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.
(Just look at how the cover art emphasizes the blueness of Robert Powell’s eyes!)
(Update: Not only is the Blu-Ray not coming out on the miniseries’ 40th anniversary, it will also not be as “complete” as the cover text suggests. The disc will be missing at least two scenes, including the beginning of the Last Supper.)
I haven’t always done a good job of marking significant Bible-movie anniversaries over the last few years, but there are a few biggies coming up, such as:
- Intolerance turns 100 (on August 5)
- David and Bathsheba and Quo Vadis turn 65 (on August 10 and November 8)
- The 1956 version of The Ten Commandments turns 60 (on October 5)
- King of Kings turns 55 (on October 11)
- The Gospel According to St. Matthew, which was actually produced in 1964, made its American debut 50 years ago (on February 17)
- The Bible: In the Beginning… turns 50 (on September 28)
- The Nativity Story turns 10 (on December 1)
Am I missing any? If so, please let me know in the comments below.