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THIS IS PAGE 5
LETTERS AND COMMENTS

PAGE 1 -Review and photos
PAGE 2 -Review and photos continued
PAGE 3 -Review and photos (from second part).
PAGE 4 Comments
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Differences between the CBS and International version
SPECIAL PAGE -Interview with Lorenzo Minoli

HERE ARE SOME OF THE COMMENTS ON THE JESUS MINI SERIES
I will respond to various letters as I can over the next few weeks. -David
OTHER VIDEOS
Subject: OTHER TRIMARK BIBLE VIDEOS
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2000
From: RON DANTONIO,NEW YORK

WITH THE REPORTED SUCCESS OF "JESUS" ON VIDEO,TRIMARK HAS RELEASED FOUR RECENT FILMS ,FROM THE MAKERS OF "JESUS." THEY ARE "GENESIS" , "SOLOMON" "JEREMIAH" AND "ESTHER". THEY ARE AVAILABLE ON TAPE AND DVD AND THEY'RE WELL DONE.
RON DANTONIO,NEW YORK

THIS FILM IS BEST
Subject: JESUS miniseries
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000
From: MaryEllen

I was truley touched by this film!!! I have seen Jesus Of Nazareth and King of Kings several times,and I can truley say this film is my favorite!!!! I ordered my copy for my video library. I teach Catholic cathecism classes to 4th graders at my church. I plan to share the movie with them as well!!! GOOD JOB!!!!!

WE ARE WARNED
Subject: comments
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000
From: Sylvia

I like the ideas, but we are warned not to add or take away from God's word. Some scenes were not Biblical.
God Bless Sylvia

Response: You are misappling the text here. The film makes no claim to be the Word of God. Please be careful how you use scriptures. Beyond this the film was very biblical.

ABOUT THE ENDING
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000
From: Gladys

You can see why CBS didn't want the last part shown.... Network TV is not very smart. but ... well I could go on but what for, they have the money so there is no use in complaining. Anyway good site.

SMILING JESUS WITH CHILDREN
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000
From: Heidi

I saw part of the jesus series and then bought it when it came out- This movie - to me shows more of the spirit if christ than any movie ever made on him. I have seen too many movies where he seems more like a judging ,damning- completely serious God than the person he really is. (He must have a sense of humor- Looking at some of us..) When I heard this movie was being made I was really exited-seeing previews of it where he's swinging a child around- I was SO exited to see this movie!! Thats the way I see him- My favorite picture in my house is a charcoal piece with jesus sitting- a child looking over his shoulder, and another in his lap being tickled and jesus is SMILING- how many times in the old movies do we really see a full of life,smiling, living life to the fullest christ- My feelings are- he had such a short life - and he was so full of love and joy- he had to have shown it.

The ones he loved to be around many times were children- unassuming, loving children. This show- and the man ( Jeremy?) that played him to me portrayed him better than any actor has. beautifully done exept for a couple of things. 2 scenes- I want my little girl to be able to watch this movie with me- and she has- I don't care if some people feel that if something happened back then that it should be shown. And I hate having to fast forward a show I'm enjoying up to that point. You can have something happening without showing the act itself for heavens sake!!!

If a child sees something on tv where people are doing things they shouldn't be doing- curiousity is in their nature- they may act things out. Things that are in the bedroom should stay there. A show about Jesus should be as he was- clean- pure- not something that a person has to stop in the middle to fast forward... Its a personal choice I know- but too many kids are in trouble because of being shown too much- I can educate my child just fine thank you without a lesson from a show I shouldn't expect it from... going back- I think that this show has the nature of christ down better than any other show I've watched- (I've watched it 5 times and will watch it many more-( its the highlight of my sundays) but I wish there weren't scenes to make it less grand than it really is.
heidi

WHEN IN UK?
Subject: Availablility in the UK Jesus Mini Series
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000
From: Matt Page matt@openheaven.org

Does anyone know if and when the video's for Jesus 2000 will be available in the UK? I am really keen to get a copy and there seems to be no way of finding it. Matt Page matt@openheaven.org

