“Charlton Heston Presents the Bible” DVD Review

“Charlton Heston Presents The Bible”
Directed by: Tony Westman
Starring: Charlton Heston
Studio: Warner Bros Home Entertainment
Not Rated
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011

One of the most popular religious programs in American history is finally being given a proper release through a major studio. Warner Bros Home Entertainment is releasing “Charlton Heston Presents The Bible” on DVD after having last been put out by Good Times in 2004. The four-disc collection takes us on a journey through the lands and settings for some of the most pivotal events recorded in Biblical history.

Here are the four discs included in the set:

“‘Genesis’-In the beginning… Revisit the wonder of creation, the story of Adam and Eve, the time of Noah, the Great Flood and more.

‘The Story of Moses”-I have been a stranger in a strange land… The clashes with Pharaoh, the Exodus and Red Sea’s parting, the 10 Commandments – all part of the tale of the leader and lawgiver.

‘Jesus of Nazareth”-For unto you is born this day… Explore His ministry, miracles and message against backdrops that include the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beatitudes and more.

‘The Passion’-Peace be unto you…. The Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa and other sites provide settings for a powerful exploration of Jesus’s trial, crucifixion and resurrection.

The cinematography for “Charlton Heston Presents The Bible” by documentary filmmaker Tony Westman perfectly captures the legendary actor’s trip through the Holy Land. He has great big track and crane shots with Heston strolling past ancient buildings and columns. There’s also very personal shots where we are made to feel as if we are standing right next to him in the Jordan River. It really is as if we are on a guided tour being led by a classic celebrity.

The actor approaches “Charlton Heston Presents The Bible” with the conviction and enthusiasm of a true believer in the words he is reciting. He fully embraces each and every character he reads about as if he were standing on a stage directly in front of thousands of people. It’s a very impressive sight to see him perform this kind of one-man show with the ancient world as a backdrop.

The only special feature in this collection of “Charlton Heston Presents The Bible” is a 30-minute “Behind the Scenes” featurette. It has interviews with Charlton Heston, executive producer Fraser Heston, director Tony Westman, and others about the making of this great mini-series. There’s also footage of the project being filmed. For some reason, the same “Behind the Scenes” featurette is included on all four discs.

“Charlton Heston Presents The Bible” would be a welcome addition to any religious person’s DVD collection. I’m sure that even history buffs that don’t necessarily believe in The Bible would enjoy it because of Heston’s dramatic storytelling and the great locations showcased. It makes for an interesting watch and helps to put images to life when we get to see the locations where all these different holy events are thought to have taken place.

You can buy “Charlton Heston Presents The Bible” right here.