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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.
Some of the best TV ever made!
It's amazing to see television that so engrosses you in the story with brilliant writing and acting... Read more
Bought this for an Christmas present for my grandma. She loved it.Published 10 days ago by Chris Waggoner
A classic. Well acted, with few special effects, this is more theatrical than Hollywood, to great effect. I enjoyed every minute.Published 14 days ago by William Tell
The greatest Masterpiece Theatre series ever produced. Full of intrigue, reeking of the sinister, the sensual and the terrifying. Read morePublished 17 days ago by David J. Horne
I have watched this series on TV as a young girl.........it has lost nothing of it's charm during past 40 years or so. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Marina Kos
I still own an old Image set, yet the number one reason why I bought this one?
Subtitles. Read more
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 1 month ago by thenautigal
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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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