The DVD video gets a four star rating because of it's limitations as a video presentation - low-budget formatting, etc. The book is fabulous - definitely a five star !!
Although the special effects are limited and the background formatting is basic, this is a great video presentation of the life and mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The video could be better, and the book IS better, but this is a great resource and every faithful Latter-day Saint who can afford it should own this and view it regularly. Try it - you'll like it !! Yes, Joseph was just a man, but he was also a Prophet of God, called to a mission he faithfully fulfilled and sealed with his life's blood.
These hour-long programs on the Prophet Joseph feature some of the best church historians of the day and treat various aspects of the Prophet's life with welcome detail. However, the format of the program is irritating and mundane. It seems music is always playing while people are speaking, and the background used while the speakers are shown (besides using distracting colors) varies little. The voices used to represent Joseph Smith and others are poor and without feeling. While Susan Easton Black may be a talented historian, she does not make a very good documentary host, clearly reading her lines throughout with some awkward delivery. If you don't like to read books, this DVD may work for you. If you want a fuller learning experience, the companion book is a much better choice.