The Passion of the Christ English Language Edition DVD
- Languages: Aramaic, Latin, English, Spanish
- Release Date: 2/6/13
- Run Time: 126 minutes
- Screen Format: WS
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Closed Captioning: Yes
- Region Code: 1 See More
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The Passion of the Christ English Language Edition
He was a kind and gentle man. A teacher and preacher. A miracle worker. A shepherd of the lost. He was our savior. From award winning director Mel Gibson comes a heart wrenching story of the suffering and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ-- Passion Of The Christ. From his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane through his miraculous Resurrection, and every moment in between, relive the series of events that led to our Salvation.
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Based on the four New Testament gospels, Passion Of The Christ vividly tells the powerful and painful story of Christ’s trial, suffering, and Crucifixion. As Jesus travels from the Garden of Gethsemane, to the Jewish leaders, to Pilate, to the brutal hands of the Roman soldiers, down a long and difficult road to Golgatha, and finally to the cross, his humanity, and innocence is told through a series of flashbacks. While the film Passion Of The Christ is focused on Jesus’ death and Resurrection, the film also tells the story of his life. As Jesus lives the painful last hours of his life on earth, he remembers scenes from his time. A carpenter working at his trade along the street Jesus weakly stumbles along with his cross reminds him of his distant past, working with his parents Mary and Joseph. Peter’s denial of Jesus that dark night with the Jewish leaders results in a flashback to the time when Peter vowed his loyalty to Jesus forever. Pilate washing his hands in the water bowl stirs a memory of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. Again and again the film Passion Of The Christ sets the stage for Jesus’ death, and provides context. The flashbacks serve as reminders of Jesus’ love and humility, and make the brutality of the Roman guards seem even less deserving. Throughout the scenes of Jesus ministry, to his painful last hours the film Passion Of The Christ reverently yet powerfully portrays the intense sacrifice Jesus made for the world.
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The first release of Passion Of The Christ was entirely in Hebrew, Latin, and Aramaic. While this helped viewers feel immersed in the story, it made it difficult to follow at times. In this new edition, Passion of the Christ English Language Edition, there are now options to view the film either with English subtitles, or with English dubbing. Now you have the opportunity to have the words of Jesus spoken in your own language! While the language might be different, the powerful impact of this story is still just as real.
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Passion Of The Christ is filled with scenes that are difficult and painful to watch. From beatings, lashes with whips, a crown of thorns being forcefully slammed on his head, to nails being pounded into his palms, viewers will be forced to come face to face with the violence and extreme pain surrounding Christ’s last hours before his Crucifixion. Though these violent scenes in Passion Of The Christ may make viewers turn away, or feel sick, they provide something powerful. They bring viewers face to face with the reality of the sacrifice Jesus made on their behalf. Violence simply for the sake of violence is horrible, but the violence that fills Passion Of The Christ helps viewers of all ages realize-- perhaps for the first time-- the extreme sacrifice and pain that filled Jesus’ Crucifixion. It is a perspective changing film, filled with perspective changing violence. Many Christians are used to seeing the clean and rosy parts of the Bible brought to life. Moses, Esther, the Nativity story, Jesus’ miracles these are stories that have filled the screens many times in the past. Yet the story of the Crucifixion is rarely brought to life, and never so intensely and realistically as it is in Passion Of The Christ. With every whip lash, every piercing thorn, every blow, every nail that pierces the gentle hands of Jesus viewers will come to the life changing realization that this violence was received on their behalf. Jesus’ hands were pierced so that theirs would not have to be. The violence that fills Passion Of The Christ is not just violence, it is paradigm shifting, life changing, heart moving violence.
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The film Passion Of The Christ is somewhat unique for portraying the Cruxificition of Jesus in such stark reality. Yet, the director of Passion Of The Christ, Mel Gibson, wanted viewers to be able to watch the film without being distracted by other stories. With this in mind, he purposefully chose actors that are little known by most audiences. The fact that viewers cannot pin a name or another character to the faces of Mary, Jesus, Peter, or Pilate helps them get lost in the story, and see Jesus’ death and resurrection with undistracted minds and hearts. As you remove yourself from the world of Hollywood, and the world you live in you can come with an undistracted heart ready to learn and grow.
Journey to the land of the Israelites, to experience the life of Jesus like never before. Relive his childhood, his miracles, and most importantly his death and resurrection. See the pain, and sacrifice through opened eyes and leave with a heart of grateful praise to the Savior and King of the world.
The Passion of the Christ has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for sequences of graphic violence. This film received the “Faith Based” award with a caution for violence from the Dove Foundation and was reviewed by Focus on the Family’s “Plugged In”. As always, it is recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children. The violence in the film The Passion of the Christ is all Biblically based, but this film includes issues, topics, and scenes that may not be suitable for viewers of all ages.
(If you are looking for a slightly less violent version of The Passion of the Christ you might consider viewing The Passion Recut. This version of The Passion of the Christ has not been rated by the MPAA).