71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
This is the Bible's depiction of the life of Jesus, not Hollywood's.
This film, conceived by Bill Bright, was made in the late 1970's as a desire to spread the Gospel message to the world. Now translated into over 800 languages and seen by over 3.5 billion people, it remains the best feature film about the life of Christ. The account is taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke and each scene was carefully reviewed by Biblical scholars for authenticity.
At the end of the film is a short message on God's plan of Salvation and tells the viewer how to be saved. The only drawback is that it lacks any mention of Hell which Jesus said will be the destination of all people who reject him. But the film is still produced very well and is a must see for every person in the world.
This DVD version includes dubbing in 8 languages and subtitles in 5 languages.
Audio is in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Arabic.
Subtitles are in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2007
The Jesus Film is truly a phenomenon and great tool for reaching many people to understand the Jesus that is described in the Gospel of Luke. The producers of this movie did painstaking research for many years, and they sought to be accurate in the little details, not only of the clothing and village life, but the ways the people talked and recited the prayers. The filmmakers sought and succeeded in making a very accurate depiction of the life of Christ as taught in the Holy Bible.
The Jesus Film has been seen by over 4.7 billion people in 236 nations and thousands of people have accepted Christ as their personal Savior through this remarkable movie. More people have watched this movie than any other movie in history. It is based on the Gospel of Luke and sticks very closely to the biblical text. (There is very little outside interpretation or extraneous material.) This is its most valuable asset. Watching this movie is like taking a picturesque tour of the Gospel of Luke.
Brian Deacon is a charismatic and believable Jesus. He speaks with authority. He also displays different emotions -- he smiles and treats children with great affection; he is stern toward the religious leaders and hypocrites. He also displays sadness and grief. Brian Deacon also looks like a man in his 30's, which Jesus was when He began His earthly ministry after being a carpenter for so many years.
Many of the familiar scenes are depicted in this movie (The Birth, the Baptism, the Teachings, Healings, Trials, Suffering, Death and Resurrection). There are certain scenes in the Gospel of Luke which are depicted in this movie which don't appear in other Jesus films except the Gospel of Matthew - Visual Bible (e.g. The Transfiguration, The healing of the Gadarene demoniac; Jesus' praying in Gethsemane and sweating drops of blood, then being strengthened by the angel).
What is so useful about this movie is that it is dubbed very precisely in so many languages. This particular DVD features the spoken languages of English, Arabic, French, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Mandarin (Chinese), and Spanish. The subtitles are done in English, Spanish, French, Portugese, and Arabic. If you look at the wonderful behind-the-scenes documentary of how the movie was dubbed, you'll see that they selected trained experts to read the text in the native language and they timed it to the milli-second to make it precisely right. So, when Jesus speaks, it looks and sounds as if He is speaking the native language.
There are wonderful Special Features in this DVD:
Besides Direct Scene Access, there is a documentary of Knowing Jesus Personally, where the gospel message is presented and the teachings of Jesus are explained. There is the Behind-the-Scenes look at how the film was made. There is also a Tribute to Jesus from people like George Bush, Larry King, David Copperfield, Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, and others.
There is also a bonus DVD of the story of Jesus for Children.
Even though the acting may not be up to par as Hollywood, they do a good enough job. The biggest plus of this movie is how faithful it is to the biblical text. An added plus at the end of the film is a complete and clear presentation of the Gospel message.
I bought several copies of this DVD for my friends and church members and they have found it very useful. I enjoy watching this movie over and over again. I highly recommend this film, along with "The Gospel of John."
66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2000
This film is taken right from the book of Luke which many believe to be the book of the Bible that gives the most complete and accurate picture of Jesus' life. If you watch the movie with a Bible open to Luke you'll be able to follow right along. Brian Deacon plays the most believable Jesus (other than Robert Powell in the 1977 mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth) in any film, especially those done recently. The only drawback to this film is that it is quite wordy and at times moves slowly. The crucifiction scenes, however, are very, very powerful. "Jesus" has been shown worldwide to over 1 billion people and it has been translated into over 400 different languages. Until recently, this film has not been widely available and I'm thrilled that Amazon.com has made it more readily available. I highly recommend "Jesus" to anyone who wants an accurate visual telling of the story of Jesus' life without the use of "dramatic license" as has been the trend recently.
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2003
This is an evangilistic movie shown around the world (the DVD has a choice of about 8 languages) of the highlights of the ministry of Jesus, according to the gospel of Luke. It is a very well produced and acted documentary, bringing dramatic visual imagery to biblical scripture. Intended to introduce people of all nations to Jesus, is should also appeal to those Christians who appreciate adding another dimension to their biblical experience. This is a 2 DVD set, with the second DVD geared for children.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2003
Awarding-winning producer John Heyman answers the question - "who is Jesus," in this remarkable film. He created a film so true-to-life that you'll feel like you're in the first century Palestine with Christ. According to the background information, workshop teams studied the clothing, architecture, customs, and food painstakingly, to ensure the film's complete authenticity, and the film was made on location in Israel, with a cast of more than 5,000 Israelis and Arabs, with virtually every word taken from the Gospel of Luke.
If you like this kind of film, then you will love this, as my family did. The movie's about 2 hours long, and without commercials, it's an incredible depiction of the Savior. Very highly recommended. I wish I could've given it a 10 star rating.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
The stories of Jesus' conception and birth are recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. This movie is based on Luke's account. The story begins with a prologue to summarize Jesus' life as a child and to bring the story into focus. John Heyman researched this film for five years and then filmed it in over 200 locations in the Holy Land.
Over one billion people have viewed this work and it has been translated into more than 425 languages and shown in more than 225 countries. The Epic story of the most controversial life in human history could barely be covered in one movie, so this is more of an overview of Jesus' life.
