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A Grave Injustice - is a fourth film, included in this updated and expanded edition. A Grave Injustice tells about recent carbon date testing on the Shroud that supposedly proved it to be a fraud. A Grave Injustice shows how to more accurately test the Shroud's age and proves the veracity of the Shroud.
The Shroud of Turin is the most controversial piece of cloth in the history of the human race. Claimed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, the Shroud, located in Turin, Italy, is a centuries old piece of linen which contains the image of a crucified man. Though hundreds of scientists, archaeologist, and historians have studied the Shroud, its intriguing mystery is yet to be solved, and offers the viewer two options--either accept the Shroud as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, or believe the alternative, it is a medieval forgery. In the Shroud of Turin: New Expanded Edition you will have the opportunity to view three of the most famous documentaries on the Shroud: “The Silent Witness” (1978), “Shroud of Turin Material Evidence” (2008), and “Shroud (2010). Each film was produced and directed by award-winning British producer David W. Rolfe, and covers the latest (to the date of the film’s production) scientific, historical, medical, and archaeological study and evidence surrounding the Shroud. In the collector’s edition, journey across history, culture, and time as you attempt to unlock the secret of the Shroud of Turin.
Produced in 1978 “The Silent Witness” was the first in depth, successful documentary on the Shroud of Turin. Narrated by award winning British actor Kenneth More, “The Silent Witness” won a British Academy Award for its deep coverage on the history of the Shroud. In addition, it attempts to answer the question of where and how the Shroud was hidden during its missing years. While this film is lacking in the deep scientific study that has since been preformed on the Shroud of Turin, it will give the viewer a good foundational study of the Shroud’s mystery and history, which will be of great advantage when viewing the Collection’s other films. “The Silent Witness” is fifty-three minutes long, and is available to view only in English.
Twenty years after the 1988 Carbon-14 dating that came to the conclusion the Shroud of Turin was a medieval fake “Shroud of Turin Material Evidence” explores new evidence that could prove that test wrong. When condemned as a hoax in 1988 numerous experiments were preformed to replicate the image on the Shroud, yet every attempt failed, and in this documentary attempts to discover what it is about the image that cannot be replicated. With new scientific, forensic, medical, archaeological, 3D analysis, and art evidence in the light, this film reveals whether or not the C14 dating could have lied, and if the Shroud could once again become a contender as Jesus’ burial cloth. Professor Christopher Ramsey who did the original C14 test conducts new tests, and the results are revealed in the documentary. In addition, this is the first documentary to have high definition films of the Shroud. This hour long documentary is narrated by Rageh Omaar and is available only in English.
This documentary produced in 2010 expands on the new studies and evidence surrounding the shroud since the 2008 film. The “Shroud” was the official film of the 2010 Exposition of the Shroud of Turin. In addition to exploring ongoing scientific and historical research on the Shroud, this documentary explores more of the religious context, background, and significance of the Shroud than the previous two films did. The technological presentation of the Shroud and its story are of better in quality in this version than the previous films due to its later production date. “Shroud” has a run time of 48 minutes, and is available in seven languages - English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.
Kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy the Shroud may gain its name from its location, but its fame is based solely on what it portrays. Along the length of the fabric shroud is the faint image of a crucified man, with wounds found in his back, hands, head, and side. The images, whose heads touch in the center, portray both the back and front of the mysterious man whom many believe to be Jesus the Christ. Despite numerous scientific tests and historical research on the image, neither scientists or historians can explain how the image came to be found on the cloth, or how it was produced. Because of the unanswered questions surrounding the Shroud it has become one of the most controversial pieces of fabric in all of history. Surviving numerous fires, wars, and 2,000 years the Shroud of Turin is an astounding mystery that is yet to be solved.
As you view the three documentaries in The Shroud of Turin: Collector’s Edition you will gain a comprehensive view of how the Shroud has been viewed throughout history and how it is viewed today. You will be exposed to the influences it has had on culture, history, tradition, and religion--some of which it still holds today. Some of the most influential and important scientific study on the Shroud will be presented to you in stunning imagery, as you travel across the globe to track down some of the world’s well known experts on the Shroud. As the facts are laid out in front of you, you will be equipped to make your own decision--is the Shroud of Turin genuine or a hoax?
“The Silent Witness” was rated PG. “Shroud of Turin Material Evidence” and “Shroud” have both not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, and may contain violence and themes not suited for younger viewers. As always, it is recommend that parents preview all content to determine what is considered suitable for their children, but this collection is considered acceptable for most audiences.
The complete run time for The Shroud of Turin: New Expanded Edition is 160 minutes.
This is a distinctive collection of three stunning films on the Shroud of Turin spanning 32 years of award-winning filmmaking on the Shroud by acclaimed British film producer & director David Rolfe.