Stigmata [DVD] [1999]

Even its biggest fans would probably agree that Rupert Wainwright's Stigmata compares unfavorably with more established entries in the supernatural horror genre, such as The Exorcist. However, as the first mainstream Hollywood film to try to explore in depth the phenomenon of stigmata, it does demand some respect, and MGM's DVD possibly casts the film in a better light than did its theatrical release. Certainly it could not look any better, with a superb anamorphic transfer. The exaggerated contrast between the gray Pittsburgh streets and the frequent use of blood-red in the film is tremendously effective, adding significantly to the atmosphere. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound is also good, crisply delivering Billy Corgan's music and the film's many effects. This disc is beautifully packaged and has a fine selection of special features. The eight-page booklet that accompanies the disc is full of interesting information concerning not only the film but also the background and history of stigmata in general. Others features include the original trailer for the film and the promotional video for the Natalie Imbruglia song "Identify," which was written by Corgan and is featured on the soundtrack. There is an audio commentary by Wainwright that is enthusiastic and quite in-depth; it explains how the film acquired its stunning look and many special effects. The feature most of interest is the deleted scenes section. Though some of these scenes (there are six in all) are grainy, most are quite good, particularly the alternate ending, which is completely different and probably better than the dénouement in the finished film. MGM has done a fine job with this disc, and Stigmata emerges from this DVD release a much more likeable and satisfying movie.
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Special Features

  • Director's alternate ending
  • Audio commentary by the director
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music video by Natalie Imbruglia
  • Collectible 8-page booklet
  • Theatrical trailer


Stigmata is a supernatural suspense story about good, evil, and faith. Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette) is a hair stylist in her mid-20s who has no strong religious convictions until odd things start happening to her after she's given a rosary by her mother: she begins speaking with another person's voice; unknown and unseen forces start to attack her; and she develops stigmata, bleeding wounds that spontaneously appear on her wrists, feet, and side, as Christ was wounded at Calvary. Some people believe that a holy miracle has been visited on Frankie, though no one can say why. A Cardinal from the Vatican (Jonathan Pryce) sends a priest, Father Andrew Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne), to investigate Frankie and her condition; after getting a first-hand look, Father Andrew finds himself less concerned with whether Frankie's wounds are a legitimate miracle and more concerned with saving her life. Billy Corgan, leader of the rock group The Smashing Pumpkins, composed the score for Stigmata in collaboration with keyboardist Mike Garson. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Patricia Arquette
    Patricia Arquette - Frankie Paige
  • Gabriel Byrne
    Gabriel Byrne - Father Andrew Kiernan
  • Jonathan Pryce
    Jonathan Pryce - Cardinal Daniel Houseman
  • Nia Long
    Nia Long - Donna Chadway
  • Thomas Kopache
    Thomas Kopache - Father Durning

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