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King Of Kings (1961)

By Warner Home Video (Actor), Siobhan McKenna (Actor), Hurd Hatfield (Actor), Ron Randell (Actor), Viveca Lindfors (Actor) & Nicholas Ray (Director)
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Record Label   Warner Home Video
Format   Anamorphic / Closed-captioned / Color /
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.16 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Publisher   WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN  001234303X  
EAN  0012569512726  
UPC  012569512726  

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From his birth to his ascension, and his ministry in between, Jesus' life is masterfully portrayed with simplicity, dignity, and reverence. Critics called the Sermon on the Mount "one of the most impressive scenes ever filmed." Narrated by Orson Welles. Includes English and French soundtracks; English, French, and Spanish subtitles; interactive menu; and vintage documentaries. 2 hours, 51 minutes. Closed-captioned.

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An Americanized 1950's Idea of Christ and his Mission.  Apr 1, 2007
This film of course is now somewhat obscure considering all that has been done since the time of the film on the life of Christ. Jeffery Hunter is the most handsome Christ you will ever see on screen. The apostles are all clean cut. The movie features very colorful clothing to catch the eye. A great musical score by Miklos Roza, which is a particular favorite of classical music fans to request on the radio even today! The Gospel is rather compressed and the ministry of Christ in particular. However, that is not to say it is ineffective. The Sermon on the Mount scene is actually an encapsulated all comprehensive review of Christian philosophical points boiled down to one mass meeting. The movie is not adherent to Bible events and contains a lot of fiction, especially with respect to the activity of the aristocracy and the romans. It tries to tell several stories, such as Barabbas, a Roman Officer, Mary the mother of Christ, John the Baptist and definitely has the most beautiful Salome you will ever see dance on screen. The taking of the cross, the whipping, the death, are all handled very delicately. Not too much blood or grief. Jeffery Hunter is seen after the Easter rising and is shown symbolically at the end very well with the apostles gathered on the beach and his shadow overwhelms them as he tells them to depart to preach the Gospel and they leave 2 by 2. A really effective scene for a movie so entrenched in 50s culture. Having seen this movie as a child in the sixties and seeing it again now in this century, I think it should not be too criticized with our 20/20 perception now. Back then it was after all a different time and culture, one that does not exist today and should be viewed perhaps in a nostalgic way, worth a viewing, but don't depend on it for filling you in on Biblical truth.
No Other Even Comes Close  Jan 30, 2007
This is my absolute favorite Biblical Epic.I will concede to only one flaw and that is Jeffrey Hunter having blue eyes! I wish he had worn brown colored contacts.Otherwise he is the ONLY Jesus portrayed in film that I think exudes the kind of persona that I picture Jesus having. I know two others who feel exactly the same way,about King Of Kings. I love this movie from beginning to end,and I consider myself blessed to own it. Ok, it is also not 100% scriptural, such as does anyone still not know that the three wise men never saw the infant Jesus in the manager? They Saw "the child" Jesus in the home of Mary and Joseph! I have yet to see a single Biblical movie that IS 100% scriptural,however!

All other films that have attempted to portray Jesus have been a major disappointment for me,and I am now awaiting "The Jesus Film" to arrive at my library,to give it a chance. So far I cannot stand most such films,such as the horrible "Jesus Of Nazareth"(must be the most unlikeable Jesus ever portrayed) and the even worse,"The Greatest Story Ever Told,the Greatest Bore Ever)"!

The Robe,A Perfect Stranger,Ushpizin,The Miracle Of Marcellino,The Maldonado Miracle, and the biblical ones ones done by Turner such as Joseph, are wonderful,and highly recommended by this Christian,but for a movie about Jesus,King Of Kings has no competition,in my opinion.
One great Potrayal of Jesus Christ  Jan 14, 2007
This movie was made mainly to potray the cycle of Jesus' Christ life, and what he when through, sacrificing himself for our sins. People may think that it may be too religous for their standards, but everyone has their own beliefs. I highly recommend you view the film it is very innovating and emotional. Being a christian myself everytime I watch this film it uplifts my spirits and I hope it will do the same with yours.
It should have been much better  Dec 21, 2006

Nicholas Ray did really a poor job in this movie; with all the extras, and money they spent in costumes and fabulous stages... I don't want to put down the film completely because it is still worth watching, specially for those who've been in the closet the last 20 years or so.

