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  • Actors: Martin Sheen
  • Writers: James Lipscomb
  • Producers: Al Giddings, Alexander Grasshoff, Bud Wiser, James Lipscomb
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: National Geographic Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UF86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Geographic - Inside the Vatican" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Provides a behind-the-scenes look, with unprecedented access, into life inside the Vatican. With rare footage of secret archives, private chapels and papal quarters, the program explores the Vatican's long, powerful history, and the unique traditions and ceremonies that have survived for nearly 2000 years. Accounts from Vatican officiants, historians and devoted individuals who work closely with the Pope John Paul II provide privilieged insight into the inner workings of one of the richest wonders of the world. 60 minutes.

Customer Reviews

This dvd is a great addition to any dvd collection.
F. C. Leon Guerrero
You will meet Arturo Marti, the Vatican photographer, view some of his quietly-touching photographs and accompany him to a papal audience with visiting dignitaries.
Jean E. Pouliot
This documentary provides a good-natured view of the history of the Catholic Church in particular, and Christianity in general.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on January 10, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Martin Sheen skillfully narrates this colorful and wonderfully-shot depiction of the inner workings of the Vatican. The film shows us the printing service, post office, art restoration lab and choirs of the world's smallest state. You will also learn about site's history, starting as Saint Peter's tomb and growing to a small "trophy," and to two successively larger basilicas. The section on the search for Saint Peter's tomb is especially well done, with computer graphics used to explain the location of a 1st-century necropolis beneath the basilica's massive dome. The Swiss Guard is depicted through the eyes of the young men who swear to defend the Pope with their lives. It is also depicted via the tailor who must design each of their 100+ piece uniforms. You will meet Arturo Marti, the Vatican photographer, view some of his quietly-touching photographs and accompany him to a papal audience with visiting dignitaries. You will meet the Franciscan nun who has devoted decades of her life to hand-restoring some of the Vatican's priceless artworks. You will encounter the Sampietrini workers, who labor unsung to clean the floors and haul the massive draperies used during beatification and canonization ceremonies. And you will glimpse the Holy Father himself as he ordains another crop of bishops who follow in the footsteps of the Apostles to do Christ's work on earth.

"Inside the Vatican" is a loving look at part of the Church's material edifice. The film does not sugarcoat the real-life historical excess of those who walked its marbled corridors. Crusades, Inquisitions and venality -- all parts of the human experience -- have colored the history of the place.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By PATRICK SWEENEY on July 16, 2002
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Every teacher of the Catholic faith to young adults and adults should incorporate this DVD into their classes. It is so unusual to see the Catholic faith presented without an agenda -- and this succeeds. Everything is clearly explained and given a historical context. I was impressed with the archival newsreel footage incorporated into the explanation of the papal elections.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By F. C. Leon Guerrero on July 9, 2002
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I found this dvd very entertaining and informative. It is a fascinating look into the operations of the most visited place in the world. The beauty and grandeur of the place especially the priceless paintings and artifacts have made the Vatican the most valuable wealth of historical information available. The dvd is great! National Geographic has done a great presentation of the Vatican and great to watch especially if you have never been there. This dvd is a great addition to any dvd collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sherry S. Palmer on September 24, 2005
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In 2 weeks, I will actually be at the Vatican for my first visit.This wonderful DVD showed me places and things that I will never be able to see as a tourist, but just knowing about the workings of the Vatican will add such a richness of knowledge to visit. This is a beautifully done 90 min DVD as only National Geographic could have done. I was thrilled with every minute I spent watching it and will enjoy watching it many more time when I get home --- to remember my trip.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Rapoza on April 30, 2002
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This video is an excellent video to show students, young adults as well as adults who want to know more about their faith and how did the Vatican came to be. I think it is also encourage anyone who is interested or curious about the Cathoilc faith to take a preview of the video. The video decribes how an ordination happens at Saint Peters, what actually goes on during an ordination. The video also decribed a Blessed and is story and how one day, he could become a Saint by the Pope. Finally, once a Pope dies, a new Pope must be elected, the video will cover that as well. The pictures of the Vatican are just awesome. I've been to Rome before, and these pictures just bring back memories. Also, I forgot to mention, the Swiss Guards. The video goes into how one becomes a guard for the Pope and there uniform. You must buy it or at least rent it if you can. The Pope is seen in several frames thoughout the video.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Aurelius on April 3, 2005
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Although I would recommend this insightful documentary, the creators could have gone a little deeper inside the Holy See to film the laberynthine Vatican City. I'm sure some of the age-old departments would have been restricted, but certainly there is more to the Vatican than the footage you will see in this DVD. With the exception of a few segments, the creators simply filmed what has- for the most part - been seen by the public in media footages and other documentaries. If you've never watched a documentary on the Vatican, this DVD is for you. If you have previously seen Vatican documentaries, this would be a redundancy in your DVD collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen Sharpe Jr. on July 28, 2005
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An excellent film showcasing the splendor that is the Vatican. Sit back as National Geographic takes you on an "All Access Pass" through the halls of the Vatican. See the important pieces of art and how they are restored and protected, visit the workshop of the Swiss Guard where you will see a uniform made...the very same way they were made many years ago. Martin Sheen narrates this fantastic journey...it is quite simply a must have!
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