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The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Jim Caviezel , Monica Bellucci , Mel Gibson  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito
  • Directors: Mel Gibson
  • Writers: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
  • Producers: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Enzo Sisti, Stephen McEveety
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,540 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028HBKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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By including no supplemental features (not even the theatrical trailer), The Passion of the Christ maximizes its disc space to create one of the best-looking and best-sounding DVDs available. The picture and colors are sharp and vivid, and the soundtrack is powerful and envelops the viewer with surround effects. The original Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew language track is available in DTS and Dolby 5.1, and there's also an audio-described track for the visually impaired (in which a narrator recounts the on-screen action in English). Subtitle options are English, English for the hearing impaired (which in addition to the dialogue describes sound effects such as "[yelling]"), and Spanish. --David Horiuchi

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The Passion of the Christ focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.

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404 of 457 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'they've seized him' December 26, 2006
Format:DVD
One of the most talked about films in decades; thought I would add my 2 cents as a late entry.

I think the root controversy about the film has to do with the question of whether or not it has artistic merit for a viewer without faith. I think this is a fair question, as I never really understood the idea that religion offers, so to speak, an excuse for ugly artwork. Arguably there is no such excuse, unless one of the points of religious art is to repel people who don't already share the faith.

The film has been labeled violent, which it is; but unfair here has been the label that it is in some noteworthy sense exceptionally violent. It is not. There are hundreds of films that are far more violent--and graphic. Perhaps this film is even less violent than average, at least of more recent decades. It is perhaps even less violent than the blockbuster version of Gandhi of some years back, billing Candice Bergen and Ben Kingsley, of which the Passion has reminded me somewhat; at any rate they are at least in the same ball park. Rather, the distinctive mark of the Passion is that it invites us to keep the humanity of the victim of violence in full view; not to distance ourselves by, say, feeling contempt or anger towards the victim as a bump-off-able bad guy, or seeing the victim as a replaceable curiosity, a dispensable nitwit. In the Gandhi movie, for example, the majority of the acts of violence are against victims who are more or less, cinematically speaking, dispensable nitwits. All we see Gandhi suffer is being shot at the end--and even that, at the beginning also, setting up a flashback--and a few blows to the head (from which he recovers). In any event, it is easy to name films that are more violent, just not ones that, at the same time, are as personal.
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308 of 356 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reflection February 24, 2004
When you start the movie you have the hype that has surrounded it. At the end you have the feeling that this individual loved, believed, and gave everything for his beliefs. You understand that the Jews of that society show they were like us today where a few acted as if they were the voice of the many. It is a movie that pulls at the fabric of your understanding of this horrible and painful death allowing you to understand it and what it must have been like.
In summary it is a movie that made me reflect. It made me sad, and based on my beliefs made me proud that this individual cared for me and gave his life to set me free. It was a well done and flowed well from beginning to end. It built on itself the way a great movie should. The editing and story through the lens was exceptional. It was a great technical movie regardless of beliefs.
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206 of 240 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Definitive Edition February 23, 2007
Format:DVD
I purchased this version after I saw it in the store the week it came out. I already owned the original DVD release, but I heard this had lots of special features and the re-cut version. Therefore I purchased this edition. However, I was a bit disappointed.

I really enjoyed the movie in the theater. It tells the story of the last 12 hours of the life of christ. It was very gory and I wouldn't want to show it to children. However, for older people (12 yrs. and up)this does a good job of depicting the trials and tribulations of Christ's crucifiction.

My biggest complaint about this movie was the subtitles. However, if you are familiar with the Biblical story, you can pretty much ignore the dialogue and focus on the picture.

Now for this "Definitive Edition" Special feature wise this is a great edition to have. It has loads of extra features.

