It was felt that some elements of the original version of the movie were incomplete. The movie now has been edited to focus on Joseph Smith the Prophet, as opposed to Joseph Smith the man. Now that the film has been revised, it is felt that a larger audience will benefit and enjoy the movie.
From the LDS Newsroom:
The film will also help people better understand Latter-day Saint belief in modern prophets, the purpose of temples, and the eternal nature of family relationships. There is also additional context around historical events such as the First Vision — when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith when he was 14 years old.
“Our hope is that people who aren’t familiar with the story will come away with an increased understanding of the role Joseph Smith played in restoring the Church of Jesus Christ,” John Garbett, who produced the new movie, said.
Garbett said this focus on Joseph’s prophetic role prompted many of the changes. For example, a scene showing a leg operation Joseph had as a young boy was removed because it was less essential to the purpose of the film.
So, if you think you've already seen this movie, think again! Yes it will be familiar, but with 40% of the movie revised -- with the complete focus on Joseph Smith as the founding prophet of the LDS Church and what that means - you're in store for a real treat!
“Even if you have seen the previous version, don’t miss the opportunity to see the new one. It will help enhance your understanding of the life and mission of Joseph Smith,” said David Nielson, managing director of the Church’s Media Services Department.
Please consider who you can share this wonderful movie with and where...
Note: The version of the Joseph Smith movie found on the Church History DVD, is not this revised edition.