Respected scholars expose the errors and falsehoods of Dan Brown's novel
Additional titles include inspiring performances by Ray Charles and Mahalia Jackson, and a biographical drama on the life of St. Thérèse
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- Xenon Pictures has announced today the March 13, 2007 DVD re-release of THE DA VINCI HOAX, a documentary debunking author Dan Brown's fictional theories on the relationship between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, the beginnings of Christianity, and the Catholic Church. This thought-provoking film, hosted by best-selling authors Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel, as well as Jesuit biblical scholar Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., exposes the inaccuracies and falsehoods of the popular novel, The Da Vinci Code. The re-release of THE DA VINCI HOAX coincides with the Easter/Passover season, bringing audiences a documentary on an important theological and cultural subject through hard facts and scholarly research.
THE DA VINCI HOAX also contains a special feature, "Debunking the Gospel of Judas" by Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., along with a 12-page color booklet and study guide. Other special features include deleted scenes and subtitle options in both Spanish and French. THE DA VINCI HOAX will be available at all major retail and online stores for $14.99 (SRP).
Xenon Pictures will also be re-releasing three additional DVD titles on March 13, 2007: RAY CHARLES: SOUL OF THE HOLY LAND, starring the legendary Grammy®-winning musician in a 1973 concert performance from Israel; a documentary on gospel icon Mahalia Jackson, MAHALIA JACKSON: THE POWER AND THE GLORY; and THÉRÈSE, the biographical drama on the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. All three titles offer families wholesome and inspirational entertainment.
A testament to a great man and a great artist, RAY CHARLES: SOUL OF THE HOLY LAND is a recently discovered documentary of Ray Charles' 1973 tour of Israel, including his sold-out concert in Tel Aviv. The DVD features unforgettable performances that serve as a collectible and lasting memorial to this phenomenal entertainer.
MAHALIA JACKSON: THE POWER AND THE GLORY traces the life of the world's greatest gospel singer, from her beginnings in a New Orleans ghetto to her acclaimed performances at Carnagie Hall and other stages throughout the world. The film features interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, author Studs Terkel and Brother John Sellers, and includes an additional two hours of rare television footage of Mahalia singing many of the immortal songs that are the foundation of gospel music.
Known as the "Little Flower," St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a French Carmelite nun whose personal writings were published posthumously as Story of a Soul, is the subject of the biographical drama, THÉRÈSE. Produced by Luke Films, THÉRÈSE was the first-ever feature length film to receive an official Vatican endorsement prior to its theatrical release. Based on his popular play about St. Thérèse, director Leonardo Defilippis adapted, directed and costarred in the film version, with Lindsay Younce in the title role. It is rated PG-13 for mild thematic elements.
Xenon Pictures is offering RAY CHARLES: SOUL OF THE HOLY LAND at the suggested retail price of $19.98; MAHALIA JACKSON: THE POWER AND THE GLORY at $14.99; and THÉRÈSE, in a deluxe package that's loaded with extras, at $24.99.