The Gospel of John (2003) This word-for-word adaptation of the 21 chapters of the Gospel According to John tells story of Jesus' life -- mostly focusing on his final hours, his crucifixion and the events that followed -- from disciple John's point of view. The epic film draws its audience into antiquity through meticulous re-creation, including an original musical score complete with instrumental sounds of the time. Christopher Plummer narrates much of the film.
Melody Time (1948) Opening with songbird Frances Langford crooning "Once Upon a Wintertime" over beautiful frosty scenes, this charming follow-up to Make Mine Music fuses wonderful Disney animation and contemporary music from 1948, the year the film was released. The anthology continues with a blend of nature and musical images set to "Bumble Boogie," and Donald Duck reunites with his cigar-smoking pal José Carioca in "Blame It on the Samba."
Oklahoma! (1955) During Oklahoma's freewheeling territorial days, coquettish Laurey Williams (Shirley Jones) falls for good-natured cowboy Curly McLain (Gordon MacRae). Unfortunately, she also provokes the unwanted affections of brooding hired hand Jud Fry (Rod Steiger). Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs abound in this Academy Award-winning musical from director Fred Zinnemann that was adapted for the big screen after a successful Broadway run.
Pete's Dragon (1977) One of Disney's last musical combinations of live-action and traditional animation spins the family-friendly tale of runaway orphan Pete (Sean Marshall) and his pet dragon, Elliott (voiced by comedian Charlie Callas) -- whom others can't always see. Mickey Rooney and Helen Reddy (who sings the Oscar-nominated song "Candle on the Water") co-star as a kindly lighthouse owner and his daughter who take the boy and his dragon in.
Ben-Hur: Collector's Edition: The Silent Version (1925) Before William Wyler's grand epic, this 1925 silent version of Ben-Hur stunned audiences with lavish sets and a spectacular chariot race. An orchestral score from acclaimed Hollywood composer Carl Davis is added to this version of Fred Niblo's film. The picture went on to become the third-highest-grossing silent film of all time. Ramon Novarro stars as Judah Ben-Hur, Francis X. Bushman plays Messala, and May McAvoy takes on the role of Esth