Hill Number One, DVD
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In this episode of the 1950's TV religious anthology "Family Theater", a group of wartime soldiers spend a cold and lonely Easter morning far from home questioning their fate and the seeming pointlessness of capturing hill after hill. The unit's chaplain arrives and renews the faith of the battle-weary men by reminding them of the Resurrection. The dramatization of the event begins just after the Crucifixion as Joseph (Nelson Leigh), Mary (Ruth Hussey), the Apostles (James Dean, Gene Lockhart, Charles Meredith), Nicodemus (Regis Toomey), Pontius Pilate (Leif Erickson), and other significant characters ponder the meaning of Christ's sacrifice. B&W. Approx. 57 minutes.
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Unworthy yet RedeemedLong Island NYAge: 55-65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Old B&W, but the message is goodMarch 10, 2013Unworthy yet RedeemedLong Island NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Black and white film, poor visual quality, very dark lighting. Similar to what is found on Turner Classics Movies without restoration. At times has that wavering distorted music soundtrack.
Message is good. The story starts with and jumps in-and-out with a WWII battlefield priest talking with soldiers on Easter. What they are saying is good (although in 1950's Hollywood dramatics). The picture quality is so poor in these scenes it is hard to see their faces.
There are flash backs to biblical times in the days before & during Pentecost. These sessions have a little better lighting but the same very-dramatic dialogue. The feature on the DVD box, James Dean only has a small role as the Apostle John.
The price may be a little high based on the poor visual quality of the film. Don't expect this to be your pride-and-joy, go-to-guy that you pull out to witness to unsaved friends. It will be hard for the unsaved to get past the poor visual/sound quality and "old fashioned" look of this production.
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