(Juan Pablo Di Pace, Joanne Whalley, Greta Scacchi, Jodhi May, Vincent Regan, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / 2021 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: From the producers of The Bible and Son of God comes a biblical epic on the aftermath of the earth-shattering event of the crucifixion of Jesus in first century Jerusalem.
Over a gripping 90 minutes we experience the emotional turmoil faced by Jesus and his followers as they attempt to come to terms with the loss of their leader.
His death leaves them disillusioned, hunted and afraid; his resurrection triggers a new age of hope, faith and love that changes the world [Adapted from AD: The Bible Continues].
Blu-ray Verdict: As you can well imagine, Resurrection, at one hour and 35 minutes, is fairly compact for a biblical epic. In fact, you could watch it three times in the time ABC always puts aside for its annual Holy Saturday TV pilgrimage of The Ten Commandments (albeit that comes chock full of adverts, of course).
But here in this new, tighter mini-series from Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, is a much condensed story that, miraculously does not seem to have lost any of the emotional punch it has delivered over the decades within its various incarnations.
Indeed, Resurrection comes together so beautifully, and throughout, that it is something you can easily watch a few times a year, and not feel overwhelmed with at any time.
Reprising his portrayal of Jesus is Juan Pablo Di Pace. He had played Christ in A.D.: The Bible Continues, which also was produced by Downey and her husband, reality-show producer Mark Burnett.
The Argentine-born Di Pace, who was born in 1979 - one year after St. John Paul II was elevated to the papacy - is simply amazing here in his undertaking of the main role.
Furthermore, as this new miniseries opens with the crucifixion, which, as sacrilegious as it may sound, is naturally the big scene for Di Pace, to make it happen it has been revealed that he had to endure six hours in the make-up chair for two days hanging from a cross in the Moroccan desert (a harness was secured around his lower back!).
And as an added tidbit, in that very same crucifixion scene, if you look closely enough you will see his real life mother at the foot of the cross!
A very talented person in her own right, his mother is a painter of religious art with one of her pieces currently residing at the Vatican.
Other actors of note in the cast include Greta Scacchi as the mother of Jesus and Joanne Whalley as Claudia, the wife of Pilate. Whalley also played Priscilla in the 2018 biblical film Paul, Apostle of Christ, starring Jim Caviezel and Olivier Martinez.
As we all know what subsequently happens going into Resurrection, given that pretty much all of Christianity already knows, dramatically, the title event happens 40 minutes into the movie which obviously leaves some time to fill.
The movie then takes in Jesus appearing to his disciples after he leaves the tomb, his ascension to heaven, the coming of the Holy Spirit in the upper room, and the healing of a lame-from-birth beggar at the temple in Jerusalem.
Oh, and there is also time to fill in the motivations and machinations of Pilate, Caiaphas and the wife of Caiaphas, of course.
In closing, and under the assumption that Resurrection had also brought in some theological advisers to guide the script - for it truly is a quite magnificently smooth mini-series to adorn any day with visually - as they say, the story remains the same, it is just the actors who have changed. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
The Biblical epic Resurrection, about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the team behind the hit Emmy-nominated miniseries The Bible, will be available on Blu-ray on June 15th, 2021. The Blu-ray disc features the film in hi-definition.
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