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Catholicism DVD Box Set (2011)

Fr. Robert Barron , Matt Leonard  |  NR |  DVD
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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 (424 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J6U77Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

Product Description

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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422 of 430 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 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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242 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! September 14, 2011
By Judy
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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161 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 27, 2011
By Dave G
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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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CITY LIBRARIES ARE ORDERING THIS 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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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC September 22, 2011
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It's Great that we can hear the story of our Catholic Faith on these dvd's... and from such a learned priest. Thank-you Father Barron. It is great to have you tell all who will listen, about our treasure.. our faith. The Catholic Church (as promised) is going to last to the end of time and is doctrinally sound; although we can't say the same for all its' many members. The Church is a hospital for sinners and saints, martyrs and persecutors. Watch these dvd's and learn.. as I pray you are enticed to study further. I'm sure after this labor of love, Father Barron can expect to hear these words, "`Well done, good and faithful servant"..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must see for all Catholics, particularly young people preparing for Confirmation.
Published 5 days ago by Amy Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible visual sights, great presentations, lots of brain food.
If for no other reason, and there are so very many compelling reasons, this eries is worth the purchase for the visual entertainment in the scenery where the segments are filmed. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Polymerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice!
Great set of informative and entertaining history of the Christian faith and more specifically the Catholix church.
Published 15 days ago by Ben Dawg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Presentation & Review!
Great presentation & review of the Faith.
Published 22 days ago by Eugene D Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great World Wide Story Telling of Christ's and His Follower's Stories
Great DVD for Catholic Evangelism. Have watched it many times. Heard the story of how and why it was put together by Fr. Barron. Very well done. Read more
Published 29 days ago by John Ason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Father Robert Barron is an inspired, gifted speaker. He upholds the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Webb
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AMAZING!!!
Published 1 month ago by Marco Martinez
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Wonderful work by Fr. Barron!
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Published 1 month ago by Smiley
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The DVD set is terrific. I am enjoying it very much.
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