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HTF BD REVIEW: The Passion of the Christ - Definitive Edition



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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted February 26 2009 - 04:58 PM


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#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted February 27 2009 - 01:35 AM

Thank you, Michael. Great review.

I already have my copy sitting on the shelf waiting for the appropriate time for a viewing. This is not a film I'd just throw in the machine on a whim--for me, there's a certain amount of planning required.

I am really looking forward to the lossless audio. I remember being wowed by the DVD sound and figure this has really got to be impressive.

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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted February 27 2009 - 01:49 AM

I have my copy and will also wait until the appropriate time in April to view it. I've seen it before in 1080i last year so I'm looking forward to seeing it in 1080p and with lossless audio. Crawdaddy

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#4 of 31 OFFLINE   PatW

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Posted February 27 2009 - 04:18 AM

Thanks also for the great review. I've been mulling it around as to whether or not I'll purchase this. I've seen it at the theatre and purchased the dvd but it sits unwatched. I guess it would be nice to have the best possible edition of this movie in case somewhere in the future, I can bear to watch it again. BTW I thought the movie was a masterpiece but extremely hard to watch.

#5 of 31 OFFLINE   Paul Arnette

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Posted February 27 2009 - 05:43 AM

I'm hoping that as we get closer to the 'appropriate time' this disc gets closer to my 'appropriate price' for a blind-buy. Posted Image
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Posted February 27 2009 - 06:25 AM

As someone who originally saw this in rather fragmented fashion ( I was running 2 prints at a 14 screen multiplex), I would personally advise against a blind buy. It's the kind of movie that you either see once and decide that you want to watch it on a regular basis, or you see once and it becomes permanently etched into your memory. The closest analogy I can find is Schindler's List, which I saw twice because I didn't want a close friend to have to experience it alone. Is it a well-made film? Yes. Is it gruesome? Yes. Does it teach valuable lessons? Yes. Do I need to own it so I can go back to it on a regular basis? In my case, no. I'd suggest a rental first.
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#7 of 31 OFFLINE   Paul Arnette

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Posted February 27 2009 - 07:18 AM

Thanks, Stephen. I think I will do just that.
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#8 of 31 OFFLINE   Chris S

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Posted February 27 2009 - 09:22 AM

Thanks for the review! Sadly I still haven't unwrapped my SD DVD of this film because for me this is one of those films I just can't watch very often. Schindler's List being another. It's just too emotionally powerful. So based on your review, and my viewing habits, I'm going to try the rental route in a couple months as I just don't think I can justify the upgrade based on my experience with the SD release.
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#9 of 31 OFFLINE   Shakey67

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Posted February 27 2009 - 04:47 PM

"Genre: Comedy"? Is this a commentary on the picture or Christianity itself?

#10 of 31 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted February 27 2009 - 05:08 PM

My guess would be a simple "cut & paste" mistake from an earlier review. (Be careful. Rule #4 of the HTF Rules is strictly enforced.)

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#11 of 31 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted February 28 2009 - 03:36 AM

Hi guys, yeah...I messed up on my template...I was PM'd the first day about that but I have been unable to edit it until now. The computers I was working on kept giving me an "illegal operation" message every time I'd edit - they would then freeze, and shut down. The computer I'm on now doesn't do that, which is also why the special features update has taken this long. I haven't been able to edit this post until now. My apologies for the technological holdbacks.

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Posted February 28 2009 - 05:49 AM

I'm really looking forward to watching this on Blu was well, but, it's not one I'd ever need to own again. I do own the DVD (blind buy) and loved the film but it's not a film that has a high re-watch factor.
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#13 of 31 OFFLINE   WillG

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Posted February 28 2009 - 09:51 AM

Does this BD have both cuts of the film? There was a version that edited the gore down to some degree. Not that I would really want to watch the edited version, but I thought that the Definiative DVD had both cuts?
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#14 of 31 OFFLINE   EnricoE

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Posted February 28 2009 - 12:56 PM

are the trailers in hd?

#15 of 31 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted February 28 2009 - 01:47 PM

Yes it does, Will. I believe the edited version is about 4 1/2 minutes shorter...although it doesn't give that detail on the case.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#16 of 31 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

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Posted February 28 2009 - 06:16 PM

Don't suppose the original burned-in subtitles are on this?
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#17 of 31 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted February 28 2009 - 06:24 PM

nope. there is the option to remove subtitles completely. that was the original intent of the film...until they realized that there were some things, like the politics of Pilate, that could never be understood with just body language. Trailers and TV spots are on disc 2, which is a DVD, and is the same disc 2 that would have appeared in the difinitive edition DVD set.

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Posted February 28 2009 - 08:01 PM

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Anyway.....terriffic bluray.
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Posted March 01 2009 - 02:41 AM

Not happy about that video score Posted Image It's a visually stunning movie, with incredible cinematography. I've owned the SD since release, but I've never watched it.
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#20 of 31 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted March 01 2009 - 03:50 AM

Yes, sounds like it's another victim of the "let's make it look like HD video, preserving the film look be damned" attitude.