Bible, The - Miniseries
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Theatrical Release: 3/3/2013
Video Release: 4/2/2013
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Richard Bedser, Alexander Marengo
Producer: Roma Downey, Mark Burnett
Director: Christopher Spencer,
Tony Mitchell, Crispin Reece
Runtime: 600 min.
Starring: Darwin Shaw, Paul Brightwell, Roma Downey, Greg Hicks, Sebastian Knapp, Amber Rose Revah, Adrian Schiller
From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible - an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. 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 the whole family. THE BIBLE Miniseries airs on The History Channel beginning Sunday March 3rd and every Sunday through Easter, March 31 (check your local listings).
This 10 part mini-series is a must-see epic of Biblical proportion. It is a wonderful testament to the enduring power of the Holy Bible, and the importance it plays in the history and eternal destiny of mankind.
No one has ever before attempted to capture such a comprehensive collection of epic stories into one series. The skills and dedication of the entire cast and crew under the guiding hands of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and directed by Crispin Reece, Christopher Spencer, and Tony Mitchell are unmatched.
The first 5 hours bring to life Old Testament stores of Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, Noah and the Ark, Abraham and Sarah, Lot and his family, Moses leading the Israelites' out from Egypt, Rahab and the twelve spies, Samson and Delilah, Kings Saul and David, Daniel in Babylon and the profit Jeremiah.
The second 5 hours are dedicated to New Testament stories and feature the life of Jesus from His birth in Nazareth to his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into Heaven, which coincidentally airs on Easter Sunday, March 31st. 2013 on The History Channel
Other memorable stories include Jesus and Peter walking on water, the feeding of the five thousand, and the Sermon on the Mount. We see the disciples praying in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. The raising of Lazarus from the dead is also portrayed. The story of Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus is depicted, and his anointing by God as Paul, the apostle. The series ends with John on the Isle of Patmos and the vision he describes in the book of Revelation.
This is a terrific collection of historical stories with a huge cast and solid special effects. It was refreshing to see angels dressed as mighty warriors instead of the stereotypical white robes and wings. Due to the graphic nature of many scenes, we are awarding "The Bible" the Dove "Faith-Based" Seal with a caution for violence which means it contains a powerful faith message in spite of some strong content.
Sex: A man forces a kiss on a woman.
Violence: Many, many sword fights, stabbings, blood, slicing of body parts, cut throats with blood, blood seen on children; corpses; rocks thrown at people; the crucifixion of Jesus including whippings, nails driven in hands and feet, a spear thrust into his side with bloody results; the stoning of Stephen and his death which features blood running from his nose; characters hit and punched and kicked; a few scenes of lamb's throats being cut and blood pouring out.
Drugs: Drinking of wine.
Nudity: Shirtless men and some seen in loin cloths.
Other: Although very accurate for the most part, there are a few minor deviations from the Bible including a lamb as a sacrifice by Abraham, and Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead by kissing him on the head.