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Visual Bible - Acts (1994)

Bruce Marchiano , James Brolin , Regardt Van Den Bergh  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Marchiano, James Brolin, Jennifer O'Neill, Dean Jones
  • Directors: Regardt Van Den Bergh
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: GNN International Corp. and Visual Bible, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002UBX4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the NIV text, very educational to watch May 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this after watching the Visual Bible version of Matthew, and I have not been disappointed. The producers do not play with the NIV text, sticking to it word for word. This certainly must not have been an easy task to accomplish, but I so appreciate that these videos are, for the most part, not "Hollywoodized" and the established text was not tinkered with. I'm sure the producers would have liked to have had more freedom, but it comes off very good and accurate too (which is what I so much appreciate). My young children also enjoy watching this series, and it sure beats having them read the text by themselves. This acts it out, making it not only educational but entertaining. Christians, you ought to have this set in your video collection.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "the birth of the Christian church" May 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This 1997 word-for-word depiction from the New International Version Bible of The Book of Acts is a wonderful addition to any Christian film library; directed by Regardt Van Den Bergh, it uses historically accurate costuming, and has the feel of what it must have been like in the time of the apostles, in their journeys throughout the Mediterranean countries.
It makes a great Bible study tool, and can be used either just to watch, or if you have a NIV Bible, to read along as the chapters unfold; also useful are the chapter and verse numbers on the lower right hand corner of the screen when each verse changes.
The acting overall is very good, but special mention must be made of some:
As narrator and protagonist, Dean Jones as Luke is absolutely superb; he is not just acting, but living the words. It is a remarkable, unforgettable performance.
Henry O. Arnold as Paul is excellent, with a physical energy and passion that is very believable.
Francesco Quinn (who looks so much like his father Anthony in his younger years) is a convincing Stephen, in a performance that touches the heart.
Tape I: Chapters 1:1-8:3. Jesus ascending to heaven, Pentecost, Peter heals the crippled man and is brought before Annas and Caiphas, the miracles of Stephen, his discourse to the Sanhedrin, and his brutal murder, which is a wrenching scene, and very moving. Running time 46 minutes.
Tape II: Chapters 8:4-13:52. Philip's journeys, Saul/Paul's conversion, the receiving of the Holy Spirit among the gentiles, and the travels of Barnabas and Paul. Running time 42 minutes.
Tape III: 14:1-20:38. Paul, Barnabas, Silas and Timothy; their travels, teachings, persecutions. Running time 50 minutes.
Tape IV: 21:1-28:31.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This live-action dramatization of the book of Acts, using only the word-for-word text of the NIV as a script lends new life and meaning to a book people often think they already "get." Nothing is taken away from the story and so much more is made available through seeing the events described take place before you. Even if the message of the text is somehow missed, the manner in which it is told should give anyone insight into how Acts came to be written -- through Luke's witness and collection of people's recollections, multiple stories and viewpoints combined to make a whole picture rather than one person's monogram. If you'ld rather view or hear than read, or if you want a new perspective on how the Bible was put together, Acts in particular, this is the video set for you.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work!! April 26, 2006
After seeing "The Visual Bible: Matthew" which was absolutely fantastic mainly due to Bruce Marciano's outstanding performance,I had low expectations-boy, was I wrong!!

The Visual Bible: Acts is a wonderful, very realistic movie, that is quite a big production due to the many themes necessary-shipwrecks, Roman governors, kings, trips all over the Mediterranean, imprisonments, miraculous escapes, Jesus' ascension, etc.
Many, many extras, wonderful locations that look as if time has stood still, wonderful costumes, and excellent performances from all the many actors.
It was one thing to read Acts, quite another to see this long book truly brought to life "word for word" from the Book of Acts. What a great way to not only bridge the 2000 year gap (because it took me back there), but also to learn so well all the things that fill the book of Acts with action and emotion.

I hope The visual Bible brings us more movies like Matthew and Acts, because they are the two very best Biblical movies ever-after seeing these two, the big Hollywood productions don't look so good or so real anymore.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good set to own!! August 14, 2003
I enjoyed these films. The acting is, for the most part, excellent. The "Acts" films are a blow-by-blow account from the NIV bible. They took little literary license, as it was very straight forward and, obviously, as accurate as the NIV is.
Now the "Healing Touch", which is part of the actual film titled "Jesus, the Christ", on the other hand is where they took the literary liberties, and done quite well. Again the acting is good and the story is pretty accurate.
Bruce Marchiano portrayed Jesus. Although he is, at times, refreshingly humorous as Christ, most of the time it was over the top.
I also own the Matthew series and the same holds true in those films as well. Again the "Matthew" films are a word for word account of the NIV. Of coarse Jesus is by and far the most used character in the Matthew films, which could cause you to loose some interest.
"Falling Fire" is the bonus film in the "Matthew" series and it too is a well-done film where literary license is taken. Only problem: Bruce Marchiano began to get on my nerves by the end of the three films. Again just a little over the top with the "happy guy".
Unlike "Jesus" played by Jeremy Sisto, where they struck a wonderfully believable balance of Jesus as a normal human being. The Jesus in The Living Bible Series was a difficult person to accept as Christ. He seemed a bit more like a comedian than a Savior.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the Visual Bible series and wish they'd make more
I love the Visual Bible series and wish they'd make more, more, more. They are certainly a much better presentation of Scripture than the other 'Bible' movies that are coming out... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nancy Weitemeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie for all!!
This is so good to be used to show anyone about Jesus' followers after His resurection. Seen after the DVD "Matthew", it is really great. I highly recommend this film.
Published 10 days ago by Bonnie Robey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!!!!
Wonderful! This DVD helped to bring the events in the Bible to life. HIGHLY recommend this DVD series. I couldn't stop watching!
Published 25 days ago by Mary Kahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie.
Thanks I liked the movie but does not bring Spanish subtitles
but guided me with biblical quotations.

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Published 1 month ago by Alejandro
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
This is nice to put on the tv and listen to or watch when you are taking a break from an actual Bible study. It can reinforce what you already have learned. Read more
Published 1 month ago by vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest story ever told
You can't go wrong with this word for word right out the bible dvd....Gives me a better understanding how the story is played out. Nothing is added or subtracted. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SITHLORD
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome awesome awesome!!!
A great movie and word for word scripture. Just phenominal. This movie as well as the book of Matthew visual bible are two movies that every Christian should watch repeatedly.
Published 1 month ago by CYNTHIA CURTIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly brings the bible to life.
We thoroughly enjoyed this film We already had the Visual Bible - Matthew and knew we wanted to see more. Our kids bring them out on their own and watch them during the day. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Mattinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I really enjoyed this movie and will watch it again and again. The acting is really good in most places, and the narrative stays close to scripture and can be followed in your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marcus Taft
If you are following along with the NIV you will feel this production is accurate, BUT if you are following along with the King James, you may very well find some distortion from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daryl W.
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Does this version have a Spanish Language option or subtitles?
I have the same question,... Please can someone tell us if there is a spanish subtitles option in that movie???
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