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The Passion Of The Christ (Definitive Edition) [Blu-ray]

Jim Caviezel , Monica Bellucci , Mel Gibson    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
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After all the controversy and rigorous debate has subsided, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ will remain a force to be reckoned with. In the final analysis, "Gibson's Folly" is an act of personal bravery and commitment on the part of its director, who self-financed this $25-30 million production to preserve his artistic goal of creating the Passion of Christ ("Passion" in this context meaning "suffering") as a quite literal, in-your-face interpretation of the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus, scripted almost directly from the gospels (and spoken in Aramaic and Latin with a relative minimum of subtitles) and presented as a relentless, 126-minute ordeal of torture and crucifixion. For Christians and non-Christians alike, this film does not "entertain," and it's not a film that one can "like" or "dislike" in any conventional sense. (It is also emphatically not a film for children or the weak of heart.) Rather, The Passion is a cinematic experience that serves an almost singular purpose: to show the scourging and death of Jesus Christ in such horrifically graphic detail (with Gibson's own hand pounding the nails in the cross) that even non-believers may feel a twinge of sorrow and culpability in witnessing the final moments of the Son of God, played by Jim Caviezel in a performance that's not so much acting as a willful act of submission, so intense that some will weep not only for Christ, but for Caviezel's unparalleled test of endurance.

Leave it to the intelligentsia to debate the film's alleged anti-Semitic slant; if one judges what is on the screen (so gloriously served by John Debney's score and Caleb Deschanel's cinematography), there is fuel for debate but no obvious malice aforethought; the Jews under Caiaphas are just as guilty as the barbaric Romans who carry out the execution, especially after Gibson excised (from the subtitles, if not the soundtrack) the film's most controversial line of dialogue. If one accepts that Gibson's intentions are sincere, The Passion can be accepted for what it is: a grueling, straightforward (some might say unimaginative) and extremely violent depiction of the Passion, guaranteed to render devout Christians speechless while it intensifies their faith. Non-believers are likely to take a more dispassionate view, and some may resort to ridicule. But one thing remains undebatable: with The Passion of the Christ, Gibson put his money where his mouth is. You can praise or damn him all you want, but you've got to admire his chutzpah. --Jeff Shannon



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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I was hesitant to watch the movie because of all the reports I had heard about the level of violence. However, my curiosity finally won out and when my neighbour got the DVD, I simply had to watch it.
I loved it! I was absorbed in the movie from the very start and it never let go. It was intense.
Yes there was violence, and yes Gibson didn't shield us one bit from the enormity of it. It is graphic and in your face, however it is NOT gratuitious violence. It was simply a portrayal of what actually happened (well, if you believe in the bible). Of course, I still had to cover my eyes at some points. (Interestingly, some movie critics who complained about the level of violence in this movie are perfectly happy with the senseless blood and gore of Hollywood flicks. Go figure.)
I found the pacing fantastic. The use of the languages of the day actually helped the authenticity of the movie. I think that was an excellent decision by Gibson. The cinematography was breathtaking. The portrayal of the Devil sent shivers down my spine. The final scene with the Devil and the final scene of the movie were absolutely perfect. I won't say more because I simply can't give that away.
The movie followed Jesus only during those last hours of his life from the Garden of Gethsemene to the tomb. Sprinkled throughout were flashbacks that did a fantastic job of linking Jesus' life and teachings to his crucifixtion. One could almost see his apostles watching the events, remembering what Jesus had said, and experiencing a mini-revelation, finally unerstanding what Jesus meant.
Another thing I loved about the movie was the excellent use of eye contact. So much was said without words. Like the rest of this movie, it was powerful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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VIDEO:

