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300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) (2014)

Sullivan Stapleton , Eva Green , Noam Murro  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro
  • Directors: Noam Murro
  • Writers: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad
  • Producers: Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Bernie Goldmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Japanese, English, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2014
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: June 24, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (823 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I6JODV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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175 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 300 Naval Edition March 4, 2014
By Perry
I went into this movie feeling the effects in 300 were a little over the top and while they didn't ruin the movie for me, I really wanted them to tone this down in Rise of an Empire.

Thankfully, they did!

This movie has a semi parallel timeline to the original and but, it is what the Athens Navy was doing during the same time frame.

The hero in this film is Themistocles and he is more the clever tactician who can fight whereas Leonidas was more the Gladiator whose discipline made him a king of Sparta. Think of this more like Kirk vs Picard where both were great in their own way.

This movie also gives more of the origin of Xerxes and Artemisia as we learn their backstory and why their vengeance is aimed at Greece.

Overall, I really liked the story and it felt like a much more complete package than the original. I liked the strategic design to the fight scenes and this is honestly the first of these Greco-Roman Empire movies this year that I've really appreciated.

For those that are concerned with the content...

There's a pretty wild Sex scene in the movie, several exposed breasts and other body parts both male and female. Also there's a ton of very graphic killings (duh).

If you liked the original, you will love this one and if you were just okay with the original, you still might love this movie.
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123 of 147 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for! March 18, 2014
300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, knew right from the start exactly what it wanted to accomplish, and did so with a minimum of substance and a maximum of style. Now, for some viewers, this will be completely satisfying...and other viewers may find the film lacking in key areas. It's time to find where you lie.

If you like: hyper-stylized, slo-motion violence, flying bodies, spewing blood, epic music, giant battles, buff actors, sexy actresses, shouted speeches, stylized cinematography, battle scenes of dubious historicity, Eva Green chewing the scenery, earnest performances from a ripped cast, dastardly villains, blood, sweat, and rain, heavy R-ratings, and relatively simple-minded, stylish and macho war movies...
Then congrats, 300: Rise of an Empire is for you!

But if you like: historical accuracy, a strong plot, subtle acting, practical effects, morals, and an accurate depiction of ancient combat...I suggest you pick up Gladiator or read Herodotus. Rise of an Empire isn't the type of film for you.

If you saw Zack Snyder's visceral, testosterone-packed 300, then you know much of what you're getting in it's sequel. Now, Rise of an Empire isn't as good a film as 300, and I think we know why that is: the story of 300 Spartans fighting to the last man against terrible odds... is a much stronger story than a leader building a bunch of ships to go fight other ships. Secondly, Sullivan Stapleton, while suitably buff and a capable actor, just doesn't have the gravitas of Gerard Butler.

Thankfully, our returning cast - the amazing David Wenham, the strong-willed Lena Headey, and the insanely over-the-top Rodrigo Santoro as the eight foot god-king Xerxes - all give surprisingly good performances.
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131 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars war porn at its best March 11, 2014
Nine Things about the Movie "300: Rise of an Empire"

1. This violent action flick isn't really a sequel or a prequel to the movie "300". It sort of wraps around it. It starts out by documenting events before "300". Then it tells a parallel story of different battles in a different part of Greece while "300" is happening. Then it wraps things up by showing what happens after Sparta's 300 are all killed at the end of the first movie.

2. The main villain of the first film, Xerxes, has a minor role in this one. King Leonidas is not in this movie, except for flashbacks of the first film. This time it's the Athenian hero Themistokles against the female Persian naval commander Artemisia. She's bringing goth back.

3. The movie makes a point to say that the Athenians were mostly farmers, poets, and craftsmen. They were not warriors. But somehow they look and fight just like the Spartans.

4. While the first movie focused on land battles, this one is mostly about ship warfare.

5. It is not directed by the guy that directed the first movie. So while it has a similar feel, it's not quite the same..

6. This movie is an example of what is becoming called "war porn" - an athletic ballet of violence and sex appeal. It's absolutely beautiful to watch - even the huge orgasms of blood.

7. I didn't know women used to fight battles in flowy dresses.

8. The sex scene between Themistokles and Artemisia is supposed to be a metaphorical bargaining session about freedom, slavery, and loyalty, but it ends up just being funny.

9. If you want historic accuracy, or metaphors for current world events, or even intelligent discourse about different ways to rule a country, then you need to stay away from this movie. But if you want an absurd piece of kick-ass style and violence, then this might be the best you get all year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's Obvious what this flick is missing July 22, 2014
This flick is missing a lead actor that can carry the lead in a movie. This movie didn't stand a chance with it's wretched screenplay, horrid visual design, directing, plotting, pacing, and utter lack of anything of interest outside of the simply stunning Eva Green. But if it had a lead actor then maybe, just maybe I wouldn't have suffered as mightily as I did suffering through this cinematic gem. Eva Green though. Yowzie! That lady can bring the drama.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I loved 300. I hated Rise of an Empire. Enough said.
Published 41 minutes ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Awesome movie with a lot of action and cool graphics.
Published 1 hour ago by Dark Princess
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very entertaining and the special affects were out of tgis world
Published 1 hour ago by jeffrey spittler
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, It took away from how entertaining the first ...
Terrible, It took away from how entertaining the first movie was. The long explicit sex was disgusting and violent. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by johnv
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to my collection!
I had heard all along this wasn't as good as the first movie. But it was still entertaining with lots of action and blood. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Melanie
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
really stupid movie sucked
Published 9 hours ago by Robert scritchfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original . . .
Great action but doesn't hold together as a story nearly as well as the first 300.
Published 10 hours ago by Rod Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough. Good rental
Entertaining but not even close to the original 300. The original is hard to top so I still gave it 3 stars.
Published 10 hours ago by Uncle Ruckus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sequel to 300
Very good sequel to 300. Fills in a lot of information which was hinted at, or completely omitted, from 300. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Memnoch
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This movie spend too much time showing clips of the first 300.
Published 12 hours ago by penny
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