With Summer Just Around the Corner …

If you have any students in your life, you’re probably well aware the countdown is on for summer break. That means longer days and more free time will soon arrive. There are probably a million different ways to fill the extra time. One God-honoring way is watching biblically based films together—whether in person or in your separate homes across the miles.

Add the 35th anniversary edition of “The JESUS Film” to the mix if you both haven’t already watched it. You can conveniently add the DVD or Blu-ray to your cart on your next trip to your local Walmart. Or look for it at other retailers.

As you may have read in one of our recent blog posts, “The JESUS Film” earned a “faith friendly” seal, from the Dove Foundation. Its scenes seem to be more widely suitable for families than some other biblically based films released recently. If you want to read more about the content of “The JESUS Film” to see if it’s suitable for your intended audience, see the review from the Dove Foundation.

Dove Foundation Seal of Approval

If you’ve ever wanted to see as a movie as a family, you may have questioned whether or not you could trust the Motion Picture ratings or the reviews that come from the mass media. Because of this widespread feeling, the Dove Foundation has been providing film reviews from a Judeo-Christian, family-friendly perspective since its founding in 1990.

Now you’re probably wondering what rating was given to “The JESUS Film.” We’re proud to report that Dove FoundationDove-FaithFriendly gave “The JESUS Film” its solid “Faith Friendly” Seal.

Dick Rolfe, Dove Foundation cofounder and CEO, had this to say about the film:

In their written review, Dove Foundation had this to say as well:

This is a wonderful and poignant film based on the life of Jesus from the Gospel of St. Luke. It is solid in its content and contains a straightforward telling of the life of Jesus … and … the crucifixion and resurrection.

The movie … seems to always hold back before becoming graphically violent. We are recommending the film for ages twelve plus and award “The Jesus Film” our Dove “Faith Friendly” Seal. The restoration the movie has undergone makes it look pristine and the colors are vivid. Don’t miss seeing this one! Read the full review.

How would you rate the film? Please share with us on Amazon. We greatly value your feedback.

The Power of Your Words

Mother Teresa once said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things” (paraphrased). Can you think of a moment in time when you’ve found that to be true? We can when it comes to the “The JESUS Film.”

It’s the way that you—our faithful supporters—have let others know about the film, perhaps without even realizing it, and how a few words from you could do even more.

The JESUS FilmYou see, we can talk about “The JESUS Film” on websites like Facebook and Twitter, but alone, we only reach so many. When you interact with us there and our messages, that’s when millions of more people are informed and have the potential to learn more about Jesus.

Similarly, we can make the film available at retailers, like Amazon.com, but we can’t write reviews that help others in their purchasing decision—only you can. If you’ve ever used buyer reviews to influence your decision on a purchase, you know how important they can be.

Would you write a quick review?

If you have enjoyed the 35th anniversary edition of “The JESUS Film” (fully remastered and restored), would you consider writing a review on Amazon.com for the DVD or Blu-ray? Just think of how powerful a few of your words could be for the people who are looking for it.

As a thank you, we’ll be giving away another copy of “The JESUS Film” to someone int the U.S. We’ll announce a lucky winner on June 13th, so be sure to post your review to Amazon before then if you want a chance to win.

 

Biblically Inspired Films Creating Positive Opportunities

In the past couple of months, filmmakers have done a great job drawing moviegoers in with biblically inspired films. Two of the most popular, “Noah” and “Son of God,” have done well at the box office. Whether your reaction to them was positive, negative or mixed, there have been positive trends and opportunities that followed.

During the opening weekend for “Noah” in theaters, the number of people turning to story of Noah in the book of Genesis increased by:

That of course does not account for those who turned to the story in print or from other sources.

While filmmakers today apply varying levels of creative license to familiar Bible stories, it’s certainly exciting to see the interest in biblically inspired films—and the Bible itself—grow. Even if films don’t line up precisely with scripture, they create an opportunity to drive people to the truth—in conversations with believers, in the Bible or in biblically accurate films like the 35th anniversary edition of “The JESUS Film.”

Though “The JESUS Film” comes from a different era of Bible epics, it still remains the most-watched film to date.

It seems that the Bible epics genre will continue to strengthen this year. “Heaven is for Real” is also now at the box office.  Others, like “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” are also set to be released this year. Our hope is that this genre of films will—if nothing else—point others to Christ.

What’s your reaction?

Have friends or critics strayed you away from seeing these films? Has seeing any of these films prompted conversations between you and others about the truth?

 

Blown Away by Our Supporters

In the month leading up to Easter, supporters of “The JESUS Film” continued to grow, expanding the number of people we were able to reach with messages from the film. Surprisingly, our social media reach from just one of our Facebook posts spread into the millions.

The JESUS Film HD Facebook ImageThat one post included a picture taken from “The JESUS Film” along with a faith-based quote. It was because of the hundreds of thousands who “liked” the post, commented on it and shared it that more than three million saw those interactions, many of whom liked, commented and shared as well. And that was just one of our posts.

Thank you … big time.

We are completely blown away by this and can’t thank you enough for being one of our faithful supporters. Just think about the potential impact for a second. Just for liking, commenting or sharing a post, you have the opportunity to help us reach millions of people for Christ. Don’t ever underestimate the influence you have to share His hope, love and grace with others.

By the way, did you #GiveJESUS?

Please continue to support our reach by using the hashtag #GiveJESUS on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The more people who use the hashtag, the more people there will be who have the opportunity to learn about Jesus.

Do it today if you want a chance to win a prize. Simply post a picture of yourself holding the “The JESUS Film” that you plan to give away to someone (friend, family member, co-worker, etc.) along with the hashtag #GiveJESUS. We’ll draw a lucky winner May 2nd.

