The Gospel of John (DVD)
Starring: Henry Ian Cusick and Daniel Kash. Directed By: Philip Saville
An epic in the spirit of "The Passion of the Christ," this widely acclaimed motion picture is a meticulous recreation of the turbulent era of Jesus and the events that changed the course of history! Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor, "American Tragedy," 2000), it’s the bold and powerful story of Jesus as told by his disciple John.
In this best-loved but least understood of the gospels, John presents a uniquely human portrait of courage and passion encompassing Jesus' entire three-year ministry, the final years of his life. Intimate and reflective, "The Gospel of John" offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the incomparable life and times of Jesus Christ.
“The Gospel of John” is a beautiful piece of literature, and this movie does justice to its imagery and poetic descriptions. Most viewers appreciate the artistic quality of the movie – stating that though this is a modern adaptation, it does not deviate from the truth. This adaptation of the book will help viewers better understand the role of Jesus in today’s society – an issue that is of great importance in this day and age.
In a lengthy review of the movie, Christianity Today comments that the gospel of John is the most difficult gospel to translate into a movie. Reviewer Dr. Ben Witherington III, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, expresses initial concern, asking among other things: “How do you convince the audience that this is the same Jesus of the other Gospels, when John's gospel has no exorcisms, few if any parables, no Sermon on the Mount, no birth narratives, and Jesus spends more time in Judea than in Galilee?"
“Despite these and other daunting challenges, this first ever full-length film on the Gospel of John is a convincing and powerful portrayal of the Johannine Jesus. It's not the first film in the Visual Bible series (Matthew and Acts are among the others), but it is decidedly the first that involves world-class actors (culled from the Royal Shakespeare company and elsewhere), a world-class actor turned narrator (Christopher Plummer), and world-class producers and cinematographers. The film's beautiful soundtrack to the movie is of equally high quality, and involves replicas of musical instruments used in Jesus' day."
"It all adds up to what I think is the best portrayal of Jesus ever offered in a feature length film."
"Interestingly, this beautifully shot film (mostly filmed in Spain with the Temple scenes filmed in a studio in England) was financed by a wealthy Jewish Canadian. Various biblical scholars—led by Dr. Peter Richardson of Toronto—were on the committee to assure its authenticity.”
As for the actors, “With a beguiling simple grace and style, Cusick convincingly presents us with a Jesus who is both human, and so very clearly more than human—no small task. There is a warmth and passion to Cusick's winsome portrayal. He tells his first followers "Come and see," and even as a viewer, you want to do so.” (Review excerpts from Christianity Today)
Actors: Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Christopher Plummer, Stuart Bunce, Stephen Russell
Director: Philip Saville
Writer: John Goldsmith
Producers: Chris Chrisafis, Garth H. Drabinsky, Joel B. Michaels, John Clyde Wagner, Martin Katz
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Subtitles: English, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
Run Time: 125 minutes
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