Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Passion DVD: Watch it Gibson's Way

My DVD of The Passion of the Christ arrived in this morning's post, just in time for me to re-view parts of the film again before a panel discussion on the film on Saturday at the British New Testament Conference Hermeneutics / Use and Influence Seminars. (I'm now half-way through two DVDs since my copy of !Hero arrived yesterday -- so far excellent).

One feature of the DVD has not been widely publicised: that it allows you to watch it with or without the subtitles. That might not sound like a big deal, but remember that Mel Gibson's original intention was to show the film without any subtitles, so that one would experience it rather as he and others loved experiencing the Tridentine Mass. So now, with the wonders of DVD technology, you can choose whether you want to watch it in the subtitled cinema format, or Mel Gibson's way.

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