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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena [Blu-ray] (2011)

John Hannah , Lucy Lawless  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (609 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Dustin Clare, Peter Mensah, Jaime Murray
  • Producers: Robert Tapert, Sam Raimi, Steven S. DeKnight, Joshua Donen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 347 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (609 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HW7JMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Starz Studios: Gods of the Arena
Extended Scenes
Alternate Endings
Content Too Risqué for Cable TV
Convention Panel
Arena Bloopers
On Set With Lucy Lawless
Post Production: The Final Execution
Weapons of Mass Disruption
Battle Royale: Anatomy of a Scene
10 Easy Steps to Dismemberment
Dressed to Kill
Enter the Arena: Production Design

Blu-ray Exclusive
3D Battle Sequence
Audio Commentaries On All 6 Episodes
Extended Episodes

Editorial Reviews

The House of Batiatus has towered above the city of Capua for many years. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena will explore its deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he carried with him. Loyalties will be tested, lives shattered, and battles waged in this thrilling prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

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200 of 217 people found the following review helpful
When the first season of the Starz original production of "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" came to its frenzied and gore soaked conclusion, I screamed in horror as my favorite evil doers lay in pools of blood. Okay, first I was laughing delightedly at the over-the-top genius and spectacle of that last episode--but then I realized that the second season might go on without the cunning antics of Lucy Lawless and John Hannah. And that, my friends, is a scary thought--because their diabolical machinations were a principle selling point of the show! For the record, I don't know their specific fate--but visually it didn't look very promising! However, when lead Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer, it left the second season upended to see what would happen. Whitfield did, indeed, have to drop out--but the series went forward with another actor cast. This delay, however, caused the creation of the six part "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" prequel. And while not as instantly compelling as its insane predecessor, the show does allow viewers to spend more time with Batiatus (Hannah) and Lucretia (Lawless)!

Set in the period prior to "Blood and Sand," "Gods of the Arena" charts the trials and tribulations as Hannah tries to maneuver his gladiator house into a position of prominence. There is a new set of political opponents, plenty of familiar faces among the gladiator ranks (including the arrival of bad boy Crixus), and a fresh faced hero of the Batiatus house. Dustin Clare as Gannicus is filled with charm and bravado--but being a gladiator star may be a short lived occupation! Those that come to the show for its action elements will be delighted by the continuous blood-letting and the vibrantly ridiculous CGI effects.
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83 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but the same February 25, 2011
Gods of the Arena came about due to the illness of Andy Whitfield (godspeed on a full recovery), so in essence, this isn't part of the Spartacus: Blood and Sand story, but rather a prequel. The show, is different, and yet the same.

We've still got Quintus and Lucretia (who deserve each other) constantly plotting against all that gets in the way of their devious pursuits of fame and power. In addition, we get the back story of Oenomaus, Crixus, and Ashur, who play important roles in the Blood and Sand series.

We also get to see the building moral decline of Quintus and Lucretia through their association with Gaia, and the seedy elements she brings to the House of Batiatus.

Spartucus: Gods of the Arena exceeded my expectations, and was a wild ride well worth watching.

There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep the viewer guessing, and most often they don't turn out the way one would expect.
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88 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but what's up with the price?! March 5, 2011
By lbcaguy
Excellent series and a great prequel that fills in back stories mentioned in Blood & Sand. And again we're left wondering about Lucretia's fate since there is still movement when they show the final scene of Blood & Sand in the beginning of Gods of the Arena.
But jeez, what's with price of the 6-episode series being almost as much as the 13-episode original season? And that's even with Amazon's 30% off...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I gotta say..I enjoyed it more than Blood & Sand April 11, 2011
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena begins strong and ends amazing. I enjoyed this miniseries to the fullest extent. I must say I wish it were longer than just six episodes but those six episodes are full of action, blood, sex, betrayal, everything that Blood and Sand was & more! Gannicus was a great character to have and was not as annoying as Spartacus was in Blood and Sand. This prequel to the first season presents an abundant amount of missing and unknown information from the first season which provides better understanding to what is going on, who is who, why they were or were not there in the first season and much more..The nudity, sex and goofy language is there just as it were in Blood and Sand, but I must admit I was not as put off by it as I was with the first season. By now the obscene, yet rather odd, language is quite enjoyable and laughable where as in the first season I was not to favorable of it. Naked people are all over the screen yet again, most are quite pleasing to look at though. I read that the blu ray release will contain extended episodes too much for tv as the first season did which is always a nice plus to have. I will be purchasing this on blu ray once it is released and will be purchasing Blood and Sand so that I can go back and watch it again. I'm sure I'd enjoy it much much more the second time around. I hope I've been helpful..

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous, spectacular, wonderful! February 27, 2011
I think we all approached this prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, with great trepidation after watching Blood and Sand. I can tell you GOTA does not disappoint. Episode 1 blasts out of the starting gate with over-the-top action and does not let up until the end credits of episode 6. The mini series answers many questions posed in B&S: What happened to Doctore's wife; how did Battiatus and Solonius come to be at odds with one another; what happened between Crixus and Ashur resulting in Ashur's injury; how did Crixis become Champion of Capua and Lucretia's lover? These questions (and others) are all answered while the writers continue to ramp up the intrigue, action and sex. Outstanding performances by Lawless, Hannah, Murray and Tarabay.

Buy this. You won't be disappointed.
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Should I watch the prequel first?
Watch Blood and Sand first. The first episode of Gods of the Arena gives away the ending of the Blood and Sand.
Sep 11, 2011 by Xavi |  See all 9 posts
Spanish subtitles?
High-Def Digest website
states that blu ray "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" comes with subttitles in English SDH, Spanish. Regarding audio formats, it contains: English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono.
Oct 3, 2011 by Alfonso Reyes |  See all 5 posts
I just cancelled my pre-order (I missed the 24.99 price by 5 hours and Amazon wouldn't honor it). Unless they lower it back to 24.99, I'll buy it from Target or BestBuy.
Aug 27, 2011 by HeimesTime |  See all 2 posts
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