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A.D. (Anno Domini) 1985 Complete 12 Part Series on DVD

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Video/Audio quality is Very Good 8/10

Each part of this film series has been edited Frame by Frame using professional video editing tools tools (MotionDSP VReveal) in an effort to correct for sharpness, contrast levels, color hue, saturation, white balance, grain, shadows, highlights, fill lighting etc making this set the absolute best quality that is ever likely to be available. The set is also uncut and unedited containing the full 12 part 9+ hours of the series.

I have seen many of the other available sets and the quality is far inferior to this set due in large part to the months of tedious work that I put into each and every episode of the series.

I uploaded about 10 minutes of one of the episodes to dropbox for you to download and check the quality for yourself. Simply add .com after the word dropbox in order to get the valid link.


Region 0 or FREE so DVDs will play worldwide

Standard NTSC Video Format 1.33:1 Full Screen

All 5 DVDs come with custom professional disc artwork!!

Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this 9-hour miniseries chronicles the life and adventures of Jesus' disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Stars Anthony Andrews, James Mason, Colleen Dewhurst, Ian McShane, Ava Gardner, Richard Roundtree, and many more.

Filmed in Tunisia on a budget of 30 million dollars, 9-hour miniseries A.D. was the final installment in a historical trilogy which included Moses the Lawgiver and Jesus of Nazareth. Covering the years 30 to 69 A.D., the teleplay, co-written by Anthony Burgess, chronicled the political intrigue which plagued the Roman Empire, with such key players as the emperors Tiberius (James Mason in his final role), Caligula (John McEnery), Claudius (Richard Kiley), and Nero (Anthony Andrews) calling the shots.

Meanwhile, the death of Jesus Christ (played by Michael Wilding, son of Elizabeth Taylor) not only sparked a widespread monotheistic religious movement, but also resulted in devastating factionalism amongst the various Jewish sects of the era. Offsetting the true events are a number of fictional subplots, among them the romance between Jewish slave girl Sarah (Amanda Pays) and Roman soldier Valerius (Neil Dickson), and the tempestuous relationship between male and female gladiators, Caleb (Cecil Humphreys) and Corinna (Diana Venora). The huge cast included Ava Gardner, making her TV-movie debut as the scheming Agrippina. The winner of an Emmy award for Best Film Editing, A.D. was broadcast by NBC from March 31 through April 4, 1985
The stunning sequel to Jesus of Nazareth, this captivating epic vividly re-creates the turbulent years following the crucifixion of Christ. Witness the growth of the fledgling church, from Peter's first bold sermon at Pentecost to the martyrdom of Paul. Filmed on location in Palestine with an all-star cast.

From the producer of JESUS OF NAZARETH, a compelling film dramatizing the trials and triumph of the early Church. The Book of Acts comes alive in this epic covering the years 30-69 A.D. Filmed on location in the Middle East and Europe, A.D. vividly depicts the rising confrontation between the mighty Roman Empire, Jewish zealots, and early Christians. Painstakingly researched by award-winning producer Vincenzo Labella, this compelling mini-series blends Biblical narrative with historic incidents and engaging fictional characters. Rejoice with Christ's disciples at Pentecost, and cry with them at the stoning of Stephen. Watch the Church grow - Saul is dramatically converted, Peter performs wonders, and Philip baptizes the Ethiopian. Witness the barbarous treatment of Christians at the hands of Roman leaders, and finally, marvel at the great triumph of the Church, despite persecution and the martyrdom of Peter and Paul.

The team Anthony Burgess/Vincenzo Labella has, after tremendous movies like "Jesus of Nazareth" and "Moses the Lawgiver" once again surpassed itself by retelling the story about the birth of Christianity in such a fascinating and powerful way. Nothing compares to the profound "road to Emmaus-scene" which conveys the new hope in Christ's resurrection in a very moving way.
Dennis Quilley played Peter in accordance with Luke's description of him in the book of the acts. But the greatest performance was undoubtedly Philip Sayer as Paul who especially knew how to portray the change that took place in his character on the road to Damascus. Watching him in his role was seeing a vivid portrayal of what it means and takes to change from Saul to Paul. Nobody knows what Paul actually looked like but every time I hear the name Paul or think about this great apostle the image of Philip Sayer as Paul popes up in my mind - an astounding performance! The roman emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero were depicted in a very impressive way. They even had some similarity with the real emperors busts which are still preserved. Apart from the wonderful spiritual message this movie conveys it is as some other viewers already observed very accurate with historical details like f. e. Claudius who hid himself behind the curtain before he was hailed as Rome's new emperor or Calebs mentioning of Pilates massacre among the Samaritans that made him lose his position. Scenes like these were in absolute accordance with the historical records of the roman age.

A.D. - Anno Domini, 1985 miniseries, 546 minutes

Note: This is the unedited version.

There is an edited version (360 min, import) being sold by some Christian web sites.


Anthony Andrews...Nero
Colleen Dewhurst...Antonia
Ava Gardner...Agrippina
David Hedison...Porcius Festus
John Houseman...Gamaliel
Richard Kiley...Claudius
James Mason...Tiberius
John McEnery...Caligula
Ian McShane...Sejanus
Jennifer O'Neill...Messalina
Millie Perkins...Mary
Denis Quilley...Peter
Fernando Rey...Seneca
Richard Roundtree...Serpenius
Susan Sarandon...Livilla
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