The Passion of the Christ

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Overview

Mel Gibson's controversial box-office smash The Passion of The Christ debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. Caleb Deschanel's fabulous cinematography is compromised by this decision. 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 ...
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Overview

Mel Gibson's controversial box-office smash The Passion of The Christ debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. Caleb Deschanel's fabulous cinematography is compromised by this decision. 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. This disc is fine for what it is, but the movie is available with a widescreen transfer. That edition is preferable to this one.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Mel Gibson’s controversial but undeniably compelling account of the last hours of Jesus Christ is nothing if not correctly titled: The word “passion” is derived from a Latin term for pain and suffering. And that’s exactly what director Gibson shows us in horrifying detail. From his apprehension by Roman soldiers to his subsequent scourging and crucifixion, the self-proclaimed Son of God suffers terribly, and we see, close up, the effects of every lash, every blow, every rock, and every nail. Adapted by Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald from the Gospels particularly the Gospel of John, Passion barely touches on Christ’s message of love; there are brief flashbacks to such New Testament landmarks as the Sermon on the Mount, but they merely lend context to things Jesus sees, hears, or remembers while en route to his destiny: the ultimate sacrifice for humanity. James Caviezel does a fine job as Christ, although his is not a role that calls for a great deal of emoting via dialogue. It’s left to him to convey the intense suffering that Christ underwent during those awful, final hours on Good Friday. Caviezel does this with remarkable skill, and his performance is matched only by those of Maia Morgenstern playing the Blessed Mother with heart-tugging dignity and Monica Bellucci an Italian sexpot oddly cast but quite effective as the reformed prostitute Mary Magdalene. The Passion of the Christ, while produced and shot with great artistry, is not a film that will engage viewers aesthetically or intellectually; it is a uniquely visceral viewing experience, and one that is not recommended for children, no matter how devout. The violence depicted here will unnerve some people, and that’s just what Gibson intended. He wants his audience to realize just how much Christ endured on behalf of his followers, and in that respect the erstwhile actor has succeeded beyond his wildest expectations. The controversy over the director’s alleged anti-Semitism faded rapidly when the oft-predicted reprisals against Jews failed to materialize even as the film attracted tens of millions of moviegoers all over the world, and it shouldn’t be factored into any decision to buy the DVD. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see a more gripping, visceral account of Christ’s last day, and we guarantee that you’ll never forget it.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ achieved notoriety before its release when some religious figures openly worried the film might spark attacks of anti-Semitism. While anyone looking to argue that the film is anti-Semitic will find enough evidence to back that claim, those prejudices do not feel like the elements of the story in which Gibson is interested. The film opens with a Bible passage: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." What this film is about is Jesus' physical suffering. The first half of the film does a good job of showing how Jesus upset the religious, political, and legal systems of the time, leading directly to his crucifixion. There is an antecedent to this film's telling of a famous execution full of political and religious significance: Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc. Gibson strives for a level of "realism" that Dreyer achieved, but he attempts to get there in a different ways. Where Dreyer's frames are severe and unadorned, lending a gritty immediacy to the film, Gibson has instructed the remarkably gifted cinematographer Caleb Deschanel to make this movie resemble the style of Caravaggio. The second half of the film is a brutal depiction of Christ's torture and execution by crucifixion. These sequences are unflinching in their brutality, with Gibson often employing slow motion in order to force the viewer to linger on individual lashes. Deschanel succeeds in creating strikingly beautiful images, but occasionally the self-consciously "artful" framings actually detract from the visceral horror of the proceedings. The cinematography is undeniably beautiful, but one might ask if such suffering should be presented so beautifully. And physical suffering is without doubt the aspect of the film Gibson is most taken by, though the director can be faulted for focusing on the physical the expense of the spiritual. When Jesus finally has his moment of doubt on the cross, when he asks why he has been forsaken, the moment is quietly underplayed -- unlike the torture sequences. The endless brutality ultimately achieves a deadening numbness in viewers who are not given an opportunity to identify with the spiritual aspects of the story. For a believer, this film will act as a powerful reminder of the full horror of the crucifixion. However, for those going in without either an understanding of scripture or a belief in the religious veracity of the events depicted, the film may, at best, play as an interesting starting point for a conversation or, at worst, as a grueling exercise in cinematic sadism. Gibson's film may or may not be "good," but it unquestioningly succeeds in doing what it set out to do.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • UPC: 024543129912
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,973

