The Passion of The Christ Comes to Blu-ray Feb. 17th! Definitive Edition Details Released!

On February 17th, 20th Century Fox will release THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST as a Definitive Edition Blu-ray.  The controversial Mel Gibson flick will be in 1080p HD with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 whilst including audio in Hebrew, Latin and Aramaic with subtitles in English & Spanish.  All audio formats are believed to be Dolby, DTS Surround & DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

One man changed the world forever. By his wounds, we were healed.

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST focusses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after sitting the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.

Directed by Mel Gibson (Braveheart)–who funded the film himself and co-wrote the screenplay–The Passion of the Christ uses flashbacks to substantiate a handful of pertinent moments in Jesus’ life and teachings, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper, as well as his relationships with his mother and his disciples. Still, the drama focuses on the seemingly endless torture inflicted upon Jesus by Roman soldiers at the urging of the Jewish crowd that considers him a blasphemer, despite the attempts of a sympathetic Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov) to spare him from death.

The faint of heart should be prepared for the brutal, barbaric beatings that Christ endures. Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci, and Hristo Jivkov are touching as Mary, Magdalene, and John respectively, who are devastated by Jesus’ fate yet aware that they can do nothing to change it. Performed in Aramaic and Latin with English subtitles, Gibson’s labor of love is sure to prompt discussion and debate as to historical and Biblical fact.



Special features:

  • Presented on two discs (BD+DVD)
  • DISC ONE – Blu-ray:
  • Includes both the theatrical an re-cut version of the film (127-minute R-Rated version & 120-minute less violent version)
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary by director/producer/co-screenwriter Mel Gibson, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and editor John Wright
  • Production Commentary by producer Stephen McEveety, VFX supervisor/second unit director Ted Rae and special make-up and VFX designer Keith Vanderlaan
  • Theological Commentary by Mel Gibson, Father William J. Fulco, Gerry Matatics and Father John Bartunek
  • Music Commentary by composer John Debney (selected scenes), Footnotes
  • Vignette/Documentary/Featurette: Passion Recut
  • “By His Wounds we are Healed:” The Making of The Passion of the Christ
  • Intro & Script Evolution
  • Language Barriers
  • Finding Jerusalem
  • Artistic Inspiration
  • The Right Role
  • Evil Personified
  • Tailoring a perfect fit
  • The Director
  • Grace in Photography
  • Make up and Visual Effects
  • The Earthquake
  • The Crucifixion
  • Jim Surrerning
  • Breaking the Tension
  • Wrapping Production
  • The Cutting Room
  • The Score
  • Designing the Sound Effects
  • Guerilla Marketing
  • Spiritual Journey
  • “Below the Line” Panel
  • The Legacy
  • Paths of the Journey
  • On Language
  • Anno Domini
  • Crucifixion: Punishment in the Ancient World through the Ages
  • Deleted Scenes:
  • Pilate
  • Don’t Cry
  • Galleries:
  • Production Art
  • Historical Texts
  • Art Images
  • Theatrical Trailer

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