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Veteran British filmmaker Philip Saville directs the religious epic The Gospel of John, a production of the Canadian company Visual Bible International. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel According to John, written sometime during the first century. The gospel contains four segments: an introduction to the nature of Jesus Christ; testimony by disciples and the presence of miracles; the Last Supper and crucifixion; and the appearance of the risen Christ. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and...
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Overview

Veteran British filmmaker Philip Saville directs the religious epic The Gospel of John, a production of the Canadian company Visual Bible International. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel According to John, written sometime during the first century. The gospel contains four segments: an introduction to the nature of Jesus Christ; testimony by disciples and the presence of miracles; the Last Supper and crucifixion; and the appearance of the risen Christ. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and Christopher Plummer provides voice-over narration. The Gospel of John was shown in a special presentation at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes new 2-hour version plus original 3-hour theatrical version; Historicial background; Production Design: The Making of The Gospel of John; Cast and filmmakers featurette; Interactive map of The Holy Land: The Miracles of Jesus; Glossary of historical terms; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French and Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • UPC: 786936281842
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,624

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Ian Cusick Jesus Christ
Christopher Plummer Voice Only
Daniel Kash Peter
Richard Lintern Pharisee Leader
Stephen Russell Pontius Pilate
John Handy John the Baptist
Scott Handy John the Baptist
Stuart Bunce John
Lynsey Baxter Mary Magdalene
Tristan Gemmill Andrew
Elliot Levey Nathanael
Diego Matamoros Nicodemus
Andy Velasquez Thomas the Twin
Alan Van Sprang Judas Iscariot
Stuart H. Fox Blind Man
David Meyer Lame Man
Nancy Palk Samaritan Woman
Diana Berriman Mary, Mother of Jesus
Nicholas Van Burek Young Levite
Cedric Smith Caiaphas
William Pappas Elderly Levite
Andrew Pifko Philip
Technical Credits
Philip Saville Director
Michel Arcand Editor
Michel Archand Editor
Miroslaw Baszak Cinematographer
Ian Brock Art Director
Chris Chrisafis Producer
Jeff Danna Score Composer
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Garth H. Drabinsky Producer
John Goldsmith Screenwriter
Myron I. Gottlieb Executive Producer
Debra Hanson Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin F. Katz Executive Producer
Cal Loucks Set Decoration/Design
Joel B. Michaels Executive Producer
Collin Niemi Art Director
Sandy Pearl Executive Producer
Andrew Shea Asst. Director
Don Taylor Production Designer
Clyde Wagner Associate Producer
Ron Wisman Jr. Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Theatrical Three-Hour Version
1. 1:1-28 Prologue and the Word of Life
2. 1:29-50 Lamb of God, the First Disciples
3. 2:1-22 The Cana Wedding, Jesus Goes to the Temple
4. 2:23, 3:1-36, 4:1-2 Jesus and Nicodemus, Jesus and John
5. 4:3-44 Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
6. 4:45-54, 5:1-14 Healing the Official's Son, Healing the Lame Man
7. 5:15-47, 6:1 Authority of the Son, Witnesses to Jesus
8. 6:2-24 Feeding the Five Thousand, Walking on Water
9. 6:25-70 Bread of Life, Words of Eternal Life
10. 7:1-44 Festival of Shelters, the Attempted Arrest
11. 7:45-52, 8:1-30 The Adulterous Woman, the Light of the World
12. 8:31-59 Truth Will Set You Free, Jesus and Abraham
13. 9:1-12 Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
14. 9:13-34 Pharisees Question the Blind Man
15. 9:35-41, 10:1-21 Spiritual Blindness, Jesus the Good Shepherd
16. 10:22-40 Jesus Is Rejected
17. 11:1-27 Jesus Is the Resurrection and the Life
18. 11:28-45 Lazarus Brought to Life
19. 11:46-57 The Plot Against Jesus
20. 12:1-11 Jesus Annointed at Bethany
21. 12:12-50 The Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem
22. 13:1-20 Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet
23. 13:21-38, 14:1-14 Jesus Predicts His Betrayal and Denial, the Way to the Father
24. 14:15-31, 15:1-6 The Promise of the Holy Spirit, the Real Vine
25. 15:7-27, 16:1-11 Love One Another
26. 16:12-33, 17:1-9 Victory Over the World
27. 17:10-26 Jesus Prays for His Disciples
28. 18:1-27 The Arrest of Jesus, Peter's Denial
29. 18:28-40, 19:1-12 Jesus Before Pilate
30. 19:13-37 Jesus Is Crucified
31. 19:38-42, 20:1-18 The Burial, the Empty Tomb
32. 20:19-30 Jesus Appears to His Disciples
33. 21:1-25 Jesus and Peter, Conclusion
34. Credits
Side #2 -- Two-Hour Version
1. Prologue and the Word of Life [2:47]
2. Lamb of God, The First Disciples [5:44]
3. The Cana Wedding, Jesus Goes to the Temple [5:30]
4. Jesus and Nicodemus, Jesus and John [2:42]
5. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman [3:47]
6. Healing the Official's Son, Healing the Lame Man [5:54]
7. Authority of the Son, Witnesses to Jesus [3:49]
8. Feeding the Five Thousand, Walking on Water [5:32]
9. Bread of Life, Words of Eternal Life [4:24]
10. Festival of Shelters, the Attempted Arrest [3:53]
11. The Adulterous Woman, the Light of the World [3:06]
12. Truth Will Set You Free, Jesus and Abraham [3:51]
13. Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind [2:54]
