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The Nativity Story (2007)

Keisha Castle-Hughes , Shohreh Aghdashloo , Catherine Hardwicke  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Issac, Ciaran Hinds
  • Directors: Catherine Hardwicke
  • Writers: Mike Rich
  • Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (736 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBM1I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nativity Story" on IMDb

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226 of 230 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...and thou shalt call his name Jesus." December 9, 2006
You know the plot: After young Mary is betrothed to an older man, she is told by an angel that she will bear God's son. She could be stoned for this pregnancy, but Joseph has a dream explaining the situation, and he takes her as his wife. They must then make the difficult journey to Bethlehem for the census, and they arrive just in time for the baby's birth in a stable.

It is a lovely story, told quite simply and tastefully. The costumes and village sets are rough-hewn and authentic-looking in earth-tones. The international cast features Keisha Castle-Hughes as a straightforward and uncomplaining Mary, used to hard work and Roman tyranny. Oscar Isaac is a warm and protective Joseph. Shohreh Aghdashloo is wonderful as Mary's cousin Elizabeth; in fact, the entire cast is excellent.

The movie is suitable for all ages and I hope it becomes a tradition to show it on television every Christmas. It sticks to the Bible story and is happily lacking in Hollywood razzle-dazzle. The photography is beautiful and it is respectfully directed. Highly recommended.
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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prayerful meditation on the season of Christmas February 9, 2007
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If you're looking for a gradiose production in Cecil B. DeMille style, this film is not the one for you. But, if you want a sense of the mystery and beauty... the true meaning of Christmas, you will find this film everything your heart could desire. Throughout, the writers and director did everything possible to be in conformity with the history and theology of the birth of Christ, so that no mainstream Christian will find anything contrary to the scriptural account. While there are moments (like the slaughter of the infants and the birth of John the Baptist) which may not be suitable to little children, I highly recommend this film for family viewing. With a little sensitive explanation, most kids 12 and up should have no difficulties.

As for the performances, they are excellent (with, perhaps, the single exception of the Archangel Gabriel, whom I found a bit distracting)! Throughout, you get the sense of really getting to know the principle characters of the nativity narratives... what they might have been thinking, how they may have felt. The film provides unique perspectives that most never take the time to think through, and those perspectives bring the story to life. Again, if you have problems with films that are not packed with motion and non-stop action, you probably won't make it through this one. If you enjoy deep thought and prayer, on the other hand, this film will more than satisfy. I love it and I'm buying multiple copies for all of my friends that missed it in the theaters.

Note: After reading a few other comments from others, I wanted to add a brief post-script regarding the scriptural accuracy of the film.
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128 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Side of the Nativity January 20, 2007
While any Christian would like this movie, what was particularly moving for me was how it depicted the relationship between Mary and Joseph. All the difficulties they overcame, from public scorn to doubting the future, and wondering why they were put in the position they were in. Their relationship is loving, yet reverent for their bigger assignment. They are a team on a journey. So many times I wondered what the two might have said to one another, and the two people who play the roles are uniquely suited for them and they pull the whole thing off with splendor. This is a must-have for any Christian family during the holidays, and a wonderful story to show youngsters as they grow up. Certainly it's the best-ever depiction of the nativity that I have seen and probably ever will see.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Story on the Silver Screen December 23, 2006
This is a beautiful depiction of how the birth of the Son of God happened. We get to see Joseph and Mary as people of character who really want to live righteously for the Lord. We see the godly and discerning Elizabeth as she counsels Mary on how to handle these unique circumstances.

I have always wondered how Mary broke the news to Joseph and her family about her divine pregnancy. How do you explain something like that? This movie gives a very realistic picture of how that news would have been initially received.

After Joseph's dream reveals to him that Mary's pregnancy is from the Lord, he goes to her and says "I believe you! I believe you! You shall call His name Jesus!" It is a touching scene!

Next, you have the long 100 mile journey to Bethlehem to register for the census. The baby Jesus is born in a cave in Bethlehem, though a good case can be made that the manger he was placed in was in the part of a house occupied by animals than a cave per se.

Also, the Magi (who are the funniest people in the film) are portrayed as coming to the cave the same night the shepherds are there, though scholars have suggested that the visit of the Magi in Matthew 2 may have been a few months later.

But I found the movie to be deeply satisfying, and it made me worship Jesus again as our Savior and Newborn King! All praise and glory and honor be to the Lord Jesus Christ!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to go DEEP ... December 30, 2006
The trailer made me cry, but the movie (dare I say it?) was a touch (yawn) BORING ...

Which is not to say that I didn't like it (because I did -- hello? 5 stars!), but I think the plodding pace of the movie really drove home the fact that this "story" was NOT a "Bible story" to the people who were actually involved. It was real life. Every day life. And it really happened. To ordinary people. And not within the space of 2 hours, either. They actually had to live this stuff out -- day by day by grueling day. And so I really appreciated how the movie gets that idea across withOUT the usual Hollywood pyrotechnics, FX & swelling orchestral music score ...

I also like the way the movie weaves all the many & various threads of all the many & various lives together in a way that really makes sense -- which is a picture that's hard for most people to get, no matter how many times they've read the Biblical accounts. So, in that sense, the movie really does succeed in bringing the nativity story to life in a way that I've never seen done before.

And seeing the little "baby Jesus" being lifted up did make me cry, because it made me come to terms with the fact that -- at one time -- He was just that little, just that vulnerable, just that in need of someone to take care of Him & -- WOW -- can you imagine the awesome responsibility? And (although the movie didn't come right out & say it) the Magi's expensive gifts did make Mary/Joseph/Jesus' flight to Egypt possible & was a powerful reminder to me of how God STILL provides for us when we're in desperate need ...

And so the movie does work on many different levels & probably needs to be seen a few times in order to fully appreciate the numerous nuances. They need to make more movies like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice religious movie for the whole family to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 2 days ago by Kevin Connors
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Spectacular adaptation of the Holy Bible
Published 9 days ago by R. S. Pasco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story of the nativity! although Joseph doesnt seem to be as old as the real story.
Published 15 days ago by Ramon Montano
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy pregnancy
This gives you a view of what it could have been and probably was like for a virgin girl in those days to turn up pregnant and unmarried. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Marsha Craft
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 27 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars God with us, forevermore......
A beautiful, realistic and moving, big-screen, recreation of the Manager Event, that changed history and split time in half, from B.C. to A.D. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars New addition to Christmas tradition
While the movie does not follow scripture verbatim, it is closely scriptural. There are additions from speculation and artistic license to as more drama and extend the length of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bezoarrn
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful. Christian story telling at it finest.
Published 1 month ago by 6thohio
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love to watch around Christmas time. Helps me remember what's important. Great condition, works great. Great buy.
Published 1 month ago by Nicole
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None of the "Passion of the Christ" films were bloody enough to be the truth. They actually scourged Him so badly the guy in charge told the men beating Christ that they were going to find He's bled to death before He even made it to His own crucifixion.
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I know Mary wasn't sinless but comeon.
The way I viewed it, the lady just takes Mary's hand and starts to read it. Mary doesn't request her services. Being polite, she just let her do it for fun.
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