Skip to comments.Gibson to Re-Release “Passion of the Christ” in time for Holy Week
Posted on 02/16/2005 10:08:12 PM PST by missyme
HOLLYWOOD, February 11, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) Mel Gibson has decided to re-release The Passion of the Christ in theatres in time for Good Friday.
The new cut tones down the more violent scenes, such as the scourging and some scenes from the crucifixion, in order to avoid a restricted rating. Daily Variety reported Thursday that Gibson plans to trim five to six minutes from the film, for re-release in US theatres March 11.
There has been quite a demand by the religious community to bring (the film) back for Easter, Gibson's partner at Icon Productions, Bruce Davey, told Variety, as reported by the Turkish Press.
And there has been a lot of discussion about the violence, Davey said. Mel wanted to try and accommodate those people by making a version that is softer and gentler.
There are no new scenes, and the cuts are limited to the more violent aspects of the film, if that's the right term. The scourging scene in particular has been substantially adjusted.
I heard about this on Trinity Broadcasting's "Behind The Scenes" program on Tuesday evening. Great news. More moulah for Gibson. I've got the DVD, so I'll probably pop that in and watch it on Easter.
If it is shown in a theatre near my home I will go and see it as I support this film and Mel Gibson...
Hope this is true. I was hoping it would be re-released in the theaters....Hope he does it every Easter. There's nothing like seeing it on the big screen.
It will be on 500 Screens across the nation starting MArch 11th.
Good news! Thanks for the post!
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Gibson would do this every year?
Definetly..I will see it Good Friday, I just hope that the theatres in my area will show it...
It's a much better view on the big screen, IMO.
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|Christ Rises Again|
|After being trimmed by about six minutes by Mel Gibson, Newmarket will re-release the film on about 500 screens in March.|
|By Lisa Johnson|
Newmarket will soon be releasing a kinder, gentler version of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ for those who can't take the blood and gore. Gibson himself trimmed five to six minutes of violent scenes, and the new version, The Passion Recut, will be unrated.
The recut will begin playing on 500-750 screens beginning March 11. Although the film has already made $370.2 million on its initial theatrical run, Gibson wanted to make a tamer version available to those who stayed away because of the violence. It will be in theaters through the Easter weekend, and, if successful, might be released at the same time each year.
In particular, the bloody scourging scene, in which Christ is brutally lashed by Roman soldiers, has been shortened. Gibson showed the recut to the ratings board, and when it became apparent it would still receive an R-rating, he decided the rating would defeat the purpose, he decided to release it with no rating at all.
I'm right with you girlfriend!
Mel wanted to try and accommodate those people by making a version that is softer and gentler.
Easy. Show Christ's accusers as wily red-eyed Swedes and you won't have to worry about the scourging scene.
Tell Gibson NOT to EDIT it ! It was as it was, and worse for Jesus ! Don't touch a thing else on it Mel , come on!
I for 1 am, glad to have the film back out-but we do have the vhs version!
present company notwithstanding...ah, you know what I mean!
Maybe after a few years people will start to worship the film and we'll all get away from reading it in the bible. by the way , i like your posts..
Maybe after a few years people will start to worship the film and we'll all get away from reading it in the bible. by the way , i like your posts.. keep m coming when you feel led.