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Films of Faith Collection (The Nun's Story / The Shoes of the Fisherman / The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima) (2006)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 416 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1MXSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Films of Faith Collection (The Nun's Story / The Shoes of the Fisherman / The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Nun's Story (1959)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) with remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack
  • Vintage Featurette The Shoes of the Fisherman
  • The Miracle of Our Lady Fatima (1952)

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Warner Bros. Films of Faith Collection (DVD) (3-Pack)

Fred Zinnemann's epic 1959 drama The Nun's Story is a splendid showcase for Audrey Hepburn, who stars as the young nun Sister Luke, who is deeply spiritual yet conflicted about whether or not she can conform to convent life. Though the film is a mesmerizing--and quite leisurely--two and a half hours, its plot is fairly simple--young Gabrielle (Hepburn) enters the convent pledging her life to God, learns the disciplines associated with the life, receives her dream assignment of going to the Congo as a missionary nurse, and once there, is forced to face whether she is meant for the rigorous life of poverty, chastity, and most difficult of all, obedience. The film does a marvelous job of portraying the challenges of cloistered life without being either off-putting or overly romantic. And Hepburn, sometimes with only her eyes, communicates all the drive, faith, and conflict of a young woman so torn.

If you find during the 160-minute running time of The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) that you don't like the plot, wait 10 minutes. It will surely change and there will be another story thread to entice you. The screenplay is literally all over the map: Siberia, where Archbishop Kiril Lakota, played splendidly by Anthony Quinn, has been exiled to a work camp in the oppressive Soviet regime; Moscow, where a genially scene-chewing Laurence Olivier plays a Soviet ruler with history with Lakota; China, where famine threatens to bring the world of the late '60s to the brink of World War III; and Rome, where Lakota travels after being freed (and where dissolute reporter David Janssen does his best to groove on the Swinging Sixties). Yet despite its flaws, the movie's central drama is riveting: the current Pope dies suddenly, and for a good bit of the film, viewers are treated to the Vatican's inner workings on the election of a new Pope. The events unfold at a leisurely pace, which allows you to drink in the spectacle and wonder of the ancient traditions. The Alex North Oscar-nominated score is lovely, and Quinn's performance is the somber-with-a-humble-twinkle glue that holds the film together. Anyone interested in the traditions and rituals of the Vatican will find plenty to savor.

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima tells the story--through an admittedly Hollywood prism--of one of the most beloved Catholic legends of the 20th century. Three young shepherd children in the remote Portuguese mountain town Fatima reported seeing a vision in 1917 of "a beautiful lady" who spoke to them of strife, war and peace and the love of Jesus. Soon the word spread, and throngs, teetering on mobs, gathered near the site for a glimpse of what they believed to be Mary, mother of Jesus. The children remained steadfast in their account, despite threats from the church and the government, and the final appearance of the lady, on Oct. 13, 1917, was accompanied by strange apparitions in the sky that have yet to be explained by science. The movie is well-made and -acted, especially by a radiant Susan Whitney, who plays the oldest child, Lúcia Abóbora dos Santos. The screenplay takes some liberties with the facts: the lovable jokester-sidekick character of Hugo is fictitious, and one wonders if perhaps a few of Our Lady's cautions about the multitude of evil things happening in 1917 Russia might have been heard through a Cold War filter. But the 1952 film is moving and is a reminder that big studios once routinely, and profitably, released religious-themed movies, to audiences who surely would appreciate some of the same today. --A.T. Hurley

