The Greatest Story Ever Told [DVD] [1965]

  • SKU: 6679953
  • Release Date: 07/06/2004
  • Rating: G
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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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 13)

Special Features


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

Synopsis


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



Customer rating

4.7
93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great movie is made even greated on DVD

    Posted
    MisplacedOkie

    This is one of my favorite movies. I have it on video and have watched it so many times that the tape was becoming worn through. When I received a Best Buy gift certificate for Christmas, I promptly ordered three of my favorite movies ever. This was one of them. I love this film. The many, many famous actors, the setting, the narration, the chilling portrayal of the devil, the thrilling use of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus... The list goes on. The only down side is, is that the DVD seemed a little grainy to me. But, I quickly forgot about that as I became more and more absorbed into the movie. I'll be watching it again and again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    Posted
    KitKat
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    When I ordered this blue-ray dvd I expected it to be perfect clarity. I recently purchased a brand new Samsung 7150 tv and a new blue-ray player. I already had this movie on dvd but wanted it in blue ray. It was absolutely horrible. Very very grainy. Best Buy is going to exchange it, hopefully I just got a bad one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Title of this Movie says it Best!!!!!!!!

    Posted
    Susi
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    A Must watch movie for all Christians alike. I find this movie very stimulating and helps me to reflect deeper into my faith. Max Von Sydow was great in his role as Jesus Christ. It was a well done portrayal of his life on earth. I will look forward to watching this again soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellant! Spectacular!

    Posted
    Gmcjr
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    Wonderful story of the Life of our LORD! A must own for any follower believer of JESUS. As a Christian I am happy to own a copy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    Lynaria1
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    I've watched this movie several times and seem to notice something new every time. It's one of those movies you just don't get tired of seeing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    mcobra67
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    My mother loves these types of movies so I figured I would add to her collection. Maybe she will move away from VHS now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT MOVIE FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER.

    Posted
    ThePrince
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    THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD: IS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie!!!!!

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    jhr002
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    This film was true to the biblical record depicting jesus christ as the savior for the world.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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