14. Pharisees Question the Blind Man [3:20]
15. Jesus Is Rejected [3:29]
16. Jesus Is the Resurrection and the Life [3:36]
17. Lazarus Brought to Life [4:01]
18. The Plot Against Jesus [1:10]
19. Jesus Anointed at Bethany [1:59]
20. The Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem [4:18]
21. Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet [3:39]
22. Jesus Predicts His Betrayal and Denial, the Way to the Father [2:28]
23. Love One Another [2:34]
24. Victory Over the World [:21]
25. Jesus Prays for His Disciples [3:00]
26. The Arrest of Jesus, Peter's Denial [5:23]
27. Jesus Before Pilate [6:50]
28. Jesus Is Crucified [8:15]
29. The Burial, the Empty Tomb [4:16]
30. Jesus Appears to His Disciples [3:24]
31. Jesus and Peter, Conclusion [6:20]
32. Credits [6:56]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Theatrical Three-Hour Version
   Play Feature
   Chapter & Verse
   Special Features
      Enhanced Viewing: Periodically, an Icon Will Appear on the Screen; When the Icon Appears, Use the Select or Enter Button on Your Remote Control to Access Additional Information About Geography, Religious Figures and Historical Events: On
      Enhanced Viewing: Periodically, an Icon Will Appear on the Screen; When the Icon Appears, Use the Select or Enter Button on Your Remote Control to Access Additional Information About Geography, Religious Figures and Historical Events: Off
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Two-Hour Version
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Historical Background
         Jesus, Son of God
         The World of Jesus
         Word for Word
         Glossary of Terms
         Bibliography and Filmography
      Production Design
      About the Cast
         Jesus - Henry Ian Cusick
         Jesus - Henry Ian Cusick: Play Video
         Narrator - Christopher Plummer
         Narrator - Christopher Plummer: Play Video
         Simon Peter - Daniel Kash
         Leading Pharisee - Richard Lintern
         Pontius Pilate - Stephen Russell
         John the Baptist - Scott Handy
         John - Stuart Bunce
         Mary Magdalene - Lynsey Baxter
         Andrew - Tristan Gemmill
         Philip - Andrew Pifko
         Nathanael - Elliot Levey
         Nicodemus - Diego Matamoros
         Thomas the Twin - Andy Velasquez
         Judas Iscariot - Alan Van Sprang
         Blind Man - Stuart Fox
         Lame Man - David Meyer
         Samaritan Woman - Nancy Palk
         Mother of Jesus - Diana Berriman
         Young Levite - Nicolas Van Burek
         Elderly Levite - William Pappas
         Caiaphas - Cedric Smith
      About the Filmmakers
         Director - Philip Saville
         Screenwriter - John Goldsmith
         Producer - Garth H. Drabinsky
         Producer - Chris Chrisafis
         Executive Producer - Sandy Pearl
         Executive Producer - Joel B. Michaels
         Executive Producer - Myron I. Gottlieb
         Executive Producer - Martin Katz
         Director of Photography - Miroslaw Baszak
         Production Designer - Don Taylor
         Editor - Michel Arcand
         Costume Designer - Debra Hanson
         Composer - Jeff Danna
         Music Supervisor - Stephen Cera
         Orchestrator & Conductor - Nicholas Dodd
         Hair & Make Up Designer - Trefor Proud
         Production Sound Mixer - David Lee
      Academic Advisory Committee
         Peter Richardson, Chairman
         Alan F. Segal
         Adele Reinhartz
         Bruce Waltke
         Patricia Dutcher-Walker
         Charles Hendrick
         Carolyn Osiek
         Stephen Breck Reid
         Tony Michael
      Interactive Map of the Holy Land: The Miracle of Jesus
         Judea
            Galilee
               Cana¹
               Cana²
               Capernaum
               Lake Tiberias
               Feeding Five Thousand
            Sychar
            Jerusalem
               Golgotha
               Temple
               Pool of Bethzatha
               Entrance to Jerusalem
               Pool of Siloam
               Gihon Spring
            Bethany
      Trailer
      Production Credits for DVD and Special Features
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Inspirational. A "Must Have" for the Entire Family!

    This moving DVD, "The Gospel According to John" is both interesting and educational. It is extremely well done visually and from a research perspective. The documentary is especially ideal for those who are visual learners and individuals with poor eyesight, unable to read the bible. Yet, it is also entertaining in the most reverent sense of the word. I would enjoy seeing the entire Holy Bible formated in this manner. This History Channel special makes an excellent gift for men, women, children of all ages, families, classrooms (where permitted) and Sunday school. I need the inspirational lift it provides from time-to-time, when down and out. I love playing this and similar films around each religious holiday (i.e. Christmastime, Easter, Lent, Passover, Hanukkah, Advent). It is presented in a "non-preaching" manner - a bonus. It is about compassion, not judgement, as life should be. Perfect for everyone's film library. It is in my "spiritual" section, among other History station and A&E channel presentations on DVD - many found at B&N.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This film , while faithful to the Scriptural texts, presents Jesus as a friendly human being;

    I would emphasis the description "friendly", since other films have made Him too "holy", not very approachable.

