The original film was almost 9 hours in length and, while it was not a word for word account from the Bible, it did provide a tremendous glimspe into first century life in the Roman empire and early persecutions of the Church. The biggest problem with the dvd release is the fact that almost one-third of the film was edited out. The editing was done by simply removing whole segments from the original resulting in holes in both plot and dialogue. If the studio ever releases the entire film on dvd it would be worth owning. I used to watch my VHS copy every year after Easter and Jesus of Nazareth. A good alternate choice to this edited version is the dvd Peter and Paul, also available from CBD.