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The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ

Willem Dafoe
Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
, Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel
, Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
Martin Scorsese

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Criterion Collection's release of Martin Scorsese's controversial film is superb. The studio has compiled a package that will appeal to both the cinephile and the mildly curious. Of the special features, the meatiest is the commentary given by Scorsese, lead actor Willem Dafoe, and screenwriters Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks. The multiple sources provide a depth to the background information that would be difficult to attain if only one commentator had been used. There is a collection of research materials, production stills, and costume designs collected by the director himself, as well as location footage shot by him. There is an interview with the film's composer Peter Gabriel, with supporting stills of the musicians and the unusual instruments used for the soaring soundtrack. The anamorphic widescreen image is fantastic here, and the colors are earthy yet varied in their palette. The enhanced transfer is straight from the original print and contains very few scratches. Peter Gabriel's powerful opening sequence can be fully appreciated with the Dolby Digital 5:1 track, and the dialogue, though sometimes hard to adjust to after the immense strength of the music, is distinct and very clean. Criterion should be commended for providing a booklet that contains a rebuttal essay addressing the maelstrom of controversy that surrounded this film. This DVD is beyond controversy and can be enjoyed as a complete entertainment package.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2011
UPC: 0715515010528
Original Release: 1988
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:43:00
Sales rank: 20,470

Special Features

New widescreen digital transfer, approved by the filmmakers and enhanced for widescreen televisions; New Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack by original supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay; Audio commentary by Martin Scorsese, Willem Dafoe, Paul Schrader, and Jay Cocks; Extensive collection of research materials, production stills, and costume designs; Location production footage, shot by Scorsese; Video interview with composer Peter Gabriel, plus a stills gallery of the instruments used in the film; English subtitles; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Willem Dafoe Jesus Christ
Harvey Keitel Judas Iscariot
Barbara Hershey Mary Magdalene
Harry Dean Stanton Paul,Saul
David Bowie Pontius Pilate
Verna Bloom Mary, Mother of Jesus
Andre Gregory John the Baptist
Juliette Caton Girl Angel
Roberts Blossom Aged Master
Irvin Kershner Zebedee
Gary Basaraba Andrew, Apostle
Victor Argo Peter, Apostle
Michael Been John, Apostle
Paul Herman Phillip, Apostle
John Lurie James, Apostle
Leo Burmeister Nathaniel, Apostle
Alan Rosenberg Thomas, Apostle
Tomas Arana Lazarus
Nehemiah Persoff Rabbi
Barry Miller Jeroboam
Mahamed Ait Fdil Ahmed Other Apostle
Peter Berling Beggar
Penny Brown Actor
Russell Case Person at Sermon
Randy Danson Mary, Sister of Lazarus
Illeana Douglas Actor
Peggy Gormley Martha, Sister of Lazarus
Paul Greco Zealot
Donald Hodson Saducee
Mohamed Mabsout Other Apostle
Donna Marie Person at Sermon
Leo Marks Devil
Ahmed Nacir Other Apostle
Del Russell Money Changer
Mokhtar Salouf Other Apostle
Mary Sellers Person at Sermon
Steven Shill Centurion
Robert Spafford Man at Wedding
Doris VonThury Woman with Mary, Mother of Jesus
Dale Wyatt Actor
Domenico Fiore Actor

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
John Beard Production Designer
Cis Corman Casting
Barbara de Fina Producer
Jean-Pierre Delifer Costumes/Costume Designer
Giorgio Desideri Set Decoration/Design
Iginio Fiorentini Special Effects
Peter Gabriel Score Composer
Gino Galliano Special Effects
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Manilo Rocchetti Makeup
Franco Salamon Stunts
Andrew Sanders Art Director,Production Designer
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Paul Schrader Screenwriter
Harry Ufland Executive Producer
Lahcen Zinoune Choreography

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos [:29]
2. The Feeling Begins [6:33]
3. "Condemned to Die" [5:22]
4. Magdalene [5:02]
5. "I Need You to Forgive Me" [5:31]
6. The Master [5:18]
7. Purified [5:09]
8. The Sermon on the Mount [8:39]
9. The Foundation [6:04]
10. John the Baptist [5:34]
11. "Speak to Me in Human Words" [7:52]
12. Return from the Desert [7:34]
13. Casting Out Devils and Working Cures [5:43]
14. Rejected at Nazareth [4:24]
15. Lazarus [4:11]
16. The Saint of Blasphemy [5:32]
17. The Shadow of the Cross [4:45]
18. "King of the Jews" [:02]
19. Waiting for the Sign [3:51]
20. Passover/ The Last Supper [5:56]
21. "Do I Have to Die?" [4:35]
22. Pontius Pilate [5:32]
23. Golgotha [4:29]
24. "Why Have You Forsaken Me?" [6:43]
25. The World of God [4:38]
26. "There's Only One Woman in the World" [8:17]
27. Paul [4:00]
28. Moving On [6:27]
29. "It is Accomplished" [8:29]
30. Credits [2:32]

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