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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    DVD Release - The Passion of the Christ: Definitive Edition

    Peter Chattaway alerted my attention to the news that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are to release a "definitive edition" DVD of The Passion of the Christ in February. Peter notes that there's
    No word yet on whether this will include the original theatrical version of the film, the recut version, and/or some new version. Two years ago, Fr. William J. Fulco said Mel Gibson was preparing a DVD with 15 hours of bonus material, so it will be interesting to see just how much of that material ends up on the new disc; and it will also be interesting to see whether Gibson's recent quest for forgiveness from the Jewish community will be reflected on this disc.
    Peter cited his source as Davis DVD who also say that the DVD will be "a two-disc special edition featuring an anamorphic widescreen transfer, Aramaic Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround tracks and English subtitles". There's a little more info at Word Distribution who list the following details
    *Commentary From Mel Gibson, Theologian Father William J. Fulco, and Music Commentary by John Debney
    *Includes 'By His Wounds We Are Healed: Making the Passion of the Christ' Documentary
    *'The Legacy' Feature-Commentary on the Times and Culture during the time of Christ
    *Deleted Scenes
    * Theatrical Trailers
    *Still Picture Galleries
    *And Much, Much More
    Much, much more sounds kind of vague, I wonder if they will include some of the material that ended up onn the promotional DVDs, and some of the interviews that Gibson did in the lead up to the film's release? I also wonder what will be in the deleted scenes, particularly as, at the time, Gibson gave the impression that these scenes were cut not to cause offence to the Jewish community.

    There's no news whether this is just a North American release of the film, or whether it will also get released elsewhere.

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    • At 11:28 pm, October 02, 2010, Anonymous Jake said…

      I just brought this new edition on Ebay.

      I've viewed 2 deleted scenes, and both Theatrical and Recut versions of the film, and it just had new sound affects in the Recut version, and it was kind of intense, but it was great.

      I also have the 8/31/2004 DVD of the film, as well.

      So, I just learned that the scenes that didn't make it into the last film were very hard to watch, and I enjoyed both versions of the Film. It was great!



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