You can read my thoughts on this film, and screenshots from the last Video-X-Pix release, here. I have seen Passions a number of times, and still regard it as something of a life-changing flick, so I'm thrilled VXP decided to release it restored and as part of their Platinum Elite Collection. The packaging and presentation are not as fancy as previous PE releases, and I must admit I was disappointed by the giant typo ("An Adult Adaption...") on the cover, but not every PE DVD can come with a finger puppet and glossy card sleeve. And besides, I'm just happy that the folks involved went to all the effort to restore the film itself, and get Shaun Costello's commentary recorded. I'll put the typo down to rushing to get this released for the holiday season.
Anyway, the restored film itself is beautiful -- there are colours in this copy that I really didn't know existed in the film. Seriously, look at the screenshots from the last version and compare them to the ones here. It's astounding. The greens in particular shine, and I appreciate all the work that went into trying to eradicate that buzzing sound that was so prominent in the old version. In addition, this release comes with a neat little essay written by Costello which has all sorts of behind-the-scenes memories and entertaining tales that provide some insight into the making of the film and the finished product.
The commentary, conducted by Joe Rubin, is pretty wild and scatterbrained, with a lot of the intriguing stories getting started but never getting finished (what was the sad story? Inquiring nerds want to know!). This is really due to a certain giddy enthusiasm and a rapid pace though, and it's definitely worth a listen. I wish there had been more wiggle room, but such is the nature of commentaries, and besides, we have the essay to fill in some of the gaps.
Obviously, this is a must-buy for anyone who has only seen the dingy, grimy copy previously in existence, as well those who simply love the film as I do. Those of you who haven't seen the film, now is the perfect time -- obviously, I recommend it. Oh, and if you get it now, I think you can still take advantage of the VXP sale. Sweet.