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The Lost Years of Jesus

4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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For centuries followers of the Bible have wondered where Jesus was and what he did during the so-called "silent years." Biblical writings leave gaps in the life of Jesus. Evidence points to a long pilgrimage made by Jesus between the ages of 13 and 30. This film contains controversial subject matter that is disputed by some, by nevertheless, is still fascinating. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital; 93 minutes; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1976; SRP - $14.99.

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  • Actors: William Marshall, Rod Colbin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TAPCCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,868 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Gary Peterson on December 7, 2007
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This is a film I remember seeing on the late, late show back in the days before infomercials filled those wee small hours. After watching it again on DVD, I found that this movie is actually an infomercial of sorts for that grabbag of popular Eastern spirituality often termed New Age, but packaged in an informative and engaging film reminiscent of MONDO CANE and those world-spanning documentaries of yesteryear.

THE LOST YEARS, as the on-screen title reads, is a 1977 documentary of the old school jam-packed with information, fascinating location filming and professionals doing the narration. In fact, it was the arresting narration that first engaged me when I saw this film on televison years ago. I knew those voices. Rod Colbin, an underrated character actor with a wonderful voice and delivery, had around this same time appeared in a well-done biopic of the early Reformer John Hus. William Marshall, another underrated actor best remembered as Blacula or as Dr. Daystrom in "The Ultimate Computer" episode of Star Trek, is on hand to lend his vocal talents to the readings from the Legend of St. Issa.

This film sets out to explore the 18 unrecorded years of Christ's life, from age 12 to 30. The film starts on a note of legitimacy, speaking with Professor John C. Trever of the Claremont School of Theology, who mentions that some people place Jesus' missing years in India, and while we see Trever's mouth still moving, Colbin's voiceover announces, "Our search for the missing years of Jesus Christ takes us to India!
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Very interesting and important to bring to the public view. This DVD tells and illustrates the lost years of Jesus in an engaging, chronological, uninterupped story line, using the narrative provided by the translation of the ancient manuscript itself, with scenes of the places mentioned. The added info at the end about the Shroud of Turin is probalby OBE (overtaken by events) since this DVD was made in 1976. After watching this DVD, I would suggest watching the DVD by Mr. David "Jesus in India", since since the two DVDs dont overlap much. Watch this DVD first to get a good telling of what the manuscript says about Jesus's lost years, and then watch the Mr. David DVD for related interviews that will then be interesting.
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All of my adult life, I've been exposed to the Bible and all that it entails--the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But rarely does one ever find this kind of material surface to any degree at all. What exactly was Christ doing during the years he had literally "disappeared" from the Bible?? It is a mystery that is, happily, at least partially explained in this extensive documentary--that Jesus wasn't just contemplating his navel or conferring with the Creator in the desert for the majority of his adult life, but was actually traveling extensively, learning spiritual disciplines from nearly every seat of ancient wisdom and knowledge in the known world. From the River Ganges to the Himalayas, this interesting program offers an interesting look into the probable adult years of The Master, and how he became to walk the spiritual path. I have always believed that Jesus acted more like a Buddhist or Hindu mystic than any Jew at that time, and after watching this revealing resource, I finally know why.
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This is really a look at some wonderful possibilities of where Jesus Christ was from age 13 'til his crucifixion. No one really knows. This is good entertainment. I'd kinda like to think it was true!!
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LOST YEARS OF JESUS (1977)
directed by Richard Bock
approx. 1 hour 30 minutes

Near the end of the ninteenth century, a man named Nicolas Notovitch published a book which was said to have been translated from ancient texts from the Hemis Buddhist monastery. The book is titled 'The Unknown Life of Jesus' and gives an account of years of Jesus' life that are not detailed in the New Testament. According to this story, Jesus left home as a teenager and travelled to India where he was known as "Issa". He sampled the country's spiritual salad bar, studying with Jainists, Hindus and Buddhists before leaving for Persia. Notovitch's writings have been republished many times and circulated widely within different branches of the New Age movement. When I was younger, the prime mover of this theory was Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Church of the Universal and Triumphant.

This video starts off as a documentary version of Notovitch's book, going from country to country and showing various Swamis stating why they are convinced of the theory. One statement which is made over and over again is that Jesus was able to perform miracles because he had mastered yoga techniques. Also one of the narrators sounds like James Earl Jones and is very good. We go from area to area, hearing traditional music and seeing local religious ceremonies. Visually the movie is very nice, but after a point, Jesus' "lost years" seem to take a backseat to the various interpretations of his actions. That is to say that his life in the Bible is viewed through the lense of his supposed life in India. I would say that this movie is more about the history of people who have believed the Jesus-in-India story than it is an in depth study of that story.
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