I happen to have a soft spot for Bible movies, so I am glad to discover today that some of the better entries in ‘The Bible Collection’, a series of TV-movies produced between 1994 and 2002, will be coming out on DVD in a couple months.
Because the series’ producers struck different production and distribution deals for different films in that series, part of the series is actually already on DVD — Trimark released a boxed set a few years ago that includes Genesis: Creation and the Flood, Solomon, Jeremiah and Esther (my review), and individual DVDs are also available for Jesus (my review), Paul the Apostle (my review) and The Apocalypse (my review).
But the best entries in this series were among the six films distributed by Warner Home Video — and after years of languishing on VHS, these films are finally being released on DVD. Amazon.com has Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and Moses all slated for a June 7 release; I am especially eager to save shelf space and replace my bulky two-tape sets with digital copies of the latter two, which both co-star Ben Kingsley and are among the better dramatic interpretations of these familiar Old Testament stories that I have seen.
Alas, Amazon.com has no listings for Samson and Delilah or David, at least not yet — not that these were particularly great films, but still, y’know, I’m a completist.