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Jesus is Alive: The original superhero on film

Lee Brown looks at Jesus on film…

It’s Easter and while many of you will be tucking into your chocolate eggs there really is somebody you ought to thank for your edible wonders. The reason behind the season. The man who can. The reason behind your hot cross buns! Jesus.

Before DC and Marvel entered the world of the superhero the Bible got there first. Over 2000 years ago in fact. To the Christian Jesus Christ entered the world to battle against evil, to save our souls from eternal damnation, and perform the ultimate sacrifice. His life for ours! And as is the norm in comic books these days Jesus may have died but He also came back to life, His resurrection power. Astounding! Not His only super power of course. He also came with the power to heal, cast out demons, and even turn water into wine. Genius!

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[DVD Review] The Miracle Maker

Sweet claymation Jesus, Batman, The Miracle Maker is on Blu-ray. Before Robot Chicken went and made claymation a weekly occurrence, it was a rare medium for filmmaking due to the ridiculous amount of time and effort it involves. Perhaps the most prolific force in the claymation genre is Nick Park and his British icons Wallace and Gromit, and his spectacular Chicken Run. While Park may be the reigning champ, his style was distinctly cartoonish, whereas the aesthetic of The Miracle Maker’s clay figures is profoundly different with a firm basis in attempting realism. The Miracle Maker is a triumph in modern clay animation. Mixing in a little bit of basic hand-drawn animation, The Miracle Maker is a visually beautiful creation, though its ability to tell the story of Jesus is less than inspiring.

Instead of giving us an A to B take on the story, the clay and classic
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Today’s Special: Best Easter and Passover Movies

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Passover is continuing and today begins the Easter weekend, starting with the solemnity of Good Friday and ending with the chocolate-filled fun of Easter Sunday. If you’re looking for something to do between church services and Easter egg hunts, how about a movie? You know we’re all about the movies at Disc Dish.

Hollywood has put out lots of films related to the Easter and Passover season over the years, not to mention cartoons and TV specials. But instead of giving a top 10, we’ve compiled what we feel are the best films in a number of different categories. We’ve got a recommendation for everyone — well, everyone but slasher horror fans.

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The Ten Commandments

Classic: The Ten Commandments

Cecil B. De Mille’s 1956 film about Moses (Charlton Heston, Soylent Green) still stands as one of the great classic movies today. Clocking in at more than 3.5 hours,
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DVD Playhouse--March 2011

DVD Playhouse—March 2011

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Allen Gardner

127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Amarcord (Criterion) Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning, autobiographical classic might
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Lionsgate Announces The Miracle Maker and VeggieTales Easter Blu-ray Titles

Lionsgate has announced a pair of animated biblical Blu-ray and DVD combo pack releases priced at $19.99 each are coming March 8 in celebration of Easter.

First is Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, the first feature-length film starring the goofy and amusing VeggieTales gang lead by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. As the name implies, the film will retell the story of Jonah and the Whale with a comedic twist as only VeggieTales can deliver.

On a more serious note is The Miracle Maker, the popular clay animation starring the voices of Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk), Miranda Richardson (Fred Claus) and Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer's Apprentice). The Miracle Maker tells the story of Christ and will feature over three-and-a-half hours of bonus features.

I'll pass along cover art and Amazon pre-order links for each title as they become available.
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