The Last Temptation of Christ is arguably Martin Scorseseís most passionate work, and itís no small compliment that the Criterion Collection is honoring it with this DVD release. In addition to the film itself, the DVD contains an alternate audio track with commentary from Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and screenwriters Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks. (Schrader receives sole screenwriting credit for The Last Temptation of Christ, but Scorsese and Cocks contributed numerous revisions.) Some of the other tracks are a bit academic (including a lengthy explanation of Jewish burial practices), and the interview with composer Peter Gabriel is a snooze. But the movie shines brighter than ever thanks to an enhanced Dolby Digital soundtrack and a widescreen presentation. This DVD communicates the passion of Jesus and the fervor of the filmmakers as well.
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