HOPING TO SEE UNCUT JESUS
Subject: the "Jesus" miniseries on VHS & DVD
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2000
From: Chip

Has anyone watched the VHS or DVD editions of "Jesus"? According to a quote from the "All Movie Guide" (which I found on www.bn.com), this is an edition "expanded" from the TV broadcast. Hoping to see the full, un-cut "Jesus" (and the real Jesus, for that matter) soon,
Chip

INTERNATIONAL VERSION COMING IN 2001
Subject: International Version of "Jesus"
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000
From: Ron D'Antonio, New York

I just received an email from Trimark Pictures and they said the International version of "Jesus" would be released in 2001 at a date TBA.
Ron D'Antonio, New York

ALL IN ALL I LIKED IT.
Subject: I've seen it now....Here's what I think...
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000
From: Velvia Wylie

David, I'm sure you don't remember my (Velvia Wylie) letter, but you did post it....It's entitled "Missed It But..." I didn't get to see it when it aired on television, but I rented it last week from BlockBuster...and I must say that, like I imagined I would, I thought it was mostly wonderful. I'm only disappointed in a couple of things....I wish there would have been mentioned or showned Mary's other children. Although, if there was, some would have been angry about that--because you know Mary was a virgin for the rest of her life. Joseph NEVER touched her--even the Gospels mention his brothers, and sisters. (I'm being sarcastic.)

The two things I disagree with are
(1) John asking Jesus to confess his sins, and
(2) Jesus saying "Now I know that my message is for Gentiles, as well." It is my contention that John KNEW that Jesus was sinless, and it is also my contention that Jesus KNEW his message was for the world, not just the Jews.

Other things that people complained about on this board makes me wonder if I saw the same movie they did. Especially those claiming the movie is "evil" and "completely wrong" and "made of Satan." Anyway, ALL IN ALL, I thought it was pretty well done. The Devil, Mary Magdalene (which prompts me to say that she was barely nude at all--from the way people on this board describe it, I thought I was going to see her butt naked for 15 minutes) the love between Jesus and Mary (Lazarus' sister), the bird incident, Jesus asking God to raise Joseph ("I can't do all that You ask alone!") --I loved it all! I even liked the intimation that Joseph wanted Jesus to be a more physical leader of the people, rather than just a spiritual one. I'm sad that the ending where Jesus is in modern times was not included, or the scene with Joan of Arc. I thought those were very well done (I saw them on this site) and think that they would have added tremendously to the film.

DVD ELIMINATES GOD'S VOICE
Subject: JESUS VIDEO
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000
From: Ron D'Antonio

It appears we have two versions of Jesus on video with the one most people want, the international version , unavailable. I purchased the vhs tape set from CBS and to my surprise they included the voice of God at the Baptism which was not included in the tv version. I purchased the dvd from trimark and they eliminated the voice of God at the Baptism. For crying out loud,why don't these companies talk to each other and put out one complete version.
Ron D'Antonio, New York

MADE ME FEEL LIKE JESUS KNOWS ME
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000
From: Janis

I used to see God as magical and Jesus as the Son of God in a body that could feel no pain. I didn't see all the series, but I saw the first one, & even tho I feel, it didn't portray the true Jesus of the Bible, but of a Jesus more man than God's son. The first part I only saw made me realize that Jesus was definitely in a body that had feelings, & did feel like me. This makes me feel like Jesus actually knows how I feel when I feel my pain & that God is more real by definitely loving me as my Heavenly Father.
Janis

HAPPY ABOUT EMMY NOMINATION
Subject: Emmy nomination well deserved.
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000
From: Oscar C.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this production. I am very, very happy that the Emmy Awards recognized this production with a nomination as Outstanding Miniseries on July 20. The photography (HDTV) is beautiful. With the current trend to emphasize the human side of Jesus, I feel this one was more appealing than the Scorsese image of Christ in his "Last Temptation of Christ". Scorsese, a director I admire, made me feel like I was watching an Actor's studio production of an angry, confused rebel with a cross...something James Dean might have portrayed. (For those offended by the CBS production, I'd suggest you try and watch "Last Temptation of Christ.")

