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As we near what many consider the most cherished and nostalgic time of the year — spending time together with family and friends while invigorating ourselves with the message of hope, love and joy so central to our faith — it’s great to know there’s a lot out there to inspire us from the comfort of our own living rooms.
Here are some sure-fire favorites that will help you spread the blessing this Christmas season, all of which you can conveniently find at Believe.com’s Movie Store:
The Bible: The Epic Miniseries
In the weeks leading up to Easter earlier this year, the History Channel aired the epic 10-part miniseries, The Bible: The Epic Miniseries. Millions of people tuned in to witness the inspirational re-creation of some of the most treasured stories from the Bible such as Noah’s Ark, Daniel and the Lion’s Den and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible: The Epic Miniseries, available to own on Blu-ray and DVD, dives deeper into the making of the series and features a behind-the-scenes look at how the ground-breaking miniseries came together.
The Blu-ray special features include:
The Bible: Genesis — A featurette showcasing executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey telling the origin story of The Bible.
Scoring The Bible — Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard share the experience of creating the music behind the project.
The Cast of The Bible — Downey and the key cast members offer insight to the casting and acting process of the biblical characters.
The Creation — A 42-minute feature on the making of The Bible, divided into three segments: I) The Vision and the Look, II) Production Stories and III) Crucified & Resurrected.
Believing in Miracles — Maya Angelou talks about what the Bible means to her in this featurette, which also includes Burnett, Downey and the crew sharing about the project which includes some miraculous stories on set.
The Bible: Visual Effects — A montage of before and after effects shots.
“Mary Did You Know?” Music Video — Clips of the life of Jesus from the series set to Mark Lowry’s “Mary Did You Know?” performed by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna.
It is inspiring to see and hear Burnett and Downey’s passion for this project of love. As Christians brace to celebrate the greatest gift of all time this Christmas — Jesus’ birth — the inspired couple is excited for others to spread the blessing.
The Bible: The Epic Miniseries, the fastest-selling TV title in the past two years and #1 TV miniseries of all time, is a must-have in any home to remind us of our faith and the true meaning of the holiday season.
The Ultimate Gift
The award-winning family feature, The Ultimate Gift, pairs America’s favorite young actress, Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) with one of the nation’s most beloved actors, James Garner (Maverick) in a film that tugs on the heartstrings. The Ultimate Gift, winner of the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award and the Dove Family Approved seal, is lauded with critical acclaim for teaching us about selflessness.
The film is described as “irresistible” (Baltimore Sun), “uplifting” (The Boston Globe), “endearing” (Charlotte Observer) and “finely crafted” (MovieGuide) while Breslin’s performance has been acclaimed as nothing less than “captivating” (Washington Post).
This soon-to-be holiday classic follows Jason Stephens (Drew Fuller), a spoiled and selfish young adult, on a mission to complete 12 tasks, or “gifts,” in order to collect on an inheritance left to him by his wealthy grandfather (James Garner). Jason’s journey becomes one of self-discovery and forces him to consider what is truly important in life.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD, The Ultimate Gift includes an introduction by author Jim Stovall, a behind the scenes featurette, cast and crew interviews, a special Leave a Legacy® PSA with Bill Cobbs, the “Something Changed” music video by Sara Groves and the “Legacy” music video by Ed Goggin.
Love’s Christmas Journey
Inspired by the popular Love Comes Softly series, Love’s Christmas Journey tells an uplifting story of faith, love and courage.
Still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, Ellie Davis (Natalie Hall) agrees to watch her brother Aaron’s (Greg Vaughan) children while he heads off to purchase farmland. But after a suspicious fire, Ellie finds herself playing detective. If she can trust her faith, this Christmas just might bring more miracles than Ellie could have hoped for.
Love’s Christmas Journey, available on DVD, features Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Ernest Borgnine (The Dirty Dozen), JoBeth Williams (Private Practice) and Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny), makes a great gift for the Christmas movie lover!
The Bible, The Ultimate Gift, and Love’s Christmas Journey provide hours of entertainment the whole family can enjoy. But holiday entertainment doesn’t stop there. Check out A Christmas Carol, Love’s Everlasting Courage, Mama I Want to Sing, Breaking the Press, The 5th Quarter, Like Dandelion Dust, I AM, Angel Wars: Messengers, The Passion of the Christ, Amazing Grace, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and many more. Find all your holiday movie favorites at Believe.com’s Movie Store.
Now let the lights, camera and action inspire and kindle the hearts of your loved ones this Christmas from the comfort of their own couch or favorite chair!