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The Passion of the Christ


Feb 25, 2004

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Feb 17, 2009

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Mel Gibson
James Caviezel


Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

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Because of its violent and graphic depictions, The Passion of the Christ is not a film for the whole family. But Mel Gibson's visual retelling of the agony of the cross may give some older viewers an appreciation for the suffering endured by Jesus.

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Why Is The Passion of the Christ Rated R?

The Passion of the Christ is rated R for sequences of graphic violence.

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DVD Notes: The Passion of the Christ: Definitive Edition

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Canadian Movie Ratings

18A Explicit Violence, May Offend Some Religious Groups
AB 18A Brutal and Gory Violence, Disturbing Content
MB 18A Brutal Violence
ON 18A Brutal Violence, Gory Scenes
QC 13+ Violence
18A Extreme Violence.

Canadian Home Video Rating: 18A

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Details on home video releases of The Passion of the Christ...

DVD Release Date: 30 January 2007

Making up for any disappointment there may have been over the first, bare-bones DVD release of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, the 2-Disc Definitive Edition fleshes out the production in every conceivable way.

Disc One offers the theatrical cut of the movie as well as a re-cut version, and provides (for the original cut only) a filmmakers commentary (with Mel Gibson, Caleb Deschanel, and John Wright), a production commentary (with Stephen McEveety, Ted Rae and Keith Vanderlaan) and a theologian commentary (with MelGibson, Father William J. Fulco, Gerry Matatics, and Father John Bartunek), as well as a music commentary (with John Debney) on selected scenes.

Dics Two looks at all the behind the scenes aspects of the movie, with the following featurettes:

Menus - Drissi, 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 (a panel discussion), The Legacy, Paths of the Journey, On Language, Anno Domini, Crucifixion: Punishment in the Ancient World, and Through the Ages. There are also deleted scenes, art galleries and the theatrical trailer.

Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1, with subtitles in English and Spanish.

BLU-RAY Notes: The Passion of the Christ

Release Date: 17 February 2009

The Passion of the Christ is now available on Blu-ray. Presented in widescreen, the two-disc set is authored on a dual-layer disc with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Hebrew/Latin/Aramaic) and multi-language subtitles (including English). Along with the original theatrical version, there is also a re-cut version of the film, which features less violence. As well, there are an audio commentary with Mel Gibson (and various filmmakers and theologians), a music commentary with John Debney (selected scenes only) and an Enhanced Viewing Mode offering Biblical footnotes. Other extras include the Making Of The Passion of The Christ (a documentary),The Legacy (a historical and cultural look at the Crucifixion), a historical photo gallery and deleted scenes.

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harrelldakota.12 says: Jul. 08, 2014

My Family is a Christian Family, yes I know it is very violent, but me and my WHOLE family watch it every easter and i would rather my 4,8 and 12 year old watch that then some other filthy movie. If your christian you should make your Child watch this to remind them what jesus did for us all. (not to offend ayone reading whos not christian). It is a very GOOD movie although it is in hebrew they have subtitle for english so you can read along to what there saying, your kids may not know wht its saying but they can look at the movie and it tells them so much!!! Thank you have a nice day!

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