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Jesus Christ Superstar (2001)

Gale Edwards  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Gale Edwards
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056NX5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jesus Christ Superstar" on IMDb

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  • The Making of Jesus Christ Superstar
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  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations

  • Editorial Reviews

    The stage spectacular makes a stunning debut on DVD! Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar is now available to own for the first time ever. When it exploded on the scene in 1970, Jesus Christ Superstar changed the way the world watched musicals. At last, the phenomenon has been filmed especially for DVD, so you can see one of the world's best-loved soundtracks come amazingly to life. Powerful performances of Jesus Christ Superstar an unforgettable extravaganza you can't afford to miss!

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    67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars stark and dark January 25, 2004
    Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
    Filmed at Pinewood Studios, this production has sparse sets with scaffolding that serves for nearly every scene, and has the feel of a stage performance; it has been updated to an indeterminate era, but definitely a time one wouldn't want to live in. There are Nazi-like authority figures, punky gun-toting youth, and the walls are covered in graffiti. The colors are provided by the lighting, and are usually in either a monocromatic dark blue or yellow-orange.
    Inevitably, many people will compare this to the 1973 Norman Jewison film, which is a pity, as they are so vastly different. This is much more somber, and the final scenes are wrenching.
    Glenn Carter is astounding as Jesus, vocally exceptional in what must be a difficult part to sing, and looking like an Albrecht Durer painting. His Gethsemane ("I Only Want to Say") is superb, and worth the price of this film alone.
    Jerome Pradon is also excellent as Judas, and Fred Johanson's Pilate is marvelous, though the entire cast is good, both as actors and singers.
    It is interesting in this film how skillfully the evil in a character is portrayed in the song and dance numbers, by Herod (who is so well played by Rik Mayall), and Judas.
    One feels the exhaustion and horror of Jesus' last days palpably in this film. The drama of the scourging is a magnificent piece of staging, and powerful; it is a visual punch to the gut, and the crucifixion scene is brilliantly done and moves me to tears every time I see it.
    Not an easy film to watch, but well worth the purchase, as it gets better with each viewing.
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    41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Pole February 7, 2002
    Format:DVD
    I agree with an earlier reviewer that this version is different than the 73 film. It takes a bit of time to get used to it. For me it was hard not to see some of the actors / singers from the earlier film, particularly Carl Anderson. Once I got over the adjustment, I found this production to be simply wonderful. Because it is shot on a set rather than outdoors, and because of the advances in cameras etc. the viewer is transported into the action. You see all the subtle facial expressions and interactions between the characters that is simply missing from the technically challenged Jewison film. There is for example, no "day for night" film that leaves one barely able to make out Jesus singing the climactic song in the Garden of Gethsemane. Glen Carter is refreshing as Jesus though I, unlike many others, always liked Ted Neeley's performance. Jerome Pradon presents an engaging Judas. Chiaphas and Annas are perhaps a bit over the top, yet they are entertaining, as is Pilot. I still am debating the appropriatness of giving the Romans/Pilot's uniforms a Nazi look, and I think Pilot's Characterization is over stated, but it is very intense, captivating and powerful. Mary is beautiful and has the greatest voice of any of the Marys to date. Her presentation of "I Don't Know Hot to Love Him," in my opinion the most important song in the musical, is breath taking. In my estimation, I think this version, with modern look and feel, will help make the entire piece more approachable to younger viewers. It will better communicate the emotions of fear and pain that Christ experienced. The strength of Superstar has always been the ability to make Jesus more than just an historical figure. He is someone who was real, as was his sacrifice. Another valuable perspective is that of Judas. Read more ›
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    30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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    Jesus Christ Superstar, in any incarnation, will always be about the sound - music and vocals. This DVD, though full of energy, falls really short.
    If you've seen the 1973 movie Jesus Christ Superstar or heard the original concept album, you'll invariably judge this newer stage video production against the benchmarks set earlier.
    For me, the new JCS was interesting at best, terrible at worst.
    Here are my pros and cons of this DVD which at times I compare against the 73 film which featured Ted Neeley as Christ and Carl Anderson as Judas.

    Pros:

    1. Fred Johanson as Pilate is stunning - more powerful than the original. Great voice, great emotive visual delivery. His performance is the only plus of this production over the previous.
    2. Caiaphas and Annas both deliver powerfully.

    Cons:
    1. Too theatrical, even though meant to be so. Too many dramatic facial expressions and excess body language (Jesus, Mary, et al) detract from the purity of the score and lyrics.
    2. Even though Jesus, Judas, and Mary have good voices, they do not match the raw beauty of the original 73 movie, or of the older Ian Gillan (as Christ) concept cast audio recording. Despite some reviews written here, Judas from the originals - Carl Anderson and Murray Head - are incomparable, as is Mary.
    3. While Glenn Carter here as Jesus is perhaps a little more voluminous in voice than Neeley of 73, he lacks the piercing simplicity of the latter. Neeley's "Gethsemene" was phenomenal, as was Ian Gillan's (even more so) in the concept album. Carter murders this singularly outstanding number with his flat, choir-boy, shriekish delivery.
    4. Simon is weak...his delivery never reaches the power of his 73 predecessor.
    5. Herod delivers a terribly choppy number sans harmony.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Really like this movie
    Published 2 months ago by Katrina Bundy
    3.0 out of 5 stars Musical mythology can be fun
    A decent musical version of the christ myth. Better than the Ted Neely version.
    Published 2 months ago by Lancifer
    3.0 out of 5 stars J.C.
    I found this movie to be just ok. It just doesn't stack up to the original with Ted Neely in the title tole.
    Published 4 months ago by C. B.
    5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift for my daughter as she loves this movie!
    I, personally, don't care much for this movie for a lot of reasons but my 22 year old daughter loves it. Since she begged me to buy this I got her a copy as an Easter gift. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by David W. Nesbitt
    5.0 out of 5 stars More realistic J.C.S.
    The singing is superb, and the setting is more realistic than in the early seventies movie. A very impressive performance. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by C. Bohnert
    4.0 out of 5 stars Theatrically Splendid
    I composed a review for this version of Jesus Christ Superstar several years ago and have been itching to update it recently. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Word Nerd
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    I collect filmed on-stage productions of musicals and plays. I like the live theatre and when the shows are put on DVD I can get a sense of their wonder and feel the intimacy of... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Jon McCauley Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Christ Superstar
    I bought the boxed album set when it first came out.

    I watched the dress rehearsal in North Hollywood, California at the Universal Amphitheater. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Albert de Lorenzo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great music & the Crucifixion of Christ presented in a very modern...
    For traditional Biblical scholars, this DVD would probably be considered awful and sac-religious. This is a "play version" of the movie. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by M. Cooper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
    I loved this "new" Superstar. My parish priest was not impressed but he's probably got theological standards I couldn't fathom. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Angela Raspberry
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