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    'The Passion Recut' goes easier on the gore

    'The Passion Recut' goes easier on the gore
    By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY
    It's called The Passion Recut, but there's actually less cutting in the movie this time around.

    Mel Gibson's toned-down version of his biblical blockbuster, The Passion of the Christ, removes some of the grisliest images as Jesus is scourged, beaten and crucified. The film is being released in about 952 theaters today, in advance of Easter, March 27.

    Gibson, who declined to be interviewed for this story, says on the movie's Web site that the movie is a gift for admirers who had friends or relatives who couldn't stomach the brutality of the original.

    About six minutes have been eliminated.

    Along with deleting some graphic shots, Recut features some new images that replace the most blood-drenched acts of torture, often by providing a distant view of action that was close-up in the original, says Bob Berney, president of Newmarket Films, which distributes the film.

    "There are new shots but no new sequences," he says. "(Gibson) uses different angles. When you make a movie, there are always different shots."

    The two sections getting the most trimming: a scene of flagellation (which had a notable shot of a whip ripping skin) and the scene in which Jesus is nailed to the cross, says the Rev. John Bartunek, a Roman Catholic priest and friend of Gibson's who screened the revision last weekend.

    "I was surprised because I was expecting only visual alterations, but there were also some audio adjustments," says Bartunek, author of the book Inside The Passion. "I wasn't aware before of how much the sound effects added to the graphic nature of the scenes."

    The film is spoken in Latin and Aramaic with English subtitles, and Bartunek says Gibson also softened some of the translations as the soldiers discuss the process of crucifixion.

    The Passion of the Christ became a $370-million-grossing phenomenon last year. Its unflinching depiction of torture and death on the cross distinguished it from any other film about Jesus.

    Gibson and Newmarket hope to make a theatrical release an annual Easter tradition. Keeping it in theaters is especially important because its brutality makes it unlikely to play on television, says Berney.

    Gibson hasn't announced whether The Passion will ever be shown on cable, and "even the cut-down version probably is not going to be on a main network," Berney says.

    Bartunek says Gibson's changes haven't softened the story. "The emotional intensity hasn't been turned down. I've seen the movie about 70 times. It still made me cry."
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    Part of me says that this was a great thing for Mel to do, because there were many sensative people who really, truly wanted to see the film , but were scared off because of the hype about how graphically violent it was.

    Another part of me says its simpy a good marketing ploy to re-release the film (I'm sure it's no coincidence that its being re-released during the Easter, Stations of the Cross, season) and bring in a lot of extra revenue.

    Either way, I like the idea. I consider myself strong of stomach and even I found the original version difficult to watch.

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    I heard a person died watching this movie so i 100% support cutting down the gore although i haven't seen the movie yet. Hear great reviews about it though, the only part that kinda disturbed me really was when Jesus (I dont believe in god so hopefully won't offend anyone) kissed this other guy.
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    Okay, the thing about Jesus kissing "the other guy" (his name was Judas) was not what you're thinking.

    Greeting people with a kiss on the cheek was normal back then. Judas, in order to show the soldiers which man was Jesus, greeted Jesus with a kiss on the cheek.
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    I couldn't get through this film.
    It was just too graphic for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluff
    I couldn't get through this film.
    It was just too graphic for me.
    The 'Recut' version or the regular version?

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    The regular version.

    It was just too much for me.
    We rented it, my husband watched it but I ended up going to watch tv in another room.

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    I haven't watched either one. Read the book. Knew the ending. What were all the the people complaining for ? What did they expect?

    Now re-cut, what important bits did they leave out to make it more palatable? All that death and suffering stuff sure is nasty to watch. Word is that the sanitized version is a colossal flop at the box office anyway.

    Mel Gibson's religious blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, which grossed $370-million last year, made barely a ripple at theatres in a recut version that toned down the blood and violence. The Passion Recut played in 957 theatres but took in just $239,850.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eny
    Word is that the sanitized version is a colossal flop at the box office anyway.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...Entertainment/
    I'm surprised. It made less per theater than any other movie in the top 50! As a social experiment, let's release another new cut with 6 minutes MORE violence and see how it does at the box office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltyj
    Okay, the thing about Jesus kissing "the other guy" (his name was Judas) was not what you're thinking.

    Greeting people with a kiss on the cheek was normal back then. Judas, in order to show the soldiers which man was Jesus, greeted Jesus with a kiss on the cheek.
    Oh, sorry. I'm kind of buddhist but not religiously educated and I'm just learning abit about Jesus at school.
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