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The epic event of the year comes to DVD in the mini-series EMPIRE. Complete with unrated and extended scenes, EMPIRE is presented for the first time as a seamless feature. The Roman Empire is plunged into chaos when Julius Caesar is assassinated and his power is passed on to his 18-year-old nephew Octavius. With his guardian, former gladiator Tyrannus, Octavius is forced into exile to escape those who wish to sever Caesar's bloodline permanently. Under Tyrannus' tutelage, Octavius prepares to face off against the treacherous Marc Antony and fulfill his destiny as the leader of Rome. EMPIRE boasts "powerful acting," says the Wall Street Journal, with a hot young cast that includes James Frain (24), Colm Feore, Jonathan Cake, Santiago Cabrera, and Emily Blunt. Filmed entirely in scenic Italy, EMPIRE tells the thrilling story of a hero's rise amidst the greed, intrigue, and lust of Ancient Rome.~

The lavishly produced six-hour mini-series Empire aspires to capture the flavor and grandeur of Rome--or, failing that, the flavor and grandeur of Gladiator, a highly successful movie about Rome. Most writers, including Shakespeare, use the assassination of Julius Caesar as a climax; Empire opens with it, then follows a fictional gladiator named Tyrranus (Jonathan Cake, Inconceivable) as he protects and substitute-parents Caesar's nephew Octavius (Santiago Cabrera, Love and Other Disasters), fated to be emperor of Rome. Many have complained about how Empire plays fast and loose--very, very loose--with historical truth (the series labored over accurate details while running amok with preposterous turns of plot, ranging from Octavius hiding out in a gladiatorial prison to the emperor-to-be's romance with a rosy-lipped vestal virgin). Of course, Shakespeare did his own embellishing and it worked out fine; alas, the writers of Empire are not our modern Shakespeares. The machinations of Rome play out with cheesy speeches and cornball declamations; even a powerhouse actress like Fiona Shaw (Empire obeys the Hollywood rule that hot-tempered Romans must only be played by emotionally repressed Brits) can't inject fire into this pompous, ponderous dialogue. The scheming between Octavius and Marc Anthony (Vincent Regan, Unleashed) briefly harkens back to the genuinely thrilling duplicities of I, Claudius, but only briefly. Cabrera looks like he'd be more comfortable with the machinations of The O.C.; Cake musters some dignity but in the last few hours does little but grimace, as if wondering where he'd parked his car. The dvd release has reintegrated some unrated, unaired scenes, but don't get your hopes up. The gladiatorial combat has all the finesse and suspense of locker room buddies snapping towels at each other; the lone orgy scene works hard at fleshpottiness, but nothing kills decadence like effort. There are only two extra features: A typically self-lauding making-of doc, accompanied by a demonstration of how Rome was assembled in a computer. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

Rebuilding An Empire -- "Making Of" Featurette|EMPIRE: Before & After -- Creating The Look Of Ancient Rome

Product Details

  • Actors: Santiago Cabrera, Vincent Regan, Emily Blunt, James Frain, Chris Egan
  • Directors: Greg Yaitanes, John Gray, Kim Manners
  • Writers: Thomas Wheeler, Chip Johannessen, William Wheeler, Sara B. Cooper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 257 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 27, 2005
Format: DVD
It would be easy to castigate "Empire," the eight-part minis-series aired on ABC this summer, by looking at how little it has to do with the actual period of Roman history beginning with the assassination of Julius Caesar and ending with the crowning of his nephew Octavius as Augustus, the first Roman emperor. However, it is not like people are really familiar with Roman history or can be motivated to care about such trivial facts from the past. Furthermore, it is clear the producers of "Empire" want you to be thinking more of "Gladiator" than "I Claudius," and want to beat HBO's "Rome" to the punch as well. That is why I have decided to take a different line of attack and chastise writer Tom Wheeler for ignoring the glory that was Rome in the movies. Wheeler might be able to get away without reading Plutarch or Suetonius to develop this story, but ignoring "Julius Caesar" and "Cleopatra" is arguably a bigger affront to the gods.

