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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Ted Neely (a.k.a. Jesus) was the worst offender, because he usually showed little to no expression and this was a big problem, for him. Frequently, his lack of expression did not reflect the moving music or stressful situation. So, much boring/'flat' lip syncing was noticeable - which was too bad - especially given director Norman Jewison's masterpiece: "Fiddler On The Roof".
Speaking of a bad Jesus, though, the supposed "son of god" was largely-portrayed as a jerk. A crowd sang its praises to him, for example, but all he would do was put its members down (insult their intelligence) immediately after. Essentially, he said: "You're too stupid to understand me". What a jerk!
Jesus also tried to lie his way out of trouble. At one point, for instance, he told shoppers to stop disrespecting "his" father's place of worship.
Yet, when Herod later asked: "Are you the King of the Jews" or "son of god'" or something like that, Jesus replied: "You're words. Not mine."
What a liar!
He tried pulling the same stunt on Pilot and, predictably, it didn't work then, either! Clearly, Jesus was dumb! Irritating, unreliable and dumb! Also, he did not learn from his mistakes. Nor could he see into the future! Judas, for example, repeatedly warned Jesus to tone it down, because his frequently-big mouth was likely going to get him into trouble - which, as already alluded to, was exactly what happened. So, in addition to not being able to see the future, Jesus could also not take a hint or good advice!
What a jerk! What a fool and a jerk!Read more ›
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.
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Really great quality blu-ray. Sound was wonderful and picture was really great. I love this musical and would highly recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Jamie Kerr
One of my favourites - watch every year before Easter. Misplaced my first copy - very happy to be able to re-oder from
Amazon and have it back in my collection
Had to purchase cause our original copy worn out, all families have their own copy and we watch good friday coast to coastPublished 3 months ago by J. lemon
As already mentionned this is an amazing production so I won't go into those details. I watch this every Easter and for years I watched the DVD version and finally bought this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shepherdess Extraordinaire
Already owed this movie on VHS. Was looking for DVD. Purchase was simple and cost was more than affordable.Published 4 months ago by Mary Lynn T Way
Still have not watched it but sure will enjoy it when I do!Published 5 months ago by Jannie Blanchet
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 10 months ago by TigerLilly