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The Brand New Testament (2015/Music Box DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B Film: B

Jaco Van Dormael's The Brand New Testament (2015) is an interesting religious satire from Belgium that is nicely shot, produced and equal parts dark and funny. Not as cherry and comedic as say Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty, the film tells an interesting story of humanity's creation and how some of the Powers That Be may not be so different from us.

God is an abusive and alcoholic father and lousy excuse for a creator who keeps his exceptional daughter under his thumb. When she discovers a secret room where God does all of his work, she finds out some of the death that he has caused and gets fed up, sending 'death dates' to every person in the world, so that they know the exact time of their expiration. Escaping into a drying machine that has a long tunnel that connects to the outside world, God's Daughter ends up on a spiritual journey of her own.

The film stars Catherine Deneuve, Benoit Poelvoorde, and Pii Groyne to name a few.

Presented in standard definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy French Dolby Digital 5.1 track with English subtitles, the film looks and sounds fine for the format, but missing some of the color clarity and detail evident in high definition and a Blu-ray is apparently also available.

Special Features include...

- God is Among Us: The Making of The Brand New Testament

- Interview with Director Jaco Van Dormael

- Interview with Benoit Poelvoorde

- Special Effects featurette

- Home Cinema Episode with Jaco Van Dormael

- ''E Pericoloso Sporgersi'' (1984) by Jaco Van Dormael

- Theatrical Trailer

Some spins of Christianity may offend some, so I would suggest checking this out if you have a sense of humor on the subject.

- James Lockhart



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