts in service; men and women who stood by Him in life and then proclaimed His glory after the crucifixion.

When I have completed all the episodes I may decide to add to this post, but not in any derogatory manner since I harbor no ill will toward those who view Christianity in a somewhat different light.
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