The Bible: The Epic Miniseries
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From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.
Please note: Some scenes that were shown when The Bible aired may not be included in this release. These missing scenes are an artistic choice, not a defect.
Note: The Packaging of the title comes in such a way that a single case is designed to hold all the 4 discs for the title.
This 10-part miniseries meets the overwhelming challenge of bringing the story of the Bible to film in a way that embraces modern technology and makes the stories seem relevant and fresh to today's audiences. The Bible was truly a project of passion for executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. By focusing on hope and love as the string of continuity throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, Burnett, Roma, and the writers and filmmakers have created a powerful series about a historical text that's at once action film, adventure, and even love story. The many stories included in this presentation include those of Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark, the birth of Abraham's son Isaac, Moses's parting of the Red Sea, David and Goliath, Samson and Delilah, Mary's conception of Jesus and his birth, the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spread of Jesus's word through his disciples. Each of the 10 episodes is powerfully rendered--the subject matter is by nature moving, and the costuming, special effects, settings, and filming choices are fitting and realistic. The performances of the entire cast are stirring, but special recognition is deserved by Diogo Morgado for his performance as Jesus, Downey as Mother Mary, Darwin Shaw as Peter, Joe Wredden as Judas, and William Houston as Moses.
The best thing about this miniseries is that it functions so well on three very disparate levels: it serves as an affirmation of faith and a bringing to life of a beloved story for the devout, a reminder and re-igniter of faith for those raised in faith who may have strayed from religion, and an overview of the Bible's stories and a catalyst for faith for those who may never have been exposed to the Bible. One hesitates to characterize the series as "highlights of the Bible" because the moniker trivializes the subject (though Downey calls it just that), but indeed the film views like a "highlights of" in the best sense of the phrase: it offers an overview of most of the major, as well as some of the minor events related in the Bible and conveys a strong sense of the emotion, faith, devotion, and even fervor that has driven religious belief for thousands of years. The Bible: The Epic Miniseries is well crafted and powerfully delivered and it absolutely lives up to its professed desire to preserve the true spirit of the Bible. Special features include lots of interview footage with Burnett and Downey on a variety of subjects; featurettes on the Genesis and Creation segments of the series, casting, music, and special effects; and a "Mary, Did You Know" music video composed of visual excerpts from the film set to the 1996 recording by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna. (Ages 13 and older due to graphic violence) --Tami Horiuchi
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The film makers could have made a worthy film by deleting the excessive film footage wasted in the gratuitous bloody battle scenes and dedicate that film footage to a more in depth presentation of man's rebellion, his sinfulness and the need for a savior. It seems Roma Downey and her husband had good intentions, but gave in to what Hollywood always seems to want: violence. They could have made a real impact on people's lives by creating a film which focused on the relational issues between man and God, developed the whole sin concept and the need for a savior BECAUSE no one can keep the law. Yes, show some historically accurate battles and crucifixions since this was the Roman choice of punishment, but leave out the spurting blood and carnage of mutilated bodies lying on the battle field.
I'm afraid this movie would not compel anyone to pick up a Bible to check it out after viewing the movie, which is the ultimate goal here, isn't it? And people who have not read the Bible or do not know Jesus, may question why would they follow a God that demanded the slaughter of thousands of people (i.e. Jericho, taking of the Promised Land, etc.) without explaining the sin aspect and God's redemption plan.
For any Christian wanting to share God's word with friends, I would recommend, instead, the DVD: The Gospel of John. It is an historically accurate portrayal, WORD FOR WORD scripted, of the gospel of John from the Good News Translation of the Bible. It is brilliantly made with every attention to detail down to the costume fabrics (not a synthetic one in the movie, not a synthetic dye in the fabrics) all artifacts were handcrafted by artisans using tools or the age, etc. etc. etc. Even the music score was made using ancient instruments from the mid-east. It was made to look and feel authentic. You felt like you had stepped into that era of the earth's history. And the character of Jesus is strong but humble, loving but authoritative in calling out the Pharisees, and compelling.....you are drawn to Him! And there is no gratuitous violence and blood. One downside: the flogging was too lightly done. However, showing an actual Roman flogging would warrant an R rating.
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2 9-12
Although the special effects of this mini-series are quite good, the content is deceitful in the retelling of the stories in the Bible itself. True, there is a disclaimer that is displayed saying they wanted to do this in the "True to the Spirit of the Book" Which Book? The Holy Bible does not contain scenes which were depicted in the first hour of this series.
For anyone to say yes it did... They have not read their Bible. This Spirit which was talked about in the disclaimer is not in the Spirit of the Holy Bible. To add words that were never spoken in the Bible is Apostate and heretic. It does not bring people to salvation.
The Scene in Sodom where Angels, drew weapons to save Lot and his family did not occur in the Bible. Read Genesis 19. The people of Sodom wanted to have sex with the angels. Lot was going to give his virgin daughters to the people of Sodom. This was left out of the Series. (Intentional or Unintentional is up for debate.) The ill conceited notion that the angels drew weapons and began to kill the inhabitants of the people of Sodom never happened. What did happen according to "THE BIBLE" The Angels struck the inhabitants with blindness. To insist that maybe there is a side story where Angels did in fact draw swords is a "Different Word altogether of the Bible."
To say Moses was in conflict with the Pharaoh and struck him to bleed again is a different "Word" not depicted in "The Bible". (Read Exodus for yourself.)
This series borders on deception. To call it "Accurate" is a deception.
I understand people will disagree with this. They have the right to disagree. I encourage anyone who buys this series to READ the HOLY BIBLE. Search the scriptures. Pray. If you feel deeply this series is accurate than that is between you and God. Not me and you.
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. Proverbs 12:17