The dialogues are bad, not just because there's no talent in their writing but because (and specially) they left out the Gospel words (who can write better than God Himself?). Besides, the author of this film conceived other scenes than can be assumed to have happened but are not part of the Gospel story (it wasn't interesting enough for Hollywood?). Well, definitely they've made the movie less interesting, more boring, clumsy, childish, almost ridiculous. And I still say 'watch it', yes.

I didn't like the casting either. Hunter as Jesus? So, so. Why? Because he may look fine, but the acting is in line with the whole movie, poor.

One thing I'd like to give credit to: Ryan's casting as John the Baptist. He does it superbly. He's just a great actor, simple as that.

It is sad to say that such a superproduction (another Samuel Bronston production with Spanish locations) that tells the greatest story ever has failed this way.

...but, still, have the little ones watch it.
Other film reviewers have characterized Nicholas Ray as primarily a strong director of film noir and other dramatic creations that focused on the individual's psyche. Many of his films attained cult status, many were relatively low budget, i.e., In A Lonely Place, On Dangerous Ground, etc. This film is quite different from them. The screenwriter, Philip Yordan, wrote many hard-hitting dramas spanning three decades, and this screenplay continued his excellence in realistic, spare dialogue. There are no long-winded speeches in this film, and it achieved its purpose largely because of the way Ray directed it.

Yordan collaborated with Nicholas Ray on a few other films, and the two of them have fashioned, in King Of Kings, a similar dramatic structure taking place two thousand years ago. If one is a sensitive person, he or she will automatically be drawn to this film. Nicholas Ray had a definite romantic streak in his soul, which was amply delineated in King Of Kings' many scenes that can be viewed over and over. Pick virtually any scene in the movie, and you will not be able to stop yourself from feeling Ray's sensitivity portrayed in these bibilical characters. However, it is not just the screenplay and direction, but the overall production itself, that make this film truly memorable. I think that you have to be in the mood for the film's length, and it is a far cry from the visually stimulating films you see these days, ones in which the quick cut is the rule. Not for Nicholas Ray, though, and the viewer has plenty of opportunities to study the film's characters, since Ray's camera spends just the right amount of time on each of the characters' faces for us to feel their emotions. The characters' movements are key to appreciating the film; there was no other director who could convey feeling through movement.

The acting is uniformly excellent, aided by Yordan's realistic dialogue. Several reviewers have lauded Jeffrey Hunter's Jesus, which is deserved, while Robert Ryan demonstrated the range to accomplish the role of John the Baptist with great authority. Unfortunately, his role was typically short in that it left Ryan devotees again Jonesing for more of him in the picture. This was a sad state that Ryan seemed to experience in too many of his films.

King Of Kings' use of 70 mm Technirama wasn't lost on this DVD, which brings to true light imaginative sets, colorful costumes that one actually notices when watching the film. Orson Welles provided the stirring narration penned by Ray Bradbury. The reason that Welles allegedly dissassociated himself from the film must be viewed in the context of the film's background circumstances. The film was cut and pasted by Producer Samuel Bronston, and characters were deleted in the final editing phase. One can actually see British actor, Anthony Steele, in the background for a few seconds when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. I would love to have seen the unexpurgated version of the film.

The acting is superb from all cast members; Hurd Hatfield's performance was called over the top by an Internet reviewer, an absurd statement. His performance was perfect in my opinion. Also, Rip Torn, quite appropriate, Frank Thring, complicated portrait, Harry Guardino *ignore the New York accent, Bridget Bazlen, Rita Gam, Viveca Lindfors, Siobhann McKenna, all well done, Lindfors and McKenna very affecting as their sensitivity, character actor, Royal Dano, emaciated but convincing in his cowardice, Ron Randell, Australian actor who should have had better success in Hollywood, Guy Rolphe and George Coulouris (their roles seem clearly to have been shortened, especially Coulouris).

I second the motion of 99 percent of the reviewers of this movie, i.e., those who liked and appreciated the film. It is a must-see, must own, particularly if you have a high definition widescreen television. The colors and cinematography, coupled with the continuously engaging score, are amazing. Some of the scenes were so gorgeously re-created that they brought back memories I had seeing the film in the theater when it came out in 1961. The technicolor really comes through when viewed under ideal circumstances.

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