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The Gospel According to St. Matthew ( Il vangelo secondo Matteo ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - United Kingdom ]

3.8 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player, or on standard US Blu-Ray player. You need multi-region Blu-Ray player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Relating his facts in straight-on documentary fashion, Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1964 Biblical film stars Enrique Irazoqui as Jesus. In it, Christ and his followers are depicted as gentle radicals working against the grain of the unjust Roman power structure. Typically offbeat Pasolini touches include having Satan disguise himself as a Catholic priest and the casting of the director's own mother as the Virgin Mary. The music is selected from a variety of sources, from Bach to American spirituals. Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo was released in the U.S. as The Gospel According to St. Matthew - much to the discomfort of Pasolini, who didn't want Matthew designated as a saint. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Gospel According to St. Matthew ( Il vangelo secondo Matteo ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo)

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  • Actors: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante, Mario Socrate
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Producers: The Gospel According to St. Matthew ( Il vangelo secondo Matteo ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo), The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Il vangelo secondo Matteo
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Eureka/Masters of Cinema
  • Run Time: 138.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SDDDBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
This is one of the most astonishing films I have seen: probing, complex, lyrical, and at times emotionally overwhelming. NOTE: Do not blame WaterBearer for the poor-quality DVD; the Pasolini Foundation, which controls the film, provided the print and also vetoed chapters to encourage viewers to watch it only in its entirety. The overly edge-enhanced image is improved by turning your TV's sharpness setting to its 'blurriest.'
Can you imagine a less likely candidate to make what, after 40 years, may still be the greatest and most moving film about Jesus Christ? Pasolini was not only a gay Marxist but a devout atheist. His fascination with Jesus may have connected with his most personal theme, that of the outsider (with his artistic, political and sexual nature, he saw himself as the consummate outsider). Although one of Italy's leading intellectuals, he also moved among the laborers, indigents, and hustlers (some of whom were his lovers, not to mention the inspiration for his early poetry and novels), whose counterparts two millennia earlier had walked with Jesus.
Jesus's story also let Pasolini explore the complexities of real-world politics even while recreating an ancient culture with astonishing immediacy. He also relished the opportunity to play with a vast, and eclectic, artistic tradition, from Jean-Luc Godard's striking documentary style in "the two trials of Christ.... to painting... Piero della Francesca (in the Pharisees' clothes), Byzantine art, Christ's face like a Rouault, etc."
We also see El Greco not only in some compositions but in the intriguing casting of Enrique Irazoqui, a Catalan economics student, as Jesus. Pasolini had also considered such young, subversive literary lions as Jack Kerouac and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
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Format: DVD
A budget release of Pasolini's _Gospel According to St. Matthew_ would seem too good to be true. Alas, this particular DVD proves neither good nor true.

The only soundtrack here is the English-dubbed version. The original Italian-language soundtrack is not available, and the sound mix is seriously compromised whenever the dubbing is inserted. Ironically, this budget version boasts a slightly better transfer than the thirty-dollar deluxe edition. But even so, the picture is barely watchable, and even shows a few lines here and there that make the film look as if it had been copied off an old VCR.

Despite the fact that this DVD is seven minutes shorter than the film's official running time, it doesn't seem to lack any footage. But the film does run at a faster speed than it ought, which throws the editing off kilter and makes the dubbing feel a little rushed. There are no extras, of course.

_Gospel According to St. Matthew_ is one of a few truly great religious films, but it has yet to receive even an adequate presentation on DVD.
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Format: DVD
***** Pasolini's wonderful black and white Italian language film speaks for itself!

*** The information Legend provides on the back cover of the DVD is confusing/misleading/mistaken...

Legend's DVD actually contains two versions of The Gospel According to St. Matthew ...

Version #1 (sadly of little or no merit)

- Colorized

- Dubbed in English

- No Subtitles

- Approx 90 minutes (not the complete film)

- Anamorphic widescreen

- Playable from the Main Menu

Version #2 (merits ***)

- Black and white

- in Italian

- With English subtitles that are always on

- Approx 137 minutes (the complete film)

- Widescreen, but not anamorphic

- Playable from Special Features

- Pasolini's great film speaks for itself

- Thank you Legend for making a watchable, complete original version of the film available !!!
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By A Customer on August 4, 2003
Format: DVD
Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" is one of the great Italian director's most accessable films. It is also one of the few films about the life of Christ that looks and feels as if it was filmed during the time that Christ lived - this is no Hollywood production - this feels like the real thing (the one star is not for this 5 star film.)
However I want to warn potential purchasers that this Water Bearer version is a high priced non-anamorphic, poor quality print (although it claims to be digitally remastered), it has burned in subtitles with no chapter stops. I had thought DVD production and quality had improved greatly in the last couple of years, this is an unfortunate (1 star) exception. If you want to see another great Pasolini film with a great anamorphic almost pristine transfer I would direct you to MGM's version of his "The Decameron".
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This is great movie and all the other reviewers say is true. But if you can, do not get the version offered by Amazon, dubbed in English. Get the one in Italian, with subtitles. The English voice of Jesus does not capture the rage the Italian counterpart expresses. Also, the Italian original is 137 minutes long, the dubbed version only 122. I am not sure which scenes are missing. But there was one in the original with a communist era official funeral music. That one is sadly absent in the dubbed version.
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