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The Passion of the Christ [VHS] [2004]

Jim Caviezel , Monica Bellucci , Mel Gibson    VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito
  • Directors: Mel Gibson
  • Writers: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
  • Producers: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Enzo Sisti, Stephen McEveety
  • Language: Hebrew, Latin
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 5558630140
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,841 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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164 of 179 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars immensely powerful, but not flawless... 7 Aug 2004
By Priyan Meewella VINE VOICE
Bloody and controversial, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ isn't exactly what one would expect of a Biblical drama, but his deeply personal and profoundly moving film is certainly epic both visually and emotionally. Using "passion" in the original sense of suffering Gibson does not let his audience off lightly with his horrifically realistic depictions of Christ's torment.
The story should be familiar to viewers, following the last few hours of Jesus' [Jim Caviezel] life on Earth. Beginning with His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, we witness Jesus' betrayal by His own disciple, arrest and trial by Caiaphas [Mattia Sbragia] and the Jewish leaders, subsequent investigation by Roman governer Pontius Pilate [Hristo Shopov], violent scourging and finally His crucifixation and death. Interspersed are flashbacks to moments from his earlier life and ministry.
Undoubtedly everyone who sees The Passion will take home their own haunting images, and most shocking of all is the flogging sequence. In part this is due to the fact it is often overlooked in favour of the crucifixation, whereas in fact it is far more brutal. With terrifying realism we watch as Caviezel's Christ is beaten and then whipped till His skin is torn and His back is a shredded pulp. It comes as something of a relief then that Jesus wears a tunic while carrying the Cross, else being forced to look at His ripped and ruined flesh for that length of time may well have become unbearable. Most amazing is Caviezel's astoundingly empathic performance; bowed and broken we can still feel the love in his eyes and the divinity in the way he carries himself. Morganstern and Bellucci are equally magnificent in imbuing their performances with real character behind the floods of tears.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you're not a believer 13 May 2011
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This is simply a must have for anyone calling him/herself a Christian. And even if you're not this is simply a brilliant piece of film - superbly acted (Jim Cav is an excellent Christ), fabulously directed and ultimately impactful film you should see and then own.
For me as a Catholic to see the Passion portrayed so wonderfully well and so authentically and truthfully - is just a blessing. I try to watch it every Good Friday. Its very hard to witness our lord die for my sins and so graphically- but it happened and we did it and I think its a great reminder to help keep me on a right path in my walk with the lord.
And as hard as it is for me to watch it - I didnt have to live it....

11/10!!! MUST WATCH !!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM 6 Jun 2010
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changing Event 6 Sep 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Though largely told with recourse to distinct elements of Catholic theology, drawing on the richness of the faith, this film appeals first of all to the heart. For any Catholic, the suffering of Jesus is central to understanding one's own throughout the course of life, and all will readily admit that the Passion is glossed over at times, whether by attractive but misleading crosses or generalised classes of catechesis. Mel Gibson's film remorselessly expunges the failures of modern theological thought, which do indeed often seek to skirt around the pain, and once again re-centres the faith upon the meaning of suffering. It comes to us all, and mankind lacks the tools of heart as long as Christ is not understood. This film will help you understand.
There is a great deal of theological imagery which may confuse those without knowledge of the discipline, or perhaps more positively, encourage viewers to investigate personally. The scenes throughout are painful to watch, not for the content of blood alone, but the journey one is taking with Christ. It is a film like no other in that truly can one make a pilgrimage while watching it, and you must be prepared for the emotional exhaustion if devout and devoted. It will grant a new dimension to any ascetic Catholic and those keen to get to the heart of Christianity.
The supposed anti-Semitic bent of the film is non-existent, but one must be careful to define what such a remark is. This film demonises only the action of a group, not the group itself. The ideology of Christ Himself was to condemn the sin, not the sinner. As for guilt, the truthful Christian would claim it for himself more than against any Jew, Muslim or Hindu. It does not condemn anyone but the viewer's conscience, and offers the greatest of hopes too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A warning about the subtitles 23 Jun 2009
I purchased the 2-disc Director's Edition on eBay, barcode: 5039036030816, cover without the grey border, just a full-size image. No reason to believe it's not a genuine copy.
For some reason the English subtitles on the theatrical version are always in Hard-of-Hearing mode; that is, I get descriptive text as well as speech, eg. "#Sombre music plays#" or "Cock crows". There are two English-language subtitles on this disc, and they both do the same. This is not Closed Captioning, I've double-checked.
Personally, I found it distracting--you may too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly shocking 23 Feb 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, this film is shocking and harrowing, but not boring. It reduced me to tears. It powerfully challenges our view of the crucifixion and I believe tells it as it was, as far as is possible. It was an horrific, bloody form of execution. This film was never going to be a pretty sight, but I would recommend it, it might challenge you. However I would not recommend it for children, or those of a particularly sensitive nature
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