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Rated one of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time" by Time magazine, this epic BBC series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius, a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool and stay alive. Based on the novels by Robert Graves, it stars Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, Cadfael) in a career-defining role. Siân Phillips (The Age of Innocence) is “exquisitely wicked” (Los Angeles Times) as the lethal Livia, wife to Augustus (Brian Blessed, Hamlet), while John Hurt (The Elephant Man) is "decadence personified" (USA Today) as the depraved Caligula, whose reign of terror paves the way for Claudius’s ascension.
Winner of an Emmy® and numerous other awards, this riveting tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue remains one of the most popular and acclaimed dramas in Masterpiece Theatre history. Patrick Stewart (X-Men), George Baker (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Margaret Tyzack (Cousin Bette), and James Faulkner (The Bank Job) also star.
Both picture and sound quality are much improved over the previous Image sets.
One of the most well done series of episodes of Roman times and family intrigue, from Augustus to the improbable emperor Claudius.
Fantastic source story, superb casting, fantastic acting, excellent scripts from the original books, etc, etc, etc.
Incredibly well done performance. Every actor and actress played his/her role impeccably. It was a horrible, bloody time historically but it is beautifully captured in this... Read morePublished 6 days ago by thenautigal
we saw this when it was first shown on masterpiece theater on pbs and still watch it just waiting for livia to hatch her latest plot.Published 7 days ago by dale l walters
As I am a hearing impair person the new I Claudius with subtitles in English made a big difference. I enjoy it very much.Published 17 days ago by Carlos A. Serna
One of the greatest series in the past 50 years, thrilled to be able to get itPublished 1 month ago by Michael Manata
Just amazing! Really stands the test of time well. I had a Western Civ class that had Graves' book on the reading list. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deckard
If you love Roman Empire movies and you have never seen this then you MUST! To blazes with all those other British soaps ( I'm talking to you Downton Abbey ). Minor gore. Read morePublished 1 month ago by egee
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|Transfers on the Anniversary edition same as 2008 release??||
The features that are new to Acorn's 2012 DVD release (vs. the 2008 one from Image) include a newly filmed interview with Derek Jacobi and a BBC documentary about the series from 2002 among others.
Mar 29, 2012 by DPK | See all 7 posts
Not very much. Some bare breasts, that's about it. If you're expecting anything like the movie 'Caligula' it's a far cry from that. Remember, this was filmed in the 70s for BBC. Was pretty graphic for TV back in those days but not so much by today's standards.
Aug 2, 2013 by venussansfurs | See all 2 posts
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