The movie version of Unbroken, about the trials of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, left out the account of his conversion to Christianity and his trip to Japan to forgive the ones who tortured him as a POW. But now a new version of the movie is being released on video that supplements director Angelina Jolie’s film with documentary footage and interviews that tell the rest of the story.
Universal Pictures will release a special edition “Legacy of Faith” DVD of the Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken on Tuesday that will be available exclusively at Christian outlets.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the special Christian edition of the DVD includes both the film and an additional 90 minutes of extra material that explores Louis Zamperini’s relationship with the Reverend Billy Graham and his embrace of Christianity following the horrors he experienced as a prisoner of war during World War II.Zamperini’s turn toward faith makes up a significant part of the Laura Hillenbrand book on which the film was based. However, the movie’s producers left most of the Olympian’s post-World War II life on the cutting room floor.
The new material reportedly includes pictures and video footage of Zamperini and Graham from the 1950s and also includes interviews with Zamperini’s children, Luke Zamperini and Cynthia Zamperini Garris, and author Hillenbrand. A clip of some of the bonus footage has already been uploaded online, showing Zamperini returning to Japan to shake the hands of those who captured and tortured him, in a gesture of forgiveness.