The Passion of the Christ arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The film's colour palette, initially beginning with purposely blue light to showcase a heaven symbol, is full of a wide range of colours. We have the bright colours like the yellows of the sun and sand. Also the darker colours of the night and the deep reds of blood showcase excellent detail considering the amount of darkness to the image. Speaking of detail, one of the most impressive aspects is the wide range of costumes used in the film. The detail and lifelike feel to these costumes is amazing. Detail is exceptional, either in close ups of the characters (take a look at the scourging sequence as painful as it is). (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The Aramaic DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is truly exceptional. In the film's dark opening sequence, the track creates an astounding environment that surrounds listeners, with insect and other small creature life surrounding the listening area, coming from every direction in a 360-degree sound field. Debney's score, in a word, is downright amazing. He captures each and every essence of the film with such subtlety. His softer moments (see `The Olive Garden'), where he enlists a chanting type method is haunting and memorizing fully drawing us to the pain and torment Jesus was experiencing at this point. He then moves to quite possibly one of the best pieces written for a film of this nature in `Mary Goes to Jesus'. Sound effects, too, are precisely replayed; the bag of coins Judas receives from the Pharisees early in the film for his betrayal of Jesus spills before him onto a stone floor, the coins scattering and clanking off the surface to realistic effect.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it as you will. Sept. 8 2004
Format:DVD
This is the most passionate, and vivid interpretation of the Gospels that has ever been put on film. You can hate it or love it, but you can't deny what it is. Yes, there were a few things I was a little unhappy with, but the overall effect of the film does not lie, or waste time for that matter. It does what it's there to do. Any non-believers can be offended by it for doing what it set out to do, if you want films that are wishy-washy and can't manage to stick to a point, this isn't the film for you. Of course it's controversial! Of course people hate it! But then, for a "disgusting" film, it did rack up, what... $600mil at the BO? Well deserved for Mel Gibson's refusal to compromise in a world that wants him to. You can't dispute that, this film deserves respect, not arrogance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great April 11 2014
By Jarrett
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Very well done. Very good acting. You have to read the subtitles. I would recommend this movie to anyone. If you have or don't have faith. It's worth the time to watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rating The Passion March 22 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Was waiting for this on Blu ray but never new till I did a search and looks amazing in HD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It should go down as a Classic! Feb. 24 2014
Format:DVD
Couldn't agree more with Jeff Shannon from Amazon.ca for product reviews. Mel Gibson delivers hands down, It is extremely well done a masterpiece and it truly isn't a movie for the faint of heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Jan. 21 2014
By Sojbee
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love christ, and everything He stood and stands for. So any movie that lays plain his life only helps me get more insight into the life and times of the Messiah. Great movie! I would love to see one on the lives of his disciples as well; who mostly died from persecution as they nurtured and grew the early church – they either knew and saw something truly divine and supernatural, or they were all crazy – I opt to believe the earlier, especially with the way they all died.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It gets old real fast...
Gibson's directing is quite intense, the actors give it their all and the resurrection of such a dead language must have been quite an undertaking in itself, but in my case the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simon Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing movie
this is an amazing movie. Bought it to watch at Easter. There are some very graphic scenes. Everyone should watch this movie to learn about what Jesus Christ did for us on the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric Koppe
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
To think this is probably getting closer to what Jesus suffered for all of us ... it just puts His sacrifice for each person in our world into a much better focus and perspective. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A.K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving version of the crucifiction. Well acted by j caviezel....
very moving version of the crucifiction. well acted by J Caviezel. Would like to see more of the marvelous actor. Thanks Anita
Published 10 months ago by Dot Mae
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblically Brilliant
A very realistic interpretation of Christ's ministry and his last days. Powerful. Intense. Sometimes the non-verbal scenes have the most impact. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kate
2.0 out of 5 stars doesn't come with a dvd version
Leaving religon aside, this is a good as movies get. I have never seen a more well made movie then this one. Every aspect was done well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars So well made! Deserves a 5 Stars!
Saw this movie in the theater when it first came out years ago.
Have always wanted to see it again. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Parise
4.0 out of 5 stars A graphic portrayal of Christ's last few hours on earth.
The Passion of the Christ(released Feb/04)stars,among others,Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ,Maia Morgenstern as Mary,Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene,and Rosalinda Celentano as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie
I am happy to finally see this movie. It is very good for everyone to know the debt of love Jesus have for us all. God bless the producer.
Published 14 months ago by iwodamiorie
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