Shortened Luther movie now on Netflix

In this scene from “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World,” Martin Luther, played by Padraic Delaney, faces Emperor Charles V in the trial known as the Diet of Worms. A shortened version of the film is available on Netflix.

A one-hour version of “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” is now available for viewing on Netflix, the popular streaming service.

The full-length, two-hour edition of the acclaimed film premiered in selected theaters last February and nationwide on PBS Sept. 12.

Netflix requested the shortened version, and will offer it for two years, according to Mike Trinklein, the film’s producer.

“We worked hard to retain the theological core of the film in the Netflix edition,” Trinklein told Reporter.

“Netflix is very selective, adding just 50 new programs in January,” he noted. “ ‘Martin Luther’ is one of just two documentaries to be added.”

Funded by Thrivent Financial, the film dramatizes the events that shaped Luther and examines the questions he wrestled with. Included are insights and commentary from LCMS theologians and historians.

Because Netflix “watches viewership levels closely … if ‘Martin Luther’ does well, it could lead to similarly themed productions going forward,” Trinklein said. The streaming service also reaches audiences worldwide, providing programs with subtitles in a range of languages.

A DVD of the full version is available for $17.92 from and $19.99 from Shipping charges may apply.

Also available is a six-week Bible-study package with discussion topics, handouts, related readings and leader guides — as well as a DVD of the original full-length film — for $75 from

For more information about “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World,” visit

Posted Jan. 10, 2018


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  1. Deborah Holt January 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm #


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