My biggest complaint about this edition was that if you are a person like me who sometimes has to take several different times (starting and stopping) to watch a movie in it's entirety, the chapter selections are a wonderful thing. You can stop where you need to and start back just by selecting the scene you were on. However, with the definitive edition the scene selection is done with approximately 10 chapters. The chapters are set up to coincide with the "stations of the cross." Although a good idea if you are Catholic and want to see those stages but for a normal viewer of this movie it was terribly frustrating. The first chapter runs for over an hour. I usually don't have that long to watch so I have to start all over each time and use fast forward to get to where I was. It was just very irritating.
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174 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, Albeit Quite Violent Portrayal Of Jesus' Passion February 25, 2004
First of all, let me start this effort by saying how amazed I was by the movie, and by its sheer emotional power. It is superbly shot, the cinematography literally breath-taking in its intensity and ability to add muscular heft to the familiar story of how Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy through his divine sacrifice on behalf of all mankind. The movie-goer is sure to be transformed by the magnitude of the oft-told and retold tale of how the events of the final twelve hours focused on the ways in which Jesus deliberately serves himself up as the sacrificial lamb for the manifest sins of the world, offering all humans the opportunity to re-establish their contact with the divine from whom they had been estranged.
Indeed, I found myself almost speechless after viewing the film, and was not quite sure to what extent it was a result of the power of the film's message as opposed to the graphically violent context in which the tale is told. Herein lies the single criticism one can level against the film, which despite many worries from bystanders that it was laced with virulent anti-Semitism, seems to clearly blame all sinners (ergo, all of us) for the sacrifice of God's son on the cross. Yet Mel Gibson's sure hand is both able and accurate, and the violence shows how carnal man greets the divine, and how we react to the message of hope and salvation; through unspeakable cruelty and gratuitous violence. So, while this is indeed a very violent movie, the murderous acts depicted quite graphically have to be taken in the context of the supernatural events transpiring, as a kind of carnal counterpoint to the ethereal repose with which Jesus bears all of the acts visited upon him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best!!
This is absolutely the best. The presentation of the suffering of Jesus Christ is portrayed in an accurate manner. He truly is the son of God. He truly died for our sins. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by J. Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Touching Story of Jesus' Sacrifice For Us All
I remember when this movie was first announced for release, it got a ton of mainstream media attention. From the news to billboards to newspaper and magazine articles. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~~Bloody, breath taking and for believers....~~
I watch this either on Good Friday or Holy Saturday to remind myself of Christ and the Passion. I find it bloody as well as breath taking. Read more
Published 1 day ago by A Navy Vet...VT town
3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
A very powerful and graphic movie about Jesus and his last hours. 5stars accion never a religious movie specially when is about torturing Jesus.
Published 1 day ago by jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
This was the second time my wife and I had seen this movie and it was as powerful and moving as the first.
Published 1 day ago by Louis Farinola
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
Wonderful movie and a must see! I Watch it every easter as a reminder of what the holiday and my faith is about.
Published 1 day ago by acrif
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Friday
The Passion of the Christ is the story of Good Friday. The Gospel story is filled with understatements and "Good Friday" is one of them. Read more
Published 2 days ago by John McConnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Account of Jesus's Death and Resurrection
I encourage you to watch this movie on the evening of Holy Thursday or early on Good Friday every year. This movie beautifully but violently portrays the Passion of our Lord.
Published 2 days ago by R. Beckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed
This is a movie I have avoided watching until a few days ago. I am glad I watched this, the suffering of Christ is very accurately portrayed.
Published 2 days ago by James A Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING Movie!
Yes, this movie can be quite gory, but LIFE is often gory. And to see what Jesus went through for us is very humbling! Read more
Published 3 days ago by D. Stull
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some people seem to think everytime someone proclaims a faith in God or Christ they have to be a hypocrite. Not everyone is. I wish all could see that so that they might believe too.
Mar 3, 2009 by JillyJean2 |  See all 14 posts
Passion of the Christ DVD Language?
No it was not in English at all. I saw it in theater. The whole thing is in Aramaic with English subtitles. The fact that it's not in English gives the film a feel of authenticity and realism. It's a truly excellent movie! You have to watch it!
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Mel Gibson , bigot
Mr. McDaniel has it right when he says we would all be better off if we were allowed to be imperfect (human) and to say what is really in our minds. I will take it a step farther by saying that the intolerance of the thought police, under the guise of being "politically correct" and... Read more
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Is there a PG13 Version?
The movie was indeed re-cut and submitted to the MPAA in order to obtain a PG-13, however the certificate came back still as an "R." Rather than release a second "R" version, they formally rejected the rating and released "The Passion Re-Cut" as "Unrated."
Apr 15, 2006 by S. Gaddis |  See all 9 posts
Will Asia BluRay version work in N.America?
I tried it on my Sharp BD-HP210U. It did not work. When I tried to load it " incompatible disc" showed on the screen
Apr 3, 2010 by Thomas J. Christiano |  See all 2 posts
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