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The Passion of Joan of Arc (The Criterion Collection)
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Other reviews have said that "Passion" was the best of the films of Joan of Arc, and after viewing this masterpiece directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer (cq), it's hard to think that something better could be out there.
Five stars across the board for the presentation, quality (sound and video) and for the film itself, which is one that demands the most caring team to make certain that a DVD presentation is of the best quality. This comes from the Criterion Collection, and make no mistake about it, they did what this archive in cinematic achievement demanded.
The DVD contains a digitally restored, black and white transfer from an original negative which was discovered in 1981 in a Norwegian mental institution (perhaps the person who hid this gem was not crazy, after all). Originally a silent movie, the film is accompanied by a digital stereo composition performed by Anonymous 4 with soloist Susan Narucki and the Radio Netherlands Philharmonic and Choir. The audio, which is optional to the viewing of "Passion" is GORGEOUS. The music alone is worth the price of admission.
Included with the DVD is a "Voices of Light" libretto booklet. Kudos to composer Richard Einhorn. If you're reading this, I'd love your autograph. This work is a "must have" in a serious collector of cinematic (and orchestral) genius, so if you're both, kill both birds with the same stone.
For the movie, I was stunned at the cinematic approach to filming "Passion." This is why I am certain that no one has come to within the state border of being close to the depth of passion that pours out of EVERY frame.Read more ›
I'll just add this for the perspective buyer that may be a bit intimidated by the bombast of the reviews: please don't assume this film will be like going to a required class. It truly is thrilling. The final scene, when Joan is burned, is one of the most gripping pieces of film-making I've ever scene. It builds and builds with quick edits, the camera suddenly moving like the eye of a terrified child, each image a bit more twisted and seared than the last, until finally you realize you are watching something mankind should not witness - the apocalypse descending on earth. As Kurtz would say, "The horror. The horror."
Worth the price of admission, wouldn't you say? --Mykal Banta
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Given as a gift, but I also own it--an astonishingly effective, moving film.Published 5 months ago by Eric Berman
One of my most waited for movies. I would give this another 20 million stars and then some. One of the ten movies I would not want to live without. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This film is perfection. The acting, camera work, everything is great. I love how this DVD gives you the option to play the movie with the Voices of Light soundtrack or competently... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel
I'm still a little shaky after watching this last night; my partner was blown away. He had studied the silent version of the movie in film school and seen it five times (including... Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Jones
Silent genius, filmed masterfully and poignantly perfect way to celebrate to subject and actress who brought her to life....Published 7 months ago by anthony vieni
otherworldly score, unforgettable images, powerful editingPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Passion of Joan of Arc is a fascinating film. The film has great composition and the black and white gives it this intense, graphic quality (reminiscent of Fellini's 8 1/2). Read morePublished 10 months ago by rbrogan3
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