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Jesus Christ Superstar

Ted Neeley , Carl Anderson , Norman Jewison    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
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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

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Bonus: Feature Commentary with director Norman Jewison and actor Ted Neeley, Interview with master lyricist Tim Rice

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the revival DVD Nov. 16 2005
Format:DVD
First of all, if you want a copy of Jesus Christ Superstar to watch over and over at home because you've seen and loved the stage show or because you are just interested in watching it and listening to the music for the first time, BUY THIS VERSION! Whatever you do, do not buy the more recent DVD that is a filmed version of the revival staging of the show. I really wish that they would do a dreamcast version like they did with Les Misérables (my choices would be the three I last saw live: the phenomenal and unsurpassable Eric Kunze as Jesus, the powerful and sensual Natalie Toro as Mary, and the complex and brilliant Todd Fournier as Judas).
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome June 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
OK, granted this musical was done in the early 70's and therefore has some 70's overtones, but the acting and singing are magnificent. The relationship between Judas and Jesus is powerful, and Ted Neeley stares right into your soul. I first saw this movie when I was about 7 years old and it left a lasting, positive influence on me regarding Christ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Fresh and Engaging Jan. 19 2012
Format:DVD
Some things are just too good to lose - the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is one of these things! It has it all - good music with memorable lyrics; engaging characterizations that draw us in and invite us to decide how we feel about Jesus of Nazareth, Judas Iscariot, Mary of Magdala, Pilate, Herod, Annas, Caiphas and the ragtag band of disciples; on-location filming; and more! Well worth having in one's video library, whether for the music, for the story, or for both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One! March 21 2009
By Smylie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Although others may say that this movie could have been a lot better, you have to take it as a period piece and as such it was great. Great story line great vocals........... Great Movie!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the book? July 10 2005
By rubsley
Format:DVD
There's something about this film that shines through the dated outfits and minimalist scenery that really keeps me hooked, time after time. Great songs, great characters - and don't forget the really great hippy threads! - and a really interesting angle on the Jesus story. Judas has the best tunes, though Herod's turn wins the award for comic performance. The lyrics are cool and memorable; you really gotta take your hat off to Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice. Definitely worth checking out, even if you're a sceptic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JCS Dec 21 2012
By Rose
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Love this movie. The quality of the picture was good for being made in the early 70s. I wish we could have it in blueray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the original.... April 10 2011
By Kathy
Format:DVD
I saw the original in the theatre in 1973. I went to see it 13 times. It is fantastic! I have it on VHS but now want it on DVD. Can't wait to get it and watch it again!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Period Piece Feb. 9 2004
Format:DVD
Whether or not you like this film will depend upon three factors. 1) if you like the 70's; 2) whether you would rather listen to incredibly talented voices or easily singable tunes; 3) If you have the ability to feel the emotions of a religious piece done in an unconventional way. If these three apply to you, purchase this film. If you have a problem with these three, don't waste your time. You'll end up complaining to a lot of people who won't share your opinion.
My son and I saw this film together and now we have decided to take a weekend and watch the play live. It is currently in production in two cities near us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great family viewing
We are a Christian family with strong values and respect for our neighbors. This film personifies who we are meant to be and how we should treat others in our lives. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars que de souvenir,
J'ai connu cet "opéra rock" il y a plus de 20 ans. J'en étais fou. Bien que certaines chansons me reviennent, je ne peux pas dire que j'ai retrouvé cet... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marko Hubert
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVOURITES
Love the music in this movie. Got it because it's a classic; very 70's style. Have watched it several times.
Published 11 months ago by Lorraine Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
I saw the play and had this DVD before but played it so much that it wore out and ended up getting damaged. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rodney Volk
4.0 out of 5 stars My youth and my Walk !!
I wore out the soundtrack to this (on cassette) when I was a teen. Know it by heart. Movie is great too. A big reason I am a Christian today. The music opened my heart for God !!!
Published 11 months ago by Darlene G.
3.0 out of 5 stars JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
VERY DISAPPOINTED DUE TO POOR AUDIO QUALITY. MY SYSTEM IS 1000 WATTS WITH 24 LARGE SPEAKERS, THERE IS NO SNAP TO THE SOUND, THE VIDEO IS WONDERFUL SHOWING THE DESERT LANDSCAPES OF... Read more
Published 12 months ago by norm
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
saw it years ago and enjoyed it just as much now.. timeless not for everyone but worth the wait and well worth the watch
Published 12 months ago by Elaine C. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars The guy can still sing!!
O.K. Its' Jan 16, 2006 and I just got home from the latest stage show of JCSS with original Jesus, Ted Neely. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2007 by Vince
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