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Sacred Classics, Vol. 2 [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally mastered
  • Interactive menus
  • Chapter selections
  • Digitally enhanced audio 5.1

Synopsis

Martin Luther
Virtually every Lutheran in America has seen Martin Luther during a church-basement screening. Niall McGinniss plays the title role, while the rest of the cast is an adroit mixture of professional actors, clerics and Biblical scholars. The film recounts Martin Luther's 16th-century break from Catholicism, his posting of the 95 theses, and his ultimate creation of the Protestant Movement. The dramatic highlight is Luther's "Here I stand" speech, straightforwardly directed by Irving Pichel (who also plays a supporting role). Filmed in West Germany, Martin Luther was a collaboration between Lutheran Productions Inc. and Louis de Rochemont associates. The film caused a minor brouhaha when its Chicago TV debut in 1956 was successfully blocked by the local Catholic Archdiocese. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

David and Goliath
Very loosely based on its Biblical source, this standard Italian sword-and-sandal action film stars Orson Welles as an intense, inward-turning King Saul, deteriorating at the same time that David is rising in renown. The shepherd David (Ivo Payer) is sent to the Israelite forces with supplies for his older brothers when he first discovers who Goliath is -- the giant over nine feet tall that challenges any single warrior to meet him one-on-one in battle. If someone takes up his challenge, it would decide whether the Israelites or Philistines are victorious in their current stand-off. David's one-shot victory turns the tide and hastens Saul's decline. The monarch's lithesome daughters Merab and Michal are played by Eleonora Rossi-Drago and Giulia Rubini, his son Jonathan is portrayed by Pierre Cressoy, and Goliath by Kronos, a muscular "giant" of European circus and music hall circuits. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Hill Number One
Filmed in color, the 60-minute Hill Number One was an episode of the TV religious anthology Family Theatre. Father Patrick Peyton hosts this star-studded Easter special, wherein the story of the Resurrection is told in flashback form at a contemporary family gathering. As always, Fr. Peyton has assembled an impressive cast, including Roddy McDowell, Michael Ansara, Leif Erickson and Ruth Hussey. What makes this special truly special is the early appearance by James Dean, who delivers an earnest, non-mumbling performance as the apostle John. Dean's brief scenes have since been excerpted in many a TV documentary devoted to the late actor's career. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

I Beheld His Glory
Originally produced for the religious TV series Family Theatre, I Beheld His Glory is told from the point of view of Roman centurion Cornelius (George Macready). Macready was on duty the day that Jesus Christ (Robert Wilson) made his fateful journey up Mount Calvary towards His crucifixion. A nonbeliever up until the moment of the Seven Last Words, the centurion was at last moved to remark "Truly this Man was the Son of God." Lowell Gilmore also appears as a brusque, short-tempered Pontius Pilate. I Beheld His Glory has remained in constant circulation since its first telecast during Easter Week, 1953. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Niall MacGinnis
    Niall MacGinnis - Martin Luther
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    John Ruddock - Vicar von Staupitz
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    Pierre Lefevre - Spalatin
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    Guy Verney - Melanchthon
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    Alastair Hunter - Carlstadt
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