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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Killing Jesus'
(Kelsey Grammer, Rufus Sewell, Haaz Sleiman, et al / Blu ray+DVD / NR / 2015 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Based on the New York Times best seller by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, 'Killing Jesus' is an epic motion picture event chronicling the life and death of Jesus as never before.

Blu ray+DVD Verdict: Oh dear! 'Killing Jesus' purports to be a historical look at the story of Jesus. Really? What kind of historical portrayal dismisses, seemingly at will, the accuracy of the oldest and only authentic accounts (by eyewitnesses, no less), viz., the Gospels, and replaces their testimony with information derived from - what? The imagination of a researcher or script writer who lives twenty centuries after the fact? And based on what? The presupposition that since the miraculous is "spiritual," it isn't verifiable and can only have been a product of the imagination of the people who merely though they saw the events?

Also, according to O’Reilly, Paul was “a former Pharisee who became a convert to Christianity.” Paul was not a Christian; he was a Jew who moved from one branch of Judaism to another. He never uses the word Christian. It seems that the early members of the Jesus movement referred to themselves as followers of “the Way.” Indeed, the word Christian wasn’t used until the end of the first century C.E. The first generation of Jesus' followers lived and died as Jews.

Most egregiously, it fails miserably to account for the evidence of His bodily resurrection from the dead and replaces it with contrived scenes of the women at the tomb and later Peter somehow coming to realize that Jesus must be alive after all. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Actor Revelations: The Cast Members Describe Their Characters
Costume Design and Makeup
Production and Location Featurettes
Director's Vision
The Power Struggle of the Time
Behind the Scenes: Killing Jesus

Individual Featurette Titles (from above):
What It's Like to Play Jesus
Getting Into Character with Haaz Sleiman
Stephen Moyer on Playing Pontius Pilate
Kelsey Grammer on Playing King Herod
Stephanie Leonidas on Playing Salome
Abhin Galeya on Playing John the Baptist
Eoin Macken on Playing Antipas
Joe Doyle on Playing Judas
John Rhys Davies on Playing Annas
Emmanuelle Chriqui on Playing Herodia
Killing Jesus: The Costumes
The Women's Costumes
Killing Jesus: The Make-Up
Killing Jesus: Behind the Production
Filming in Morocco
The Director, Chris Menaul
The Power Struggle of the Time