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Meet The Spartans - Pit Of Death Edition [Blu-ray]

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The heroic Leonidas, armed with nothing by leather underwear and a cape, leads a ragtag group of 13 - count 'em, 13! - Spartans to defend their homeland against the invading Persians (whose ranks include Ghost Rider, Rocky Balboa, the Transformers, and a hunchbacked Paris Hilton...no one is safe when the Spartans take on the biggest icons in pop culture).

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With Meet the Spartans, the creators of Date Movie lampoon penguins, Paris Hilton, American Idol, Britney Spears, Dancing with the Stars, Stomp the Yard, Brangelina, Lindsay Lohan, product placement, Sylvester Stallone, Transformers, and pretty much every other obvious target that's emerged since they made their last flick, Epic Movie. The main subject of mockery is 300, the visual-effects laden Greek warrior movie, the relentless homoeroticism of which is not-so-subtly pointed out with a mixture of scatology, phallic humor, painted-on six-pack abs, disco songs, blows to the groin, and spitting--lots and lots and lots of spitting. There's nothing remotely clever about Meet the Spartans, and even fans of pop-culture cuisinarts like Scary Movie may feel the genre is losing its oomph, but if you're looking for a shotgun blast of lowbrow gags, this is it. Along for the ride are Sean Maguire (The Class), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Ken Davitian (Borat), Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite), and Carmen Electra, without whom no movie of this kind would be complete. The only person who emerges with any credibility is comedienne Nicole Parker (Mad TV), who does a pretty spot-on impression of Ellen DeGeneres. --Bret Fetzer

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Special Features

  • AVC @ 22 MPBS
  • DTS HD 5.1 master lossless audio
  • Commentary by cast and crew
  • Prepare for Thrusting featurette
  • Tour the Set with Ike Barinholtz featurette
  • Gag reel
  • Know Your Spartans pop-culture trivia game
  • Celebrity Kickoff game
  • Super Pit-of-Death Ultimate Tactical Battle Challenge game
  • Meet the Spartans: The Music
  • Trivia track
  • Theatrical trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Maguire, Kevin Sorbo, Carmen Electra, Ken Davitian, Diedrich Bader
  • Directors: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg
  • Writers: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg
  • Producers: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg, Arnon Milchan, Hal Olofsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001794FP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I'll have to admit, watching this movie the first time, there were some quick laughs, and it caught my attention. Sometimes, I feel the jokes were drawn out way too long, and that's a shame. If I were a 14 or 15 year old, I'd probably give this all 5 stars. This definitely isn't a movie in which you can watch over and over again. When you're bored, or strung out from the job, or the weekly grind is just too much and you want to let loose for a brief moment, go ahead. Otherwise, this movie is dime a dozen, in the ranks of The Comebacks, Epic Movie, etc etc etc.
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The order was shipped in good time. Delivery was prompt. The item was in good condition. Great price. The movie is what it is. Good parody of 300. Predicatable and silly at times but I knew that going in.

Definitely PG-13 or above. I could sit down with my buddies, drink some beer, and put this in the player.
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This is a hilarious spoof of "300". It is a great absolutely mindless movie you can get a real laugh from. It makes fun of everything and everyone! This movie is for sure not for everyone. I enjoyed it very much.
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"Meet The Spartans" is just one more of a long line of spoof flicks that attempts to cash in on the popularity of other films (in this case, "300" was the primary target). Unlike many of its contemporaries ("Date Movie," "Epic Movie," etc.), though, this film did manage to pull a few laughs out of me.

From the Pit of Death scene that makes many of our dreams come true by eliminating a number of modern TV, music and film stars (and Dane Cook), to the meeting with the Oracle (who happens to be Ugly Betty), this film is silly and light from the word go. Somehow it works better for me than the rest of the spoof movies that have been around.

Granted, there are plenty of moments in this film that are just too silly, but they are spread out enough that they don't wear on the nerves too much. In particular, I found Leonidas' training of his son to be quite funny.

The cast includes Carmen Electra, Kevin Sorbo, Diedrich Bader, Ken Davitian and Jim Piddock. Considering what type of film this is, they did a good job of keeping a straight face throughout.

Sophomoric, idiotic and dumb are all fine adjectives to describe this film. But what did you really expect? I consider nothing more than a rental, but if I had to buy a copy of one of the recent spoof flicks, this would be the one.
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MTS started out great. Some of the jokes had me literally LOL, which rarely happens with movies anymore. At other times, the jokes lingered far too long. The pit of death (american idol), top model, and deal or no deal sequences seem out of place (even for a parody) and last far too long. In fact, any of the modern-day inclusions only hurt the movie. The movie was strongest when the jokes were centered around 300. I cracked up when Leonidas was sparring with his son. I guess my biggest complaint was the ongoing gay joke. That might have worked 20 years ago. It's not a complaint from a tolerance perspective, it's just that we've seen it done before... too many times. I also didn't care for the wife (the actress or the character which was nothing like the one in 300).
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Unbearable.

All that needs to be said. Complete trash. I'm not sure at what point, pop-culture references became funny just by themselves. I guy dressed up like Sanjaya from American Idol pops out of nowhere and they kick him into a pit. Then the 3 person American Idol panel. Britney Spears and K-fed.

There's no setup. There's no nothing. If this is what has come of hollywood spoof comedies... I'm done... and now that we've seen a long string of these comedic failures pour out into the theatres and people actually pay for them... legitimizing them... we'll probably see more. It's a sad day in Hollywood.

Thousands of scripts are written every year that should be funded and produced before trash like this. When a supposed comedy does nothing but make this viewer angry... it's awful.

Everyone should be offended that cheap, brainless, here's a pop-culture reference and here's another type movies are being produced like MEET THE SPARTANS. We deserve better from people who are making millions hand over fist and can only come up with DATE MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE, LITTLE MAN, WHITE CHICKS and MEET THE SPARTANS.
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`Meet the Spartans' is so obviously a parody of `300 [Blu-ray],' it makes us step back and look at the `Matrix'-like sword and sandal movie as though it had been meant to be a joke in the first place. They get many of the action scenes down right to the slow-mo digital editing, but this is by far the most impressive imitation in the film. The trouble is this cumbersome comedy has too much collateral damage in its wake.

Besides `300,' the movie drags nearly every pop culture trend with it. There's text messaging in ancient times, and everyone from a Britney Spears look-alike to a Simon Cowell imitator are found here. Lumbering along, everything from `American Idol,' `Ugly Betty,' `Stomp the Yard,' and `Grand Theft Auto' go along for the march. I was thinking of a comparison, and all I could come up with is `Airplane!,' a classic, which parodied all the `Airport' movies of the `70's, but stopped along the way to poke fun of the likes of `Saturday Night Fever'. The thrust may be done the same way, but the results are not nearly as rewarding.

The bulk of the comedy comes from repetitious jokes about body parts and body fluids. I liked an opening scene when Leonidas's household is receiving potential Spartan warriors and Shrek's heir shows up and gives him a fluid spray in exaggerated proportions to the `Shrek The Third (Full Screen Edition) dream sequence.
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