Posted Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM PDT by Peter Bracke
In what is sure to be one of the most controversial releases ever to hit Blu-ray, Fox has announced a February street date 'The Passion of the Christ.'
Mel Gibson's violent depiction of the crucifixion of Christ, 'Passion' generated reams of controversy upon its original theatrical release and grossed over $600 million worldwide.
Fox will issue 'The Passion of the Christ: The Definitive Edition' on Blu-ray February 17, day-and-date with a new standard DVD re-issue.
Newly-produced extras boast four audio commentaries (with Gibson, technical crew, a theological track with noted religious scholars, and a scene-specific composer commentary), the "Passion Recut" featurette, a "Footnotes" feature, and all of the materials found on the previous DVD release.
Tech specs will feature a BD-50 dual-layer presentation with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video, English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround, and optional French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround dubs and subtitles.
Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $39.98.
You'll find the latest specs for 'The Passion of the Christ: The Definitive Edition' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under February 17.
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