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  • Actors: Aidan Quinn, Ellen Burstyn, Susanna Thompson, Christian Campbell, Ivan Shaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GFLEKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    A provocative, edgy and compelling new drama, The Book of Daniel stars Emmy nominee Aidan Quinn (An Early Frost, Plainsong, Legends of the Fall) as the Rev. Daniel Webster, an unconventional Episcopalian priest. Webster is challenged on many levels as he struggles to be a good husband, father and minister, while navigating an often rocky relationship with church hierarchy, led by Bishop Beatrice Congreve (Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore).

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    A pill-popping Episcopalian priest, an affair between the clergyman's father and the female church bishop, and a wisecracking Jesus Christ. Is it any wonder that there was so much controversy surrounding the January 2006 debut of The Book of Daniel? The series, which lasted less than a month before NBC canceled it, isn't quite as controversial as it was made out to be. If you take religion out of the mix, you're left with a loving but conflicted family that argues, loves, and tries to make the best of what they have. Aidan Quinn stars as Father Daniel Webster. He's the married father of three children--a gay college student, an adopted Chinese boy, and an artistic 16-year-old girl who resorts to selling pot to save enough money to buy herself a new computer for her Japanese anime-influenced comic drawings. When one of her brothers asks, "You do manga?" Daniel freaks out. "Is that some kind of marijuana?"

    The show was canceled after just four episodes, but all eight are available on this two-disc DVD set. (The first two episodes are presented as one here.) Truth be told, with the exception of the series' final unaired episode, the four that were televised were the strongest. The story arc revolving around Daniel's brother--a rising politician--and the priest's martini-swilling wife goes nowhere. Same for the plot between adopted younger son Adam (Ivan Shaw) and his boarding school girlfriend. While the series doesn't present the clergy as perfect religious role models, it does show them as hard working and caring. The series has a lot of heart--sometimes so much that it resembles Seventh Heaven more than a cutting edge series. But Quinn is incredibly likeable as the conflicted priest who knows from right and wrong but can't always prevent himself (or others) from falling prey to their darker side. And Ellen Burstyn is hilarious as Beatrice Congreve, a bishop who tells it like it is. Of Daniel's latest lackluster sermon, Beatrice says, "I would describe your service as flaccid." What can you say? When she's right, she right. --Jae-Ha Kim

    Customer Reviews

    All I can say has already been said here.
    K. Benko
    It's about real life in the parish, things that ACTUALLY HAPPEN WITH REAL PEOPLE IN REAL CHURCHES.
    Samantha Drennan
    The acting was great across the board and the stories were well written.
    John S. Dean

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    71 of 83 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Comer on July 29, 2006
    I loved this show - it depicted the human side of religion. I was incredibly disappointed when the network pulled the plug on this show. I don't know what the ratings were like, but I doubt they were low enough to merit a mid-season cancelation. This well-done series deserves a second chance - I'd love to see it on a cable station. Don't be bullied by the lobbyists! I'm glad to see it's being released on DVD!
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    30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Caso on August 29, 2006
    Elated would be an understatement as to how I feel about this show being available for purchase on DVD. This was THE only quality television show available to watch before it was cancelled (and we all know why...low ratings my %$#%@). I urge EVERYONE to buy it and hopefully the interest will spark Showtime or HBO to pick it up and run with it!! This show is not only funny, but warm, thought provoking, and incredibly acted by all the actors especially by Aidan Quinn. BRAVO!!
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    80 of 96 people found the following review helpful By R. Gawlitta on September 1, 2006
    I'm so pleased that this wonderful show will be available to enjoy again; I only saw a few episodes because our affiiate in Milwaukee bowed to the protests of a small few, and it was taken off. It's been a while, but I remember Aidan Quinn giving a fine interpretation of a conflicted man; a just and right and Christian man, facing issues that affect all of society. Also, a family man, with those profound concerns as an added challenge. As I recall, Jesus Christ had conversations with him, and this seemed to offend some closed-minded fundamentalist types. What I found intriguing was that we all like to think of our own clergymen as having some kind of connection to the Lord. Clergymen pray, and all this show portrayed was a clergyman's converations with the Lord, and his interpretation. Apparently, anyone who didn't appreciate "The Book of Daniel" are those who don't believe in prayer or their clergymen. Anyone who thinks that Jesus Christ isn't with us all the time shouldn't call himself a Christian. If the fundamentalists are offended by this show, then I'm offended by their idiot, closed-minded approach to spirituality. This show must have been especially interesting to the agnostics, if only for it's soft approach to a touchy subject matter. I write this with absolute respect to other religions, but encourage them to witness a well-written show, rife with humor as well as serious subject matter, to know that no one, even a clergyman, has all the answers, and that the Lord, whatever you may call him, is always there and it's comforting to know that we're not alone. We're also not alone with a brilliant cast and writing staff, that attempted to portray life and its foibles with aplomb and generous amounts of common sense. If you don't like it, don't watch it. How hard is that to understand...? I particularly liked the idea that Jesus was portrayed with a sense of humor; the doom & gloom fundamentalists can stew in their virtue. Let the (majority) rest of us alone.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Alan Hicks on October 17, 2006
    What a wonderful joy to see "The Book of Daniel" again! I had not realized how quickly attached I had become to the characters; it was like seeing old friends. As one other reviewer noted, I too watched it all in one sitting.

