I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me is one of those rare songs that seemed to touch the hearts of almost everyone who heard it. Most people, including myself, did not have any idea of the story behind the song and that is what this powerful DVD hopes to relay. I watched it alone (with my dog) so I did not have any embarrassing moments of trying to hide my tears but I would recommend having a box of tissues handy – just in case.

The story of Bart Millard’s early years is not a pretty one. It was filled with pain and rejection that sent him running the minute he graduated from high school. Abandoned by his mother and left with an abusive father, Bart still had a dream spurred on by the music that had sustained him through the hard times and a newly discovered talent. The road to success is a difficult one and for Bart is was no different. He was forced to come face-to- face the pain of the past and learn to forgive. Out of that pain came the timeless song that will remain a favorite of many.

I thought the movie was well done. It was easy to follow and most of the characters were perfectly cast. The only one I had a problem with was the actor who portrayed Michael W. Smith. I have seen Michael W. Smith often enough in other media that I had difficulty connecting with the image portrayed here. Thankfully those scenes were brief. Otherwise, the film was a powerful one that relates a powerful story of redemption and does not compromise the gospel.

I would recommend I Can Only Imagine to all who want a good, clean film that will also help to build their faith.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this DVD provided by FlyBy Promotions. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Dennis Quaid and Trace Adkins star in this inspiring true story behind MercyMe’s beloved hit song. Running from a troubled home life and a broken relationship, Bart Millard (Finley) found escape in music. Hitting the road in a decrepit tour bus, Bart and his band MercyMe set out on an amazing journey none of them could have ever imagined, in this uplifting, music-filled movie that beautifully illustrates the power of forgiveness and God’s love.

The home entertainment release of I Can Only Imagine features over 3 hours of extras including 7 deleted scenes, 7 in-depth featurettes, an audio commentary, and more!

 The #1 Inspirational Movie of the Year Comes Home on Digital on June 5 and Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on June 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn (April 30, 2018) – Experience the uplifting story that shares the power of forgiveness when I Can Only Imagine arrives on Digital June 5 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand June 12 from Lionsgate and Provident Films. Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out) and written for the screen by Jon Erwin & Brent McCorkle, the film tells the incredible true story behind Christian band MercyMe’s iconic, history-making song “I Can Only Imagine.” Starring in the film are up-and-coming Broadway star J. Michael Finley (“Les Miserables”) and Golden Globe® nominee Dennis Quaid (2011, Best Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, The Special Relationship; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Far From Heaven), as well as Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer, Traded), Priscilla C. Shirer (War Room), Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show, Spanglish), and Madeline Carroll (Flipped).

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