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Gladiator (Sapphire Series) [Blu-ray]
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It seems the only definitive way to tell if you have the new version is to look at the innermost rings on the underside of Disc One itself. Hold it up to the light, and at the end of a string of letters and numbers, you should see "B1R2". If you have anything else (i.e. B1R1), you have the original version and NOT the remastered one!
If so, exchange it promptly.
BD has yellow UPC bar code not white.
2-DISC SET does not appear above the Paramount logo on the slip case (outside cardboard of BD packaging). However, and this is what threw me off; 2 DISC SET does appear above Paramount logo on the inner sleeve of keep case.
Remastered version no longer has a white, titled security sticker on the top of the case.
As for the inner ring number issue there are multiple numbers identifying the disc as the remastered version.
NA13081B1R2 - remastered version
BVDL-103860B1 (on my BD) is ALSO the correct number for REMASTERED copies of Gladiator.
The final confirmation that I had the remastered version; all the arrows appear in the opening battle sequence.
Perhaps the first two reviewers would prefer the old release of Gladiator on blu ray where so many people complained about the Digital Noise Reduction and Edge Enhancement that this remastered blu ray was produced. Perhaps they would prefer the DVD.
Gladiator was shot on 35mm film. Film has grain. I much prefer to see the film grain than to view something that has been excessively processed and treated, but some people would prefer all blu rays to look like they were shot on digital HD cameras. And some people like to find fault with everything.
Just look at the amazon reviews for the 'regular' Gladiator blu ray and you'll see what I mean.
This steelbook rates as 5 stars. You get a two blu ray set of Gladiator, including the Theatrical version, the Extended version and a disc full of special features. All this in a very nice steelbook package, that at the time of writing is $9.99, less than the regular 'Saphhire Series' release. Only the German steelbook artwork looks better.
Roger Ebert complains of people with short memory spans praising this film while forgetting that films like Spartacus have supposedly done this before. Well, I have a good memory, and I remember Spartacus. In fact, I kept on remembering that film while watching Gladiator, only in the context of, "This is so much better than Spartacus. It goes beyond." The action is better, the visuals are better, the story is better, and the acting is better. Sorry, Kirk.
Since this is an action film, the story isn't the most important element, but for an action film it is actually quite good. For one thing, I liked the disturbing under-the-surface incest element going on between Commodus and Connie Nielson. Furthermore, it was interesting to see how Crowe gained support among the gladiators until it became as if he were a general leading his army again. The plot itself needed to be there in order to fully create a sense of grandeur. With its insurrection story, the rise of the hero and his trek to the capitol of Rome, and the look at the people in power, the plot creates a sense of time-and-place necessary for an epic that couldn't exist with the visuals and action alone.
The acting is among the best one can ever seen for an action film, and there is plenty of fine dramatic work pulled off by the two main actors. Russell Crowe is now one of the best "new" (four or five films so far) actors in film. We believe, in his glances and the ways he delivers his many great lines, that he is Maximus. He is poignant, hate-filled, and sorrowful all at once. The praise he is getting is deserved.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful film - in spite of the fact the history is a little skewered.Published 2 days ago by Talor
Always absorbing, no matter how often you see it. Crowe delivers a performance no other could have - again, he is seamless perfection personified.Published 7 days ago by H. Baer
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|Identify new remastered disc.||
Disc 1 has a code on the back of the disc starting with NA and ends with a 2
Sep 29, 2010 by Robinson | See all 16 posts
|Is amazon shipping the remastered version yet?||
How will we know that if we click on the alleged 2010 improved version that we're actually getting it? The description does not match up. They need to have a different link to choose from.
Oct 28, 2010 by Jon Smith | See all 3 posts
|blu-ray vs hd dvd||
No Paramount is full steam on BluRayin' up it's classics
Jun 27, 2009 by BigSlappy | See all 12 posts
|where is the new 2010 remastered edition ?||
I'm ready to push the button and buy the new version, but Amazon isn't giving me any info. So my money is staying in my pocket. They really need to get on the ball.
Sep 1, 2010 by Jeff from NJ | See all 10 posts
|Missing Booklet in the 3 Disc Set||
I had the same issue also.....
I finally found 6 copies at my local Walmart, and purchased one; no booklet!
Returned it, and the clerk opened up 4 more...no booklets either.
I am going to research to see if thre is any way to order a replacement booklet n no extra charge since it was... Read More
Dec 19, 2007 by Patrick M. Titus | See all 4 posts
|Does anyone know if the Signature Edition contains all the deleted...||Be the first to reply|
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