Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Bible Blu-Ray Review

***Complimentary copy received in exchange for an honest review***



From Executive Producers Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) comes THE BIBLE — an epic 10-hour miniseries debuting on History® March 3, and coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD April 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Featuring hours of never before seen behind-the-scenes footage and making-of featurettes in a stunning high bit rate HD transfer and immersive 5.1 audio, THE BIBLE is the must-own Blu-ray and DVD event of the year. The Blu-ray and DVD exclusively feature an all-new cut of the miniseries featuring more of the stories you know in ways you’ve never seen.

Breathtaking in scope and scale, THE BIBLE features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire millions across the globe.

Narrated by Emmy® winning actor Keith David, THE BIBLE features a stunning international cast including Portuguese actor, Diogo Morgado as Jesus Christ and beloved actress, Roma Downey as Mother Mary. And for the first time since their award winning collaboration on Gladiator, Oscar® and Grammy® winning composer Hans Zimmer reunites with acclaimed vocalist Lisa Gerrard to create the majestic musical backdrop for this epic production.

The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD set dives deeper into the making of the series and features a behind-the-scenes look at how the groundbreaking docudrama came together. Interviews with producers, directors, and cast illustrate creative collaboration on-set and off and show how the remarkable Moroccan scenery was transformed into the world of the Bible.

Blu-ray and DVD audiences will be captivated by the special features, including:
  The Bible: Genesis – With Mark Burnett and Roma Downey as our guides, we discover how the team approached the daunting task of filming the stories of the Bible
  The Cast of The Bible – Highlighting the international cast, we join Mark and Roma on their search for the perfect actors to bring the characters from the Bible to life
  The Bible: Creation – An emotional three-part journey through the making of THE BIBLE
    Creation I: The Vision, The Look – Discover the vision of producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett in this behind-the-scenes look at how THE BIBLE was created including the incredible team, beautiful location, high-quality production and superb costume design
    Creation II: Production Stories – An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by the production - including the supernatural experiences with snakes on set – plus Diogo’s approach to portraying who he has called the most complex figure in human history
    Creation III: Crucified & Resurrected – A deeper look into the emotional filming of the crucifixion, resurrection and the last days in Morocco
  Scoring The Bible – A rare look into the recording session for the soundtrack of THE BIBLE with genius composer Hans Zimmer and award-winning soloist Lisa Gerrard
  Believing in Miracles – The cast and crew relive the magical moments that happened while filming in the deserts of Morocco
  The Bible: Visual Effects – A montage of the striking visual effects that make THE BIBLE the most high-quality Biblical epic of all time

THE BIBLE series is produced for HISTORY by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. Executive Producers are Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Richard Bedser. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs.

The Bible Blu-ray/ DVD
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Prebook Date: February 19, 2013
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD MA

English: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English/Spanish/French
Total Run Time: 561 minutes
U.S. Rating: TV-14
Closed Captioned: Yes

Where to Buy

The Bible is available now in stores nationwide. You can also get a copy on Amazon on  Blu-Ray for only $34.96.

My Thoughts
 The Bible was an amazing mini series. It goes through many of the greatest stories in the bible. From the old testament some of the tales included the story of Abraham, the battle of Jericho, David and Goliath, and Sampson and Delilah to name just a few.  Each of these tales were told with stunning  graphics and stayed reasonable true to the story, though at times certain things were added for effect.  Many parts of the old testament were quickly glossed over, like the story of Adam and Even, Cain and Able, and Noah and the Ark, but these important characters were at least acknowledged. 

The new testament was even more beautiful. It was stunning watching Jesus touch the lives of the people. I was especially happy to see Mary Magellan given a primary role among this followers, equal to that of the men.  The crucifixion scene was especially well done. Religious views aside, to see a undeserving man suffer in such a horrible, to see his mother and friends weeping as they watched,  brought tears to my eyes. Yes, there are some plot holes. Like any book that is adapted into a movie, its impossible to get every aspect covered exactly as it was written, but as far as bible stories go, this was one of the best I've ever seen. 

***Please note that I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed in the review are my own and were not influenced in any way.***