Sacred Classics [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

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

Synopsis

The Great Commandment
Filmed independently in 1939, The Great Commandment finally attained released in 1942 via 20th Century-Fox. Set in 30 AD, the story concerns the burgeoning Christian movement, and its effects on young Judean scholar named Joel (John Beal). A hotheaded reactionary, Joel spearheads an uprising against the Romans, but his warlike impulses melt away under the influence of Jesus of Nazareth. Joel even "turns the other cheek" when dealing with the warrior who murdered his brother. Director Irving Pichel later helmed such inspirational church-basement fare as 1952's Martin Luther and 1954's Day of Triumph. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Esther and the King
Just over a decade before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington in television's Dynasty series, Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The setting is Persia in the 4th century BC, as Esther comes to the attention of the recently widowed King Ahasuerus. The king has been trying to stifle and defeat the campaign of hatred fomented against the Jews by his evil minister Haman (Sergio Fantoni). Before the King can pair off with Esther and defeat the villainous Haman, there are several intervening adventures and an additional, attractive woman who competes for attention. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Joseph and His Brethren
This release directed by Irving Rapper is a dramatization of the Old Testament tale of Joseph, who ascends from slavery to the position of minister in the court of the pharaoh. ~ Jennifer Lackman, Rovi

The Power of the Resurrection
As told to his young cellmate by Simon Peter during his imprisonment, this dramatization chronicles the finals days of Christ's life, the Resurrection, and the Reformation. ~ Jeaniff Dorset, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Beal
    John Beal - Joel
  • Maurice Moscovich
    Maurice Moscovich - Lamech
  • Albert Dekker
    Albert Dekker - Longinus
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    Marjorie Cooley - Tamar
  • Lloyd Corrigan
    Lloyd Corrigan - Jemuel
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