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Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2010)

Andy Whitfield , John Hannah  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,078 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 692 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,078 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PIUC02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,669 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurettes: Gladiator Camp, History Rewritten, Make-up Effects, The Hole And more!
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Episodes with Enhanced Digital Effects
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Bloopers
  • Trailers
  • Blu-ray Exclusive bonus feature: Four “Directors’ Cut Extended Episodes” personally selected by Executive Producer Rob Tapert

  • Editorial Reviews

    Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

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    755 of 786 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A woman's view May 21, 2010
    I felt compelled to give my review in contrast to some of those I have been reading saying this series is aimed at a male demographic. I am educated, gainfully employed, well read, happily married and middle aged.
    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.
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    238 of 260 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Killing in the Name March 8, 2010
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    If you thought HBO's depiction of ancient Rome was graphic and brutal, wait till you see Spartacus: Blood and Sand! Take the excellent scripting work that went into Rome, combine it with the shocking sex and violence of Caligula, mix in a little of the over the top blood spatter of 300 and your expectations will be very well set for Spartacus.

    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,'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.
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    182 of 209 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Highly Original and Entertaining" February 21, 2010
    "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" continues cable television's dominance in quality programming outshining all network shows by a landslide. The series debut on Starz TV in January, 2010 and before the series was even broadcast the station ordered two full seasons worth of episodes which shows Starz's dedication to broadcasting high quality progamming. "Sparatacus: Blood and Sand" is a historical weekly drama, made along the same lines as "Rome" and "The Tudors", but with more graphic violence, sex, and language. The series is about a Roman gladiator named Spartacus who is captured and becomes a slave in a gladiator school headed by Batiatus in Capua. There, Spartacus must fight for his freedom, and he ultimately becomes the head of all slaves as others look up to him for his determination and willpower. The first season features 13 episodes all produced where money was no option. The sets, costumes, and location shooting are the best for any series produced for TV and there were times that I had to remind myself that I was not watching a movie, but a mere TV show. Andy Whitfield, an Australian actor, is mesmerizing as Spartacus, and his character is at times often bold, intense, heart-warming, and unapologetic. Lucy Lawless has a supporting role as the wife of Batiatus who is having an affair with sexy gladiator Crixus, played to perfection by Manu Bennett. The one asset the series has is the amount of male flesh that viewers can witness week after week. Obviously great care went into the casting of actors that were buffed and well-built and if your a straight woman or a gay guy you will not be disappointed in the amount of male testosterone that is shown. Full male frontal nudity, mainly by Manu Bennett, is shown as well, which is why the series has a TV-MA rating. Read more ›
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    5.0 out of 5 stars It feels like living the actual events
    Absolutely outstanding movie. This is so real it is breathe taking. It feels like living the actual events. Read more
    Published 9 hours ago by MKakaMaithe
    5.0 out of 5 stars A story of slavery, death and glory. Amazing!
    Amazing! When I first heard of this I just thought it was like "Gladiator" the TV show, so I ignored it until a few days ago. Read more
    Published 14 hours ago by Theodor Black
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love this tv series.
    Published 1 day ago by Christopher Valentine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Engaging
    I purchased this series as a gift for my dad. He was very pleased with the story line as well as the visual grandness of the imagery. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Kelli
    5.0 out of 5 stars nicely done
    series of the spartacus , nicely done
    Published 2 days ago by niket saraf
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    Published 2 days ago by weston tamara
    5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Sand
    This is a not for US TV type folk kind of series. There is a lot of T&A, blood, and gore. It seems to be close to the period and was a nice plot. I enjoyed the story. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Steven E. Walker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    excellent article 100% Guaranteed
    Published 8 days ago by Alex
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great ... should have watched sooner
    Published 10 days ago by Joseph Nadolski
    5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it. This is out of pondering about historical ...
    I just love it. This is out of pondering about historical accuracy. For that one I have books or documentaries.
    Published 10 days ago by Kielhen
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