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The 2004 feature film "The Passion Of The Christ" is by far the best film so far this decade. Filmmaker Mel Gibson decided to step from in front of the camera as an on-screen actor, and go behind to direct. He totally succeeded triumphantly when he decided to make this landmark cinematic achievement. Lead actor Jim Caviezel gives a solid and strong performance as Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD. The story depicts the final 12 hours in Jesus' life on earth. The rest of the cast in this film all performed well together here. This is perhaps the most outstanding variation of the story of Jesus Christ. Every detail is depicted here, including the dialogue actually spoken in Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew throughout the entire film, with English subtitles appearing across the bottom of the screen. It is the most successful non-English speaking movie released within the United States. Upon its initial release, the film would eventually go on to gross more than $600,000,000 in worldwide revenue, making it the most popular and most successful R-rated movie in history. The scenes showing Christ at the scorging post look absolutey authentic, thanks to a great make-up job. The crucifixion sequence almost left me totally speechless. What you have here is excellent filmmaking on a grand scale that no other film of this kind could possibly hope to duplicate. Although the movie recieved 3 Oscar nominations for Best Original Score, Cinematorgaphy and Makeup, it also should have been nominated for Best Actor (Caviezel), Director (Gibson) and Picture. Nonetheless, this is Mel Gibson's finest hour; a classic film that is to treasured forever.
Icon Pictures presents a film directed and co-written by Mel Gibson. Starring James Caviezel and Monica Bellucci. Rated R for sequences of graphic violence. IF you are are Muslim, a Budhist, a Roman Catholic, or Jewish, or Christian, it doesn't matter. This is an amazing film that put me in tears. The movie is "godly".
5 out of 5
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I purchased this tape as a reminder to me of what Christ suffered on my behalf. As a Christian you tend to believe "Thats the reason he came". "He's God incarnate". "It could'nt have been too bad" "Besides, "He knew he would rise from the dead again"! ("This was temporary pain.") But to view it again, I'm reminded that at the time, He was very much human. The Child of Bethlehem..The carpenter..The man. Flesh..That felt every lash, every punch, kick, & insult. He suffered much for the likes of a dog like me. John 3:16 reads: For God so loved the world, that he gave his one & only Son. That whoever would believe in him (the Son) Would not perish, but have eternal life. Folks, We weren't just created for the moment..Or a span of time that our life consist of. The Human soul lives forever. Christ Passion was that his Creation would see the light, accept the truth, change their ways, And find their eternal reward in heaven. The wondrous thing is, He would suffer it all over again. AND, he would go threw it if only for YOU. If your soul was the only prize won, He would do it all over again. The Bible tells us that a Sparrow dosent fall from a tree, that he's not aware of. He knows the number of hairs on your head. For God so LOVED the world.. Thats the motivation behind the passion. And oh what Christ went threw to prove that love to you. I will be effected every time I watch it anew. And I declare to all creation that.. Lord Jesus..Father God..I love you too. Please forgive me for what I put you through. Jim W.
It is with tears in my eyes and a contrite heart that I am writing this review. Never have I seen a film like this before. This is not the Hollywood Jesus as portrayed in the 60s and 70s. This is a soul stirring film that will sir your heart. This most possibly the closest ever any film has ever attempted to capture the Passion of Jesus The Christ. From the scourging at the pillar, the nails going through Him, His Last Words to His Resurrection, this film has moved me like no other has.
I have the VHS, DVD and D-VHS (digital theater) versions of this movie. The VHS version has roughly the same 220 or so lines of resolution. The DVD of course is much better quality at 400. The Digital Theater (D-VHS) VHS at 1080i is the best for sure and was way ahead of it's time, coming out years before Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. Unfortunately, D-VHS never caught on and is now out of production (since 2005). Movies are no longer available through JVC's Digital Theater website but are listed on Amazon, Half, eBay, and other sites as well.
I do not have a Sony Blu-Ray machine, but the movie is also out in that format as well. You would have a similar viewing experience watching it in Blu-Ray HD as you would with D-VHS.
One last tid-bit for D-VHS fans, Digital Theater machines are backwards compatible so you can also watch your old movies as well!