The Greatest Story Ever Told [DVD] [1965]

  • SKU: 6679953
  • Release Date: 07/06/2004
  • Rating: G
  • 4.7 (12)
George Stevens' epic-scale retelling of the life of Jesus Christ gets a simple but caring release in this edition. The Greatest Story Ever Told, which appears on this DVD in its original 199-minute version, has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.75:1 and is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. Both the original English-language soundtrack and a dubbed French version have been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1; an English track in Dolby Digital Stereo is also included. Optional subtitles in French and Spanish also appear. No additional bonus materials appear on this release; a Special Edition disc with extras is also available.
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Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 12)

Special Features

  • Screen format: 16 x 9 widescreen (2.75:1)
  • English: 5.1 surround, stereo sound
  • French: 5.1 surround
  • French & Spanish subtitles


The Greatest Story Ever Told
Filmmaker George Stevens chose Monument Valley, Utah for his exterior sequences in The Greatest Story Ever Told, this ($20 million) adaptation of Fulton Oursler's best-selling book. The "Greatest Story" is, of course, the life of Jesus Christ, played herein by Max Von Sydow. The large supporting cast includes Dorothy McGuire as Mary, Claude Rains as Herod the Great, Jose Ferrer as Herod Antipas, Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, Donald Pleasence as Satan (identified only as "The Dark Hermit"), David McCallum as Judas Iscariot, Sidney Poitier as Simon of Cyrene, Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate and Martin Landau as Caiaphas. Even Robert Blake as Simon the Zealot, Jamie Farr as Thaddaeus, and motorcyle-flick veteran Richard Bakalyan as Dismas, the repentant thief, are well-suited to their roles. Originally roadshown at 260 minutes, Greatest Story Ever Told was later available in a 195-minute version. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Max von Sydow
    Max von Sydow - Jesus Christ
  • Dorothy McGuire
    Dorothy McGuire - Virgin Mary
  • Robert Loggia
    Robert Loggia - Joseph
  • Claude Rains
    Claude Rains - King Herod
  • Charlton Heston
    Charlton Heston - John the Baptist

Overall Customer Rating

4.7 out of 54.7
12 Reviews
92%of customers recommend this product.

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