King of Kings

Of good and evil, of love and hate, of peace and war.
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DVD Features:

  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 51 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 30, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1961
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Mono 1.0 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Bonus Footage: Newsreels (2)
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Featurette: THE CAMERA'S WINDOW OF THE WORLD

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 4,343
Rating: 3/5 -- works as a historical epic Full Review
7M Pictures
Oct 14, 2013
Rating: 7/10 -- Although it may rely a little too heavily on spectacle, it features fine acting, direction, and photography. On Blu-ray it makes a splendid showing. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Mar 23, 2011
This is one of the most interesting screen versions of the Gospels. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 2/5 -- Let us say the spirit is hinted but the projection of it is weak. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Rating: 3/5 -- Jeffrey Hunter is less Saviour of the Christian faith and more anti-hero with many very human doubts and concerns. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Mar 19, 2008
Rating: 7/10 -- Many of the scenes (especially the ones centered on Pilate and John the Baptist) are as good as anything in the history of the Biblical epic. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Apr 1, 2013
Director Nicholas Ray has brooded long and wisely upon the meaning of his meanings, has planted plenty of symbols along the path, yet avoided the banalities of religious calendar art. Full Review
Variety
Oct 23, 2007

Product Description:

A splendid, deeply moving screen biography of Christ. Especially memorable is the portion of the film depicting the "Sermon on the Mount."

Plot Synopsis:

Nicholas Ray's lavish and beautifully constructed widescreen epic about the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
"King of Kings" is built upon a series of narrative parallels and contrasts between Jesus and Barrabas. The film portrays the thief as a rebel leader of the Jewish resistance; unlike Jesus, who preaches a message of peace, Barrabas advocates violence as a means to an end. By building his drama around this religious and philosophical conflict, Ray establishes a tension that defamiliarizes this well-known story.
Highlights include the Sermon on the Mount and the scene in which Salome asks King Herod for the head of John the Baptist.

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Production Notes:

  • Originally a 70mm production, shot in Super Technirama.
  • A silent version of the life of Christ, also called "King of Kings," was directed by Cecil B. de Mille in 1927. The cast included H.B. Warner (Christ); Jacqueline Logan (Mary Magdalene); Joseph Schildkraut (Judas); Ernest Torrence (Peter); Victor Varconi (Pontius Pilate); Dorothy Cummings (Mary, mother of Jesus); and Rudolph Schildkraut (Caiaphas).

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  • Sales Rank: 324
  • UPC: 883929076376
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