    Though the DVD contains only the seven episodes filmed prior to its getting the axe by NBC network execs due to protests from the Dominionistic-minded Christian Right, I am grateful for what there is. I had hoped that the episodes might contain cast or director commentaries, maybe even scripts and a photo gallery. Still, I am not complaining. My only complaint is that some other cable giant (like HBO or Showtime) has not found the nerve to pick up on this wonderful portrait of a not-so-perfect Christian world and placed it into the safer environment of cable television. If ANYONE is listening, PLEASE bring this show back to us!!

    Great DVD. Great message!! Definitely worth the bucks!
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    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Gradecki on September 4, 2006
    This was by far the best written, most innovative and incredible shows to have appeared on network TV in quite a while and they have to go and cancel it. I am pre-booking my dvd today so I can enjoy this show over and over, and I pray (no pun intended) that it gets picked up by cable and is on the dish network. BRAVO for the dvd!!!
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence R. Holben on October 7, 2006
    Verified Purchase
    As a Christian in the Episcopalian tradition, I was one of the many viewers who became immediately hooked by this well-written, beautifully-acted, intelligent show. And I was tremendously disappointed when, bowing to pressure from the religious Right (who seem to think they have the exclusive rights to Jesus), the network pulled it after airing only a few episodes.

    Now, having seen the full "first" season on DVD, I'm even more saddened at the network's caving in to the forces of intolerance. Because the show just gets better and better with each episode: more powerful, more heart-wrenching, more deeply reflective about real issues of faith lived in the context of actual life. The penultimate episode, "God's Will," is one of the most extraordinary and moving episodes of television series drama I've ever seen.

    Aiden Quinn, Susannah Thompson and Ellen Burstyn all give remarkable, Emmy-deserving performances. The writing is sharp and, in many instances, hilarious.

    Like others, I don't understand why HBO or Showtime hasn't picked up this marvelous series and continued it. I'm ready for more!
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Thomas Jeans on December 15, 2007
    I should point out upfront that I am and have always been extremely spiritual. I am truly a God fearing man.

    And in spite of this (or maybe because of it) I found 'The Book of Daniel' to be a lovely change of pace. It was nice to see a show in which the devoutly religious lead is a flawed everyman. He struggled with everyday issues -- a gay son, a drug abusing daughter, et cetera -- but at the end of the day it was apparent that Daniel was a caring, loving man.

    The show's portrayal of Jesus flows against what many might be comfortable with, but I enjoyed it. He was funny, warm, and he comes across as shockingly human (of course to my mind, this interpretation of Jesus is wholly Daniel's -- I don't think the show means to insinuate that this is what Jesus is really like).

    The show has been accused of deliberately trying to offend, but I agree with Reverend Susan Russell's examination of the show:

    "How cool is it that a progressive Episcopal priest has a shot at being a prime-time drama protagonist. How surprising might it be to many who tune in to find out there actually is a church where women can be bishops - clergy can be human - and there's enough good news around to extend to everybody?"

    However, the show proved to have more detractors than supporters in the religious community, and so NBC relented, dropping the show after only three episodes.

    'The Book of Daniel' was a breath of fresh air. It's a shame they got cold feet when the heat was on, because I would have liked to see what direction the show would have gone in.
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