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Overview Special Features
* 2 DVD Set * Commentary from Mel Gibson, Theologian Father William J. Fulco, and Music * Includes "By His Wounds We Are Healed: Making The Passion Of The Christ" Documentary * "The Legacy" Feature - Commentary on the Times and Culture during the Time of Christ * Deleted Scenes * Theatrical Trailers * Still Picture Galleries * And Much, Much More
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Actors: Passion Of Christ, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito
Directors: Mel Gibson
Writers: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
Producers: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Enzo Sisti, Stephen McEveety
Cinematographers: Caleb Deschanel
Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: Hebrew, Latin
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: Unrated
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 126.00 minutes
Record Label 20th Century Fox
Format Color / Dolby / DTS Surround Sound / DV
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.58" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Feb 6, 2007
Publisher WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN 5558005017 ISBN13 9785558005011 UPC 024543222835
Reviews - What do customers think about Passion Of The Christ/Definitive Edit (2 DVD)?
Passion Passion: Realistic, Unrealistic, Educational, and Politically Incorrect Mar 25, 2007
Reflections on The Passion of Christ: Inundated by the sound and the fury of endless media discussions about Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, I thought it might be better to actually see it before proffering an opinion.
As I experienced The Passion, it become clear that in a couple of areas many of the negative pundits were, as Shakespeare would say, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
Anti-Semitism: The most loudly trumpeted objection to the movie by the many pundits was that it would inspire anti-Semitism. While the religious leaders in The Passion were fervent in their desire to have Jesus crucified, the average American - not burdened with medieval European hatreds, would see no more than a bunch of pompous big-wigs trying to kill off the competition.
They represent Everyman, not just jealous Jewish leaders, as the Iranian clerics showed by excluding Muslim moderates from running in their elections. In addition, leaders hiring hit men to do their dirty work is, after all, a great tradition among criminals, businessmen, and politicians.
Jealousy is jealousy, no matter where it pops up. Most Americans would see the Sanhedrin as jealous leaders, not jealous Jews.
Violence: Movie critics who praise and give awards to the most horribly violent and disgusting films are now complaining about the violence in The Passion. It is ironic to hear complaints about violence from critics who have absolutely no compunction about foisting even the most perverted garbage upon our children as Great Art.
Although Mel added a gratuitously gruesome eye-pecking crow for effect, at least he didn't try to change the essential nature of a main character in the reasonable historical accounts that we have.
Mis-characterized bad guys: The idea that "we know that Pilate was too bad to have had second thoughts about killing Jesus" is simply silly. A man intelligent enough to be governor of the toughest Roman province was certainly capable of wondering whether a charismatic teacher who was constantly followed by thousands should be executed by obviously jealous leaders whom Pilate didn't like much anyway. May we be protected from theological novelists.
Slightly Negative: As one who comes from a religious tradition that mixes enthusiastic worship with quiet meditation, I fully expected to be moved to tears and renewed devotion by the movie, as I am often moved by movies that have much less of a claim on profundity than the Passion. But I did not seem to experience the strong emotions that some have professed after seeing the film.
Why? First of all, while a realistic vivid portrayal of the beatings and torture of Christ could give moviegoers an accurate picture of the physical sufferings that he endured, there comes a point at which such details numb rather than enlighten the observer. Mel Gibson's tendency in his other movies to stretch out scenes longer than they need to be is evident in The Passion.
The horrible beatings inflicted by Pilate's Roman soldiers are almost overwhelming by themselves, though they seem to be more inspired by flagellation fanatics than historical accuracy.
Flogging and crucifixion were a science for the Romans, as they tended to give "forty stripes save one," as many more lashes would kill even a strong person. A Roman soldier who was charged with simply beating a prisoner would be severely punished if his prisoner died. The blood and gore of the beating scene was clearly overdone, as no one who had lost that much blood could have survived to make it to a crucifixion, which was designed to be a long, painful process to death.
Interestingly enough, a more representative picture of the damage done by Roman flogging could be seen on the man of the Shroud of Turin [...]- administered by a Jewish photographer], whether or not one believes that the shroud is the genuine burial cloth of Jesus.
While wounds from flogging would be terrible, they wouldn't be as overwhelmingly grisly as the bloody dissections in Mel Gibson's reconstruction. And then Mr. Gibson adds even more beating scenes in an excessively violent journey from Pilate's Place to the place of crucifixion.
It is unlikely that highly-disciplined Roman soldiers would have behaved in such an undisciplined way, creating and accepting near-riot conditions during the long walk to Golgotha by someone who had already been beaten to a pulp.
It is also unlikely that even a healthy man could carry the huge 400-pound cross up and down such steep hills. I expect that potential victims would only carry the crosspiece, not the whole cross.
As followers of Jesus generally believe that the burden of collective responsibility for all of the sins of the world was far worse than physical suffering, which many have endured, it would seem a bit unbalanced to over-emphasize one at the expense of the other. But maybe that's a question for theologians to endlessly argue about - not movie-goers.
However, for all its weaknesses, The Passion is probably the most realistic portrayal of a powerful and charismatic Jesus and the humanity of his mother Mary ever seen in a movie.
Along with the final scene, which is, after all, the main thing that distinguishes Jesus' death from many other victims of torture, Mel Gibson's movie graphically illustrates why the followers of Jesus profess to love a leader who can, in the face of the most hideous torture, ask his Father to "forgive them, for they know not what they do."
A Late night horror flick Mar 22, 2007
I should have left this review a long time ago. I could kick myself for buying it, thinking it was a film, not a religous object. If you critisize this film amongst religious radicals, you risk being burned at the stake, an act of love to purify your soul. This film,as a film, disregarding the topic, is a dog. A cheap "B" grade, blood spurting, flesh flying horror flick in Aramaic with sub-titles. I could go on for an hour, but won't bother.
The Passion of this Film Mar 19, 2007
This powerful film-while difficult to watch at times due to the violence-serves as a reminder of Christ's sacrifice and the important religion he spawned afterwards.
I must say that waiting to purchase the Definitive addition was worth it. It is chock full of extras on the making of the film and has information on Biblical references that should help viewers understand the meanings behind the film itself.
The acting of James Caviezel was inspired and I can only imagine the hardships he endured in filming the final 12 hours of Christ.
Kudos to Mel Gibson who created a film that should stand the test of time.
Jesus' Passion Resource Mar 18, 2007
When you view this film of events from 2000 years ago, in a foreign land and about cultures, one will find this an essential resource for studying the Lenten Mysteries. Also, if you are studying the scripture study about 'Redemptive Suffering' by Jesus Christ death on the cross, this will give the viewer a greater sensory view of the era, of the attitude and life of ancient cultures, and what might have happened to our Lord for our redemption.
Passion of the Christ Mar 14, 2007
Although I have seen this movie in the theatre, the added directors cut and the making of the film were extremely informative. It shows how Mel Gibson made this movie and the supporting cast he had which made this movie so great.