The Passion of The Christ [WS] [DVD] [2004]

Mel Gibson's controversial box-office smash The Passion of The Christ debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and does a fabulous job of capturing Caleb Deschanel's fabulous cinematography. The soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround. As in the theatrical release, the dialogue has been recorded in Aramaic and Latin. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The only extra of note is an audio track designed to assist the visually impaired. A male voice narrates the action on the screen while a female voice delivers the dialogue. Considering the remarkable amount of press the film generated, it would not be unreasonable to think that a more deluxe DVD will be made one day, but for the time being, this disc does an excellent job of presenting Gibson's vision.
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  • Closed Captioned


The Passion of The Christ
Mel Gibson's well-publicized production The Passion of the Christ concerns the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The dialogue is spoken in the ancient Aramaic language, along with Latin and Hebrew. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus (James Caviezel) is betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello). Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing. The roaring crowd demand his death, so Pilate orders his crucifixion. Jesus is severely beaten and made to carry his cross up to Golgotha, the hill outside Jerusalem, where he is nailed to the cross. Romanian theatrical actress Maia Morgenstern plays Mary, Mother of God, and Italian superstar Monica Bellucci plays Mary Magdalene. Amid much controversy involving Gibson and various religious organizations, The Passion of the Christ received an international theatrical release in February of 2004. In March 2005, Gibson released an unrated version of the film, dubbed The Passion Recut, that eliminated five to six minutes of the more graphic scenes of flogging and crucifixion. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • James Caviezel
    James Caviezel - Jesus Christ
  • Monica Bellucci
    Monica Bellucci - Mary Magdalene
  • Claudia Gerini
    Claudia Gerini - Claudia Procles
  • Maia Morgenstern
    Maia Morgenstern - Mary
  • Sergio Rubini
    Sergio Rubini - Dismas

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