The Passion of the Christ [DVD]
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Hebrew with English Subtitles only - This Dvd Is Brand New & Sealed - RENTAL COPY STILL SEALED - 2004 - (LMP) - Slight Difference In Cover Re-Print "Age Censor 15" Another Dvd Is Now Becoming Very Collectible & Sought After. This Dvd Is In Stock And Will Be Posted From The UK - Region 2 -------------- Mel Gibson directs this highly controversial and brutally visceral film about the suffering of Jesus Christ in the twelve hours leading up to his crucifixion. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested and accused by the Pharisees of blasphemy, punishable by death. He is handed over to Roman soldiers who flagellate him until he is unrecognisable, then ordered to carry the heavy wooden cross through the streets of Jerusalem to Golgotha, where he is nailed to the cross. As he dies he experiences his last temptation: to momentarily doubt the presence of God, his Father, and to ask if he has been forsaken.
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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.Read more ›
He used to be a human and sweet guy then, but already showing a glimpse of his passionate, torn and unreconciled view of the world.
Here he goes all the way, and does it his way, to accomplish a personal vision of Christ and a story that maybe needed to be refreshed after 2000 years. A story made of blood, suffering, violence, prevarication and betrayal. Not a happy ending story. And here, you can feel it throughout the film. A film shot in latin, with a surprising yet perfect casting, and a bold, brave direction which do not care much about the usual way to movie-direction. Mel seems to say: this is my film, and I don't care if other directors might criticize my style, nor if someone in the audience might not like it.
So it does not look, apparently, so "heretic" as Scorsese's last temptation of Christ or brilliantly blaspheme as Life of Brian's, but it is definitely a genuine and refreshing approach to the story and main character, full of respect. The repect a tormented man like Gibson may feel for another tormented man like Jesus. Blu ray is excellent
Consequently, the excellent film was ruined by “loud wind”, “screeching bird”, “noisy crowd” etc., etc., etc. being flagged up at the bottom of the screen. I presumed, wrongly, that there would be an option to have ‘standard’ subtitles. In fact my choice was limited to “English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired” or “no subtitles”.
Using Aramaic and Latin was, in my opinion, an inspired decision by (I presume) Mel Gibson, and helps to make this such a very special film. However, it does mean that subtitles are a necessity for those wishing to understand what is being said.
Hoping to find a ‘normal’ DVD, I decided to order 2 more versions from Amazon. Low and behold, success!
The one to avoid with ‘hearing impaired subtitles’ is:
2 Disc Director’s Edition – grey framing small picture of Christ carrying cross
Barcode: 5 039036 030816
Back of box note: English for the hearing impaired
The two with ‘standard subtitles’ (as well as ‘hearing impaired subtitles’) are:
2 Disc Definitive Edition – bluey grey picture of Christ’s head
Barcode: 5 051429 100487
Amazon code X00044Z9EH
Back of box note: Feature Subtitles: English / English HOH
1 Disc – brown picture of Christ’s head
Barcode: 5 050070 022438
Amazon code X0005P9PLN
Back of box note: Subtitles in English plus Hard of Hearing Subtitles
Hope this helps others avoid the frustration and unnecessary expense that I incurred!
Yes, the film is hard going and to some extent quite depressing to watch but inevitably tugs at the heartstrings and makes one contemplate the true meaning of life and Christ's message.
The fact that it is subtitled and in Aramaic only adds to the genuine feel of the film; it certainly does not detract. It is widely known that there has been a degree of anti-semitic criticism surrounding the portayal of the jews' role in Christ's circumastances and fate. However, the depiction of the Romans' treatment of Christ is equally if not more in depth so I think there is a balance there.
All in all, a work of brilliance by Gibson - highly recommended.
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This is a must very 'hard' to watch in some parts especially the scourging. It omits the gloss and shine of Jesus of Nazareth but one can relate to the torment and torture handed... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Roscoe D Taylor
A movie so well made of the greatest story ever told!!Published 1 month ago by Ajoy Jerrard Odayoth Vattampoil