The Bible Collection comes to DVD

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.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • Matt Page

    S’funny – most of these have been available on DVD for a while now (at least through ebay) including the odd four (Mary Magdalene, Joseph, Thomas and Judas). I’ve got the Moses DVD, which i need to see again really. I stillhaven’t seen a numbe of these yet, I’m especially keen for the Abraham and genesis ones, though as you note less ken for the Samson and delilah one. The Bible Collectoinhas often done a good job and highlighted several episodes that Hollywood ignored, but for some reason this doesn’t sound like it will do it.
    Matt

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Matt — I know the four spin-off films were released on DVD in Region 1 not too long ago, but I remember looking for the others and not finding them; is it possible you’re thinking of Region 2 copies?

    Personally, I would like to have both the American and European versions of Jesus on DVD. And I believe some scenes were edited from the version of Nicolas Roeg’s Samson and Delilah that was released on VHS here — so I wouldn’t mind getting an uncut version of that, too.

  • Matt Page

    Oh sorry yeah I think they’re region 2
    Matt

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05113670876288157267 Matt Page

    I’ve got quite a few of these now and reviewed a few over at my (Bible Films) blog – Jesus , Abraham , Moses Part 1 & Moses Part 2, and David (1997)


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