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Experience the Miracle of 'The Nativity Story' Available on DVD for the Holiday Season from New Line Home Entertainment

Faith-Based Resources and Ministry Tools Help Leaders Connect the Journey of the Holy Family to the Christian Life Today

 

THE NATIVITY STORY Named the #1 Most Redeeming Film of 2006 by CHRISTIANITY TODAY MOVIES 

 

"While watching THE NATIVITY STORY, I felt I had a fresh encounter with the love of a living God.  The theater became a holy place, and I worshipped with the wise men at the manger in Bethlehem, feeling renewed in my faith as I went home."– Anne Graham Lotz

 

"THE NATIVITY STORY is compelling, interesting and entertaining!"

– Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide® and the Christian Film & Television Commission

 

Contact: Lesley Burbridge-Bates, Motive Entertainment publicity dept., 615-321-6400, lesley@motivemarketing.biz

 

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- Journey back in history as the greatest story ever told is brought to life in the epic drama The Nativity Story, available on DVD for a MSRP of $19.97 from New Line Home Entertainment.  The Nativity Story is an inspirational tale of extraordinary faith and love that chronicles the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph, a divine pregnancy and the miraculous birth of Jesus.  As Christians worldwide focus on the Christmas season, The Nativity Story enables the faithful to recall also the Lord's humble beginnings and the symbolic connections between his birth, death and resurrection.

 

The Nativity Story captures the emotional resonance and spirituality of the time of Christ with the recreation of the sights and sounds of the Holy Land captured through breathtaking cinematography and an inspirational musical score.

 

With much of the filming done in Matera, Italy, the same location where The Passion of the Christ was shot, The Nativity Story captures the authentic feel of a land and people who lived 2,000 years ago.  "This story means so much to people all over the world," says director Catherine Hardwicke. "I hope audiences can relate to the film on a personal level and find some inspiration to get through their own challenges and difficulties."

 

"More than just the account of Christ's birth, The Nativity Story is a story about real lives, troubling times, challenging circumstances and the extraordinary faith of ordinary people," says Lynne Marian, vice president of the Christian ministry provider Outreach, Inc.  "It's a message as powerful today as it was 2,000 years ago."

 

Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Oscar Isaac (Guerrilla) and Academy Award®-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (2003, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, House of Sand and Fog ), The Nativity Story was awarded The Heartland Film Festival's "Truly Moving Picture" award, the Seal of Approval from The Dove Foundation and has been endorsed by The Parent’s Television Council. 

 

The Nativity Story was also named the #1 Most Redeeming Film of 2006 by Christianity Today Movies, a recognition given to films released in or outside of the faith-based market.  These films include "feel-good" movies as well as thought provoking, spiritually-based stories, all communicating the message of redemption.

 

"The filmmakers of The Nativity Story, who have clearly done their homework, have sensitively and responsibly crafted a story that poignantly captures two of Christendom's most well-loved, but little-known characters – Joseph and Mary," stated Mark Moring, online managing editor/music & film for Christianity Today Movies.  "Screenwriter Mike Rich has done a marvelous job bringing them to life not as religious icons but as flesh-and-blood humans who laugh and weep and feel, just like the rest of us."

 

Motive Entertainment has pooled a variety of The Nativity Story "teaching and preaching" resources for faith and family leaders as well as consumers.  A resource web site (www.NativityResources.com) has been developed to include downloadable study guides, sermon outlines, trailers, promotional materials and additional assets that enable The Nativity Story to be used as a teaching, preaching and outreach tool.  To download DVD box images and production artwork, visit New Line Cinema's web site at www.moviepublicity.com

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
 

·        16x9 widescreen (2.35:1) version of the film

·        4x3 fullscreen (1.33:1) version of the film

·        Theatrical trailer

·        English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English 2.0 Stereo Surround

·        English & Spanish subtitles

·        Closed captions

·        Animated menus

 

*DVD special features subject to change.

 

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New Line Home Entertainment distributes New Line Cinema theatrical films on DVD, including the premium DVD brand infinifilm™.  The Company also distributes feature films and non-theatrical programs acquired or produced by New Line Home Entertainment and New Line Television.  Founded almost 40 years ago, New LineCinema is the most successful independent film company in the world.  Its mission is to produce innovative, popular and profitable entertainment in the best creative environment.  In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatricalmotion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, merchandising and an international unit.  In 2005, New Line partnered with HBO to form Picturehouse, a new theatrical distribution company torelease independent films.  A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line's Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in history.  New Line is a division of Time Warner, Inc.