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King of Kings

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

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh85%

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Total Count: 20

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 4,343
This quirky 'Scope biblical spectacular is a lot more thoughtful and interesting than most. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3/4 -- Because the makers of King of Kings took a chance by casting heartthrob Jeffrey Hunter as Christ, this was quickly dubbed by industry wags I Was a Teenage Jesus. But the film is far better than that label would suggest. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Apr 22, 2011
Rating: B+ -- Nicholas Ray's biblical epic, toward the end of his career, is an intelligent film that finds the right balance between exteriors and interiors, stunning vistas and compelling characters. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Apr 5, 2011
... whereas detractors dismissed the films as I Was a Teenage Jesus, it's more accurate to describe it as Rebel With a Cause. Full Review
Seanax.com
Apr 1, 2011
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
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 -- works as a historical epic Full Review
7M Pictures
Oct 14, 2013

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: 45,563
  • UPC: 883929076376
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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