Virgil Films does a great man justice regarding the DVD release of "Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey." We get a truly intimate portrait of Rev. Graham by those who knew and loved him best.
The following YouTube clip of a trailer for "Graham" provides a sense of the oratory power of this evangelist and the fact that he had friends in high places on both Heaven and earth.
Son of a preacher man Franklin Graham hosts this tribute to his father and joins the seemingly countless talking heads who share the importance of that man to them personally and to the world at large. It seems fair to say that Billy holds the world record for having the greatest positive impact on modern society.
One of the more interesting tales of Billy relates to his early years; this everykid is not a member of the Junior God Squad. His life-changing experience comes on hearing an evangelist speak essentially on a whim and deciding to devote his life to religion. His extensive travel while a member of a youth ministry truly is mind-boggling and does not let up for several decades.
Easily the most amusing story involves Billy being guilty of a wholesome youthful indiscretion during his first of many trips to the White House. This visit during the Truman administration provides Billy with a personal sense of the expression "Give 'em Hell, Harry." Another way of stating this is that Hell hath no fury like a president scorned.
We later see Billy criticized for travelling to Russia,
"Citizen Kane" fans particularly should enjoy the story that elevates Billy to his star status. This minister coming on the radar of William Randolph Hearst inspires the latter to put the power of his press behind the former.
We also see how a mourning nation and areas in distress turn to Billy for comfort; these tragedies include 911 and massive earthquakes in San Francisco and Guatemala. A personally interesting aspect of this is Billy meaning it when he states that he will go anywhere to preach and Billy wannabe/former child star Kirk Cameron alleging that he will speak to anyone yet completely ignoring several requests over a few years by your not-so-humble-reviewer.
The timing of this review also is interesting regarding the documentary ending with the 2018 funeral of Billy. This begins with an uncharacteristically civil Trump speaking at a U.S. Capitol service in which he notes that Billy is one of three private citizens ever to be honored with laying in state in the rotunda. This is in contrast with news reports of Trump being angry about not being thanked for his role in the funeral of John McCain.
One can argue that Billy can be lauded for being among an elite group capable of bringing out the best in Trump; it is inarguable that Billy was such a godsend (if not Godsend) that he brought out the best in virtually everyone.
The numerous DVD features in this true labor of love include a complete video of the funeral of Billy, his "God Loves You" sermon, and two other tributes to this guy who was unique for giving televangelists a good name.