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The Passion of the Christ

Jim Caviezel , Monica Bellucci , Mel Gibson    Unrated   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 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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30 of 31 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
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had seen a similar story when I was a teenager. But recently, I have been studying the story around this time again and decided to pick up this movie. It's very detail and give a great perspective on what had occurred. Highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
very well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 30 2014
Format:DVD
Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Edition ??? May 12 2014
Format:DVD
This is re-release of a film I already own. I have owned the original DVD since the month it was first released. There are at least 15 reviews and not one of them (nor the Amazon product description) told me how this "Definitive Edition" differs from the theatrical release that I already own or the original release of the DVD. I am so tired of Amazon not providing details on the contents of the disc(s). If you're too lazy to write it out, at least put a picture of the back or inside of the DVD where the contents are listed.... and allow the zoom feature so it can be read (without the zoom feature, a picture is useless).

Is it a Director's Cut? Presumably, Mel Gibson self-financed the original production so that he would have final decision on all things... I thought the original film was entirely his vision. How much more definitive could it get?

Does it have more footage? Are some scenes extended or previously deleted scenes added back in? Are there more behind the scenes featurettes like we see on so many other DVD's? Is there footage of the press junkets and the public controversy which surrounded its original theatrical release? Just what exactly makes this a "Definitive Edition?"

I have put 5 stars because no matter how it differs from the original, I don't believe it could make it worse, and I believe the original was a 5 star film and wouldn't want to bring down the average rating of this fine piece of cinematic history.

I do hope someone can provide some answers. Thanks to any who take the time to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This DVD was exactly as described. Came well before the due date and was exactly as I thought it would be. Very pleased with the product and the seller. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michele Copeland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
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.
Published 3 months ago by Jarrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating The Passion
Was waiting for this on Blu ray but never new till I did a search and looks amazing in HD.
Published 4 months ago by Conway Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars It should go down as a Classic!
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Suzanne G.
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 6 months ago by Simon Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
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! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sojbee
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 6 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 9 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 14 months ago by Dot Mae
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