Item description for The Gospel (Special Edition) by Boris Kodjoe & Nona Gaye...
Overview 103 Minutes. Stars Boris Kodjoe, Omar Gooding, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tamyra Gray, Nona Gaye, Clifton Powell along with appearances from gospel artists Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Martha Munizi, Hezekiah Walker, and Delores "Mom" Winans.
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Actors: Boris Kodjoe, Nona Gaye, Idris Elba, Clifton Powell, Aloma Wright
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Rob Hardy
Producers: Bernard Bronner, Dianne Ashford, Fred Hammond, Holly Davis Carter, William Packer
Cinematographers: Matthew MacCarthy
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Region Code: 99
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures
Running Time: 105.00 minutes
Record Label Sony Pictures
Format Color / Dolby / DVD / Special Edition
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.1 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Jan 18, 2011
Publisher TRIUMPH MARKETING,LLC
ISBN 5901006348 ISBN13 9785901006344 UPC 043396127579
Reviews - What do customers think about The Gospel (Special Edition)?
The music makes it worthwhile Nov 26, 2007
The movie itself is a fairly bland, formulaic thing: a modern telling of The Prodigal Son, the tale centers on Bishop Taylor's (Clifton Powell) son, David (Boris Kodjoe), returning home and re-winning favor. Meanwhile, the Bishop's close-like-a-son right-hand man, Reverend Charles Frank (Idris Elba), stews over these developments. [In the interim, David was out putting together an Usher-styled R&B career, shepherded by a manager played by Omar Gooding.]
The acting is very uneven - there are some novices. A pro like Elba (who's earned major chops in The Wire - The Complete First Season and Sometimes in April)) simply blows the doors off the others whenever he's on screen. Plus, Kodjoe is clearly lip-synching. Here's there simply because he looks great doing it. Behind the scenes, credit goes to Atlanta-area singer Greg Kirkland (he's in the credits).
The music is worth three stars alone. The DVD extra of Yolanda Adams' full take at 'Victory' is worth the price of rental. She and her background chorus, as well the choreography, are outstanding.
Not Overly Dramatized Oct 1, 2007
The Gospel. Many have reviewed it as a let down. That it was hyped up to be more than it was. I'll admit, to a certain degree, I'd have to agree. But the thing that stood out to me above all, was that it was real...
There was no pretention, over-dramatization, or uneccesary actions just to make it more "marketable". What it showed was real people dealing with real issues in a real way. It showed different choices and the consequences of those choices. It showed reconciliation as well. It showed that no matter what you've been through - God will always be there to help you back to him - and may use unusual ways with which to do it.
If you're looking for a showstopping, bonanza of entertainment, this may not be it, but if you're looking for intriquing story and a peek at real-life ministry and issues, then this is a definate must-see!
So how often do we get a decent Christain film? Jul 30, 2007
I'm not sure where the 1-3 star crowd is coming from on this one. Nit-picking this film is missing the point. In an age where Hollywood is cranking out banal trash by the truckload and torture-porn flicks are released on Christmas, this was a refreshing and uplifting change of pace. Yes, it wasn't big-budget. Yes, it wasn't A-list actors. Yes, it was a prodigal son story....SO WHAT??!! At least it was a story, about real (flawed) people struggling through life making choices (not alwasy good ones)and trying to walk their faith. No one is a villan and no one is a hero....it was as much a slice of contemporary life as you will ever get in a movie. And yes, it was a good film deviod of vapid garbage and filthy language....the whole family can watch it and learn something from it about being human and doing what is right instead of what is easy or glamorous. So set aside your big budget expectations and ENJOY!
get it for the music Jun 14, 2007
The story was not all to my liking, but I found the characters likable, so I cared about what happened. But I bought the movie for the music. If you like good gospel or worship music, see this movie. The story was not satisfying, but the music was the real story.
"Drama in the church" Mar 31, 2007
The movie was good with a very strong cast. This movie shows how people can go to church and still have evil thoughts on how to scheme. With those type of schemes, you should never receive a high title, such as: the Pastor of the church. If you're a spiritual person and you haven't seen this movie yet, then you should check it out. There is a positive point to the movie.