Stephen Kendrick says God exceeded brothers’ prayers with ‘Overcomer,’ ahead of holiday DVD release
Award-winning filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick are giving God the glory as they gear up for the DVD release of their hit movie, “Overcomer.”
“Overcomer” will be digitally released Nov. 26 on Blu-ray and DVD shortly after, ahead of the Christmas season.
"We are so grateful for how God has been blessing the movie ‘Overcomer’ over the last few months,” Stephen Kendrick told The Christian Post.
“We prayed for it to be opened in 1,700 theaters and it opened in 1,723 and in 24 countries. We asked God for an A+ Cinemascore and it received that opening weekend and then earned an unexpected 98% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes (higher than their top 10 greatest movies of all time)," he added. "We asked for lives to be changed and have heard of many salvations in theaters and 50 people coming to Christ after one screening in Tennessee."
Stephen Kendrick said that just like their No. 1 box-office hit “War Room,” their new film has also exceeded their expectations.
Starring Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett and newcomer Aryn Wright-Thompson, the movie follows “coach John Harrison (Alex Kendrick) after he loses his basketball team and is challenged by the school’s principal, Olivia (Shirer), to coach a new sport he doesn’t know or like. As John questions his own worth, he dares to help the least likely runner take on the biggest race of the year. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, humor and heart, this inspirational story will have you on the edge of your seat,” the film’s synopsis reads.
Stephen Kendrick said testimonies have just “poured in” from audiences who've laughed, cried and cheered openly in theaters.
“Some people have gone back eight times to see ‘Overcomer’ in their theater,” he celebrated.
“We praise God for the personal stories on social media of prodigal children turning back to God, co-workers dealing with deep depression, and churches using ‘Overcomer’ to launch into themed studies from the book of Ephesians or identity in Christ,” he added.
The movie is centered around themes of identity, forgiveness, and restoration. The filmmaker said these topics are resonating with people all over the world.
“There has been a growing positive international response from Mexico, Botswana, Africa, and the movie just opened in India (which has never happened with any of our films before). We give God all the glory for all of this and we are sincerely grateful to the body of Christ for utilizing ‘Overcomer’ to reach their communities and minister to families for Christ,” said the former senior associate pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church in Georgia.
The Blu-ray, DVD and the digital release of “Overcomer” will feature extensive bonus material, including 10 minutes of deleted scenes, fun bloopers, exclusive commentary by the Kendrick Brothers, and a moving in-depth look at the power of forgiveness.
The following is an exclusive clip featuring “Overcomer” cast members speaking about the power of forgiveness.
“We anticipate exponentially more people seeing [the film] around the world as it's released digitally before Thanksgiving and on DVD in December,” Stephen Kendrick told CP.
A special Kendrick Brothers DVD Gift Set containing six of the brothers' famous films will also be available exclusively at Walmart beginning on Dec. 17. The set includes: “Overcomer,” “War Room,” “Courageous,” “Fireproof,” “Facing The Giants,” and “Flywheel.”
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