The Story of Jesus (DVD)
by Excel Entertainment (Distributor)
The Story of Jesus is a new major production combining HD quality dramatic footage depicting the life of Jesus, interviews with some of the world’s top religious experts, and documentary footage of the latest archaeological finds in Israel and Palestine–including stunning aerial photography of the major sites.
This captivating History Channel– like documentary now includes bonus footage of an interview with BYU professor Dr. Andrew Skinner.
- Released: 03/27/2012
- Run Time: 180 minutes
- Region: All Region
About the Author
EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT is the preeminent independent film distribution company in Utah, and though largely known for its Mormon-themed films (God’s Army, The Work & the Glory series, 17 Miracles, Pride & Prejudice, etc.), Excel has also had success releasing films with non-Mormon themes and stories (Forever Strong, Saints & Soldiers, etc.).
Although the technology and means by which audiences consume films is changing rapidly, the demand for highly creative storytelling that motivates us to live up to the light that each of us has been given is as high as ever. We feel a deep obligation to not only bring stories of hope to the world, but to promote films with high standards of craftsmanship reflective of a belief in a divine and benevolent creator.
Not Latter-day Saint Perspectives
by Glen & Ann - reviewed on August 04, 2012
First a quickie warning: This DVD set is not from Excel Entertainment; it is a BBC production. It does bear the BBC hallmark of excellence. The production values are absolutely beautiful. The guest scholars are delightful to listen to. I simply love BBC productions—period. My difficulty with this particular one is this: When it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I want perspectives that are checked by Revealed Truth. In this production, we hear these scholars say something like, “The writers of the Gospels were strongly influenced by / felt the need to …” Educated conjecture. Delightful as these scholars are, I simply want to hear from scholars who use the touchstone of Revealed knowledge in their scholarship. Without revealed truth, so much of scholarship in the area of the Gospel and the scriptures may only be white noise on a ham radio. That is why this beautiful production has little value for me. One of our own LDS scholars, Andrew Skinner, is shown in the production sharing views. Nevertheless, I was shocked to listen to him express a viewpoint that clearly bears the flaws of secularism. He says that it is not a tenable position to say that the crucifixion was the fault of the Jews, and implies that the gospel writers were under political pressure in the Roman world to put forth the [false] viewpoint that the Jews were responsible for the Savior’s death. But why then does the Book of Mormon say such things as, “—should come among the Jews, among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify him … and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God”? (2 Ne 10:4) Another symptom of the secular influence in this production is the persona of the Savior in the film. I don’t think this is the fault of the filmmakers; they were using the best light that they have. Nevertheless, the Savior sometimes appears in the film to be a frantic, wild-eyed revolutionary evincing a kind of distant smugness. To me, demeanor and appearance is very important when you depict the Savior. He simply must look like--and have the deportment of-- the Son of God whom he was. This beautiful production might be a valuable thing for non Latter-day Saints. For Latter-day Saints, I would pass on it.
Stunning HD cinematic masterpiece
by Thomas - reviewed on November 12, 2012
What a great new perspective on the life of our Savior. This DVD set is the highest quality production (by BBC) I've ever seen. With a variety of biblical scholoars and narration by the famed British actor David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) this will be a classic work for a long time. I was deeply moved and enjoyed watching it more than once. So much detail and the HD footage from Israel is spectacular.
Beautiful and Informative
by Susan - reviewed on November 17, 2012
What a wonderful story of our savior. There were so many insightful "nuggets" of information. The production value of this DVD set is very high. It's a must have item for anyone that wants to learn more about Christ. I loved it. So inspiring!