I am glad I chose to preview all six episodes in this DVD study before showing it to members of my congregation. The first two episodes are very well done, cinematically powerful and asking all the right questions. If it had followed in this vein, I think it would have been a real highlight of our adult education program.
However, episodes 3, 4, & 5 go way, way to far towards the graphic, even gratuitous display of violence. It was like watching an extended, more personal version of Mel Gibson's, "The Passion of the Christ". While it may be fine for aficionados of war movies and slasher films, it is not suitable for more sensitive audiences. It is simply too extreme.
I ordered this DVD because I watched the first two episodes from our friend's DVD. We used this for our bible study group a few weeks before Easter and it left us thinking more deeply about all the events that took place before Jesus died on the cross. You get to understand so much more through the narrator who pinpoints and makes you think about the events that Jesus went through and the different individuals who knew Jesus and were with Him. It certainly made a great impact on all of us and we want to watch it each year before Easter.
I highly recommend this Small Group DVD series. The video sessions are incredible! The dramatizations are very well done and realistic. The is a very powerful series and I'm positive it will fit into any small group!