Mr. Sisto does a wonderful job in making Jesus human, fun, caring. He has an appealing smile, you want to join him if only because of his amiable personality. When he calls out to Judas "friend..." on the night of his betrayal - is a heartbreaking moment. The crucifixion scene is short but very well done. Sisto plays the agony of the moment just right - the nailing to the cross and the cries are powerful when you think back to the smiling, laughing and dancing Jesus. For the definitive "classical" performance of Jesus I 'd still recommend Robert Powell in Zeffirelli's beautiful 'Jesus of Nazareth'(1977). But I'd like to think Jesus was more like Mr. Sisto's portrayal. Once again, congratulations to the producers of this production.
Oscar C.

 

FULLY HUMAN YET GOD
Subject: Not bad
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000
From: The B Family

In spite of my husband's dislike for TV's recent attempts to relate Biblical events, I watched this with my daughter who is 12. Granted, there was A LOT of editing done in the narrative- I suppose to fit everything into the TV time slots. There were noticable omissions: Jesus' ascension on the mount was turned into a fading away after dinner in an upper room. . .(we do that at home anyway!) But overall, it is indeed pleasant and helpful to the imagination to see a Jesus portrayed as human (!). GASP!!!!! I'm so weary of those in the body of Christ who sanitize the person of Christ and make Him a non-human man. Then we lose the mystery of the incarnation: God became man. We'll never figure it out, or at least not until we get to heaven and see Him face to face.

He laughed, cried, had to relieve Himself (one of my big questions about Him when I was a kid)- fully human, yet fully God. A good book to reflect on this? Jesus: AN Interview Across Time- out of print now, but written by a committed Christian who uses his "sanctified imagination" to help explore the humanity of Jesus. A movie like this can do the same thing, even if the writers don't have all the details in order. You can't expect evangelism from the likes CBS, but I give them credit for airing some thoughtful television programs like this. Heck- it beats "Big Brother"

CONGRATULATIONS
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000
From: Alissa

I just wanted to say "Congratulations" to Roger Young, Lorenzo Minoli and Judd Parkin for the Emmy nomination the mini-series JESUS just received for Best Dramatic Movie or Mini-Series! It is an honor so well-deserved! I will be praying they walk away with the award come September 10th!!! I remain their biggest fan!!!

KINDNESS
Subject: Your kindness.
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000
From: Barton Hischild2@hotmail.com

Hello David, Ever since I stumbled upon your website and checked out the photos, video clips, and comment pages I find myself wanting to go back to your page quite often. I have spent much time on the comments page. Many of the comments are quite frustrating to read. Particularly the ones that slander the film entirely. I didn't watch the whole series, I only caught bits and pieces of it. After checking out the many photos of the film on your webpage I wish I had seen it all the way through. But as you make known on your webpage many wonderful scenes were cut out by those "oh no, lets not offend anybody" CBS editors. I do desire to see the film, but I must insist it be the International (UNEDITED) Version. If and when someone sees the good in releasing the unedited version, and does so, please let me know. I don't care the cost.

Everyone has their own personal image of the Christ in their lives, which is exactly why I knew this film was going to get its share of praise and persecution no matter how Biblicly and Christian Fearing Correct CBS tried to be when they butchered the film of its beautiful and most powerful scenes. You are going to have those who love it and those who hate it with or without those edited scenes. Nevertheless, this film led many people to Christ. That in itself makes it a wonderful film. If God can use an ex-child molestor doing 50 years in jail to lead someone to Christ, He certainly can and has used this film to bring many more to Him. Praise God! As for my opinion, at least on what I had scene of the film, I liked how our Lord was portrayed. It helped me to see how Jesus sees me because He was me once. Therefore He understands my struggles and will testify for me in heaven. The reason why I choose not to watch the whole series is to avoid watching the crucifixion scene. I knew it was going to be graphic, and after seeing its pics on your site it certainly was graphic. I can't take seeing the re-enactment of my Lord being tortured in such a horrible way. A note, no matter how harsh and raw some of the comments you have received on the film are you never fail to remain polite when replying to them. I commend you for that because after reading some of the really nasty ones I feel overwhelmingly compelled to email them and tell them just how much I disagree with their opinion in the same nasty manner. I know that I am sending this to the private address, but I won't mind you posting this on your site. Please withhold my email address. May God Bless u Richly through this site and through future opportunities.
Hischild2@hotmail.com

