Catholic Evangelism Media Index
By Richard Bruce BA, MA, and PhC in Economics
Former Instructor St. John's University, New York City

Christain, Paticularly Catholic, Video
Free with Amazon Prime

In addition to the free shipping, a vast collection of free music, and many other things, an Amazon Prime subscription provides a vast collection of video, both movies and TV for free. This includes a large collection of Christian and more narrowly Catholic video. I have hardly begun to explore this free collection, but here are a few videos that I can suggest.

Animation

For children there is "The Miracle Maker," which is widely considered the best Biblical video for children ever made. This is definitely a whole family video, so I suggest parents watch it too, and even people without children should give it a try. After all for Amazon Prime members it is free, and therefore free to try. If the first few minutes don't thrill you try something else.

At least some of the creative people who were involved in "The Miracle Maker" were also involved in "Testament the Animated Bible." This is a series of nine animated half hour shows from the Old Testament. Each is done in a different style. Once again it is quite sophisticated. I recommend it for adults, but perhaps not for younger children.

Amazon prime also has many episodes of the classic children's religious program, "Gumby." "Gumby" was originally put out by the Lutherns and teaches various good values that many religious traditions and people without a religion hold in common.

There are many other children's religious series, including a number of programs on the saints. I do not have children so I have not checked them out too carefully. Nevertheless, there are a lot of possibilities. I would be interested in learning other people's reactions.

Mini-Series

"Jesus of Nazareth" was a famous television mini-series done by Franco Zeffirelli. This was one of Zeffirelli's most famous works. Others were Romeo and Juliet, for which he received an Best Director Oscar nomination, and his classic movie on St. Francis, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," which sadly is not offered free on Amazon.

Old Hollywood

Old Hollywood was much more friendly to religious faith, Christianity, and the Catholic Church than Hollywood has been recently. In the fifties it was normal for religious movies to be at least nominated for the Oscars. Most of these are not included in Amazon Prime but some are.

"Becket" is included. It was nominated for the Best Picture and Actor Oscars. Becket was a bishop who was matyred by an English King.

"The Agony and the Ecstasy," which is about Michel Angelo and the painting of the Sistine Chapel is also included. It was nominated for many Oscars.

These are only two of the many major religious films from that era, so this is perhaps a little disappointing.

Saints and Catholic Heroes

"Dead Men Walking" is a famous movie about a nun and a man condemned to death for murder and rape. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

Prime has "Molokai," the story of Father Damien's work with the leapers in Hawaii.

They also have "Entertaining Angels: the Dorthy Day Story." This one stars Martin Sheen, a major actor.

Once again there are many other Catholic and religious films available for free on Amazon Prime. I have listed here some of the most prominent and the best.

There are also a vast collection of good religious films that Prime does not provide. You might want to check your local public library to find those. They are likely to have a better collection than Amazon Prime. Library dvds are, however, frequently beat up. If Amazon Prime has the film for free it would generally be better to use the Prime copy.

As a huge portion of the population, perhaps more than half, gets Amazon Prime for the shipping and many other services, it strikes me as important that we explore what Prime has to offer Catholics and other people of faith.

Other Subscription Services

Two major competitors to Amazon are Netflix and Hulu. I currently get Hulu and can say it provides very little. I have only found one religious movie, "A Prince of Egypt" and the only religious TV series I have found so far are "Seventh Heaven," and once again "Gumby."

Netflix is currently adding new episodes of Veggie Tales, I am not sure about the old episodes. Netflix also has "A Prince of Egypt." I am planning to try out Netflix after I finish with Hulu, and take a break from streaming subscriptions.

There are many other Internet streaming video providers based on broadcast and cable TV channels. Many of these may have relgious movies and television shows.

CBS All Access provides many episodes of "Seventh Heaven" and "Touched by an Angel."

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Last Updated December 30, 2018

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