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Review for the Definitive Edition,
This review is from: The Passion of the Christ (Definitive Edition) (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.
I really liked the fact that they included the re-cut version of the film as well as the original. If you are unfamiliar with the re-cut version, it essentially is a "less graphic" version of the film (although it is still very violent). This version may be better for a church library or a family with younger children.
If you like special features and want the less gory version of the Passion then by all means purchase this edition. However, if you prefer to be able to stop and start or jump to a certain scene of the movie then go with the original release (it has approx. 32 scene chapters).
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2007, 6:29:06 AM PDT
Thank you for reviewing the product objectively as Amazon asks reviewers to do.This helps us to know whether to purchase items or not.You are a rare commodity on Amazon.
Posted on Feb 6, 2009, 5:47:02 PM PST
Camilo Rodrguez says:
Do you mean this "Definitive Edition" only includes the re-cut version?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2009, 8:33:48 PM PST
E. Maxwell says:
"I really liked the fact that they included the re-cut version of the film as well as the original." In case you missed this line the first time from the review....sheesh!
Posted on Mar 15, 2010, 12:09:12 PM PDT
M. Turner says:
Yes, I was trying to find the less graphic version and this person described the DVD as the one I want to choose. I love this movie and watch it every Holy Week!
Posted on Mar 17, 2010, 3:54:32 PM PDT
Gregory K. Ashley says:
Thanks alot for such a detailed description! It's nice to know there are two versions included. I wouldn't have known otherwise.
Posted on Jul 21, 2010, 5:55:23 PM PDT
Beaumont Nantucket says:
Great review that actually reviews the product, not just the movie itself. Thank you. This has helped me in my own decision to buy this.
Posted on Nov 27, 2010, 1:23:43 AM PST
K. Black says:
You said your biggest complaint about the movie was the subtitles. What is the complaint exactly?
Posted on Nov 29, 2010, 12:31:00 PM PST
If you have an application and/or a player that has playback capabilities, you don't need to worry about chapters/where you stopped the film.
Posted on May 11, 2011, 6:27:00 AM PDT
tinkerbell =pam says:
will buy later! I have seen the Passion of Christ and have been looking for the Movie was very pleased when I saw it on Amazon!! Easter is when I found that they had the Movie . will comment later about this Movie. will buy in full version of this Movie .
Posted on Dec 29, 2011, 11:24:46 AM PST