Stigmata

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/29/2000
  • UPC: 027616745125
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,899

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patricia Arquette Frankie Paige
Gabriel Byrne Father Andrew Kiernan
Jonathan Pryce Cardinal Daniel Houseman
Nia Long Donna Chadway
Thomas Kopache Father Durning
Rade Serbedzija Marion Petrocelli
Enrico Colantoni Father Dario
Dick Latessa Father Gianni Delmonico
Portia de Rossi Jennifer Kelliho
Patrick Muldoon Steven
Ann Cusack Dr. Reston
Technical Credits
Rupert Wainwright Director
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Billy Corgan Score Composer
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Michael J. Duthie Editor
Florence Fellman Set Decoration/Design
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Garson Score Composer
Jim Halty Stunts
Waldemar Kalinowski Production Designer
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
Tom Lazarus Original Story, Screenwriter
Frank Mancuso Jr. Producer
Mark Mangini Sound Editor
Michael R. Miller Editor
Ve Neill Makeup Special Effects
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Rick Ramage Screenwriter
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
Tony Stabley Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Bleeding Statue [:08]
2. Title & Credits [5:48]
3. A Gift From Afar [2:24]
4. Scientist Or PriestK? [3:34]
5. Disturbed Bather [3:52]
6. Disbelieving Doctor [:17]
7. Gospel Translator [2:38]
8. Fallen Child [3:30]
9. Subway Thrashing [1:44]
10. "Epilepsy?" [:37]
11. An Expected Visitor [3:04]
12. Defining Stigmata [2:55]
13. The Wrath Of God [1:17]
14. Old Interpretations [2:27]
15. Possion [4:19]
16. A Complicated Life [:05]
17. "I'm Dying!" [4:45]
18. "Language Of Jesus" [2:28]
19. Seduction/Levitation [2:41]
20. Praying For Guidance [5:49]
21. Church Dismissal [4:38]
22. The Picture Develops [2:24]
23. Exorcism [3:05]
24. Sins Of The Father [2:36]
25. Lifted From The Fire [2:18]
26. The Bird Of Peace [1:24]
27. The Secret Scroll [6:02]
28. End Credits [:27]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play Movie
      Play With Original Theatrical Ending
      Play With Director's Alternate Ending
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Deleted Scenes
      Natalie Imbruglia Music Video
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
   Languages
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Title says it all.

    This movie is well shot. Plenty of foreshadowing helps make this a very enjoyable film to watch. Stigmata is a supernatural suspense story about good, evil, and faith. Frankie Paige played by Patricia Arquette is a hair stylist 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. Some people believe that a holy miracle has been visited on Frankie, though no one can say why. A Cardinal from the Vatican played by Jonathan Pryce sends a priest, Father Andrew Kiernan enjoyably portrayed by 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. The many katas of Matsubayashi Ryu are performed at full power, as well as Kobudo katas: Kyan no Sai, Shirato no Kon and others.... The unique Ippon Kumite, conditioning excercises and breaking techniques complete this video. A must have. Sound track to tape sounds like Yanni to me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It is difficult to honestly give this a four star rating out of five...

    What intrigues me about this movie is it keeps you entertained from the beginning to the end. You ask yourself; how does a woman who lives a sinful life have the privilege to have the rare stigmata. My favorite quote of this movie comes at the end. Words from Jesus himself; "The church of God is inside of you." A piece of truth the catholic church has been trying to hide from us for centuries! The premise of the movie is what leaves you mesmerized. I like this movie because it shows how segregating religion and taking out the IMPORTANT parts of the bible was one of man's biggest mistakes. The theory of this woman's possession is to help the audience understand the message. The message is not to harm or kill...it is to tell the truth of Jesus' teaching. Hidden scrolls that are lost forever. Or are they?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY IMPRESSIVE

    I didn't know how good this movie would be when renting it, but I was amazed after watching it how good it really was. There are some very disturbing scenes, which had me watching this movie over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great possession movie.

    This one of my favorite demon/devil possession movies. Patricia arguet is great in it and it's pretty freaky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Startling Thriller

    Stigmata is simply a masterpiece in its own, unusual, right. It takes - rather, immerses -the movie-watcher into a world engulfed with supernatural phenomena. But there is a valid plot involved; the ''Gospel of Thomas,'' a gnostic work, serves as the means of the plot and the cause of the stigmata. The film brilliantly portrays the obvious theme of good vs. evil as well as stirs one to question his or her own faith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Soooo Cooool!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stigmata is a well played story with wonderful actors! I've watched this movie so many times I can't count and I'm still not tired of it!

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