Jesus Christ Superstar (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
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This dazzling interpretation of the hit Tim Rice - Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera tells the story of Christ's (Ted Neeley) final weeks in a bold and epic production. Shot entirely on location in Israel, producer-director Norman Jewison creates a brilliant example of modern movie making with groundbreaking vision and the unforgettable songs of Rice and Webber. Nominated for several Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress, this legendary classic is now a must-have Special Edition.
Ted Neeley makes for a wimpy looking Jesus in Norman Jewison's screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice "rock opera," which was a smash on stage in the early '70s. Jewison (Other People's Money) adds some good exterior settings in the desert, but Webber and Rice's dialogue-free story (everything is sung, as in a real opera), with its quasi-profundities about the inner demons of principal figures in the life of Christ, is the real hook. Yvonne Elliman sings the show's best-known song, "I Don't Know How to Love Him." --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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In this version, however, you have Norman Jewison's brilliant vision of the show. Shot entirely on location in Israel (in the desert), there is a timelessness to the story that makes the music even more compelling. The 70s-style clothing and modern diction combine with the formlessness of the desert to create an almost surreal atmosphere.
Carl Anderson as Judas is one of the all-time best portrayers of Judas. His voice and characterization are fascinating insights into the character of Judas, and his torment is clearly visible. Ted Neeley is wonderful as Jesus; he looks the way we imagine Jesus to look, and the fact that he is short makes his charisma and power even more impressive. Some people have criticized Neeley for being a bad singer or too rock-and-roll, but he is a good singer doing a raw interpretation of Jesus. His "Gethsemene" is worth the price of the DVD alone, and the combination of his vocals, the cinematography, and the crucifixion montage during this song still give me chills, no matter how many times I watch it.Read more ›
Carl Anderson (Judas) and Ted Neely (Jesus) are incredible. They put SO MUCH EMOTION into their parts! You can just FEEL Judas's exasperation and determination to make Jesus act- he is portrayed in the musical as not realizing that Jesus would be put to death if He was handed over. You can feel his anger and frustrations when Jesus does not want to cause violence, and you can feel his guilt right before his suicide, which is done dramatically. You can see Jesus' love, frustration with his apostles because they do not understand, and his pain and fear.
Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene) and Barry Dennen (Pilate) are the original voice actors from the concept album and Broadway.
Ted Neeley is my all-time favorite "film Jesus"...though small in physique, he shows so much strength and emotion, in his movements and his face...and what a beautiful face ! This was truly great casting.
Filmed in Israel, the cinematography is spectacular, as this play unfolds among the ruins and desert regions...I also like the use of color...the lavendars and oranges, etc. This was, and remains, an innovative, one of a kind film, and one that's here to stay for years to come.
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I love this movie!!! As a Christian, I appreciate the story of Christ. But even if I were not a person of faith, I would still love this movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TigerLilly
Enjoyed seeing this film again. Wonderful performances.
A film worth discussion.
Jesus Christ Superstar (Bilingual) By far the best movie ever. DVD came on time,no marks,no scratches,crystal clear images. Would recommend this for sure.Published 12 months ago by LEOPARDGAL