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Old 02-21-2013, 07:46 PM   #21
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I got a kick out of seeing Jesus in Django Unchained:

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #22
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I got a kick out of seeing Jesus in Django Unchained:

he was in that film?
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:18 PM   #23
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:24 PM   #24
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I don't think I've ever made it all the way through the film but the soundtrack (is 'soundtrack' the right word when talking about a musical? it almost sounds dismissive) is amazing.
A movie musical? Yes. If it's a recording of stage production, it's usually called a "cast recording". Personally, it makes no difference to me, but theater message boards usually fal to pieces if you refer to a cast recording as a "soundtrack."

I love JCS - saw it on Broadway twice (the 2000 revival, and the 2012 revival), the touring version with Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson back in the 90s, and two local productions. Oddly enough, the best version I've ever seen was a high school production.

I've never been able to make it through the movie, though.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:37 PM   #25
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I'll finally be able to upgrade the DVD!
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:34 PM   #26
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Hopefully this doesn't turn into a DNR disaster...
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:40 PM   #27
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I met Ted after a JCS show, he personally and signed my dvd copy, one of the nicest entertainer I ever met, he did'nt leave until he met all that wanted to meet him, thats very rare these days
I will never part with it!
Same with me!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:04 PM   #28
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Yes! This is my favorite musical (and Biblical film) not yet on Blu-ray. I was thinking the other day how odd it was Universal hadn't announced this, yet, since this year's the 40th anniversary. I thought this would be a shoe-in for Easter, but I guess not. I shouldn't be surprised: we're getting The Nativity Story in a couple of weeks even though WB should've released it last Christmas.

This film seems to have always been kept in good condition. The laserdisc transfer (later used for the non-anamorphic DVD) was decent, and the anamorphic Special Edition DVD even better. It's a clean and bright enough film that it doesn't warrant unnecessary DNR.

I hope we get new extras for this. The commentary (with Norman Jewison and Ted Neeley) is excellent as is the Tim Rice interview, but I'd also like an all-encompassing "making of" documentary with input from Andrew Lloyd Webbe and surviving cast members (plus archival interviews from Carl Anderson).
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:09 PM   #29
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Just looked up and Ted Neeley did have a small role in Django Unchained, Quentin Tarnatino must be a JCS fan!

also worth noting, is Ted co starred in a western in the late 70s with Joe Don Baker called "Shadow of Chikara", sorry for the crappy image and sound quality:


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Old 02-21-2013, 11:32 PM   #30
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Just looked up and Ted Neeley did have a small role in Django Unchained, Quentin Tarnatino must be a JCS fan!
Yeah, he was literally a blink-and-you-miss-him cameo. He's one of the stunned tracker hillbillies who gapes at Django when he rides in on the way to Candie Land (just before
[Show spoiler]we get to the scene with the runaway slave up in the tree
). I wasn't even sure it was him because by the time I recognized him, the camera had cut away. Sure enough, I looked it up as soon as I got home, and there he was.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:44 PM   #31
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Can't wait to get this as I never picked it up on DVD.

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Old 02-22-2013, 01:57 AM   #32
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I've been waiting on this to come out on Blu forever it seems like! I saw this for the first time in High school, back in 1973 when I was a Freshman. They actually projected it in the school library. I love the film, but love the soundtrack even more! It introduced me to ALW and "modern" Broadway musicals. I went out and got the original cast recording of the Broadway show! I can't even count the number of nights I fell asleep listening to one or the other with my big over the ear headphones! In the mid 80's, I was fortunate enough to be living and working in Queens NY for a few years, and got to see a lot of Broadway, especially the Lloyd Webber shows, but alas, never JCS. I've seen touring companies and local productions however.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:04 AM   #33
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I hope they focus on the audio here. I want this soundtrack to be pumping.

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Old 02-22-2013, 02:40 AM   #34
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Finally! Love this film! The stand-outs are Carl Anderson and Barry Dennen who are fantastic, and Neeley too, of course. I really like what Jewison did with the film, too, and love the bookend sequences of the hippies driving the bus to perform the ritual in the desert. First time I saw the film many years ago, I felt it kind of lurched along from one interconnected song-sequence to the next, but that quickly changed with multiple viewings and I feel it flows perfectly now. Easily one of my favorite film musical adaptations.

In 2006 in Hollywood at the Ricardo Montalban Theater, there was a live one-performance-only show of the play with Ted Neeley, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Ben Vereen, and Jack Black as Herod. Vereen was no Anderson, but it was a good show. Trivia: The guy who played Peter in the film version became a big porn actor shortly afterwards and later a big porn producer.
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Jesus is groovy in this film, but parts I have to skip over because they are waaayyyy too cheesy even for me

I'll pick it up, its a classic....in its own way
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:38 AM   #36
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Finally! Already pre-ordered.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:59 AM   #37
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Jesus is groovy in this film
I think Caiaphas sez "One thing I'll say for him - Jesus is cool"
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:32 AM   #38
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I think Caiaphas sez "One thing I'll say for him - Jesus is cool"
"But we cannot leave him to his own devices. His half witted fans will get out of control."

Note this is from memory.

EDIT: cannot should be dare.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:38 AM   #39
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Is this movie intended to be offensive? Everytime I hear the title I wonder
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #40
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No not really. It's a 70's unconventional take on the Jesus mythology couched in the music and language of that time period. Just a sampling of Judas' rhetorical meanderings of Jesus' motives:

"Tell me what you think
About your friends at the top
Now who d'you think besides yourself
Was the pick of the crop?
Buddah was he where it's at?
Is he where you are?
Could Muhammmed move a mountain
Or was that just PR?
Did you mean to die like that?
Was that a mistake or
Did you know your messy death
Would be a record breaker?"

To me (8 or 9 years old at the time), the lyrics were thought provoking.
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