The Gospel According to St. Matthew ( Il vangelo secondo Matteo ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - United Kingdom ]
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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.Read more ›
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.
*** 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)
- 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 !!!
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If all the actors in this ridiculous movie were indeed non-actors, this time it did not work.
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I watched this in Italian-much better than the English version which is also included on the DVD....Very good---facial expressions are fantastic. Story....wwll.... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RONALD
This was a great addition to the Bible Study we are doing on Phillip Yancey's book "The Jesus I Never Knew"Published 9 months ago by Shirley R. Novak
Straightforward movie of the Gospel of Mathew. I was surprised.Published 9 months ago by Stephen D. Ward
Even though I'm an admirer of Pasolini's work and a Christian, I had never watched this film. I just didn't expect to like it for some reason. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Clarence W. Potter
The greatest life of Christ ever made. Note girl who plays the young Mary.Published 12 months ago by Sean A. Heaney