KJB: The Book That Changed the World
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Overall production values were quite good, even lavish, with excellent cinematography, music and editing. There was none of the repetitive use of "money shots" so beloved of directors of low-budget doc TV. What was perhaps most distinct about this production were the longer than normal dramatic sequences. At times, these "mini-dramas" were so extensive and engrossing as to almost threaten to derail the documentary through-line.
On their own, these dramas were quite good, and when compared with other recent depictions of the Tudor and Stuart eras, were refreshingly unglamorous. Paola Dionisotti as Elizabeth I, with her eccentric mannerisms and hilariously askew fright wig, presents a far less varnished (and perhaps more accurate) version of the Virgin Queen than the recent iconic portrayals by Cate Blanchet and Dame Helen Mirren. The bulk of the dramatic narrative, however, is given over to Andrew Rothney as James VI and I.Read more ›
The story behind the King James Bible has been told before. And several new books this year will aim to tell it again. 1A Productions and Lions Gate studio have created a first class documentary featuring John Rhys-Davies which puts this story on screen. And the result is almost as breathtaking as the powerful prose of the King James Bible itself.
"KJB: The Book That Changed the World" takes us on a historical survey of the years preceding 1611 and the political and religious landscape which confronted the new King. The story follows James I from his birth to his ultimate ascension to the English throne. Particular focus is placed on the role the King James Bible would play in James' strategy to unify the landscape, politically and religiously.
Director and producer, Norman Stone does a fantastic job of capturing the life of Jacobean England with all of its intrigue. The plot of Guy Fawkes is detailed in memorable fashion. Filmed on location in England and Scotland, the film takes one inside Westminster Abbey and Oxford College to some of the actual rooms where the translators labored over their charge. The photography and quality of the film is superb, countrysides and cathedrals alike are displayed in all their evocative power.
John Rhys-Davies exudes energy and vigor in his lively narration. His booming, deep voice adds to the grandeur of the story. At one point he climbs up into the pulpit of a centuries-old church to read from the pages of the King James Bible.Read more ›
What does it have to make it so good? An exceptionally well acted recreation of the story behind the making of the biggest selling book of all time, the King James Version of the Bible. Narrated by John Rhys Davies, a man who puts himself into the story rather than being a distant voice droning on behind the scenes, shows a passion for the story himself and it is clearly evident. The acting is superb and those portraying known characters represent them with astounding accuracy.
What it doesn't have is any proselytizing or overt religious biases. Considering where such a production might go, this one is in it for the story, not an alter call. The added features, though few, are worth commenting on. The interviews behind the making of the movie are moderately interesting and conducted well. However, the separate interview with Mr. Davies is definitely worth watching and adds a bit of a twist to the whole thing. When they asked him at least one question, you wondered if the DVD had stuck as he took a little longer than one would expect him to answer, but he did and perhaps not the way you were thinking he would.Read more ›
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Everyone should see this one! It should be mandatory in every history class open in high school!Published 4 days ago by Penny
More about the politics and folks involved than of the specifics of the KJV.
But was filled with interesting facts and info most of us do not know.
Enjoyed watching this movie. Educational and entertaining at the same time.Published 28 days ago by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Donner
My husband and I really liked this "docu-drama". It wasn't boring and it provides an intelligent basis for the Bible's existence during the church's history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by wlthlla
Awesome film, after watching it on Amazon rental, I am buying a hard copy. Great production.Published 2 months ago by liberty
This program speaks well about the KJV bible but Magnifies the Man King James which history proves has VERY LITTLE to do with the publication of this bible, he was involved in name... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Nelson