KJB: The Book That Changed the World
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Overall production values were quite good, even lavish, with excellent cinematography, music and editing. There was none of the repetitive use of "money shots" so beloved of directors of low-budget doc TV. What was perhaps most distinct about this production were the longer than normal dramatic sequences. At times, these "mini-dramas" were so extensive and engrossing as to almost threaten to derail the documentary through-line.
On their own, these dramas were quite good, and when compared with other recent depictions of the Tudor and Stuart eras, were refreshingly unglamorous. Paola Dionisotti as Elizabeth I, with her eccentric mannerisms and hilariously askew fright wig, presents a far less varnished (and perhaps more accurate) version of the Virgin Queen than the recent iconic portrayals by Cate Blanchet and Dame Helen Mirren. The bulk of the dramatic narrative, however, is given over to Andrew Rothney as James VI and I.Read more ›
The story behind the King James Bible has been told before. And several new books this year will aim to tell it again. 1A Productions and Lions Gate studio have created a first class documentary featuring John Rhys-Davies which puts this story on screen. And the result is almost as breathtaking as the powerful prose of the King James Bible itself.
"KJB: The Book That Changed the World" takes us on a historical survey of the years preceding 1611 and the political and religious landscape which confronted the new King. The story follows James I from his birth to his ultimate ascension to the English throne. Particular focus is placed on the role the King James Bible would play in James' strategy to unify the landscape, politically and religiously.
Director and producer, Norman Stone does a fantastic job of capturing the life of Jacobean England with all of its intrigue. The plot of Guy Fawkes is detailed in memorable fashion. Filmed on location in England and Scotland, the film takes one inside Westminster Abbey and Oxford College to some of the actual rooms where the translators labored over their charge. The photography and quality of the film is superb, countrysides and cathedrals alike are displayed in all their evocative power.
John Rhys-Davies exudes energy and vigor in his lively narration. His booming, deep voice adds to the grandeur of the story. At one point he climbs up into the pulpit of a centuries-old church to read from the pages of the King James Bible.Read more ›
What does it have to make it so good? An exceptionally well acted recreation of the story behind the making of the biggest selling book of all time, the King James Version of the Bible. Narrated by John Rhys Davies, a man who puts himself into the story rather than being a distant voice droning on behind the scenes, shows a passion for the story himself and it is clearly evident. The acting is superb and those portraying known characters represent them with astounding accuracy.
What it doesn't have is any proselytizing or overt religious biases. Considering where such a production might go, this one is in it for the story, not an alter call. The added features, though few, are worth commenting on. The interviews behind the making of the movie are moderately interesting and conducted well. However, the separate interview with Mr. Davies is definitely worth watching and adds a bit of a twist to the whole thing. When they asked him at least one question, you wondered if the DVD had stuck as he took a little longer than one would expect him to answer, but he did and perhaps not the way you were thinking he would.Read more ›
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This is so well done! Very informative, interesting, and even humorous. Love the way that JRD narrated it also.Published 4 days ago by BigBlooVroom
This was not what I expected, actually, it was better. The explanation as to how the KJB came to be in english is good historical information to know.Published 7 days ago by grifin46
We are not religious but this was a fascinating tale of how the King James Bible came to be--wonderful.Published 1 month ago by Dylan Weston
This might just be the best documentary I have ever viewed and I do love documentaries in general.Published 1 month ago by Judge
A very through documentary on the historical building of the KJB. Interesting keeps you glued to the set wondering how King James brought it all together with all the religious and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wayne Shepard
The King James Bible is the most read and most sold of any book ever on the planet and has been a guide to those who are wise enough to read it:Published 1 month ago by Shannon
I learned alot, but tired of narrator John Rhys-Davies excessive screen time (complete with 360 dolly shoots). Also the King's homosexuality was hardly hinted at.Published 2 months ago by Arthur Frame
Great film about King James 1 and the writing of the bible that bears his name - few people know the story of all of the political bickering and bargaining that led to the creation... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wesley W. Schmidt