The Reason We Exist

If you’ve been following us through the release of the 35th anniversary edition of “The JESUS Film” on Blu-ray and DVD, you know how excited we’ve been about it. It’s not about notoriety or sales though. It’s about the souls that are impacted and will continue to be.

Jesus paid it all so that we could all truly live—all who come to know and follow Jesus. That’s why He calls us to share this good news with others. We are personally humbled by the opportunity God has given us to do that through this film.

Social media is one of the most powerful ways we have to get the word out, and it’s also one of the most telling of how much we all need Jesus—His love, healing, peace and hope.

People express their sadness, grief and pain through social media every day. These posts show you a glimpse of that.

We all long for something more—something only Christ can give us. We pray that the next time you come across someone in need of what Christ can give, you would take the opportunity to share fearlessly, as is written in Ephesians 6:10.

Want to share encouraging messages about Jesus with people you know?

You can share some of ours from Facebook or Twitter.

Want to share a copy of “The JESUS Film”?

Get it at Walmart and other retailers.

 

On the first day, there was …

The JESUS FilmThe 35th anniversary edition of “The JESUS Film” hit shelves at major retailers just over two weeks ago. We’re so excited about the response.

At Walmart alone, more than 1,500 copies of the DVD or Blu-ray were purchased on the very first day. It’s so encouraging to know the number of people this film continues to reach and impact.

With a limited supply out there, and Easter just days away, we hope you’ve been able to get a copy for your family and those you’d like to share it with. If you haven’t, why not do so this week.

We think you’ll really enjoy the modern feel this classic film now has thanks to the restoration and remastering process in HD—from the new music score, new dialogue recordings, new sound effects, new narration all in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

To get your copy of the film, visit Walmart and other retailers. And let us know the impression it leaves with you and your family.

The Impact of The Jesus Film is Far From Over

A guest-post from Judy Douglass, a Christian author and speaker

For 35 years, The JESUS Film has proved to be an effective and powerful tool God uses to reach others for Christ. I have heard story after story of lives changed as a result of watching the film and exposing people to the Gospel for the first time. It’s no wonder Ralph Winter of the Center for World Missions called the film “the most effective tool for evangelism ever.”

It’s exciting to know that the impact of this film is far from over! In celebration of the film’s 35th anniversary, a fully restored and re-mastered version of The Jesus Film is now showing in select theaters around the nation, and it’s coming to Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, April 1.

If you are a believer who is serious about your faith and want to reach others, then I encourage you to see the re-mastered film and consider buying a copy—complete with bonus features—to use in your bible study, or to give to a friend.

To see it in the theater: Check the showings or find out how you can host the film in your local theater.

To get your own copy of this wonderful film: Visit Walmart or other local retailers and online here.

If this film leaves an impact in your life as it has so many others, please share. I’d love to hear about it.

To connect with Judy Douglass, visit her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Sharing The Greatest Story at The Greatest Time

In less than three weeks, people around the world will be celebrating Easter. If you’re one of them, you may be turning more of your focus to Christ, what He did on the cross, and how his resurrection impacts your life and your eternity. Perhaps you’ll be doing that through fasting, devotionals, prayer or other ways. However you prepare your heart for Easter, we encourage you to include “The JESUS Film” in your plans and share the message with others, too.

Witness His arrival, His journey and His grace like never before.

You may have heard that “The JESUS Film,” which is told completely from the Gospel of Luke, is now in high definition and set to a new music score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Well, starting tomorrow, you can own it on Blu-ray and DVD.

With Easter coming, it’s a great time to share, too.

Whose spiritual journey could you positively impact by sharing this story? Whether you’re thinking of children or grown-ups in your life, the spiritually seeking or spiritually mature, this film is one of the most time-appropriate items that could make an Easter basket (or just a gift) well worth giving.

The JESUS FilmGet your copy while supplies last.

A limited number of copies of the “The JESUS Film” will be available at retailers around the country starting tomorrow, April 1. If you haven’t arranged for yours yet, one of the easiest ways to get them could be stopping by your nearest Walmart—they’ve stocked up! Looking for another option? See all the ways you can buy the film.

If you have friends or family members who also believe in sharing this story, pass this information on to them. We pray that the film’s message would not just fill living rooms around the nation, but spirits too.

We would like to hear from you.  Please share your comment below.  Also, after you get “The JESUS Film” for you or someone else, take a photo and share it on social media.  Use the hashtag #GiveJESUS.  We will share the best and most creative photos.

The Jesus Film in HD: Coming to DVD and Blu-ray This April

The JESUS FilmIf you are one of the billions who have watched “JESUS”—the most watched film in history—or have heard how it’s transformed lives all around the world, you’ll be thrilled to know you can now own a fully restored and re-mastered version on DVD or Blu-ray.

They’re being released on April 1 under the title “The Jesus Film” in honor of the film’s 35th anniversary. This gives you the opportunity to experience the film like never before—in high-definition and a new musical score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

There’s no telling how many more lives this faithful depiction of Jesus’ birth, ministry, death a resurrection will touch. With virtually every word that Jesus speaks in the film being quoted from scripture, purchasing the “The Jesus Film” could be a great way to enrich your own faith and others, too. After all, Jesus came to show us the way to real and eternal life—better than we could dream.

In addition to watching it on your own, you could use The Jesus Film:

  • As a study resource for your bible study, community group or church congregation
  • To teach your children about Jesus
  • As a gift to someone you know who is spiritually seeking

We’re sure there are countless other ways this film could be used to spread the good news of the gospel. And we’d love to hear how you plan to use it.

To get your copy (or copies):

» Pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon today.
» Look for it at Walmart and other retailers on April 1.