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The Story of Jesus for Children - Atlantic Edition (2000)

Brian Deacon  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Brian Deacon
  • Format: Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Inspirational Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007U1Y94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Story of Jesus for Children - Atlantic Edition" on IMDb

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This is NOT CARTOON ANIMATION. The original JESUS Film has been adapted for children. In the film a small group of children are the storytellers. Through their conversations, observations and interpretations, the life and claims of Jesus Christ unfold. On sets that were built to match those used on the original JESUS production, the newly filmed children's scenes are seamlessly woven throughout the original film. The young actors dress as people did in the first century and every miraculous moment of the life of Jesus is experienced and seen through the eyes of children The "JESUS" film is the most biblically accurate motion picture ever made on the life of Christ. Backed by five years of painstaking research, it was filmed entirely in the Holy Land. First century clothing, architecture, customs and food were carefully studied to ensure the film's authenticity.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Film Remade for Kids August 14, 2002
By J.R.
Format:DVD
Once upon a time, 1979 to be exact, a film on the life of Jesus was released to theatres. Called, simply, "Jesus" it had been filmed on location in the Holy Land with input from hundreds of biblical scholars and with a script that very closely followed the Gospel of Luke. Today, this film holds the distinction of being the most viewed film of all time, having been translated into 758 languages with an estimated audience of over 4 billion and over 34 million video tapes, DVDs and VCDs of the film in circulation.
With that background, let's look at the "Jesus for Children" edition of the film. In one sense, this film departs from the premise of the original- to present an accurate portrayal of the story of Jesus as found in the Gospel of Luke with little embellishment. Instead of the straight scriptural story, this is the story of five children (Benjamin, Caleb, Sarah, Joel, Leah and Nathan) living in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus' ministry. They have been hearing strange stories about the man that some call a prophet and some call crazy, and they argue among themselves as to what is the truth. They follow Jesus from place to place, reporting on the miracles he is performing and the stories about him that people are telling.
All of the footage of the interactions between the children is new and footage from the original "Jesus" film is used in two ways- some stories are treated as flashbacks of happenings in Jesus' life (such as his baptism) with narration from the children, while in other cases footage of the children is woven into scenes from the original film. Combining footage filmed nearly 20 years apart is bound to be a challenge, but it is done masterfully and the additional shots of the young actors fit in perfectly- it doesn't appear out of place or forced.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all families January 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Based on legendary film with Brian Deacon as Jesus, this family oriented production gives a good opoortunities for youngsters to get familiar with the Gospel. My kids really loved it! Having seen original "Jesus", I can say that this new film takes the story a little further - children do become a part of the biblical adventure. I think it's a very good tool that can help in cleaning up our children's minds from all the violence of the modern tv and computer games. The prayer at the end of the film is also great!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars video for older kids March 17, 2008
By Suz
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this video to use in a third grade CCD class that I teach. When I previewed it, I was impressed with the effort that was put into the production of the film. But I did not show it to my class because some of the movie was too graphic for their age group. Also, some of the language would've been difficult for them to understand. I would recommend this video for the upper grades 5-6. The children narrating the movie are about that age. I wouldn't recommend it to use with younger children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Each child is different July 10, 2006
By Susan
Format:DVD
I would like to have seen a greater focus on Jesus, not the children. It was a little fragmenting in the opening scenes having the children each recall bits and pieces about Jesus .... you didn't know who the main character was! There were angels speaking to Mary, a baby, a temple scene, a Baptism, etc. all within a couple of minutes....

I guess that is the problem of narrating a story through the eyes of someone else, and not letting the Scriptures speak straight to you. You have to go through the 'filter' of that character; and are forever limited to seeing things from their point of view (or how the narrator portrays them). But that is a more general point about the 'narrative'.

I think movies etc. are good but especially for the younger child, who can't read; but the younger they are the more they need a movie that simply tells the story of Jesus; and does so slowly and simply, focusing upon Jesus from start to finish...For that reason the movie that just puts the Bible into pictures (as far as possible) is to be preferred- especially for the very little ones... but I recognise each child is different

I think they will get bored if the scenes change so quickly they loose the thread, not because it takes two minutes to show the wonder of say the birth; a flash back taking 10 seconds or whatever is rushing the story. i.e. I don't think much is gained by making a short version. Children love to stop and wonder where adults pass over in familarity. It is all new to them... enjoy it, dramatise the wonder... don't rush it!

I'll be going back to the original 'Jesus' movie first!... and seeing if that better meets my expectations of a film that conveys the story of Jesus in a memorable visual way to in my case young children. The ficticious characters seemed to get in the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children Meet Jesus July 11, 2005
By S. Cox
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great movie for families. The story is seen and told through the eyes of children. They tell the story of Jesus with their own words and feelings. See them walk, talk, and live stuggling with their new faith and the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus. Remember this is made for children. It delivers the Christian message without the harsh adult images found in other movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction into Christ's life February 24, 2006
By A.O.B.
Format:DVD
I purchased the video, the "Story of Jesus for Children" for my 4 year old son. We've watched the video several times and each time, he's had more questions. It's been a great catalyst into Jesus's life and I know this video will help expand his knowledge and curiosity of Christ. I love that the story is told through children. This video has been a nice purchase for our family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a version of the Jesus film that includes ...
This is a version of the Jesus film that includes the perspectives of children. My niece adores the movie, so I got her her own copy for her birthday.
Published 18 days ago by Beth of the World of Fiction and Beyond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Useful for children ministries.
Published 20 days ago by Soon Leng Lim
5.0 out of 5 stars Very captivating because its not a cartoon and children are ...
Very captivating because its not a cartoon and children are telling the story's. True to Gods Word as well, which I believe to be very important.
Published 1 month ago by HLP
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
This is a fairly decent quality book that provided many precious moments for our 2 young ones. The appeal of the imagery matched the large text & all things considered it was a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brad Conner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great evangelistic tool
Well done story of Jesus for the younger generation. My wife shows this movie once a year in the children's department of our church. Good resource.
Published 4 months ago by wickshome
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus good seed
Who so ever needs to know the scripture,,tells you what god wants you know about his seed ,which is love.
Published 6 months ago by spark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Sunday school kids or just families who want to know who...
I own a copy of this move and I bought this for a friend. I like the one I have. I like the way the story tells about Jesus from a kid's point of view. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jacqueline Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 year old didnt finish it...
I thought it was very good. My 5 year old granddaughter got a little tired of it....maybe just too long for her.
Published 13 months ago by Mary Lu Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Perspective
When the story of Jesus is told, it is usually told from an adult point of view. In this video, the story is told from the points of view of children in that era. Read more
Published 15 months ago by James J. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
I believe this to be an excellent video for children
to understand the Gospel, which is presented
from the children's perspective.
Published 15 months ago by T. L. Hunt
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