Bible, The: The Epic Miniseries

Featured In Issue 176, April/May 2013

WSR Score3.5
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The Bible is The Epic 10-hour Miniseries broadcast on the History® channel and narrated by Actor Keith David. The Blu-ray Disc™ features an all-new cut of the miniseries, featuring more of the stories well known but shown in ways never seen. The miniseries breaths life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. (Gary Reber)

There are no special features on Discs One, Two, and Three. Special features on Disc Four include the following featurettes: The Bible: Genesis (HD 09:35), The Cast Of The Bible (HD 13:36), The Bible: Creation in three parts (HD 42:09), Scoring The Bible (HD 08:54), Believing In Miracles (HD 07:59), and The Bible: Visual Effects (HD 03:05); and the "Mary, Did You Know?" music video (HD 03:41).

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally and appears pristine and crisp. The imagery is effectively resolved and displays fine detail throughout, especially in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The color palette is natural, with rich and warm earth tones. Hues are never exaggerated. Fleshtones are naturally rendered as well. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. This is a stellar miniseries presentation that is visually engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features a sweeping and panoramic orchestral music score by Hans Zimmer, which provides continuity throughout the storytelling. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively enveloping, with directionalized pans and an aggressive surround presence. Deep bass is energized in the .1 LFE channel and throughout the other channels, to create powerful low-frequency effects. Dialogue is largely ADR produced and wanting in spatial integration. The narrative is nicely balanced against the other sound elements. This is a powerfully dynamic holosonic® soundfield experience that heightens the dramatic storytelling. (Gary Reber)