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caviezel Jesus Christ
Monica Bellucci Mary Magdalene
Claudia Gerini Claudia Procles
Maia Morgenstern Mary
Sergio Rubini Dismas
Rosalinda Celentano Satan
Hristo Jivkov John
Luca Lionello Judas
Mattia Sbragia Caiphas
Hristo Shopov Pontius Pilate
Toni Bertorelli Annas
Robert Bestazzoni Malchus
Francesco Cabras Gesmas
Giovanni Capalbo Cassius
Emilio De Marchi A Scornful Roman
Francesco De Vito Peter
Lello Giulivo A Brutish Roman
Abel Jafry Second Temple Officer
Jarreth Merz Simon
Matt Patresi Janus
Fabio Sartor Abenader
Roberto Visconti A Scornful Roman
Giancinto Ferro Joseph of Arimathea
Olek Mincer Nicodemus
Adel Ben Ayed Thomas
Chokri Ben Zagden James
Luca De Dominicis Herod
Pedro Sarubbi Barabbas
Angelo DiLoreta The 5th Elder The Accuser
Francesco Gabriele 3rd Elder
Romuald Andrzej Klos The Roman
Ivano Marescotti Pilatus
Ted Rusoff 2nd Elder
Technical Credits
Mel Gibson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Maurizio Argentieri Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Bruce Davey Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Sergio Ercolessi Asst. Director
Benedict Fitzgerald Screenwriter
Francesco Frigeri Production Designer
Rachel Griffiths Asst. Director
John Wright Editor
Stephen McEveety Producer
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniela Pareschi Art Director
Nazzareno Piana Art Director
Luscri Pierfranco Art Director
Shaila Rubin Casting
Enzo Sisti Executive Producer
Christien Tinsley Makeup
Keith Vanderlaan Makeup Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [:31]
2. Chapter 2 [2:48]
3. Chapter 3 [1:19]
4. Chapter 4 [3:06]
5. Chapter 5 [1:29]
6. Chapter 6 [5:34]
7. Chapter 7 [:02]
8. Chapter 8 [1:46]
9. Chapter 9 [3:01]
10. Chapter 10 [2:08]
11. Chapter 11 [1:25]
12. Chapter 12 [5:18]
13. Chapter 13 [:19]
14. Chapter 14 [2:52]
15. Chapter 15 [3:53]
16. Chapter 16 [:18]
17. Chapter 17 [2:09]
18. Chapter 18 [4:49]
19. Chapter 19 [1:17]
20. Chapter 20 [2:09]
21. Chapter 21 [1:47]
22. Chapter 22 [1:44]
23. Chapter 23 [2:11]
24. Chapter 24 [7:27]
25. Chapter 25 [5:36]
26. Chapter 26 [:37]
27. Chapter 27 [:50]
28. Chapter 28 [1:33]
29. Chapter 29 [3:01]
30. Chapter 30 [1:19]
31. Chapter 31 [5:48]
32. Chapter 32 [2:16]
33. Chapter 33 [2:38]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Language Selection
      Language Selection: Aramaic/Latin/Hebrew 5.1 DTS
      Language Selection: Aramaic/Latin/Hebrew 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Language Selection: Commentary for the Visually Impaired
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Movie.. you will be blesses

