It is one of the world’s oldest, most fabled cities and a holy center of three major religions, but now it can be seen as never before on the screen. JERUSALEM, a new documentary from National Geographic, brings the city alive to home viewers with stunning 3D vistas as well as privileged looks into its past and present. The film arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from FilmBuff and MPI Media Group on December 1, 2015.
Filmed in 3D for IMAX and giant-screen theaters, the National Geographic documentary JERUSALEM is “an awe-inspiring and intimate portrait” (The Washington Post) of one of the world’s most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims through the experiences of three young Jerusalem women – one Muslim, one Jewish and one Christian – as they celebrate the city’s vibrant life and various holiday traditions.
Join world-renowned archeologist Dr. Jodi Magness as she explores underground tunnels and ancient ruins to solve some of the city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city’s holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage combine to make JERUSALEM “a mesmerizing vision” (The Boston Globe).
JERUSALEM seeks to increase public understanding and appreciation for the city’s historical, spiritual, cultural and artistic uniqueness, as well as highlight some of the intersections between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The film is narrated by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the Oscar-nominated star of The Imitation Game, Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness and 12 Years a Slave. It was executive produced by Oscar-winning producer Jake Eberts (Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Dances With Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy).
JERSUSALEM will be available in three home video options: Blu-ray, DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack; the 3D version of the film is available in the Blu-ray and combo releases. The film played at 50 IMAX and giant-screen theaters in the U.S. and amassed worldwide box office of $9.3 million.
Tom Keogh of The Seattle Times called JERUSALEM “a breathtaking experience,” adding “a viewer can truly feel as if he or she has gone inside a number of fantastic, ancient places.” “Magnificently scenic,” said Variety‘s Ella Taylor. “Just stunning,” said Yasmine Hafiz of The Huffington Post. “Glorious at every level,” raved the Houston Chronicle. “Breathtaking! There are some truly beautiful shots of the city here. No wonder it took five years to make,” praised CBS News. NBC said it’s “an eye-popping travelogue … there’s nothing to compare with seeing the city’s past and present come together in 3D.” “Transformative, immersive and transcendent,” praised Hillary Bowler of Deseret News.