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Just finished this for the fourth time.
The first three viewings were from a torrented file, what I assume is a composite of the VHS rip and a re-insertion of the full "rape of Christ" sequence.
This last time I watched a copy of the most recent BFI release. I was hoping that, even in truncated form, the movie would have the same amount of power. But, upon viewing, the shortened version of the "rape" sequence is surprisingly ineffective, although I was more than pleased at the justice done to the beautiful set design by the remastering.
Still one of the greatest movies I've ever seen - I can only hope that at some point we'll see an official release with the most footage possible re-integrated.
Anyone else out there who's super passionate about this one?