    I saw this movie years ago at the theater, i love it.. this is one of the movies that i will never forget... i am really blessed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    As an example of great film making this is it. Mel Gibson has presented a powerful film with outstanding performances by the cast. I am not a Christian and can appreciate the masterful presentation of a religions core belief brought to life on the screen. Christianity is not Christianity with out the centerpiece of Jesus’ passion. The violence does what it is supposed to do, give the viewer a visceral reaction, unlike so many other films in which violence is nothing but a cartoon with out any real connection to the pain and suffering the characters feel. Yes the film is also anti-Semitic and that is because the entire New Testament is anti-Semitic and the Gospel the film is based on is John and this is the most anti-Semitic of all the gospels. Before all the Christian out there complain, read you history the entire idea of Christianity is to supplant Judaism with Christianity therefore destroying the Jewish people.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you get it, you got it. If not, sorry.

    This movie is the most accurate account of what the Holy Bible and Christians all over the world hold to be true and righteous. You were compelled from the moment the film began until the closing credits. Thank God for using the media to portray a glimpse into what the times were like. Thank you Mel Gibson for allowing yourself to be used. This movie is not for the 'faint at heart'. It deals with the real torture that our Christ had to suffer. Let's get ready saints!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Passion of The Christ

    This is the most beautiful Love Story for man kind. Everyone alive should see this movie and see how Christ died so that we could be saved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie Ever Made About Jesus Christ ! ! !

    Thank you Mel Gibson & your staff, for making the best movie about Christ. I seen the Passion 3 times at the cinema. It wasn't enough, I know when I get the DVD I will watch it countless times. Each time I seen The Passion it felt like I never seen it before. I learned something new everytime. The Passion is a movie of epic proportions, a very artistic movie and one that makes you feel that you are actually there with Christ. Not just someone in a theater. The actors are outstanding. The Passion is a movie I wish everyone in the whole universe could see. Christ paid a really big price to forgive us for our sins. I also want to say that the original soundtrack is wonderful. The Passion changed me & everyone I spoke to that seen it too. The movie really touched me in ways I can't explain. The Passion is my favorite movie of all time. When you see The Passion for yourself you'll see why I feel that way. Most likely you'll cry a little maybe even a lot. That's okay because, if you look around you'll notice there's hardly a dry eye in the house. Just about everybody has tears running down their face too. I mean this movie is a MASTERPIECE. I really can't say enough things about this movie. It is so convincing. I just love it. Hollywood was scared to make this movie, but that didn't stop Mel Gibson the genius. This movie came together at a time when it was really needed. It even moved up to number one again the weekend of Easter at the box office. That is a statement in it self. I hope the Oscars are ready for the Passion, because it will be the biggest winner in Oscar history, with nominations and wins. Mel could you include a lot of special features in the DVD, you know like interviews, make-up, wardrobe, set designs, the extras, etc. By the way I expect The Passion to be the biggest selling DVD of all time. May God Bless our world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    The greatest event portrayed in a very powerful, moving way. Thi

    The greatest event portrayed in a very powerful, moving way. This film is an absolute must see. One of the top 5 films ever made. It will help you gain grater appreciation for the pain and suffering our LORD willingly endured for you and I.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Credit to Mel Gibson for having the b*lls to show the extreme br

    Credit to Mel Gibson for having the b*lls to show the extreme brutality that Jesus - or, I suppose, any other prisoner of the day - endured. The human condition must've been rather miserable, by today's standards, for everyone, never mind a condemned criminal.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The Passion of The Christ represents the love He has for those that killed. They didn't know they were fulfilling the prophecy and that it had to be done. Not by their will, but God's. The movie was played out very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Great movie

    I would watch other Jesus movies on TBN channel but when I watched Passion of the Christ. I felt Jesus pain the next day I cried this movie did help and made me realize something's that I was going through when I was a kid. Thanks! Mel Gibson I love the Bible the book my favorite mostly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is the best depiction of what Christ had to suffer during the last twelve days of his life.