    I found it excellent, a way to come into contact with the real Person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    True to the Word

    We have found this video to be true to the Gospel of John. The actors are excellent, the scenery/sets are fantastic. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Visually compelling faithful representation of the Gospel of John.

    I encountered this version in a bible study of the Gospel of John. It was a suprisingly faithful adaptation of the gospel. The acting is very good with some of Britains very good if not well known actors. There is the three hour version which can get a bit long but sticks closely to the scripture and the two hour version (both included in the DVD) which presents the most well known sections of the scripture. It does not incite controversy in its presentation but does aid in understanding and in discussng the gospel. This is not a grand mega hollywood spectacular, but a rather good, honest telling of the story.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Gospel of John

    This is historically thought provoking to say the least. What a way to get to know Jesus if you don't already. Delicious.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Best Movie ever made

    We had rented this movie a couple years back at a BlockBuster & We knew we had to have this movie. My husband watches it over & over. <BR/>I loan this movie out to anyone with any questions regarding "God" "Jesus". This movie is straight out of the new testament. This is the most beautiful, comprehensive, knowledgable movie I have ever seen. I have to order 2 more because every time I loan ours out my husband hopes it will be returned? You never know, that's how great it is. This is a must have for your movie collection. <BR/>Be Blessed -Terri

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL!!!! I LOVE IT!!!

    I got to see this movie when it was out in the theaters, and I loved it! This movie is completely accurate & word-for-word from the Scriptures! The acting is great, the costumes are beautiful, and the music is completely timeless! Henry Ian Cusick was excellent at his role as Jesus! He portrayed a very warm, loving, caring, compassionate, smiling, sweet, and kind Jesus that was both "human" and "divine." You just wanted to jump into the screen and HUG HIM!!! Other actors I thought were completely superb were Daniel Kash (Simon Peter), Lynsey Baxter (Mary Magdalene), Alan Van Sprang (Judas Iscariot), and Stephen Russel (Pontius Pilate). I also thought the actor who played the "Leading Pharisee" did a good job! Henry Ian Cusick's performance as Jesus will warm your heart, and the crucifixion scenes will send you to tears! This movie is sure to become a classic! I highly recommend it for any Christian who loves Jesus!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Biblical Movie Ever...New Distribution Info.

    If no other movie is a five star movie, this one alone is. It is the best Biblical production I've ever seen. It is by far the best movie covering the life of Jesus Christ. Many other popular titles make Jesus look drab, miserable, bitter, pathetic, and completely hopeless. Notable exceptions include 'Passion of the Christ' (2004), 'Jesus' (2000), and the vignettes from Michael W. Smith's music video for the song 'Secret Ambition' (1990). Oh, did I mention this movie is superior to all the others I've seen (i.e. better overall than 'The Passion of the Christ,' although the latter has some outstanding cinemagraphic features--slow motion sequences, rich textures, etc.). Other reviewers have 'similar wonderful reviews' for a 'similar title' distributed by VISUAL BIBLE INTL....maybe they should be copied & pasted to this section, some think.... My primary focus for the remainder of this review will be on removing obstacles for other shoppers who have seen the Visual Bible project's 'Gospel of John,' and are wondering what this 'Gospel of John' is like before they plunk down their hard-earned cash. Quick Answer: Yes, go ahead and buy it. Extended Answer: It was $50, now it's half-priced. I imagine the menus & end credits are revised, but if it holds to the word-for-word mission of the Visual Bible project, then it is the same feature presentation. The Visual Bible Intl. Version of this movie was on shelves in 2004, but was pulled off, and sent to 'The Movie Graveyard;' and even the sales associates who shared this information were puzzled, 'that normally only happens to Disney Movies¿(???)...' The folks at the local Barnes & Noble could still order it for me when Wal-Mart & Blockbuster could not (after I traded BB a bagful of my own DVD's to order it!), but with my 'buyers confusion,' and with new-found budgeting concerns, I waited and researched... With effort (& with the internet) the story unfolded; the project needed $¤ME kind of A$$I$TAN¢E, and Disney (owner of Buena Vista), de¢ided to £end a hand, perhaps to regain many of the departed values-based customers. They reportedly intend to resume the Visual Bible project of bringing the entire Bible to film. Already begun with the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of John, and Acts of the Apostles, the Visual Bible project now has a good prospect for completion, and at the high standards intended. Not only that, the 'Gospel of John' matches the cover to 'The Passion' (increasing and preserving the 'set' or 'collection' value of both movies), they're now more economically priced, and more widely available, due to Disney's huge market presence. That means the Good News (or 'Gospel') John intended to share with all people will be available to most everyone!

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