Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

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Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Norman Jewison, Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman

     
 

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Norman Jewison's big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar gets a new deluxe DVD release that hit stores the same day as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film has never lookedSee more details below

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Overview

Norman Jewison's big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar gets a new deluxe DVD release that hit stores the same day as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film has never looked better on home video. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. The supplemental materials provide a great deal of background information. An interview with Tim Rice lays out the story of how the initial record and the stage show came to be, and that leads nicely into the commentary track recorded by Jewison and star Ted Neeley. They are full of affection for the film, and although the track occasionally suffers from too much patting each other on the back, it is nice to see how well Neeley remembers many details about the cast. A still photo gallery rounds out this solid release from Universal.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Norman Jewison's Jesus Christ Superstar may not be the most tuneful rendering of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beautiful score and Tim Rice's deconstructive lyrics, but that's precisely what makes it the definitive realization of Webber and Rice's work. The 1973 film oozes human emotion, better encapsulated by cracking voices than golden throats. This crucial thematic approach starts with Ted Neeley as Christ, an imperfect, temperamental saint whose frail voice plants him firmly in the world of mortals. Not only does Neeley look the part, he lives it. But Carl Anderson's Judas carries the film. Wiry, acrobatic, and torn apart by anguish and confusion, Anderson is part sneaky fox, part peaceful dove, as complex as the part was written. While many directors have chosen unconventional settings to stage Superstar, Jewison was smart to film on location in Israel, as the stark, arid climate both drives home the themes and gives the Biblical story a sense of place. Jewison understood that the lyrics themselves -- "If you came today you could have reached a whole nation/Israel in 4 B.C. had no mass communication" -- provided as much anachronism as the film needed. The standout scene is the intense, lively ode from Simon Zealotes (Larry Marshall), which includes an inimitably choreographed number that likens the hippie movement to the followers of Christ. Bob Bingham's guttural Caiaphas also makes a lasting impression. Far superior to Godspell, the similarly themed hippie
eligious outing released the same year, Jesus Christ Superstar remains repeatedly watchable for its rousing, unabashed earnestness that narrowly steers clear of excess. It's also a glorious snapshot of an era and the imagination inspired by it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
UPC:
0025192578625
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
11,830

Special Features

Feature commentary with director Norman Jewison and actor Ted Neeley; Exclusive interview with master lyricist Tim Rice; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Neeley Jesus Christ
Carl Anderson Judas Iscariot
Yvonne Elliman Mary Magdalene
Barry Dennen Pontius Pilate
Bob Bingham Caiaphas
Josh Mostel King Herod
Pi Douglas Apostles
Thommie Walsh Actor
Kurt Yahgjian Annas
Robert LuPone Apostle
Jonathan Wynne Apostle
Richard Molinare Apostle
Jeffrey Hyslop Apostle
Marcia McBroom Woman
Leeyan Granger Woman
Ron Hyatt Actor
Larry Marshall Simon Zealotes
Philip Toubus Peter
André Previn Conductor

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Melvyn Bragg Screenwriter
John Clark Art Director
Antony Gibbs Editor
Keith Grant Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Iscove Choreography
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Palmer Associate Producer
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Herbert Spencer Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Stigwood Producer
Andrew Lloyd Webber Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture: Heaven on Their Minds [10:56]
2. What's the Buzz? [2:22]
3. Strange Thing Mystifying [4:52]
4. Everything's Alright [7:50]
5. Hosanna [3:37]
6. Simon Zealotes [5:57]
7. Pilate's Dream [1:44]
8. The Temple [1:53]
9. My Temple Should Be [4:54]
10. I Don't Know How to Love Him [5:15]
11. Damned for All Time [4:08]
12. The Last Supper [4:50]
13. Gethsemane [2:27]
14. The Arrest, Part One [6:10]
15. The Arrest, Part Two [1:56]
16. Peter's Denial [2:16]
17. Pilate and Christ [2:39]
18. King Herod's Song [2:16]
19. Could We Start Again Please? [3:16]
20. Judas' Death [3:47]
21. Trial Before Pilate [4:48]
22. Superstar [6:57]
23. The Crucifixion [4:06]
24. End Titles [5:16]

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