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Jesus Christ Superstar 2012 Live Arena Tour

Laurence Connor , Nick Morris  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Laurence Connor, Nick Morris
  • Producers: Dione Orrom, Brett Sullivan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DM3TKNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,384 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • An Introduction by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Behind the Scenes

  • Editorial Reviews

    Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar returns to its roots with this sensational performance filmed in the UK during the Live Arena Tour. An incredible cast including Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, Chris Moyles as King Herod and Ben Forster as Jesus Christ, perform hit songs including “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, “Gethsemane”, “Heaven on Their Minds”, “Everything’s Alright”, “King Herod’s Song” and “Superstar” in an exciting and contemporary interpretation.

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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A fine looking, well produced version, but... September 12, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    This has been my favorite rock musical since the original album was released when I was a pre-teen. I have followed most every available version since, and so picking up the blu-ray of this production was pretty nearly obligatory.

    Overall I enjoyed this production, I was a little concerned early on that they were going to take huge liberties with the material because the first couple minutes were pretty heavily saturated with occupy wall st-esque graphics, but things settle down after that and they perform the show in a manner respectful of the original, with some inventive staging.

    The cast was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed Tim Minchin (Judas), Melanie (Mary Magdalene) and the supporting cast playing Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas, Annas, etc. Where I ran into a bit of difficulty was Ben Forster's portrayal of Jesus, which just didn't connect with me personally. I know many people find him a fantastic performer, but for me he was just a little subdued and lacking the charisma to offset Minchin's Judas when they were on stage together. Let's face it, Judas gets the best lyrics, the Jesus role really needs to be carried on emotion and sincerity. For me Mr Forster just didn't bring it off. Your mileage may vary.

    Immediately after finishing viewing, I got the urge to toss the 2001 DVD version in the player. While the new arena show has much to recommend it, honestly, I feel this was a superior version overall, in almost every area except of course video/audio quality.

    In the end though, despite a reservation or two, I think this is worthy of viewing/purchase.
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    31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Region encoding warning December 15, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    Please note, the region encoding for this is B/2. That means it is viewable in the European region, NOT the US! It's a great show, but a little difficult if you can't watch it. They should include this warning when they post it for sale.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular stage production July 13, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    I just watched my Hong Kong, Area 1 version of this blu-ray and it is spectacular in sight and sound. If you wanted to see Jesus Christ Superstar as a stage production,this is the one you have got to buy. The sound is DTS 5.1 HD and the vocals and music score are first rate. This was recorded LIVE onstage and watching the show and stage work is spectacular,not simple or cheesy looking. Universal is the producer and they made a definite 10 on a scale of 1-10 for both sight and sound on this work! Too bad their movie version of the sound wasn't this good.IF you just like the music only,go ahead and get this disc and enjoy anyway! some little extra stage action is added by the actors and helps the situation seem real.Don't try to compare this show with the movie version,there both different in style.
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    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic presentation, R2 version plays on computer December 20, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    The HD region 2 version is now available over the internet much less expensive than the upcoming Blue Ray region 1. It will play on your computer or laptop, or just HDMI cable it to your big screen TV. This is a mind blowing exciting version produced by Weber himself the way he thought it should be done. The performers and choreography are first class. This sell out show was performed in 12,000 seat arenas at $121 a ticket. This is, in my opinion, the best presentation of this event ever.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    By Geo
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    I was really excited about this version of the musical! I had never seen previous versions until last Summer, when I had the opportunity to go to London. Since I love the Spice Girls (Sporty Spice Melanie C is in this version as Mary) I went to a live taping of the Jesus Christ Superstar reality show that she and Andrew Lloyd Webber were judges for. All I can say is: WOW!

    The performances to find the new Jesus were spectacular! I've been to reality talent show tapings in the US, but this one ran like clockwork, which amazing sets moving in and out. During the commercial breaks the audience got to ask the judges questions, and Andrew's comments were really fascinating. He said how JCS was a huge hit in American back in the 70s, but flopped in the UK! In the 70s it was playing arenas and hitting the top 40 with their music, but the UK never got to experience it in an arena as it was intended to be.

    This production does have a new age look to it, but you get that same arena experience that the author intended it to play in. The songs are really incredible, and Melanie does a fantastic job with all of her parts! For fans of the old version: of course that's better! It's the original! But this version truly made a fan out of me and I know it would be a great version to introduce to a new generation, as it appeals more to things going on now (like a feeling of social revolt against corporations) and is visually and musically stunning!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars London Arena Tour September 18, 2013
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Loved it. Quite different than different stage productions, especially an open air concert during its first tour in 1972.

    However, I do suggest watching the extra features first, mostly because of an interview with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in which he explains it was originally written to perform to an arena/concert size audience,wish I had. Tim Minchin has an astoundingly strong voice and range as Judas (my favorite).

    Yes, yes, and yes, I recommend buying this version, if you are a JCSS and/or Tim Minchin fan. I'm a new Minchin fan after watching his performance on Showtime at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the fabulous Heritage Orchestra.. Unfortunately, I can only find region 2 versions of his other DVDs.

    You can watch many of his songs and interviews at TimMinchin.com and YouTube.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ben Forster is not a good Jesus. Not close to what Ted Neeley did ...
    Ben Forster is not a good Jesus. Not close to what Ted Neeley did and MUCH less what Ian Gillian did. Everything else is good, though.
    Published 8 hours ago by DivineKaos
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Testament
    An amazing re-imagining of a thought provoking classic. The updating of this to present-day pop culture and technology is slightly dissociative, but in the very best way - it... Read more
    Published 5 days ago by A.M. Curtis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for Superstar fans!!
    In all honesty, I'm not the biggest fan of Superstar…especially not the previous film!! However, that being said, this is wonderful. Such a powerful production. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by rusty
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Wunderbar!!!
    Published 14 days ago by Paulo Vaz Ferreira
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie!!
    Published 19 days ago by Michael R. Johnson
    5.0 out of 5 stars The way Superstar was meant to be!
    This thing rocks! Everything is first class. The band(orchestra), the cast, just everything. Tim Minchin shows that he has so much more breadth than I ever would have guessed. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Bart Zudell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Superstar!
    I was leery about this version, but it ROCKED!
    Published 1 month ago by Cherrie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough good things about it
    Incredible! Can't say enough good things about it!
    Published 1 month ago by Doyle Tatum
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    I agree with Andrew Lloyd Webber. JCS was ment to be shown as a live rock concert in an arena. Beautifully done. Exquisite casting. Interesting filming. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Marisa Mcglue
    2.0 out of 5 stars It's Almost Impossible To Believe How Much Of A Disaster It Is...
    Judas is undone by his vocal limitations when he needs them most. Christ is undone by one-dimensional acting and a complete lack of charisma, despite an ability to hit the notes... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Larry Michael Gipson
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