The Last Temptation of Christ
Special Edition, The Criterion Collection
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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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I thought it was a very humanistic look at the life of Christ, but I suppose “that” is what the hard-core religious groups were all up in arms about. I don’t want to get into a religious debate with anyone, but as a film I thought it was a very plausible explanation to “the divine” issue and how Christ “might” have dealt with what was happening to him as a human being and not as an “all-knowing-walking-on-water” god-like figure that I suppose people who “do-not-believe” have a hard time with. I think, my opinion only, it was dealt with in a very realistic way and handled with a lot of grace from Scorsese and also Willem Dafoe in a stellar performance. I mean really, ANYONE who saw him in TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA would NEVER think of him as JESUS! Myself included. My Lord....(sorry, heh..heh...heh...)
Full Disclosure: I am not religious, but I do think that a Christian would appreciate the film by going into it knowing that it isn't based off the Biblical text (nor is it trying to claim it is). Knowing this going into the film would be crucial in being able to appreciate it.
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Had to turn it off about 30 minutes into it.