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Season 2 begins in the wake of Julius Caesar's assassination, and charts the power struggle to fill his sandals between "vulgar beast" Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and "clever boy" Octavian (Simon Woods), who is surprisingly named Caesar's sole heir. The series' most compelling relationship is between fellow soldiers and unlikely friends, the honorable Lucius Vorenus and Titus "Violence is the only trade I know" Pullo, who somewhat reverse roles when Vorenus is overcome with grief in the wake of his wife's suicide. Season 2 considerably ups the ante in the rivalry between Atia, who is Antony's mistress, and Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) with attempted poisonings and sickening torture. Another gripping subplot is Vorenus's estrangement from his children, who, at the climax of the season opener are presumed slaughtered, but whose true fate may be even more devastating to the father who cursed them.
Rome is a painstakingly mounted production that earned well-deserved Emmy nominations in such categories as costumes, set design, and art direction. In writing Rome's epitaph, we come to praise this series, not to bury it. Although two seasons was not enough to establish a Rome empire, it stands as one of HBO's crowning achievements. --Donald Liebenson
Excellent quality, good story line and acting, well cast, good character development.
THE BLU-RAY EDITION The Blu-ray edition excels in every aspect, from packaging to the quality of the actual episodes to the Blu-ray specific extras.
The series gives a very good feeling for the historical time period, morality, ethics, and customs of the Roman people.
First, the turnoffs: (1) I wished there were fewer disc's and the packaging more compact - it's 2015, for crying out loud! Read morePublished 6 days ago by bob chang
I really enjoyed watching this series, while not as violent as Spartica, this series had a strong storey line which captured my attention and interest. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Allan Taylor
Really can't review. One episode was off putting because of the too simplified plot and dialogue; a little gory in the future episode I think.Published 1 month ago by Jack Randolph Smith
Powerful story, wonderful acting in the early segments - adult Augustus not appealing - nudity, excessive violence, fascinating historical perspective.Published 1 month ago by Sunflower
We discovered this on tv and decided to buy the set. It is really a great work. Takes you through the everyday lives of two Roman soldiers. Has a good ending. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Richard W. Prendergast
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|Subtitles in Latin||
But I was really disappointed when I saw that there aren't Latin subtitles.
Jul 19, 2010 by Frederic Laudenklos | See all 3 posts
|The Most Horrible Packaged Movie Set EVER!!! Worse than BSG Complete...||
I agree with Watcher. The packaging concept for Rome [Blu-ray] is terrible. Not only are the discs difficult to remove, the booklet flap that secures the disc, is paper. This flap probably won't hold up over time.
Dec 26, 2009 by Albatross | See all 6 posts
|blu ray package missing disc 2!!||
Just found the SAME thing in mine. Wife is PISSED...
Jan 4, 2010 by Michael E. Chester II | See all 3 posts
|Rome's Release to Blu-ray||
This is what highdefdigest says, and I believe them over anyone:
"The 10-disc box set will present the series in 1080p/VC-1 (1.78:1) video, an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include an audio commentary, a featurette, and a photo gallery."
Aug 10, 2009 by Watcher | See all 9 posts
|New Release Complete Series DVD & Blu-ray Case Will Not Be As Great As...||
I agree partly, but the old box is also a little cumbersome. You have to open the box, and then take out the DVD sleeves, then fold the whole thing out to find the episode you want to watch. I really like the new set, you can quickly flip to the episode and take it out.
Dec 23, 2009 by Anthony | See all 2 posts
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