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Gladiator Signature Selection (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2000)

Russell Crowe , Joaquin Phoenix , Ridley Scott  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,955 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
  • Producers: Branko Lustig, David Franzoni, Douglas Wick, Laurie MacDonald
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,955 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXE7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gladiator Signature Selection (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two-disc set
  • "HBO First Look" Making Of
  • The Learning Channel's "The Bloodsport of a Gladiator"
  • 25 minutes of Deleted Scenes with director's commentary
  • Treasure Chest 7 minute montage of additional unused footage
  • Interview with Hans Zimmer on scoring the film
  • Two Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • One-Of-A-Kind production diary written by actor Spencer Treat Clark ("Lucius")
  • Slide show featuring concept art and storyboards
  • Photo galllery from Behind-the-scenes of Gladiator set

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A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a rousing, grisly, action-packed epic that takes moviemaking back to the Roman Empire via computer-generated visual effects. While not as fluid as the computer work done for, say, Titanic, it's an impressive achievement that will leave you marveling at the glory that was Rome, when you're not marveling at the glory that is Russell Crowe. Starring as the heroic general Maximus, Crowe firmly cements his star status both in terms of screen presence and acting chops, carrying the film on his decidedly non-computer-generated shoulders as he goes from brave general to wounded fugitive to stoic slave to gladiator hero. Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities (with lots of faux-Shakespearean dialogue ladled on to keep the proceedings appropriately "classical"), but it's all briskly shot, edited, and paced with a contemporary sensibility. Even the action scenes, somewhat muted but graphic in terms of implied violence and liberal bloodletting, are shot with a veracity that brings to mind--believe it or not--Saving Private Ryan, even if everyone is wearing a toga. As Crowe's nemesis, the evil emperor Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix chews scenery with authority, whether he's damning Maximus's popularity with the Roman mobs or lusting after his sister Lucilla (beautiful but distant Connie Nielsen); Oliver Reed, in his last role, hits the perfect notes of camp and gravitas as the slave owner who rescues Maximus from death and turns him into a coliseum star. Director Scott's visual flair is abundantly in evidence, with breathtaking shots and beautiful (albeit digital) landscapes, but it's Crowe's star power that will keep you in thrall--he's a true gladiator, worthy of his legendary status. Hail the conquering hero! --Mark Englehart

Product Description

A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production.

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427 of 435 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to definitively know you got the remastered version January 19, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Pay very careful attention when trying to determine which disc you actually received from Amazon. There's conflicting information on the internet as far as the telltale signs of the remastered disc versus the original crappy transfer. For example, most people tell you the packaging for the new version has a yellow UPC....not always true. Other people tell you the copyright on the back bottom right of the box says 2010 DW Studios LLC instead of the original which says 2009, also not always true.
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.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remaster confusion put to rest... hopefully. February 4, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I do have the remastered version and it looks and sounds great! At first I wasn't sure. After doing some research I have confirmed that I HAVE THE REMASTERED VERSION.

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.
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669 of 743 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Total Mess August 23, 2009
By Jay
Format:Blu-ray
This review refers to the blu-ray picture quality only. The movie itself is an absolute classic. Unfortunately this blu-ray was a victim of considerable DNR and EE that has actually removed and distorted picture detail. Here's a good example. At the beginning of the movie where we see Maximus as a General leading a final battle, you see an amazing wide shot of flying, flaming, arrows. It should look amazing, right? Wrong. The picture was DNR'd so badly that it actually removed arrows and the ones you can see are a blurred mess! Absolutely terrible. Don't waste your money on this. Wait until they release a quality blu-ray because "this is not it!"
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157 of 179 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie - defective release August 31, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The version about to be released on 2009-09-01 is defective. Picture quality is from the 2000 DVD master. I would advise waiting until an updated release is made available, don't let them make you pay twice!!
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oscar winning delight in a steelbook June 18, 2013
By growly
Format:Blu-ray
This steelbook of Gladiator is as good as you can currently get.

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.
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339 of 408 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We salute you, Ridley. October 30, 2000
Format:DVD
Gladiatorial combat is immortalized in this film, the only way it can be: through stunning action sequences and beautiful imagery. It also immortalizes, above all, director Ridley Scott.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely exciting
This is a great and amazing action packed adventure what's great about this blu-Ray is is has two different versions. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kate Joyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator Movie
There is a little gladiator in all of us I guess. The blood and guts in this movie was not over powering but effective and timely. Feel good story of revenge and honor.
Published 2 days ago by Scott H
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowe's best
Russell Crowe's best film for sure. Engaging, graphic and an excellent addition to your home DVD library. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 days ago by Kaylan Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is the directors cut
I read several reviews and product descriptions trying to find Ridley Scott's directors cut of this movie, and only got confusion. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Book girl Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This film is about strength and honor of a roman Centurion. By the end of the film you will be crying, both out of happiness and out of sadness. A definite must watch!
Published 3 days ago by Tristen Kocher
5.0 out of 5 stars RIB BETWEEN THE RIBS
Another Russell Crowe blockbuster...you have seen it at the theater and it is time to own it. Feel every scene, no running to the kitchen or bathroom during this one
Published 9 days ago by T. Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love this movie!! It made me cry. Might not be suitable for kids under 13 (violance) but a great movie none the less!
Published 10 days ago by IsraSam
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collectors Item
I gave this movie a 5 star rating because the story line was great, with good actors and lots of action. Read more
Published 10 days ago by maurice jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
I have always liked Russell Crowe and this is just an epic with great acting and great era film and filming,
Published 12 days ago by LaVerne Pink
5.0 out of 5 stars I was entertained
Classic movie that the girlfriend had never seen, so had to sit down and let her experience this masterpiece. Awesome.
Published 14 days ago by Ian Levinsky
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Disc 1 has a code on the back of the disc starting with NA and ends with a 2
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Gladiator BD exchange program and re-issue official
I called Paramount Home Entertainment at 888-889-9456 and they verified my copy I rec'd today from Amazon was the old version by asking two questions: 1) What was the color of the UPC label, yellow not white is the new version, and 2) What is the ID number on the back side of Disc 1 near the... Read more
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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.
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blu-ray vs hd dvd
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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.
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