Mother's Day Features
Now on Blu-Ray: "The Passion of the Christ" Blu-ray Review
Actors: James 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, Mark Joseph, Stephen McEveety
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Blu-ray Release Date: February 17, 2009
Run Time: 127 minutes
February 17th, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases one of the most powerful, excruciating, and controversial films ever made on Blu-ray. Written and directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and starring Jim Caviezel (Deja Vu) and Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Revolution), The Passion of the Christ tells the awe-inspiring story of Jesus of Nazareth's final journey to crucifixion.
The Passion of the Christ raked in over $375 million at the box office and became one of the 15 highest grossing movies ever. The cinematography in the film is a huge factor in the presentation of the compelling story. Caleb Deschanel (The Patriot) is the movie's Academy Award-nominated cinematographer. The Definitive Edition DVD bonus materials include the theatrical and less violent, re-cut versions of the film, filmmaker commentary with Gibson, Deschanel and Editor John Wright, production commentary, theologian commentary, music commentary, an extensive collection of "making-of" featurettes, deleted scenes, historical texts, and much more.
The two version edition of The Passion of the Christ Blu-ray might be one of the most merciful maneuvers ever for a film product. The theatrical version of the movie is both compelling and excruciating. Mel Gibson went all out in his emphasis on portraying the raw physical suffering that Jesus went through prior to his ultimate death and resurrection. Only through this real experience with his final moments can the full story of Jesus' life be appreciated. You do not often see a movie that has to be re-cut to reduce the thematic elements in a home movie product. The two version edition does offer a re-cut version that tones down some of the graphic and thematic elements for those with weaker stomachs.
The Passion of the Christ is one of those rare films that everyone has to see once, but might have a hard time watching again. Though controversial, the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection is the greatest story ever told. The spiritual and global impact of the story portrayed in the film is unquestioned. The Passion is certainly a masterpiece that will forever remain as one of the most impacting Bibical stories ever shared in feature film. The advanced video and audio of High-Definition Blu-ray makes the experience even more powerful.
Originally posted at http://blu-ray.movieroomreviews.com/2009/02/passion-of-christ-blu-ray-review.html