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JPII-DVD Nov-29-2007 (380 words) xxxi

New DVD features sounds, images of Pope John Paul II

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS)-- A new DVD was released featuring Vatican-archived sounds and images of Pope John Paul II set to an eclectic musical mix created by a British composer known for penning horror movie musical scores.

The new 60-minute DVD, "Santo Subito" ("Sainthood Now"), is made up of 10 music videos that meld original musical compositions by Simon Boswell with the late pope's voice and images from his pontificate.

"The film is a celebration of (Pope John Paul's) life, words and messages set to surprisingly contemporary music and images with spoken and sung passages" culled from recordings of the pope archived by Vatican Radio and footage from the Vatican Television Center, according to one Web site promoting the new DVD.

Produced by the Italian Pauline media outlet, Multimedia San Paolo, and distributed by Universal Music Group, the DVD was officially released in the United Kingdom Nov. 19. Sales of the $14 DVD on www.amazon.com were set to start Dec. 4.

Boswell, who has composed musical scores for numerous horror films as well as some Hollywood thrillers and classics, used musical styles ranging from orchestral music and Gregorian chant to electronic "trip hop" and acoustic guitar.

Footage spans from the 1978 conclave that elected Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as the successor of Peter to the Polish pope's 2005 funeral. Images include his trips to Africa, the Holy Land, and a Nazi concentration camp and more personal moments, like his meeting with his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, and visiting the sick with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Boswell told BBC Radio 4 that in some instances he digitally altered the pope's voice on the soundtrack, which, he said, drew "slight" criticism from the Pauline producers.

The agnostic British composer told the BBC in a Nov. 16 interview that the project was a moving experience in which he "almost felt guided or watched over in a way I haven't felt before."

He said studying the late pope's life gave him a "window into faith" and that "seeing the power of his speech, and the millions and millions of people over the world mesmerized by him, I actually felt quite moved."


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