Joseph Smith - Plates of Gold - DVD *
"Breathtakingly beautiful and historically meaningful."
"The most human and rounded screen depiction of Joseph Smith yet."
"Shows Joseph and Emma as you've never seen them before."
Step into nineteenth-century New England and experience the story of one of the most influential men in religious history. At only twenty-one years of age, Joseph Smith Jr. received a prophetic revelation that he was to translate ancient scripture into what would be published as the Book of Mormon. But his calling is not without turmoil and sacrifice for both Joseph and his young bride, Emma. The pair must endure rejection and persecution as they labor to know and do the will of the Lord.
This film is a must-see for Latter-day Saints or anyone who has heard the name of Joseph Smith. Director Christian Vuissa (The Errand of Angels, One Good Man) paints an intimate portrait of a complex man who, in spite of his human frailties, earnestly commits to serve God according to revelation he receives. You will be inspired by this touching true story of faith that chronicles the coming forth of the Book of Mormon—a story in which a rural farm boy is line upon line, precept upon precept, transformed into a prophet of God.
Special Features include Deleted Scenes, Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, and Director's Commentary. Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian
By Hunter, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I saw JOSEPH SMITH: PLATES OF GOLD during it brief theatrical run and liked it. I recently purchased a copy in the Blu-ray format (highly recommended) and have come to appreciate the beauty and power of what Christian Vuissa has achieved with his film. The extras in which he explains his approach to telling this sacred story gave me a much deeper appreciation for what he had in mind in using actors closer to the actual ages of Joseph and Emma when these events took place. Few filmmakers have done as much for the advancement of the LDS film making movement than Christian Vuissa. He has given young (and older ones like me) filmmakers an opportunity to screen their works with the annual LDS Film Festival held each year. He is an excellent filmmaker and one whose films I look forward to seeing. The title for this film says that it is Volume One . . . sadly its theatrical failure will likely prevent any follow-ups. This is a film worth purchasing.
I thought the actor whole portrayed Joseph Smith did a great job showing Joseph's sensitive side. I learned more about the events surrounding Joseph's relationship with Emma and her parents. Loved the story and hope to see another volume soon.
A beautiful film indeed, shot and made as only awarding winning Latter-day Saints no how.
However, one day, an uncommon place film, one that the non-member world will be able to watch and be disarmed by it and not see it as yet another missionary-work-type of film and critics who are not associated with the Church will praise it and bring it to attention.
Then, and only then, as Spencer W. Kimball mentioned, in his sweeping statement about art displaying the gospel, will it aid in turning the eyes of the world turn to the Church as mentioned in the scriptures.
We have become all to expert at entertaining ourselves. LDS cinema is a safe, growing haven.
Still, another beautiful telling of the beloved foundation of our history. Nice.
This is one of the most real and humanizing portrayals of young Joseph Smith on film. The plate translation process was depicted in great detail that I'd not seen before. Very real human emotion displayed. Just a small taste of what the Smith's went through in the cause of truth. Definitely worth seeing!
David from Utah: Brother! I wonder where you got your information about the prophet not using the plates while translating them. We should be cautious about putting out incorrect information. But wow, it really is a good film. I would also disagree about the awarding of stars; instead of three I would give a an illustrious five!
God bless you, though, brother!
It was wonderful to watch this film with my children and to get to know Joseph Smith more personally. I was very impressed with the sensitive manner with which the individual characters were portrayed. The movie strenghtened my testimony of the importance of revelation and of faith in the Lord no matter what happens.
I really enjoyed this film and am impressed how historic facts are incorporated in the film. It allowed me to go back in time and to better understand what Joseph Smith went through. Now the Book of Mormon has an even greater meaning to me than before.