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Jesus is portrayed as a troubled man, torn between the spirit and the flesh.
Criterion's release of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ effectively presents both the film's beauty and controversy. Produced on an extremely tight budget, The Last Temptation of Christ has a very epic feel that is wonderfully captured on this DVD. Though a few specks and scratches are apparent throughout the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation, the overall visual quality is quite sharp and vibrant. The newly mastered Dolby Digital 5.1 track is a phenomenal improvement, noticeably enhancing ambient sounds, dialogue, and Peter Gabriel's moving soundtrack. There are various added extras that really put the f'lms content into perspective. The stellar commentary track includes director Martin Scorsese, star Willem Dafoe, screenwriter Paul Schrader, and film critic Jay Cocks candidly discussing various aspects of the production, including the initial obstacles, extensive research, and notorious controversial elements. This is a great DVD for fans and an informative one for those who wish to see past its notoriety. --Rob Bracco
- New widescreen digital transfer, approved by the filmmakers
- New Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack by original supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay
- An extensive collection of research materials, production stills and costume designs
- Location production footage shot by Scorsese himself
- Video interview with composer Peter Gabriel, plus! a stills gallery of the instruments used in the films
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The deep understanding Jesus had about life, humanity etc. is not the same Paul perceived and like a good P.R. man, 'sold' to others. I found it courageous, that a film producer had the guts to lay this version out for others to see, and it convinced me again that Christianity and other religions are collections of wisdoms rather than directives from God. As to how convincing the role of Jesus was played, I got the feeling that it is 'another movie where an american actor happens to play Jesus as only Americans can': Not very convincing.
regardless of the area...politics, religion, history, or life in general. We often times tend to believe what we are told, rather than investigating
other people's various ideas/thoughts. This can lead to wrong thinking......& once stored in our memory, we might not ever question the "truth" of the thought/statement. So, we end up with distorted views that we defend.....even until we hit the grave.
So, this movie is great good for thought....real thought, not recycled thought. I like how it shows the struggle that Jesus had (as a human) with the tension of opposites....holding to a middle way between good & evil. I appreciated this because we, as human, are subject to exactly this same experience. So, it seemed more real to me than seeing Jesus just as a Son of God who couldn't be touched by the darkness on this planet. In being human, he took on the human conditions AND showed us the "way" to walk between good & evil......that is why he said it was only thru Him that we could come to know God. He was a living example of what we need to do to walk the path to get to the "Kingdom of Heaven within."
I'd comment on the latter part of the movie, but it has an interesting twist....which was cool. I will say, though, to pay attention to this since, again, it shows how we humans can so easily be deceived.