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'Touched By An Angel: Amazing Grace'
(Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dyke, and Valerie Bertinelli, et al / DVD / NR / (2003) 2015 / CBS - Paramount)

Overview: A young man arrives in an inner-city town in Colorado, setting off a chain of events that change lives forever in this two-part television movie event.

DVD Verdict: In this incredible, still poignant to our lives today episode (Season 3, Episodes 20 and 21 - original first part air date, February 23rd, 1997) of 'Touched By An Angel: Amazing Grace, Vol. 3,' having lost her sight, Monica asks young Josh Greene (Austin O'Brien) to be her eyes, challenging him to see with his heart. And they get an eyeful when they arrive in a small Denver town with Michael Burns (George Newbern), disaffected, disillusioned and determined to leave - and fast. But Monica's boss has other plans for him and the small tight-knit urban community he encounters.

Starring Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dyke, this two part episode truly encapsulates the message that the show always brought to our homes - one of hope and faith, each and every week. Indeed, the moment in the episode where people walk out of their Sunday prayer meeting gently coming together (outside) to walk and sing both 'Amazing Grace' AND 'Oh Happy day' (whilst painting over some graffiti) is one of the most stirring, and most memorable scenes from the entire series.

The angelic combination of actors, Roma Downey, John Dye and the legendary Della Reese give a completeness, perhaps whole roundness to these inspiring hours. Each of them brings a special and unique warmth to their roles. The addition of Valerie Bertinelli (down the line) was very welcome and has brought a wonderful character of innocence and comic relief (for the sake of a better word) at the same time.

In closing, I am very thankful for this series and for the actors, directors, producers, writers and crew who dedicated their time to bringing episodes like this to us, year after year. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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