The Passion of the Christ: Definitive Edition, says the cover. It promises deleted scenes, but it delivers only two fairly mediocre cuts–not the controversial Emmerick-inspired scenes of the building of the cross (in the high priest’s courtyard) and the slaughtering of the paschal lamb (in the upper room) that I kind of hoped might be on it.
The DVD contains the theatrical version, the recut version from last year, and some features. There’s a commentary track, with comments by Fr. William Fulco, SJ, Fr. John Bartunek, LC, and sedevacantist Gerry Matatics. They provide the usual rambling commentary.
The “making of” videos are interesting, but omit any reference to Mel’s extra-Biblical sources. The one about “guerilla marketing” shows that Mel and his people still are playing the martyrs and still don’t understand what the fuss was about. They portray it as a battle between those who accept the Bible and those who don’t, between people of faith and unbelievers. That, of course, is slanderous. (For a refresher of the issues, see this article I wrote at the time).
See Christianity Today‘s review of the new DVD.