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Jesus Christ Superstar 2012 Live Arena Tour

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Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar returns to its roots with this sensational performance filmed in the UK during the Live Arena Tour. An incredible cast including Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, Chris Moyles as King Herod and Ben Forster as Jesus Christ, perform hit songs including “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, “Gethsemane”, “Heaven on Their Minds”, “Everything’s Alright”, “King Herod’s Song” and “Superstar” in an exciting and contemporary interpretation.

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  • An Introduction by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Behind the Scenes

  • Product Details

    • Directors: Laurence Connor, Nick Morris
    • Producers: Dione Orrom, Brett Sullivan
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
    • Run Time: 105 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00DM3TKNU
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    This has been my favorite rock musical since the original album was released when I was a pre-teen. I have followed most every available version since, and so picking up the blu-ray of this production was pretty nearly obligatory.

    Overall I enjoyed this production, I was a little concerned early on that they were going to take huge liberties with the material because the first couple minutes were pretty heavily saturated with occupy wall st-esque graphics, but things settle down after that and they perform the show in a manner respectful of the original, with some inventive staging.

    The cast was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed Tim Minchin (Judas), Melanie (Mary Magdalene) and the supporting cast playing Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas, Annas, etc. Where I ran into a bit of difficulty was Ben Forster's portrayal of Jesus, which just didn't connect with me personally. I know many people find him a fantastic performer, but for me he was just a little subdued and lacking the charisma to offset Minchin's Judas when they were on stage together. Let's face it, Judas gets the best lyrics, the Jesus role really needs to be carried on emotion and sincerity. For me Mr Forster just didn't bring it off. Your mileage may vary.

    Immediately after finishing viewing, I got the urge to toss the 2001 DVD version in the player. While the new arena show has much to recommend it, honestly, I feel this was a superior version overall, in almost every area except of course video/audio quality.

    In the end though, despite a reservation or two, I think this is worthy of viewing/purchase.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    Please note, the region encoding for this is B/2. That means it is viewable in the European region, NOT the US! It's a great show, but a little difficult if you can't watch it. They should include this warning when they post it for sale.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    I just watched my Hong Kong, Area 1 version of this blu-ray and it is spectacular in sight and sound. If you wanted to see Jesus Christ Superstar as a stage production,this is the one you have got to buy. The sound is DTS 5.1 HD and the vocals and music score are first rate. This was recorded LIVE onstage and watching the show and stage work is spectacular,not simple or cheesy looking. Universal is the producer and they made a definite 10 on a scale of 1-10 for both sight and sound on this work! Too bad their movie version of the sound wasn't this good.IF you just like the music only,go ahead and get this disc and enjoy anyway! some little extra stage action is added by the actors and helps the situation seem real.Don't try to compare this show with the movie version,there both different in style.
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    Loved it. Quite different than different stage productions, especially an open air concert during its first tour in 1972.

    However, I do suggest watching the extra features first, mostly because of an interview with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in which he explains it was originally written to perform to an arena/concert size audience,wish I had. Tim Minchin has an astoundingly strong voice and range as Judas (my favorite).

    Yes, yes, and yes, I recommend buying this version, if you are a JCSS and/or Tim Minchin fan. I'm a new Minchin fan after watching his performance on Showtime at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the fabulous Heritage Orchestra.. Unfortunately, I can only find region 2 versions of his other DVDs.

    You can watch many of his songs and interviews at TimMinchin.com and YouTube.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    The HD region 2 version is now available over the internet much less expensive than the upcoming Blue Ray region 1. It will play on your computer or laptop, or just HDMI cable it to your big screen TV. This is a mind blowing exciting version produced by Weber himself the way he thought it should be done. The performers and choreography are first class. This sell out show was performed in 12,000 seat arenas at $121 a ticket. This is, in my opinion, the best presentation of this event ever.
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    I'd do 3 1/2 stars if Amazon let us do halves, but Tim Minchin largely tips the balance between pros and cons. This is not me speaking as a fan (admittedly, he is why I bought the DVD), but because as Judas is the emotional center of the play, they gave the role to by far the strongest actor and singer in the cast. Ben Forster as Jesus holds his own next to Minchin, but if the roles were reversed, the emotional weight of the characters would have been atrociously off-kilter in my opinion.

    I've seen some truly amazing Herod performances in past productions and one with Dennis DeYoung from Styx as Pilate that brought that role to a whole new starring level. So perhaps the bar has been set too high for those two roles for me? Mel C - I didn't quite feel the connection between her and Forster, but she's still a great singer and takes the "sacredness" of the classic role seriously. The whole play remains a timeless masterpiece whose music easily translates 40+ years later.

    The theme (and I say "no spoilers" because it is not at all a surprise, established first thing, before the music even starts) is setting the play against the backdrop of contemporary progressive, socio-political protests along the lines of the Occupy movements born in the US. Positively brilliant! As if having one of the world's most outspoken anti-theism atheists in a starring role isn't enough to hint that this isn't a play meant to bible-thump and preach religion.

    Let's face it: If Jesus of the canon gospels existed as a living, historical person - the man, not the god-man, and that is explicitly what the play has always centered on - and if that person were alive in the West today, he'd be in the 99%, not the 1%.
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