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This dazzling interpretation of the hit Tim Rice - Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera tells the story of Christ's (Ted Neeley) final weeks in a bold and epic production. Shot entirely on location in Israel, producer-director Norman Jewison creates a brilliant example of modern movie making with groundbreaking vision and the unforgettable songs of Rice and Webber. Nominated for several Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress, this legendary classic is now a must-have Special Edition.


Special Features

  • An Exclusive Interview with Master Lyricist Tim Rice
  • Feature Commentary with Directory Norman Jewison and Actor Ted Neeley
  • Photo Gallery

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    • Actors: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Bob Bingham
    • Directors: Norman Jewison
    • Writers: Norman Jewison, Melvyn Bragg
    • Producers: Norman Jewison, Robert Stigwood
    • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Unknown)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: G (General Audience)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
    • Run Time: 107 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (975 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00028HBIO
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Jesus Christ Superstar (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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    337 of 345 people found the following review helpful By Lauren H. Lavine on May 24, 2005
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    It's absolutely fabulous. Please note buyers that if you want closed captioned and you don't see it listed in the description, not to fear because it does have closed captioned in English. In order to get the closed captioning in English all you need to do is make sure that the option for closed captioning is turned on through your television instead of your DVD/DVR player(s). This applies to any DVD that says closed captioned is available but does not allow for an English option. It has everything the regular edition has plus a few more extras. I was really impressed with the quality of the picture as well as the sound. Also, because it's a widescreen version as well when you choose to use the closed captioning it doesn't get in the way of the picture which is a nice advantage. I believe you'll love it. The music is extraordinary. Ted Neeley was wonderful and Carl Anderson is extremely talented. It's a rock opera not a musical and every song tells the story. Truly ingenious the way it was produced. The fact that it was shot on location in Israel gives it the authenticity you don't always see in films. I recommend buying the soundtrack as well. You can't beat the wonderful price either.
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    164 of 172 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2004
    Format: DVD
    I've been a big fan of JCS ever since the concept album came out. Over the years, I have come to appreciate Norman Jewison's interpretation, as well as his magnificent landscape shots, more and more. For me, this telling of the Jesus story is much more moving than Mel's Passion, thus my extreme disappointment after buying the DVD version when I discovered that a simple transfer of the film to DVD had been made. Unlike the restoration effort of many other transfers, in this case, there was no attempt to upgrade the sound when it was put into a 5.1 format. In other words, the film was literally copied straight onto the DVD version with all of the tape hiss, high frequency machine noise, and other assorted crackles. Perhaps Universal didn't feel the extra effort was warranted due to financial concerns, but in a film where the sound is crucial, this lack of attention detracts from the viewing experience. This being said, the DVD is still worth owning, particularly for an economical 15 bucks or less. Just beware of the sound quality.
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    110 of 117 people found the following review helpful By "cwlova" on April 7, 2001
    Format: VHS Tape
    It took me almost two years (and a recent viewing of the new JCS movie) to fully appreciate the masterpiece that is Jesus Christ Superstar, the 1973 film. Told entirely through catchy, rock opera music, it tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ, but is hardly a literal interpretation and consists mostly of the drama between Judas and Jesus. The point of the film is to show the bible in a new way- that everyone, even Jesus's closest disciples helped contribute to the death of Jesus through their inescapable humanism. Filmed in the Jerusalem desert, the production is wonderful. It's as if the best singers, film makers, dancers, musicians, and songwriters (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice) came together for this one movie. Carl Anderson stars as Judas and is arguably the best performer to ever perform the role. Ted Neeley is fantastic too even though it takes a while to "get" the strenghth in his underacting. Norman Jewison, who's experience and creativity as director shines through with every scene, takes the musical to another level, using a brilliantly conceptual theme that is introduced at the very beginning of the film. The locations are beautiful and fit perfectly within the context of the story. The film has great music, the ideas it tries to get across are poignant, and it is much, much better than the new film in its directing, acting, choreograpphy, and singing.
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    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Razmataz on May 18, 2013
    Format: Blu-ray
    Let's cut to the chase - for while I'd love to wax rhapsodic about seeing this as a youngster in 1973, growing up listening the sound track, etc.: the bottom line is, I want to help spread appropriate confidence to home theater buffs about the transfer quality.

    In short: I feel it's a winner, based on my own viewing this week (Oppo player, Denon receiver, B&W speakers, and still pretty amazing but older Sony LCD - a modest budget home theater system). This viewing brought me sensually back to the original 1973 theatrical experience, much more than previous views of the 2004 DVD print of Jesus Christ Superstar (Special Edition) (1973). I replayed a few segments of that DVD in comparison with this newly remastered Blu-Ray, as well.

    I'm dumbfounded to have seen several negative reviews on this same page by customers who felt the sound track was not only substandard but even, in their words, atrocious or bad. It's not. I heard and saw detail, richness, and balance that were well suited to a remastered 1973 release. Colors were somewhat muted at times, but still popped. The Blu-Ray lifted a visual fog that I hadn't even realized was present in the DVD. And the audio rendition delivered a remarkably pleasing tonality, balance, and dynamic range, in my experience. I heard layers that I was not previously aware with the DVD.

    My experience was echoed by the review at Blu-ray dot com which gave the film 3.5 /5 (video) and 4.0 / 5 (audio).

    This is not a 5.1 remix, though. It's a faithful and pleasing presentation of the original 4 track stereo (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0).

    Now, for the rest: the casting, the score, performances and orchestration still blow me away, after all these years....
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