"The Visual Bible: Matthew DVD" is a visual Bible using the 1984 New International Version translation of the gospel of Matthew. The dialogue and narration are directly from the gospel of Matthew, like an audio Bible, which means that events that Matthew didn't write about aren't shown. The costumes, settings, and actions attempt to give a visual idea of what it all might have looked like.
I liked that the actors played Jesus and the disciples like real people would act. The actor played Jesus as laughing and joyful when someone is healed, sad when people reject His message, playful when teaching (as some of his teachings contain humor!), and serious when appropriate. This is the type of Jesus that would draw crowds--the Jesus I know from the Bible. It's not perfect, but I really enjoyed watching it.
I'd recommend this resource as an enjoyable and thought-provoking way to "read" Matthew.
This movie shows Jesus in a way I had never seen before. Bruce Marchiano portrays Jesus so much like the Jesus I know and love. Jesus ,who laughs and loves and cares. I love that it is word for word scripture. Everyone should see this.
I first bought this film on VHS and paid quite a bit for it. It was worth every penny. And now to own it on DVD at such a reasonable price is amazing. This is without doubt the best film on the life of Christ that I know about. We plan on buying another for our pastor who has just finished preaching through the book of Matthew. Bottom line: WE LOVE THIS FILM.