APPEALING
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000
From: Rivanna

To me, this film showed the most appealing portrait ever of Jesus, both through the script and Jeremy Sisto. My only disappointment was in the lack of parables, though perhaps the point was that Christ was more of a healer than a lecturer. --Rivanna

ENDING WAS BRILLANCE
Subject: Edited Out Ending.
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000
From: Barton Hischild2@hotmail.com

Dear David, After checking out your webpage I got to glance at the "Edited Out Ending." I can understand CBS not wanting to offend anybody with that ending, however, I must say, that ending was brilliance. It was a unique, and modern way to see Jesus. Why must we always think of Jesus as He was when He was on earth those many centurys ago. He said "I am with you until the end of the world." That ending showed Him during modern times, it showed Him as the never aging, never changing, ever loving and merciful God that He is. He IS with us. ALWAYS. That ending was a realistic view of His comforting words "I am with you until the end of the world." That ending was BRILLANCE. Hischild2@hotmail.com

CYNICAL ABOUT SERIES
Subject: Bla, Bla
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000
From: Dean

Maybe this has become the NEW? fad ! Let's make a "Jesus" movie! NO, one can understand Jesus like me the great artist (don't forget theologian)! Let me see... Jesus the Christ, Messiah, Son of God, beach bum, mammas boy, heart breaker, punk. The Son of God who is enlightened by men and mostly women (a star for you from your wives and girlfriends at the expense of the TRUTH).Is this the same Christ who at twelve was " about his Father's business". He knew what he was about before any person had a clue in fact before the beginning of time. How could He learn anything from that Samaritan woman when he already knew what was going to happen? I was pleasantly surprised you included the miracles and His resurrection (you didn't what to offend anyone). Why did you make this movie? for Jesus? He could have done better without it. For me the viewer? I've seen enough putrid attempts by people to makeup stories about the One they truly don't understand. For the Truth? "Who's truth yours or mine", you say. Don't forget I'm an artist! Or did you do this movie for Your own EGOS ! I could get into more facts and details but who of you really cares !
Dean

Response: There seems to more going on inside of you than just this film. Dean, what would it mean if no one made a film about Jesus? -David

INTERNATIONAL VIDEO?
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000
From: Flo

I would like to know if I can purchase the International version of this video, the Director's uncut version. If so please let me know where. Also is there a book on the filming of this movie with all the beautiful scenes.
Thanks, Flo

Response: There is no international version available at this time. -David

IS THE UNCUT VERSION AVAILABLE ANYWHERE?
Subject: Just received my video set . . .
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000
From: Heather

David, I just received my CBS 2-cassette video of "Jesus." I thought that this was going to be a director's cut, with that WONDERFUL ending of Jesus with the children, but it wasn't. Is there any way to get a copy of the director's cut with all the scenes that were included in the International version and left out of the CBS version? Please respond.

P.S. - last time I watched this movie was 6 weeks ago until now. It still was an experience that I can't put into words, other than to say my relationship with Jesus Christ will never be the same! (and I mean that in a good way! :-) Praise the Lord!

ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
Subject: Video Question
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000
From: Louie Nagy

Our Jesus video finally arrived. We watch it and I see you did not include the, I guess they called it the, "Italian" version of Jesus, present time, ending sequence. Although I enjoyed the video more than the TV version, I was hoping to see more scenes. The video ad said there was 45mins worth unseen on TV. I did not see the TV version so I have nothing to compare it to. I hope a lot of the film didn't end up on the editing room floor. Scenes like the scene where the centurions were casting lots for Jesus' clothes. I just barely caught a glimpse of them doing so at the end of the video. You know what I mean. It's the kind of movie we would like to go on for another 2 hours worth!!!!
Sincerely, Louie Nagy

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