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Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 1
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If this all sounds outrageously entertaining, it is, though perhaps not for everyone. And although the future of the show (which was executive produced by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi) is in doubt due to Whitfield's ongoing battle with cancer, we'll always have this season to revel in. Bonus material in the four-disc set includes audio commentary on a variety of episodes and a batch of featurettes, most prominently a 15-minute "making of" documentary. --Sam Graham
- Featurettes: Gladiator Camp, History Rewritten, Make-up Effects, The Hole And more!
- Audio Commentaries
- Episodes with Enhanced Digital Effects
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage
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I love everything about Spartacus.
I think the problem is that some people go into it with specific expectations. Start watching with an open mind.
As film art, it is absolutely beautiful. Some of the visuals are obvious CGIs and in my opinion they were done to enhance the visual experience and it works. I think the director is presenting it as his vision to us. For a television series its stunning to watch.
As a story, it is riveting. They have done a great job baiting the viewer and building interest and depth in the plot. You become fully vested in the characters without even realizing it. There is a natural continuity through it without becoming predictable. So much going on, even the side plots are interesting.
As history, it is what it is. A fictional story based on facts. I know watching this sort of historical saga always piques my interest in true history and I research. Some people get all up in arms about how it really was. I find the way a writer or director fills in the gaps or interprets history interesting and accept it for what it is.
Frankly, this bloody, dirty, depiction of that era is far more believable then some Disneyfied version. (Don't attack. I'm a big Disney fan as well)
As far as the actors and acting is concerned, kudos all around. Lucy Lawless is the big name draw and she is amazing. But equally good is about everyone else in the film whether you like their characters or not, the acting is all top notch. The costuming and even the lack thereof, is beautiful without detracting from the show as a whole.Read more ›
I remember when HBO's Deadwood first came out that some of the public reaction was astonished and skeptic of the portrayal of such a violent and profanity filled Wild Wild West. After decades of Westerns led by squeaky clean John Wayne characters, I'm not surprised. Similar to what Deadwood was going for with the Western, Spratacus leaves nothing for the imagination during its time period. But what makes Spartacus such a classy show is that there's nothing gratuitous. It's all intended to be a very real depiction of how day to day life went in the hierarchies of Rome circa 70 BC. Love, battle, adultery, orgy, torture, rape, murder...it's all there in all its glory...and I mean ALL its glory.
The events of Spartacus take place about 20 years prior to those depicted in the HBO Rome series, and it initially focuses on the historical figure Spartacus' enslavement and rise as a gladiator.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a college student who needed to watch the first few seasons of this series for a class. Because I live on-campus, I don't have a cable provider, which means I can't watch... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Song
Much better with the extended footage. It lets Andy Whitfeld's version stand on its own since he died of cancer at the end of the season.Published 5 days ago by G. DeLaCastro
It truly is sad that Mr. Andy Whitfield only had the opportunity to portray Spartacus for one season. He is outstanding and brings the character to life. Read morePublished 11 days ago by YellaDragon
There was lots of violence, nudity, sex, CGI blood and hacking! The story line held together the special effects pretty good, but the story seemed b superficial. Read morePublished 22 days ago by nearoffutt
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It is latin spanish or castillian?
Apr 11, 2012 by Félix S. Campiñez | See all 5 posts
|Should I watch the prequel first?||
I watched the prequel first - but by mistake. I bought the prequel and 1st season bundled and thought by looking on the rear of the package I could tell the difference (newer one would have a newer date) but both showed 2010 and I picked the "prequel" since it did seem a reasonable... Read More
Dec 10, 2012 by M. K. Delorean | See all 6 posts
|Anyone else not able to get this blu ray to play?||
I have the Blu ray edition, and all 4 discs play perfectly on a Panasonic DMP BD50, with the exception of disc 3, episode 9. The 2 minutes from c. 26:40 to 28:40 completely break up. They are unwatchable, unlistenable, and cause the player to freeze. Only by stopping the disc could I unfreeze it.... Read More
Nov 13, 2010 by Michael Cooper | See all 11 posts
|Why is this Blu-Ray movie so expensive?||
It's not a movie, but a cable TV show, so they are always a lot of $$. 13 episodes, so it should be about 3-4 discs.
Apr 28, 2010 by D. Holt | See all 23 posts
|additional languages & subtitles?||
Are there french subtitles ?
Apr 16, 2010 by Pierre Alengry | See all 4 posts
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