WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2004)—Journey back to ancient Jerusalem to explore biblical mysteries and discern fact from fiction with National Geographic’s “In Search of Easter” on DVD. Timed to coincide with the much anticipated August DVD release of “The Passion of the Christ,” this new release investigates the disappearance of Jesus Christ after his death and attempts to glean new insight from the diverse accounts of his resurrection. Consumers have demonstrated strong interest in religious-themed mysteries (such as “The Da Vinci Code”), and this film explores the questions: How much is legend and how much is truth? What clues can we find now in the biblical stories written centuries ago? Can modern-day scholars shed new light on the mystery of Easter?
Featuring expert analysis and vivid depictions of the gospel, this one-hour special illuminates the Easter story against the backdrop of first-century views on justice, resurrection and the role of women. “In Search of Easter” features experts from prestigious institutions such as Loyola Marymount University, Stanford University, DePaul University, Emory University and Vanderbilt University. The special debuted on the National Geographic Channel in April 2004.
The “In Search of Easter” DVD also includes a 30-minute bonus feature, “Quest for Noah’s Flood.” In this condensed version of the one-hour PBS special, Robert Ballard, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and celebrated oceanographer who discovered the Titanic, leads an expedition to explore the eerie depths of the legendary Black Sea. There, the expedition discovers evidence that lends support to the theory of a catastrophic flood.
“In Search of Easter” is available for pre-order immediately and at retailers
Aug. 31 for $19.98. Consumers can order the DVD directly by calling (800) 627-5162 or ordering online at shopngvideos.com.
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