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DVD: Pope John Paul II

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      First check to see if this DVD is already in your library's catalog. If it
      is, put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form
      right away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

      Title: Pope John Paul II
      Starring: Jon Voight, Ben Gazzara, Christopher Lee
      Director: John Kent Harrison
      Studio: Luxvide
      Date Released: October 16, 2006
      ASIN: B000JR0BYE
      Run Time: 180 minutes
      Price: 24.95
      Comments: Based on the powerful true story.


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      Editorial Reviews

      Review
      Watching this film has renewed in me a sense of profound gratitude to God for
      having given the Church and the world a Pope of such an exalted human and
      spiritual nature. --Pope Benedict XVI

      Review
      "Writer-director John Kent Harrison wisely finds a narrative focus... as the
      pope stares down the unraveling Soviets hoping to help free his native Poland.
      More than anything, Voight's performance... taps into John Paul's emotional
      life... it's a remarkable performance." --Variety

      Review
      "Succeeds brilliantly... it does reveal why most of those who criticized
      [Pope John Paul II] also loved him." --Pittsburg Post-Gazette

      Product Description
      This epic film follows Karol Wojtyla s journey from his youth in Poland
      through his late days on the Chair of St. Peter. It explores his life behind the
      scenes: how he touched millions of people and changed the face of the Church and
      the world; how he defended the dignity of mankind. Jon Voight's powerful,
      Emmy-nominated performance as John Paul II was widely praised, as was Cary Elwes
      as the young Karol. Shot on location in Rome and Poland in close connection
      with the Vatican, this is the definitive epic film on the life of Pope John Paul
      II. DVD includes Spanish subtitles and special sixteen-page collectible
      booklet. Closed captioned.

      Product Description
      This epic film follows Karol Wojtyla s journey from his youth in Poland
      through his late days on the Chair of St. Peter. It explores his life behind the
      scenes: how he touched millions of people and changed the face of the Church and
      the world; how he defended the dignity of mankind. Jon Voight's powerful,
      Emmy-nominated performance as John Paul II was widely praised, as was Cary Elwes
      as the young Karol. Shot on location in Rome and Poland in close connection
      with the Vatican, this is the definitive epic film on the life of Pope John Paul
      II. DVD includes Spanish subtitles and special sixteen-page collectible
      booklet. Closed captioned.

      Thoughtful & Compelling Portrayal of a Beloved Figure, October 30, 2006
      Reviewer:A. VanHecke (Milwaukee, WI)
      Cary Elwes and Jon Voight lovingly and skillfully portray one of the most
      beloved figures of our times. The research and numerous interviews with the
      Vatican and Pope John Paul II's close associates, make for a humorous and
      insightful storyline. It emphasizes his connections with Poland even after he becomes
      Pope and the "little stories" that reveal his humility and his devotion to God
      and to his friends and homeland. This is a much more personal and intimate
      portrait than we are accustomed to, and it was very moving.

      The lead actors are excellent and the pope's devoted assistant and his
      secretary of state are especially interesting. Karol Wojtyla's fellow cardinals from
      Poland are played powerfully by Christopher Lee (Star Wars, Lord of the
      Rings) and James Cromwell (Babe).

      On the down side, this was made as a TV movie and the budget limitations show
      in a number of the crowd scenes. Sadly incongruent with the overall quality.


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