Agamemnon Films, the production company founded by Charlton Heston and Fraser C. Heston, is pleased to announce it has re-acquired world-wide rights to the four-hour performance-documentary production, "CHARLTON HESTON PRESENTS: THE BIBLE", from GoodTimes Entertainment, which filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last year.
The project was filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land. It combines dramatic readings by Charlton Heston of passages from the Old and New Testaments, with historical commentaries in the land where these stories took place, together with two millennia of Biblical artwork, and an original score by Leonard Rosenman. “I’m not a priest or scholar,” Charlton Heston once said, “I’m a story teller. These are the greatest stories ever told.”
Produced in association with Jones Programming Partners, Ltd., the film first aired on the A&E Network in the early '90s. "Charlton Heston Presents THE BIBLE" was directed and photographed by Tony Westman, executive-produced by Fraser C. Heston and Philip Fehrle, produced by Gwen Field, & Eduardo Rossoff, with commentaries & Biblical redactions written and performed by Charlton Heston.
Agamemnon's CEO, producer Fraser Heston said, "The four-hour film is one of the most successful productions of its kind, and earned more than fifty million dollars in retail, direct marketing and infomercial sales of VHS, DVDs and companion products. More importantly, it was a labor of love for my father, and he always felt it was one of his most meaningful and personal works. We believe there remains a strong and enthusiastic audience for intelligent, creative Biblical-themed films of this kind, both in America, and around the world. We are delighted to regain this valuable, ever-green title and add it to our library."
Agamemnon also re-acquired rights to a companion hard-cover coffee-table book, Charlton Heston Presents the Bible; Charlton Heston Presents "The Word", 12 hours of additional, new recordings of Charlton reading from The Bible; as well as Charlton Heston's Hollywood, a book of personal reminiscences and photographs, along with other related products, including a spoken-word audio version of the THE BIBLE soundtrack and music, as well as selected readings of the Psalms by Charlton Heston.
Agamemnon Films has embarked on a complete restoration of the project on HD video and the films and companion products will be available for Television, Direct Marketing and international Home Video & DVD distribution by the winter of 2007-2008.
Rave Reviews:Charlton Heston Presents the Bible
"In this incredible production, shot on location in the Holy Land, Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur) recaptures all of the passion, power, drama and sheer beauty of these "greatest stories ever told."
Genesis: Here are the wonders of the Creation and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, plus the dramatic tales of Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark and the Flood, and the Lord testing Abraham's faith with Isaac.
The Story of Moses: The greatest of all the epic dramas of the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Exodus tells of Moses and his deliverance of the Israelites, the parting of the Red Sea, the Ten Commandments, and the Promised Land.
Jesus of Nazareth: The amazing life and teachings of Jesus include His humble birth in a Bethlehem manger, baptism in the River Jordan, search for Disciples, temptation in the wilderness, Sermon on the Mount, and many miracles.
The Passion: The tragic and triumphant coda to the New Testament follows Jesus through the Last Supper, His betrayal by Judas in Gethsemane, His trial before Pilate and the crowds, His Crucifixion, and His joyous Ascension."
-- from ChristianBooks.com
Charlton Heston Presents the Bible: "The Story of Moses"
"Academy Award® winning actor Charlton Heston take us through a new exploration of the Bible. Shot on location in the Holy Land, The Story of Moses presents the greatest of all the epic dramas of the Hebrew Bible--the Book of Exodus. Experience the extraordinary life of Moses...his dramatic deliverance of the Israelites...the parting of the Red Sea...the creation of God's sacred law, the Ten Commandments... and the joyful arrival in the Promised Land. This incredible production is more than great literature come to life, it is a walk through history itself. Includes behind-the-scenes documentary. Region coded ALL. Approx. 75 minutes."
-- from ChristianCinema.com
Charlton Heston Presents the Bible: "The Passion"
"ACADEMY AWARD -winning actor Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur) recaptures all the passion, power, drama, and the sheer beauty of the stories in the Bible, those first storytellers passed on to us, with his own dazzling new exploration of the greatest stories ever told.
Part Four, "The Passion," dramatically presents the tragic and triumphant coda to the New Testament: The Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. You'll be present with Jesus and His disciples at the Last Supper and in Gethsemane, where Judas betrays Christ with a kiss. Witness the drama of His trial before Pilate and the crowds...the struggle of His walk with the cross...the moving power of His Crucifixion...and the joyful triumph of His Ascension."
Charlton Heston Presents the Word: (Audio CD of readings from the Bible)
"One of the most respected actors of our time, Charlton Heston has had a deep personal connection to the Bible. In this historic collection, Charlton Heston reads and comments upon his favorite Bible stories which his inspiriting and emotional presence brings vividly to life. These timeless tales will enrich and entertain you again and again. And can now be enjoyed by listeners of all generations. Contents include: In the Begining and Exodus The Story of Jacob and Job and the Story of Joseph and Daniel The Fall of Jericho and the Story of King David The Story of King Solomon and Proverbs Women of the Bible and Spreading of the Gospel The Great Prophecies and Visions of the Apocalypse. 6 cassettes. 360 minutes."
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