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Jesus Christ Superstar (DVD)

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Genre: Musicals & Classical / Theatrical Release: 1973 / Director: Norman Jewison / Actors: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson ... / DVD released 07 March, 2005 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, PAL, Widescreen

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      19.09.2003 01:42
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      I would have loved to see this in a threatre on a proper stage! I first saw this when my school acted out the production, and I didn't really understand what was happening, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. So, I asked my grandad for his dvd of the theatre production. Although I am not a devoted Christian, I was very moved by the film. I thought that the film showed more of Judas, which was brilliant as Jerome Pradon has a wonderful voice. He has such great facial expressions, and seems get completely lost in his performance. He is one of the best actors I have ever seen. I was quite suprised to learn that he was French after I'd seen it! I definitly thought he stole the show, and gave Judas a whole different side. It shows that he wasnt just a betrayer, he had reasons and motives. And he felt extremely guilty afterards. The part at the end where he's in leather is quite sad when he sees what he's done! Jesus seems to be made out to be a bit of a wuss in the film, and he almost collapses at the beggining when he has the argument with Judas, and then has the stroppiest face at the end when he's fighting with Judas again! I didnt really understand why Jesus was saying that they couldnt really make an impression on poverty, as this is going against most of what he preached about. Renee Castle is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen and she sings perfectly. Tony Vincent is one of the hottest men on the planet, and I recently saw the 'We Will Rock You' performance, man that guy can sing! I dont remember his name, but Peter has a gorgeously deep voice! Angus (I think thats how its spelt) and Pilate also have brilliant voices and are both perfect for their roles! I loved this movie, and the songs are so catchy! I'd recommend this to anyone hwo hasnt seen it! My grandad will definitly have to wait a few more years until he gets his dvd back!!!

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        16.09.2001 18:15
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        Jesus Christ Superstar is another classic from the geniuses Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. After seeing the show in the theatre twice, and really enjoying it both times, I decided to buy the DVD and I have not been disappointed. Jesus Christ Superstar was launched onto the West End stage in 1971. Despite the controversy and protests by some (all of which you can find out about as one of the 'extras' on the disc), it is still an amazing piece of work, 30 years on. The story is a representation of the last days of Jesus Christ's life from the viewpoint of Judas. The performance on the DVD is set out as though it were performed at a large theatre. There are only 2 or 3 different scenes, so don't expect it to be like a film with realistic buildings and effects. The stars of the show are: Glenn Carter - Jesus Christ He really has a very strong voice and makes light work of his difficult high notes. He has the typical hair and facial appearances that we have come to recognise as symbolising what Jesus looked like. He is perfect for the part. To an amateur eye, like my own, he puts in a faultless performance. Jerome Pradon - Judas Iscariot My favourite character. Initially I thought that Jerome Pradon was not really suitable for the part. He appears to have some difficulty at times with his high notes, which can sound a bit screechy and wavery. You find yourself sitting there willing him to make the note! But as you watch and re-watch the DVD it soon becomes clear that there is far more to him that just his voice. He makes himself into Judas. The gestures, the body language, his perfectly timed wry smiles. All these things you miss at the theatre, and indeed miss the first time you watch the DVD. Every time you see the performance you pick up on more and more of these subtleties. For me, Jerome Pradon is THE star of the show because he can almost make you believe in what he is si
        nging. He looks like he is feeling the pain that he portrays so well. Renee Castle - Mary Magdalene A beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. She makes all her lyrics exceptionally clear, and also puts in what I would say is a faultless performance. Rik Mayall - King Herod This is the one let down of the entire performance. Why, oh why, was he cast in this part? Is it because he is famous and would make the show more popular/appealing? This can be the only reason because the man cannot sing. Thankfully he only has one song. He speaks and shouts most of his lyrics, occasionally changing his style to sing a few notes, causing you to grimace every time. I've got nothing against the man - I'm not particularly a fan of his TV work, but I feel he really spoils the part of King Herod. The rest of the cast all put in strong performances, especially Simon Zealotes, and together they make it an absolutely splendid overall show. All I can say is that the more and more you watch it, the better it gets. For all those of you that are interested in the extras that are offered, you will find: 1) The Making of Jesus Christ Superstar - which includes a bit about the history of the show, as well as interviews which cast members, the director, and Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber. 2) Trailers of 'Cats' and 'Joseph' Not much, but then again, I only ever buy DVDs for the main content and not because of the extras. If you are a Lloyd Webber and Rice fan, then this will make a fine addition to your DVD collection.

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          09.02.2001 18:42
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          I have seen the stage musical three times, and am a big fan, and have to say I was somewhat sceptical about this filmed version. However, I was very pleasantly surprised, and would recommend it to anybody who has ever seen the stage version, or people who may have heard about it and want to experience it for themselves. The only bad point is Rik Mayalls attempt at singing - nice try, but stick to do the day job! There is also a very interesting extra on the DVD version thata tells the story of JCS and how the musical and this film were made. Makes the DVD well worth buying.

