Jesus Christ Superstar ('12)HD
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About the Film
Director Laurence Connor presents this contemporary re-imagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's legendary rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The world renowned phenomenon portrays the story of the last seven days of Christ leading up to his crucifixion as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Filmed as an arena rock opera, the performance features a star-studded line-up which includes award-winning musical comedian, Tim Minchin as the role of Judas Iscariot; pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene; radio DJ Chris Moyles in his stage debut as King Herod; and Ben Forster, to take on the title role of Jesus. This award-winning creative team is sure to captivate audiences and transform the hugely popular stage production into a unique, modern, state-of-the-art spectacular.
I saw this live so to have this on blu ray is a treat! Quality is amazing, production outstanding and the entire cast incredible! It gave me goosebumps throughout! Tim Minchin is breathtakingly great, Ben was chosen for a reason, Inspiring. Melanie C singing "could we start again please" was touching! Her final scene, crying as Jesus is lowered turned me into a blubbering wreck! Overall a gem and worth every penny!!
Superb cast, brilliant new direction and just an all round amazing performance! Tim, Ben and Mel all work and sound fantastic! Definitely recommend it! :)
Spoilt by autotune
I saw this at the O2 and loved it. I hadn't noticed what is so obvious in this recording.
Having watched the recording now a few times it is spoilt by the excessive use of autotune. This is really noticeable on Tim Minchin's vocals. Just listen to "But every word you say today" in the opening number. And "how far down we are" a bit later. And the word "far". And the final "all".
There seems to be more and more of a reliance on this technology these days and that's a real shame. And if Andrew Lloyd Webber sees fit to use it then I am losing respect for him too - seeing as he was always so critical during the audition process for Jesus and his complaints of singing out of tune.
He says he always intended it for a production like this, but then autotune wasn't around then.