The Joseph Smith Papers: Television Documentary Series, Season 1

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The Joseph Smith Papers Project is illuminating the Prophet Joseph and the Restoration in exciting new ways. In this series, Larry H. Miller and KJZZ Television have partnered with the Church History Department and a variety of prominent scholars to discuss the project, the documents, and the life and work of Joseph Smith.

This DVD set contains all 52 episodes from the much-requested television documentary series as seen on KJZZ Television.

  • In each episode, scholars tell the story of Joseph Smith using historic documents to illustrate his life, many of them the very text that compose the volumes of The Joseph Smith Papers.
  • A one-hour introduction that explains the ambitious effort to compile, transcribe, edit, and present all the papers directly related to the Prophet Joseph Smith.
  • Commentary by historians and experts on Joseph Smith, including the compilers of The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol.1
  • A comprehensive Topical Index

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Excel Entertainment

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.

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A Valuable Resource on Joseph Smith the Prophet
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Get to know the Prophet Joseph as you learn from original documents the extra details of his life, His many hardships as he faithfully followed the Lord to bring about the foundation of the Kingdom in the latter-days. Every episode will have its "I didn't know that," moments. A treasure that lets you see the faith and devotion to divine duty as the life of Joseph Smith is reviewed by Members of the Church History Department. This is a wonderful resource.

Highly informative, but disappointing in sound quality and international scope
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was looking forward to viewing this DVD series, the original TV documentary not being available for European audiences at the time of broadcasting. The content of the discs is exciting and informative, a treasure trove of facts allowing an intimate look over the shoulders of the privileged scholars working on the unprecedented JS Papers project, as well as providing an excellent review and summary of Joseph Smith and Restoration-related facts. However, the product has two significant defects: firstly, the sound quality is horrendous and widely inconsistent. For a product of this prize and relevance to a monumental work of scholarship, one would expect the soundtrack to match the visual content. Unfortunately, some of the interviews are unbearable to watch, even with the TV volume set to max levels! Second, the worlwide potential audience is ignored once again. If subtitles had been included in the program, it would have made for a great teaching tool. Sadly, Deseret Book still seems oblivious to the globalised markets and international Church setting in which we live. Making the DVD set viewable in All DVD zones is not enough. This content will benefit members and non members all over the world. Give localization a chance!

You need this DVD but may not know it yet
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The Joseph Smith Papers books are a bit intimidating to me, but the stories and background that the scholars find in the documents are brought to life in this DVD set. Each segment focuses on a certain aspect of church history and would be very easy to use in a classroom. I've grown up in the church but learned a lot more details about the first vision and the early days of the church.I would definately watch this again and recommend it especially to others who aren't that interested in reading a lot about church history.

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