Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth is coming to Blu-Ray

jesusofnazareth1977Does anyone know basic math any more?

It’s always great to see classic films on Blu-Ray. But the studios seem to be increasingly… imprecise when they declare that this or that disc is a special anniversary edition of the movie in question.

Case in point: a “50th anniversary edition” of the 1959 version of Ben-Hur was released in… 2011, which was actually the 52nd anniversary of that film.

And now, a “40th anniversary edition” of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1977 miniseries Jesus of Nazareth is due to come out this year… which is actually the 39th anniversary of that miniseries.

Ah well. In any case, the Blu-Ray comes out on February 23, and you can order it here.

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8th day of Christmas: 3 films on the circumcision of Jesus


Happy New Year!

Today is the eighth day of Christmas, and that means today is the day on which we commemorate the circumcision of Jesus. Here are three films that depict this moment from Jesus’ infancy, which is mentioned briefly in Luke 2:21.

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How many Star Wars actors have also been in Bible movies?


If you’re a Bible-movie buff and a space-movie buff like me, then you can’t help but notice how the two genres sometimes overlap.

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The prophet Isaiah at the movies: a quick round-up


Today is the feast day for the prophet Isaiah in the Orthodox Church, so I figured it might be good to round up a few films that have referenced and depicted him.

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Watch: Simeon and Anna in movies about the infant Jesus


Today, for many Christians, is the Feast of the Meeting (or Presentation) of Our Lord in the Temple. It commemorates the time when Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the Temple forty days after he was born, and there met Simeon and Anna, two old people who recognized the Christ child and made great predictions about his future.

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Will the new Ben-Hur flesh out the back-story of the thieves who were crucified with Jesus?

moisesariasMost of the casting announcements for the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur have dealt so far with some fairly familiar characters: Judah Ben-Hur, his sister, his mother, his nemesis Messala and a few others like Jesus and Pontius Pilate. Nothing so far has indicated how this new film might be different from previous adaptations. Nothing, that is, until now.

Deadline reports that the filmmakers have cast 20-year-old Kings of Summer co-star Moisés Arias as Gestas, “a teenage Jewish zealot” who is “desperate to fight for his people’s freedom” because his family “has been murdered by the Romans”.

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