The King of Kings [DVD] [1961]

  • SKU: 17895173
  • Release Date: 06/30/2009
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 17)

Special Features


  • Vintage Documentary The Camera's Window Of The World
  • Premiere Newsreels
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


King of Kings
One major film star referred to director Nicholas Ray as a "loser," because of Ray's alleged willingness to let his more temperamental actors walk all over him. Evidently, Ray had a very compliant and cooperative cast in King of Kings, inasmuch as the film emerged as one of the most disciplined Biblical epics ever made. Jeffrey Hunter is cast as Jesus Christ, delivering a wholly credible performance in this most taxing of roles (never mind the wags who referred to the film as "I Was a Teenage Jesus"). Siobhan McKenna is a radiant if somewhat overaged Mary; Hurd Hatfield offers a properly preening Pontius Pilate; Rip Torn portrays Judas more for the tragedy than the treachery; Robert Ryan (a personal favorite of Ray's) is one of the best John the Baptists you're ever likely to see; and Harry Guardino convincingly interprets Barabbas as a firebrand political extremist. The only false note in the casting is the MGM-dictated selection of teenaged Brigid Bazlen as Salome. The best aspect of the film is its handling of the days after the Resurrection; the "Jesus sightings" are offered as secondhand information, so as to retain some of the mystery inherent in the Scriptures. King of Kings was previously filmed in 1927 by Cecil B. DeMille, with a middle-aged H.B. Warner as Jesus. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jeffrey Hunter
    Jeffrey Hunter - Jesus Christ
  • Hurd Hatfield
    Hurd Hatfield - Pontius Pilate
  • Siobhan McKenna
    Siobhan McKenna - Mary
  • Ron Randell
    Ron Randell - Lucius, the Centurion
  • Harry Guardino
    Harry Guardino - Barabbas



Overall customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest Biblical Epic Ever Filmed

    Posted
    reactorbear

    A major, major blockbuster for MGM in 1961. And one of the top money makers for MGM. Ahead of its time, being filmed in 70mm and multi-track stereo. Overalll a very liiterate, moving and historically accurate Bibllical film. Jeff Hunter took his role very seriously, and hit a home-run in his portrayal of Jesus Christ. Other movies,of the lifeof Christ, pale and seem bland by comparison. . Few movies have been produced were the music is such an integral part of the production, that one cannot imagine the film without it. Mikolas Rosa's score will raise goose bumps on your arms. I recommend not attempting to watch this film unless you have three consecutive hours availlable ,with no interrruptions, as you will not be able to pull yourself away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of three Great Movies depicting Jesus' Life!

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    Rolex16613
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    As in the Review Summary above, this is one of three great movies depicting Jesus' Life. Jeffrey Hunter portrays Jesus and gives a incredibly powerful performance. It is in the quiet times that Hunter is able to convey the inner strength that Jesus possessed. Robert Ryan's portrayal of John the Baptist is equally powerful. I mentioned three Movies, depicting Jesus' Life. The other two are: The Greatest Story Ever Told with Max Von Sydow as Jesus and Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, and The Passion Of The Christ with Person of Interest's Jim Caviezel as Jesus. I highly recommend: King of Kings, as well as the other two Movies, I mention.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic Movie in Spectacular Form

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    BigRedBeliever
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    For those who are fans of this blockbuster Biblical movie, watching it in Blu-Ray is like seeing it with completely different cinematography. The scenes and characters and backgrounds come alive with much more color, majesty, and depth. It is a classic version of this classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is an excellent movie

    Posted
    Dede
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    I have seen this movie before. I have it on VHS but no longer have a player. It is so good I checked to see if it was available on DVD. Now I am going to order it. I would recommend this movie to everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent film

    Posted
    MooneyJoey
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    I remember this movie as a child and always loved it, so getting a copy now was top on my list. And boy was it worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Nearly As Good As 'Jesus of Nazareth'

    Posted
    kevman79

    This 1961 film depicting the life of Christ is ok, but the acting seems wooden and in my opinion it doesn't even come close to the 1977 made for tv miniseries titled 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Widescreen, sparse extras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must have for Easter

    Posted
    OldCowgirl
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    Now I can watch this whenever I want. I don't have to wait for Easter for Christmas for a showing. I have great memories of watching King of Kings with my mother every Easter/Christmas.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    An ok movie

    Posted
    Thatsme
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    Not as good a movie as many others about Jesus. Disappointed after hearing great things about this movie. Definitely one of my poorest decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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