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Jesus Christ Superstar (Special Edition) (Bilingual)

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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: NTSC, Widescreen, Color, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • 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: Jan. 15 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 207 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00028HBIO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,075 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The music was second-to-none and the choreography was okay, but some of the acting left much to be desired.

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!
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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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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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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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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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