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Jesus, Mary & DaVinci (ABC News) + Dan Burstein’s Secrets Of Angels, Demons and Masons


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Programs: C+



Dan Brown’s book The DaVinci Code is such a hot seller that the feature film version is finally on the way with a huge budget and more than a few DVDs have come out trying to make some money on it.  Here, we look at two different releases from Koch Vision, one of which has the credibility of being from ABC News and featuring interviews with Brown himself.  Their program is Jesus, Mary & DaVinci, while Dan Burstein’s Secrets Of Angels, Demons and Masons is a rougher two-part program more willing to talk of conspiracy, murder, censorship, secret societies, oppression of women and the burning of books, like alternate gospels.  It deals with Brown’s prequel Angels & Demons as well, which the ABC show does not.


Part of the problem simply is the obsession of so many to push only the King James version of The Holy Bible, when there are so many others that are as legitimate.  This one has been convenient in protecting corrupt big money, keeping an unspoken cast system in place with its tale of a King who gives up all his wealth for his faith (for reasons that are too complicated and problematic to go into here) and sooner or later, that monotony is going to give way to something.


Unlike The Last Temptation Of Christ (book and film), which reverses everything considered the standard history and asks one if they would still have faith in the most important aspect of all of Christianity (that Christ died for “all of our sins”) that is the main point, the book that has inspired programs like this in saying something in the middle.  Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute, married Jesus and had a child, or that she was a favored apostle, and many other ideas that would be considered “sacrilegious” or something like it.  Obviously, if the traditionalists are so convinced, they should not be fazed by any of this, while those who are either are sincere believers or highjackers of Christianity who have very dark ulterior motives.


Honestly, I could care less and think it is a waste of energy except to challenge extremists.  The real faithful should just ignore it.  Oddly, the program and the speculation thereof I was most reminded of was from the documentary Hidden Fuhrer (reviewed elsewhere on this site) which asked if Hitler was Gay.  Its evidence was not very strong either, but more convincing than anything presented here.  Unlike Jesus, Hitler was a genocidal maniac and Gayness is incidental and unsurprising considering who Hitler had killed.  Unlike Hitler, anything about Jesus is so far back, that only scholars will ever know and it is too late in some sense.  In both cases, the original assumptions deserve to the challenged respectively and it is only the beginning in both cases.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both and all their extras are NTSC analog videotape and passable at best, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is simple stereo at best.  Each has extras, with a piece on Mary Magdalene from ABC News as an extra on their disc and trailer, behind the scenes, and three featurettes on the Burstein disc.  Of course, even if solid facts and evidence were turned up that this even had some validity, the Extreme Right will shoot it down.  This is not the last we have heard of this speculation and as they find more problems in holding on to power as you read this, they are getting ready for the onslaught the film version and further book sales will hold.  That the book is a huge hit should give you an idea of how sick and tired people are of dogma, so any challenges are welcome, like these and similar DVDs.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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