Customer Reviews

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! December 30, 2005
This is a GREAT collection for those of us who are into religious films! Warner Brothers has announced the individual release, or a "Films of Faith" Collection in time for Easter 2006! This will include Audrey Hepburn's "The Nun's Story" and the inspiring "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima".....but most exciting is the inclusion of the Anthony Quinn film of Morris West's book, "The Shoes of the Fisherman" (about the election of a Russian Pope nearly a decade before John Paul II was elected from Poland!). In particular, "Shoes of the Fisherman" is known for its great attention and accuracy of detail in showing the conclave pagentry and process (although in reality this election process has since been updated due to the larger number of Cardinals now eligible to vote in a conclave). For those of us into "churchy" movies, this film has long been considered the Holy Grail of church-themed movies and it is very exciting that it is coming to DVD!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Religiously Inspiring! March 31, 2006
I was very happy to read that these movies were going to be released on DVD. As the saying goes, "they don't make movies like this anymore". These are some of the best religious movies ever made. They capture the struggles and pains of the human person in a challenging world. At the same time, they also express a great sense of hope to a fragile world. Since these movies were made so long ago, I hope our younger viewers will take the opportunity to see these great movies. They will always be truly inspiring.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Films of Faith Collection January 9, 2007
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This is a warm remembrance of Christian witness that will speak to a universal audience. The Nun's Story is a fairly accurate and touching tale of one woman's quest to follow her heart just as the world falls into war. This is a great example of the Catholic Church in the early 20th century. With Shoes of the Fisherman, you have a great story of a Pope from the Slavic World, more than a decade before Pope John Paul II. The turmoil of an ancient church trying to deal with a modern world is very well told and is still quite relevant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent stories about caring for others March 16, 2007
Wonderful movies about those people whose lives were dedicated to caring for others. That is our purpose on the this earth. These movies give wonderful testomony to how much happier and satisifed your life will be be caring for others. Your blessings and true happiness only comes by serving. Give and you will be rewarded
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal! January 22, 2008
The Films of Faith were a great deal! I was only looking for "The Nun's Story," which is a phenomenal movie, and instead bought 3 great movies for a great low price! My 4-year old and I have watched "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima" at least 10 times already. I highly recommend the movies in this collection and for this incredible price, it's hard to beat this deal.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Seen again for the first time in a couple of decades, Warner's beautifully restored DVD of The Nun's Story is a real surprise, avoiding the mawkish sentimentality that usually accompanied old Hollywood's approach to Catholicism with a sober, quiet unostentatious majesty and a mostly successful attempt to avoid cliché (there's no romance with Peter Finch's surgeon as you might expect). Fred Zinnemann, who now seems on the verge of being completely forgotten, constantly does things slightly differently - not just jump cutting from continent to continent, but avoiding convention in subtle ways. When Sister Luke departs for the Congo, not only is her departure handled in the bare minimum of shots but they're also not the ones you usually expect: no head on shots of the ship leaving for the open sea, but instead zooming out from a sideways view before cutting to the ship's wake. The visual economy never feels Spartan, but at the same time it fits the subject matter perfectly.

Audrey Hepburn too is something of a revelation. Too often an irritatingly kooky pixie clotheshorse, here she abandons many of her usual affectations that you either find charming or maddening to give the kind of sincere and grounded performance that was too rarely asked of her. It's a quietly powerful and surprisingly honest film that stands up to the test of time. Shame that for some reason Zinnemann gets Dean Jagger to voice one of the bit players as well, which briefly takes you out of the movie before a sudden act of unexpected violence shocks you back in, but there's little else to fault in it.

The only extra on the DVD is the original trailer.

As Pope operas go, The Shoes of the Fisherman is pretty enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All strong films November 25, 2006
Each of these movies are wonderful in their own right--and it's wonderful to see them released as a box set!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAITH LIVES April 30, 2006
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great price and gift
Published 26 days ago by aurora alfaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 3 months ago by roger dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by rls6846
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the movies was great
the other 2 were not what I expected. the order came in good condition and on time, I really liked the third movie,
Published 6 months ago by LORI ANN VASQUEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What a great treat to have all three of these wonderful films in one collection. Especially fascinated by "Shoes of the Fisherman" and its meaty issues! Recommended.
Published 9 months ago by Natalie G. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like old faith films these are great
I received the movies in good condition and on time all three movies are fabulous movies I thoroughly enjoy them I like a lot of the faith films.
Published 10 months ago by Debra Dressel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find
We had seen parts of these movies on television, and have been looking for them for a while. The movies are great!
Published 11 months ago by Carmen Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars A matter of Faith and guidence with a little bit of Fiction in between...
This is a great collection that everyone should own, I just enjoy The Shoes of the Fisherman!! and the others are just as good for the whole family!
Published 12 months ago by Michael Ormsby Hobbies
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Necessity for any DVD library!
These three films bring back wonderful memories of my childhood! I can remember when I first saw them all and was so moved then could not wait for them to be played again which was... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Charles Culbertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Religion
This is a great gift idea and a great box set. I bought for mothers day and my mother loved it. I loved it. Thank you
Published 17 months ago by Joe Serna
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