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Jesus Christ Superstar


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  • Actors: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Bob Bingham
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Norman Jewison, Melvyn Bragg, Tim Rice
  • Producers: Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer, Robert Stigwood
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 31 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028HBIO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,452 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By for_love_of_joss on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19 2004
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 By A Customer on July 14 2003
Format: DVD
I have seen many stories about Christ and his betrayal by Judas. I have never felt such emotion and realism as I did with this movie. When Jesus asks GOD why he should die, I cry. This movie is brilliant. A rock opera so magnificent. Ted Nealy makes me believe that he is Jesus. When an actor encompasses a role so greatly that one can not tell he is acting, that the line is blurred, he is truly great as his craft. An absolute must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on Dec 15 2003
Format: DVD
The movie is shot in Isreal, so the scenery is GORGEOUS. The music is fun and touching at times. I don't think that this musical is sacreligious at all, and I'm a Catholic who takes my religion seriously! ;)
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on May 22 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I enjoy this film more with each viewing, and despite the bellbottoms and big hair, it's as fresh as ever. The cast is superb. Carl Anderson's Judas, Yvonne Elliman's Magdalene, and in the smaller parts, Bob Bingham as Caiaphas, Barry Dennen as Pilate, and Joshua Mostel as a flabby and decadent, charleston dancing Herod.
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LovellLibrarian on April 22 2003
Format: DVD
This original movie version of Lord Lloyd Webber's work stands out as the BEST version of JCS. Ted Neeley shines in his portrayal of Jesus, the casting couldn't have been better. Neeley's performance shows us what made Jesus so special, he was not a big man, he was not some larger-than-life WWE Wrestler, he was an average, if not small man, who did great things. Neeley's voice is powerful, and his performance brilliant. In "Gethsemane" his anguish evokes tears from any viewer. The rest of the cast is also stunning, Yvonne puts in her usual stellar performance of Mary Magdalene, and Carl's such a great Judas. Do not pass this movie over, and disregard any negative comments about Ted Neeley, this is a MUST for any JCS, or ALW fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debi Martin on March 15 2003
Format: DVD
Tom from Widescreen Review. Get a grip. Ted Neeley is a lot of things in this film, but whimpy is not one of them. I just came from the stage production touring with Sabastian Bach, and all I can say is, as a genuine fan, Catholic and devoutee to this artistic statement, give me Ted any day of the week. If Bach every finds the right key to sing in, he needs to keep it. He should have stayed in Rocky Horror & skid row & Dr. Jeckyl. Ted presents Christ as a caring, genuine human being, which after all, is what He was and still is. I don't care his age, if Carl can still stage it, I'd be thrilled to see Ted again! Please! If you are a fan of the original or this version, save your money on the tour.
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