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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.
I love this!..My husband & I watched on TV the first one 35 years ago. What a surprise for him when he opens this up for Christmas. This will be perfect. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by papertiger
I have liked this series since I watched it surreptitiously as a child... I love it even more now! The performances are something one rarely sees today, and it's lovely to watch... Read morePublished 6 days ago by lsmm7
I like this series when it came out, and it was a pleasure to see it again. The actors are excellent, the story fascinating. I just hope people do not believe it is true history.Published 16 days ago by R. Mansfield
Extremely well done. A great historical insight into the lives of Roman royalty.Published 1 month ago by John P. Hudson
Another example of a good historical movie. What a time to be able to stay alive, WOW!!! Seems no one saw the end coming. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bradley
loved the series, but am disappointed with the censorship of certain scenes.
A masterpiece. It is one of the best TV mini series ever produced, if not the best. I liked it so much that as soon as I finished it I saw it againPublished 1 month ago by David Mandel
I wasn't sure if I would like this as well as I had remembered it from when it was first released. It was just as good, the characters and acting were superb and I was very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by km
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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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