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'Passion' to Be Re-Released With Less Violence

Mel Gibson will release "The Passion Recut" (search) on March 11 in theaters — a new version with about five minutes of the most violent footage trimmed from his controversial 2004 hit.

"There are no new scenes, and the cuts are limited to the more violent aspects of the film, if that's the right term," Gibson's producing partner, Bruce Davey, told Variety.

"The scourging scene in particular has been substantially adjusted."

The new version, which will open on between 500 and 750 screens around the country and run through Easter, will not be rated.