In 83 minutes, this story will make you want to know more about a man who walked the earth, knowing he would die to give man the ultimate gift - Eternal Life. Throughout the movie, Jesus speaks in parables to teach his followers truth. He calls his disciples and empowers them to convey God's messages to a wider audience.
Jesus' Miracles in this movie included the Feeding of the 5,000, Calming the Storm, Raising Jairus' Daughter, and giving site to the blind. The Last Supper is portrayed and then the Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus starts to make this movie more dramatic. This movie very briefly touches on all the trials and then draws you into the emotional aspects of Jesus' Crucifixion. When he triumphs over death and is raised from the dead he appears in bodily form to show that he is indeed alive.
The story ends with Jesus ascending into the clouds [....]
I recommend this movie to all who want to know how to leave this world alive. This movie left me with a feeling of love for Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us so we can spend an eternity in heaven with our Creator, God.
~The Rebecca Review
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2004
Filmed entirely on location in Israel with a largely Jewish cast, the film achieves authenticity that will be difficult for future filmmakers to duplicate. 25 years from now "Jesus" will still be a standard by which other films about the carpenter turned rabbi must be judged.
While films like "The Passion of the Christ" present more emotion and Hollywood glitz, "Jesus" is painstaking in its accuracy. The complete life story is presented based on the biography compiled 2,000 years ago by a doctor named Luke. The film is a plain and simple docudrama that many families make a tradition of viewing every Christmas and Easter. The fact that the film is available in the local language of over 90% of the earth's population says a lot about the film's lasting appeal and prominent place in cinematic history.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2004
This is the 2-disc 25th anniversary edition which includes both "Jesus," the 1979 film starring Brian Deacon, and "The Story of Jesus for Children," which uses scenes from "Jesus" woven together with newly filmed scenes with child actors portraying children living in Jerusalem circa 30 A.D. "Jesus" has been translated into more than 800 languages, shown in 236 countries and viewed by more than 5 billion people. Based on the Gospel According to Luke, this film presents an unbiased portrayal of the life of Christ. Prior to filming, the filmmakers and those backing the making of this film undertook five years of extensive research to present the most accurate movie possible not only biblically, but also historically and archaeologically, right down to the pottery and the architecture of the homes. This is very well-made film, and the actors give some excellent performances. "Jesus" makes a great complement for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," as one film is about the suffering of Jesus and His death on the cross for the remission of our sins, and the other is about His life, ministry & teachings. "The Story of Jesus for Children" follows the story of the Christ through the eyes of children living during the time of Jesus' ministry. One of the kids is the son of a Pharisee who thinks Jesus is a charlatan and instructs his child to stay away from his friends who do believe in Jesus. This production is a great tool for parents who want to show their children who Jesus is. "The Jesus Film" is a great DVD set, and a must-have for your DVD library whether you do believe in Jesus or not. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I definitely would.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
It is impossible to overestimate the important of this 1979 film, for it has made an impact in even the most primitive regions of the earth, places where men and women are only now hearing about Jesus for the first time. This definitive, rigorously scriptural movie version of the life of Jesus Christ has been seen by over five billion people around the globe, reaching 236 different nations in over 800 languages. It has helped win innumerable souls to Christ all over the world, and even now, under the aegis of Campus Crusade For Christ, local churches and individuals are coming together in an effort to send a free copy of the movie to every home in the United States. The movie was a dream over three decades in the making, with five years of pre-production work preceding the seven-month filming that took place in 1978 at a multitude of sites in Israel. Intense efforts, involving the collaboration of numerous scholars from the whole gamut of Christian churches, went into making Jesus as accurate as it could possibly be - from vintage pottery to historically accurate costuming to sufficient cinders residing behind burning torches, every effort was made to take the audience back to Jesus' time. It is a non-denominational Christian film; while some churches might quibble about an omission here or a suggestion there, this movie is the story of Jesus and not the story of any particular kind of Christian religion.
The movie is based solely on the Gospel of Luke, and the dialogue you hear is taken straight out of the Bible. Jesus says nothing in this film that He does not say in Luke's account of his life. Naturally, every facet of Jesus' life could not be covered here, but the movie does a superb job of showing us who Jesus was and how He lived, taught, suffered, and died for the sins of all humanity. Brian Deacon does a superb job playing Jesus, and Niko Nitai truly shines in his portrayal of Simon Peter. At times, the film does seem to jump from one scene to another rather quickly, but this goes back to the authenticity upon which the film was founded. In a sense, Jesus' ministry was spent walking toward Jerusalem and His death on the cross, so we see Jesus and his disciples walking almost continuously; furthermore, Jesus' teachings, as recorded in Luke's Gospel, are a collection of parables and religious instruction originating from many different events in the life of the Savior. Jesus took His message to the people instead of letting the people come to Him.
The suffering of Jesus is handled quite well here, clearly portraying the horrific nature of death by crucifixion without making it disturbing enough to scare young children. You do see the scourging of Jesus and the driving of the nails into his wrists and feet, but the director seemed to set just the right tone for the scenes. It all makes for a powerful film that has won innumerable souls across the world; to tell someone of Jesus is one thing, but to show that person in such a captivating format as film exactly who Jesus was and how He suffered and died for the sins of humanity makes for a powerful missionary tool. Even non-Christians will be impressed by the commitment, scrupulous attention to detail, and cinematic mastery that went into the making of this film.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2004
This movie has been around since 1979, but still is the best movie made on the life of Christ. It has been translated to more languages than any other movie in history and has changed thousands of lifes through the powerfull message it delivers. I recommed it to everyone, any age, any background. Three thumbs up!