The story of how Octavius became Augustus ("the boy who became a god" according to "Empire") is certainly a story worth telling. In terms of movies and mini-series there is a gap between the Octavius we find at the end of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and Elizabeth Taylor's "Cleopatra," and the Emperor Augustus we meet at the start of "I Claudius." Great things were expected of Julius Caesar, but not Octavius, so the fact that he succeeded is a riches to royalty story of some interest. However, while Wheeler's script is interested in this transformation it does not make the transformation all that interesting.

Julius Caesar (Colm Feore) is at what would prove to be the heights of his power although he has still greater ambitions.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By JS on February 15, 2006
Format: DVD
When I watched this, I decided I had a moral obligation to warn people from buying this DVD set!!

The good: The series was filmed in Italy, and the actor who plays Anthony is pretty good. That's it.

The bad: The film is a direct rip off of the movies "Gladiator", "Spartacus", and even "The Beastmaster". And every character fits some Roman cliche: The hero is surrounded by corrupt senators, a wise poet, his love interest is a Vestal Virgin, and he's saved by a gladiator time and time again.

And forget history. The writers just made it up from scratch. That wouldn't be so bad, except that the story they came up with is far less interesting than what really happened. And incredibly, in the interviews section, one of the writers said he wanted to present a "realistic" picture of Rome! Just a few of the departures from history: Somehow they forgot to even mention Cleopatra in this conflict, and they also forgot that the decisive battle between Anthony and Octavian was fought at sea, not land. Its also nice to know that ancient Rome was an integrated society like the USA, with the same black/white ethnic mix and even a black man as its most powerful general!

There's one scene that's so ridiculous it defies belief. An animal trainer villian dressed like the "beastmaster" lets loose his trained snakes (there is no such thing as a "trained snake"!!), which kill an entire mansion full of guests at a party, with the bodies laying around covered in blood - I'm not joking here!

Jeez, at least they could have thrown in some gratuitous nudity, or something! If you want to see a better version of the events of this period, I would recommend instead the HBO "Rome" series, the "Cleopatra" mini-series starring Timothy Dalton, or the Elizabeth Taylor version of "Cleopatra". Or even read Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", its far closer to actual History.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on July 13, 2006
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I enjoy Roman history, so I rented "Empire" on netflix. I admit, I could barely sustain my interest as I watched a group of gladiators fight (one with a full facial tribal tattoo), versus our hero, anachronistically attired Tyranus. Come on people. This is the height of the Roman empire. Characters are dressed like braveheart extras or rejects from the world wrestling federation.

Next, we see young Octavius flirting with a vestal virgin. Come on people? A vestal virgin? They were kept under lock and key and chaperoned. Roman women were not roaming around on the streets and speaking their minds to rich upperclass men unless they were loose.

This was overall, pretty cheesy, and worse boring- I'm having trouble maintaining my interest.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Thomas on December 19, 2005
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The real story of Octavian's rise to power, the real events, his real personality and that of Antony and others in the real story is so much more interesting than any fictionalized account could be --- especially one as awful as this. The story line of this series is stupid: Ceaser frees a gladiator/slave to protect Octavian, octavian runs into hiding and is eventually sold as a slave all the while being saved again and again by the faithful if crabby and under-appreciated gladiator and the inability of the near-satanic Cassius and swishy Brutus to kill him off. From one impossible situation to the next, Octavian's spoiled and wimpy self manages to suffer ill-deserved dumb luck. Octavians character in the series is the exact opposite of what is well described in authentic history; ditto for Antony, Brutus and Cassius.

All the events, characterizations and situations of this film are just plain silly. But again, why? when the reality of this historical episode and the people who were involved in it is so fascinating?? Sex, murder, intrique, wanton destruction, glory, its all there in the real thing and, unlike this series, it makes for a ripping good story. If the acting talent and resources employed to make this series had been put to a serious attempt at historical (and entertaining) film making it could have been great.
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