    I have seen most of the movies made of Christ. This movie takes the suffering to a whole other level. If you are a Christian you can identify with movie. If you are not it will have you ask more questions of who Christ was.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Reminder

    A great movie to remind you of what God did for us and what hia Son had to go through because of his love for us. Great for diacusasion and especially powerful during Lent

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Passion of The Christ

    Passion of The Christ by Mel Gibson
    This memorable film portrays the last day of Jesus Christ. The beating and crucifixion of Jesus is particularly gory. It boasts a great performance by Jim Caviezel who plays Jesus. But this is not a feel good movie. It's more of a sick feeling in the core of your being type of film, because Christian or not, it's not fun to watch someone get tortured.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not historically accurate.

    Gibson was forced to delete scenes relating to the influence of the Jewish priests & Jesus's subsequent crusifiction. Also, death by crusifiction results in dislocation of arm joints resulting in even more pain on the part of the victim.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Thought provoking

    This is the amazing presentation to tell story of the most important event in history. It evokes many different feelings for Jesus Christ...all over-whelming. Watching it as the story unfolds, you can't help but feel sadness and anger. This is the truest version of the Passion that I have ever seen or heard about. I recommend it for anyone and everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best movie ever that showes how much God loves us and what He went through to save those who believe in Him

    This is the most Biblically correct movie ever made, read your Bible and you'll see what I'm talking about. It is so graphic I would not recommend it for pre-teen, early teens or non-Christians. They could and most likely would misinterpret the message and see it as just another bad blood and guts 'B' movie. For Christians that know their Bible and think they know what our Lord and Savior went through so we can be with Him in heaven, this is a MUST SEE movie. Here in the modern free world we have been so sanitized to our own brutality we tend to gloss over the horrors of what Jesus went through for all of us. It is a shame that not all except the free gift Jesus has for all men and women.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Brutal

    This film was extremely brutal and violent. I understand why I just didn't like to see it. I do not agree with the earlier preview about it being anti-sematic. I did not see that at all. It is a must see, but prepare yourself for the brutality of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a review of a film not a discussion of disputed theology

    @the anamous review that stated that the film is an example of excellent film making. I agree with you. However your ending comments about Chritianity being anti-semetic? I wanted to clarifiy what it means to be such, the hatred and hostility towards the Jewish people. While the fact that the Jewish religious leaders of the time persueded the Roman authority to have Jesus executed does not mean its anti semetic, not all Jews, seeing how Jesus was a Jew and his disciples etc... Wanted Jesus dead. Paul, an aposotle of Christianity, also a Jew who was in the religious Hierarchy before becoming a Christian clearly stated you don't cease to be a Jew when you become a Chrisitian even though in Christ there is no segregation. Christ stated he didnt come to abolish the Law, that which observent Jews follow, but fullfill it. The Jews who didnt or dont become Christians didnt or dont believe Jesus was the Messiah prophisied about, but Christians do. Christianity is a Jewish offshoot not a subverting belief.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Too much beating

    The movie is punctuated by unfortunate series of continuous beating. Any human being with massive strength would not have been able to sustain such number of flagellations using whips with pointed hooks and nails. <BR/><BR/>The holy Bible does NOT refer to the degree of such ill-treatments, for example the 'scene' when the Cross was 'trundled' on the hill and fell on the dusty ground, with Christ face down. <BR/><BR/>Even the 'abduction' of Christ was transformed into a frenzied activity with exaggerations when they hit Him repeatedly so as to inflict pain until He fell over the road side, chained. <BR/><BR/>We know the Camera can do marvels, but behind it there ought to be reasonable interpretation of events that should take precedence over smart technology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jesus getting beat up for almost 3 hours.

    Don't buy the hype, I don't know why so many Christians did. All this movie is, is Jesus Christ getting beat up for almost 3 hours and very little of Christ's teachings. I would like to see a modern film on how Christ lived his life, not just how he died at the end of his mortal ministry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The treatment it deserves

    Finally after about 2 years of rumors and waiting we get the definitve edition of the passion as it deserves, whith hours of extra features including an 1 hour and 40 minute documentary alone plus 2 versions of the movie

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