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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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,093 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I6JODV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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300-RISE OF AN EMPIRE (BLU-RAY/DVD/2D/3D/UVDC/3 DISC COMBO) (3-D) ACTION/ADVENTURE

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187 of 217 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 300 Naval Edition March 4, 2014
By Perry
Format:Blu-ray
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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140 of 167 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for! March 18, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
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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141 of 172 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars war porn at its best March 11, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Rise of a Franchise July 24, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Personally, I went in with the lowest of expectations with "300: Rise of an Empire." The first "300" was very good for its time, an entertaining festival of unadulterated machismo and bloody carnage. Perhaps it hasn't aged very well in the seven years since its release, with its more problematic elements becoming more highlighted by the influx of action films with better female characterization, but I would still contend that it's a very entertaining, fun film. But three years shy of a decade later (god, I feel old,) why is a follow-up even remotely necessary?

For much of its 100+ minute runtime, "Rise of an Empire" desperately tries to prove its worth to skeptics like myself, and mostly succeeds. It isn't a sequel, in the strictest sense of the word, nor is it a prequel. Instead, we have a story that takes place before, during, and a bit after the events of the first film, It follows Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton,) a blue-caped Athenian crusader responsible for killing King Darius, which in turn spurs his son Xerxes into becoming the borderline iconic villain fans remember. But while Leonidas focused on direct ground confrontation, most of the action here takes place on the high seas, pitting our protagonist against the menacing navel commander Artemisia (expertly played by Eva Green.)

And when the focus is on that action, this sequel soars. The action sequences are some of the most well-choreographed I've seen all year, especially the explosive, physics-defying climax. When films have a focus on navel warfare, they often tend to drag on and becoming grandiose, budget-driven bores. But here, the script eschews typical ship battles, instead focusing on implausible yet exhilarating bits of action.
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1.0 out of 5 stars In a world without gravity . . .
home-erotic sado-masochistic comic book tripe too stylized to enjoy and lacking any dimension but gore. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Wolfwerk
4.0 out of 5 stars Themistocles, you sank my battleship!
Stylistically similar to the first movie, but much more strategy, and water, lots of water.
Published 4 hours ago by MX-5 Miata Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent, good cast, high production values great pace to the story.
Published 4 hours ago by J. Browne
2.0 out of 5 stars okish
i might have watched it on tv, but definately nothing like 300 (the first movie) It was perhaps okay.
Published 10 hours ago by Paul P
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This was a VERY good product. I would definitely recommend this seller to others.
Published 11 hours ago by Parlous1
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Absolutely fantastic!!! I enjoyed watching the drama and special effects throughout the movie. Very well done!
Published 12 hours ago by Charlene L. Coburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie, liked it
Published 1 day ago by Passionforlife
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not amazing partner to 300
I enjoyed "Rise of an Empire", but I can see how folks might not like it. This is the story of the battle of Artemisium, the other battle that was going on about the same... Read more
Published 1 day ago by E. M. Van Court
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet the spartans!
Great action scenes at gratuitous nudity if that's your thing. Go Spartans. LOL
Published 1 day ago by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good... first one was better.
Published 1 day ago by Justin1215
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