Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Complete Collection
(Tyne Daly, Williams Daniels, Dean Stockwell, John Larroquette, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / Paramount-CBS DVD)
Overview: Many of the Old Testament's most famous and spiritual tales are dramatized in this four-part miniseries, including the stories of David & Goliath, Samson & Delilah, Solomon & Gomorrah, The Story of Moses, and Joshua & Jericho.
DVD Verdict: 'Greatest Heroes of the Bible: The Complete Collection' is over 12 hours of entertainment for the whole family. This special collection includes the Bible’s most epic stories, inclusive of those aforementioned, and other such as: The Ten Commandments, The Story of Esther, Abraham's Sacrifice, Jacob's Challenge, and Daniel in the Lion's Den.
LOL, well, fans of The Bible and "The Love Boat" both, finally have a TV series made to order! Nowhere else can one find all the heroic and awe-inspiring stories of The Bible enacted by the likes of Jan and Greg Brady, Joanie Cunningham, Potsie, Ralph, The Riddler, Lurch, Pamela Ewing, Doc Bricker and many more!
Seventy-six year-old Jory provides weighty opening narration to this 4 part series (subsequently broken down into 15 individual episodes) featuring (as mentioned already) Noah, David and Goliath, Joseph, Esther, Samson and Delilah, Moses and others. Each story features a jaw-dropping blend of actors, some acting their heart out and some walking though it (and only a few of which are listed here, as Gene Barry, Daniel J. Travanti, Beverly Garland, Lainie Kazan and Ron Rifkin are just some of the other performers to be found in this series!)
There is a definite reverence to the tone of the stories, but a lot of the dramatic heft is undercut by the low budget and the amateurish direction and acting of the lesser players. That all said, even though these casts are an irresistible draw for cult TV fans and camp followers, the stories would have come across as a lot more profound if they'd have axed the "Happy Days" and "Brady Bunch" performers and stuck with the talents of the more established stars. Sorry, it just had to be said.
In closing, and as not all this is so-called quality material, one of the funniest highlights is in the "Abraham's Sacrifice" episode, where Beverly Garland is buried under tons of age makeup, but when God allows her to be fertile again, she develops long, lustrous hair, loses the wrinkles and has a ton of glamorous make-up on! However, a close Runner-Up is Rossen as Potiphar's wife in a Roseanne Roseannadanna fright wig rolling around trying to seduce Joseph!! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Own it on DVD October 6th, 2015!