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            27.01.2001 04:55
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            The opening sequence of this new production pretty much sets the tone of the whole piece. We see some distinctly dodgy-looking disciples, all in modern dress, graffiting (French, seemingly) rebel slogans on walls - and then Judas enters. Looking nothing like the character in the seventies movie, this Judas is a tough guy. He's wearing jeans and a leather jacket, as he does through much of the show. I also thought he was very attractive, but that's probably a subjective thing. Jesus isn't very traditional, either. He has longish hair, but that's it. His outfit changes over time from combat trousers and a t-shirt to a more customary long white robe. So, the most important thing about these two: can they sing? Oh yeah. The voices of the whole cast are stunning - Mary Magdelene in particular has one of the most beautiful female voices I've heard. Come on, you all know the story - small town carpenter's kid makes good, only to be betrayed by his friend and crucified by the people he tried to help. This musical puts a slightly different spin on things. Judas is Jesus' best friend, and the only one of the Twelve not to be so caught up with 'heaven on their minds' that he can't see the inevitable. When he witnesses Jesus' breakdown at the temple, and his relationship with Magdelene, he turns him in, later commiting suicide after seeing Jesus in prison. Judas is the main character, and if the actor's not strong enough to carry the show it falls to bits. Thankfully, Jerome Pradon is electrifying in the role. His best moment is the title song, when Judas briefly returns from (we assume) hell to witness his friend's crucifixion - complete with camera crew and go-go dancers. The actually execution is harrowing to watch with Judas feeling the pain along with Jesus. If I had one complaint about this, it's that the sets are so obviously that, but I think it works better than if they'd spent tons of money going on l
            ocation. Essential for musical and Andrew Lloyd Webber fans.

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              29.12.2000 23:17
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              Having seen the original stage production back in the seventies as well as watching the film version of the same time starring Robert Powell I was kind of hoping that the new version would drop into my stocking this Christmas. Well thanks Santa it did, my daughter who accompanies me on our many trips up west to the theatre bought me the video which Woollies kindly let me change for the DVD version. I put in on in anticipation, what a let down! the screenplay is rubbish. The songs are true to the original & the standard of singing second to none. The set is boring & if you are not familiar with the concept of the film all you will get is one song after another. This was originaly a great production & if this version is based on the recent revial I am glad I did not waste my money on a theatre visit. Cats & Joseph lead me to believe I would get a film adaptation of a quaility musical, in this the third of Lloyd Webbers masterpieces being released onto video/DVD. All I got was disappointment. I would have been better off searching out an original soundtrack on CD to replace my now unplayable ( no record deck) vinyl record. BTW the film is £9.99 on video & £19.99 on DVD.

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              04.12.2000 19:29
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              If you are a fan of musicals then you HAVE to buy this video. Based on the 1998 - 2000 UK tour and the subsequent Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, this video reunites the creative team and some of the cast. The musical, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, looks at the last 7 days in the life of Christ from Judas' viewpoint. When it was first released in the early 1970s it was a very controversial musical, yet in the 30 years since it was written it has lost none of its original energy and vitality. This production, rather than giving the story a biblical feel, brings the story into the modern day, with modern clothing (apostles in combats!), a modern backdrop (the wall is a portion taken from the Berlin Wall apparently) and more rock-like orchestrations. The cast are fantastic, each of the leads putting in very moving performances with a fantastic orchestra binding the whole show together. There is also a very strange cameo appearance from Rik Mayall, playing the mad King Herod, which takes some getting used to. Although nothing will ever beat a live performance, this video certainly comes close to it, with tremendous attention to detail, great chemistry between the cast and some fantastic camera work. Some of the scenes could be quite frightening for younger children, especially towards the end as the 39 lashes are given and the crucifixion approaches, but with supervision, they should be fine. As an added bonus, the DVD features a "making of" section. Buy it now!

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                08.11.2000 22:50
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                This has to be my all time favourite musical. It was meant to be released at Easter but was postponed due to Rik Mayall's accident. I have waited for the release and am delighted it has been released in time for my birthday, Mother in law please note I want this!! I have watched it 14 times this week alone and will watch once more before Library demands it back!! Even non Christians would be hard pushed to admit they didnt like it or didnt recognise one of the tunes. They are penned by the wonderful duo that is Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-webber and most are catchy and memorable. I hope this has the same effect as Evita, people who had never seen it before attracted to the big names then becoming hooked on what we mustnt forget is based on a true story. I have been to see this live and still cry whenever Christ is nailed to the cross it is such a poignant moment and brings to heart why he died for us. If you find the topic daunting or you are unsure, try watching Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat first, again a wondeful story with a big name cast (Donny Osmond, Joan Collins) and you wil be amazed at how much you enjoy this, then you can watch the amazing video Jesus Christ Superstar. UPDATE**** Many many thanks to that wonderful chubby man in the red suit and with the grey beard..OOOPPPS sorry Phil I wasnt suppossed to mention you found your first grey hair!!!! Anyway thanks to my lovely hubby for my video, if only he and my daughter would recover so I could watch it withour having to fetch tissues, wipe noses etc etc etc!!

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                  20.10.2000 01:34

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                  Jesus Christ superstar has got to be the best musical Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have ever written. This epic first exploded onto the West End stage in 1971 and was an instant smash hit. Now the musical has been released on video, and filmed at Pinewood Studios. The stars of the new-filmed stage version are Glenn Carter and Rik Mayall. The musical is packed with hit songs such as I Don’t Know How To Love Him, Gethsemane and superstar. This musical has lost non-of its appeal and still for me ranks as one of the best musicals ever written.

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