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Gospel Of John, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 85 (Jun 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Richard Lintern, Stephen Russell, Scott Handy & Narrated By Christopher Plummer

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features on the third disc of this set offer three featurettes (the seven-minute Jesus, Son Of God; the eight-minute The World Of Jesus; the eight minute Word For Word), a Biblical glossary, and bibliography found under the Historical Background menu. The Production Design selection will take you to featurettes and interviews with seven of the filmmakers. There are also biographies on many of the cast members and filmmakers, as well as video highlights on actor Henry Ian Cusick and narrator Christopher Plummer; biographies on members of the Academic Advisory Committee; an interactive map of the Holy Land; and the trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): National Association of Evangelicals
(Catalog Number): NA
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence involving the crucifixion
(Retail Price): $44.95
(DVD Type): Three-Disc Set: DVD-9 x 2 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 181
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/06/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Philip Saville
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Story Synopsis:
In an attempt to faithfully represent the book of The Bible, veteran filmmaker Philip Saville ("Metroland") directs "The Gospel Of John." The three-hour saga covers the life of Jesus Christ and his disciples, and the events leading to His crucifixion and resurrection. Based on the Good News Bible

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVDs exhibit pleasing image quality, with colors that are often well balanced, with natural fleshtones, but blacks that seem just shy of true depth. There are times throughout the color palette when the picture can appear somewhat undersaturated or weak at times. Images are generally sharp, with satisfying details and textures. Sometimes images can appear a bit smeared. Edge enhancement and pixelization are mostly minor. (Suzanne Hodges)

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