Item description for Greatest Story Ever Told (2 DVD) by George Stevens, Jr., Max Von Sydow & Robert Loggia...
Overview The life of Jesus unfolds according to the Bible, from birth to the Resurrection, on an epic scale.
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Actors: 20th Century Fox, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr., Carroll Baker
Directors: David Lean, George Stevens, Jean Negulesco
Writers: Carl Sandburg, Fulton Oursler, Henry Denker, James Lee Barrett
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, DVD, NTSC
Language: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
Audience Rating: G (General Audience)
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Running Time: 200.00 minutes
Record Label MGM (Video & DVD)
Format Color / Closed-captioned / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.51" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Dec 2, 2014
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
Edition Special Edition
ISBN 555957077X ISBN13 9785559570778 UPC 027616912718
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More About George Stevens, Jr., Max Von Sydow & Robert Loggia
George Stevens, Jr., is an award-winning writer, director and producer, and founder of the American Film Institute. He has received eleven Emmys, two Peabody Awards and seven Writers Guild of America Awards for his television productions, including the annual "Kennedy Center Honors," "The Murder of Mary Phagan" and "Separate but Equal," His production "The Thin Red Line" was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture. He worked with his father, acclaimed director George Stevens, on his productions of "Shane, Giant" and "The Diary of Anne Frank" and in 1962 was named head of the United States Information Agency's motion picture division by Edward R. Murrow. Stevens was director of the AFI from 1967 until 1980, before returning to film and television production. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Reviews - What do customers think about Greatest Story Ever Told (2 DVD)?
Greatest Movie Today's Youth Should Know About. Jan 28, 2008
I just saw this film for the second time yesterday. It remains one of the most engaging, wondrous, and sublime artistic endeavors that I've ever witnessed. Yes, the way the film was shot is nothing short of amazing. With its grand sets and distant frames it gives one the sensation of being transported back in time. Von Sydow was an unlikely candidate to play Jesus in my mind, but here he turned in one of the most memorable performances in history. All of the transcendence, authority, and goodness of which we imagine Christ to have possessed are exuded by his character.
The Greatest Story Ever Told remains highly entertaining, but, more importantly, it renews one's faith. The scripture that makes up so much of its dialogue was truly inspiring and gives a spiritual shot in the arm unlike what we can find anywhere in the self-help aisle of a bookstore. We live in times where the only things that are seemingly important are finding better ways to stimulate and please ourselves. Here we are reminded that there are far more essential things in life than food, drink, accumulating stuff, and having fun. It is a most timely message as is the notion that perhaps our lives were not supposed to be easy. The Lord did not make His earth a comfy chair...and we would be wise to thank Him for that. If you need some uplift put this disk in your the DVD player.
Movie 5 Stars... Transfer to DVD...0Stars Dec 30, 2007
I caught this movie on Cable TV.... THIS VERSION, from this site is only 1:85:1....When I saw it on my Wide Screen TV,on Cable, It took up, edge to edge of my TV screen, and still had large bars on top and bottom.... It was much more like (2:35:1).... This movie was filmed in Panavision, and rightly so..This is a movie that defines Cinamatograpy,..It was beautifuly filmed, and deserves to be seen in its full Theatrical Realese Ratio... this site also has this same movie in,... (Anamorphic/Ratio)...I havent seen it, but if you really like this move, I would definately steer away from this version,..and try the Anamorphic Version...Even at 1:85:1, you'r only seeing 1/2 The picture... DVD, dosent stand for the quality it did, when it first originated....They will transfer just about any movie you ever wanted to DVD, and we have to live with grainy, poor transfers, from inferior video stock,...UPGRADED DIGITAL transfers are harder to find now... and dont get me started on HDVD-VS-Bluray, and mini DVD formats...give me a break!!
A great Jesus movie... Dec 9, 2007
This is a great portrayal of Jesus as gentle savior, with some penetrating performances by an all-star cast (even John Wayne!). Max Von Snydow plays Jesus with extreme depth and subtle intensity. Though some liberites are taken with scripture, the message is strong and powerful and generally faithful to the spirit of the Gospels.
Comparisons to other Jesus movies:
Jesus of Nazareth Last Temptaion of Christ Godspell
One of the best biblical epics Aug 12, 2007
"The Greatest Story Ever Told" is one of my favorite biblical epics. While lacking much of the brutal power or authentic Aramaic language of Mel Gibson's "The Passion" other factors make this film just as fine a piece of art if not superior. The Cinematography is stunning; the film is full of very symboolic imagery and the fine landscape of the American Southwest. The acting is more than adequate, the cameos not hurting the film at all. Sydow's performance made up for the fact he certainly isn't ethnically Hebrew. Heston, Ferrer, and a multitude of famous or fairly well known actors make the film seem even more epic. The musical score is well done. Overall, an epic worthy of being called such.
2nd Best, But Not Bad. May 25, 2007
If you follow my reviews, you know that I see Franco Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977) as the best movie about Jesus. This earlier version with Max Von Sydow as Jesus falls short in several ways. (It lacks the deep character development, a lot of the educated speculation, as well as the artistic beauty of "Jesus of Nazareth.") Well, that said, this earlier version is not bad considering that it was made over a decade earlier. And there are some things that make this 2nd best version worth watching. (2nd Best isn't always so bad.) The first interesting thing is when Herod orders the killing of the children (in an attempt to kill Jesus early). Herod himself actually quotes "Jeremiah" 31:15. (See "Matthew" 2:16-18.) Thus the movie underlines that there IS such a thing as a conscious and deliberate attempt to fulfill a prophecy. Or for that matter, making our own ends coincide with a prophecy that has been sitting around for some time. Telly Savalas gives an interesting picture of Pilate. He simply wants to keep order. In his book "The Killing," Bishop Richard Holloway explains that Pilate was really no worse than anyone else who would have had that job. (Side note: For the record, Pilate has been the procurator for some time before the trial of Christ, and by the time Christ's trial came, Pilate was getting tired of his office.) Another interesting 'artistic liberty' taken is that Mary Magdalene meets Jesus when she is almost stoned for adultery. (See "John" 8:3-11.) Thus we see that one can go from a sinner to a saint. Also, Jesus tells the wealthy Lazarus some painful truths about wealth that upset him. But later Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Thus we see that Jesus loves us even though we have our shortcomings. Another interesting thing is that when Jesus casts out the changers from the temple (See "Matthew" 21:12-13), he explains that burnt offerings are NOT what God desires. To be sure, this movie does not have the memorable beauty of "Jesus of Nazareth." But Max Von Sydow actually does the role quite well. Granted, when there are several movie versions of one story, we usually have our favorites. But often, other versions do have interesting things to offer. Even if (as in my case) Robert Powell will always be Jesus to you, it won't hurt to give this version a chance.