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Beyond the Da Vinci Code (History Channel)
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As with the film, there is no information on Sara (Mary Magdelene and Jesus's alleged daughter). Isn't she the one supposedly carrying the bloodline? Isn't she really more important than Mary Magdelene? Perhaps there is no information that exists on her but those on the side of the conspiracy seem to know she had children and thus continued the bloodline. How do they know this?
What I did not like about this DVD is how repetitive it is. The same footage and quotes over and over again. I got so sick of seeing the actor playing Jesus putting his hand on the actress portraying Mary Magdelene's pregnant belly I began just looking away every time it was shown. This documentary could have been just an hour long and been much more interesting and effective in explaining the sides of the Da Vinci Code controversy.
The video is nicely shot, clear in its message, and dramatic in its presentation. And it is entirely skeptical of the fanciful story Dan Brown spins. This show does what most cable documentaries do -- it poses controversial questions and strings us along with hints and clues and "what-ifs" until near the end. Then it blows down the whole house of cards. If someone only watched part of the show, it's understandable that they might think it endorsed the pseudo-history that underpins Dan Brown's story. But in the end, it dismisses it, including the notion that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had an intimate relationship or a daughter. It merely allows Brown's flight of fancy to flutter around for awhile before it clips its wings. I agree that the show's producers didn't shoot down the myths hard enough, or with enough specificity. But they certainly didn't claim that Brown's fictional history of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is true.
The DVD says that Dan Brown's "take" on Jesus and Mary Magdalene is unsupported by both the Gospels and the Gnostic texts. Yes, it leaves room for speculation, and gives air time to Margaret Starbird and others in the Dan Brown camp. Naturally the producers juiced up the possibility of the alternative history being true - they want to keep us engaged; after all, it's a TV show. But the program repeatedly points out that that this stuff is speculation, and it ultimately rejects the conspiracy theory upon which Dan Brown's novel is supposedly based.Read more ›
Thus, so far as pre-Medieval history goes, this DVD misses major facts and strongly supportable theories, as if Gandhi's name were left out of India's independence, or Hitler's name out of the causes of WWII. The following four points - regarding pre-Medieval history should suffice to encourage viewers to do more homework in order to supplement the woefully weak and one-sided pre-Medieval "evidence" presented in this DVD, which pretends to support both revisionist and non-revisionist explanations equally.
 The Council of Nicea:
Timothy Freke states in the DVD interview that not agreeing with the conclusion of the Council of Nicea (325CE) probably meant death, but Constantine's 313CE Edict of Milan guaranteeing freedom of religion to all faiths was still in effect. Christianity did not become a state religion until Theodosius in 392, and even then pagans and heretics practiced their faiths with a relative impunity. (Certainly, persecutions against non-Christians did pick up speed from the 400s.Read more ›
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Fairly basic information, nothing I couldn't find out elsewhere on the subject. I would have expected a little more from the history channel, but it's presented well.Published on January 18, 2014 by E. Garrett
VERY INTERESTING TO WATCH. MAKES YOU WONDER ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. AND THAT MAKES A GOOD MOVIE. ANYONE WHO IS WONDERING ABOUT THIS. SHOULD GET THIS MOVIE. IT WILL MAKE YOU THINK.Published on December 19, 2012 by putder53
There is no proof of the links in "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," and there is no proof that there aren't links. Pass on this one. Louis J SheehanPublished on December 7, 2007 by Louis J. Sheehan
I watched this special when it premiered on the History Channel. It was good as a piece which can begin a dialogue or provoke thoughts, but is scant on actual determinations or... Read morePublished on September 25, 2007 by Joel C. Whitehead