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Female gladiators fight to the death. Inspired by the story of Spartacus, it follows the adventures of a bevy of slave girls who mount a vicious rebellion to fight their way to freedom. Format: Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC. Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.). Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1. Number of discs: 1. Rated: R (Restricted). Studio: New Concorde. DVD Release Date: September 14, 1999 . Run Time: 83 minutes .

Special Features

  • Producer Roger Corman interview by Leonard Maltin
  • Booklet highlighting Roger Corman's career

Product Details

  • Actors: Margaret Markov, Pam Grier, Lucretia Love, Paul Muller, Daniele Vargas
  • Directors: Steve Carver
  • Writers: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington
  • Producers: Mark Damon, Roger Corman
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Concorde
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JGKR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Arena (aka Naked Warriors)" on IMDb

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bill W. Dalton on March 20, 2001
Format: DVD
This is Roger Corman's version of Gladiator and Caligula rolled into one, years before them! And it's not bad, either. Beautiful slave girls must fight to the death in the arena in ancient Rome as a novelty for the jaded Romans. The gladiator girls learn to fight and then use their skills to revolt and escape. Sort of a feminist take on Spartacus.
And the production values belie the usual low-budget restrictions. The costumes, sets, props, and fight scenes are good, and Pam Grier, in her pre-Coffy star-making role, is feisty, pugnacious, and naked, too. Her nude scene, in fact, got a top 3-star rating in Craig Hosoda's The Bare Facts video guide!
The bonus features on this DVD include not one, but two Leonard Maltin-Roger Corman interviews, but neither of them is about this movie in particular! There's the movie trailer, trailers of several other Corman films, a chapter index, booklet, and a few mini- biographies of cast and crew. The image quality is good.
Unfortunately, though, the movie is in full screen format when it would have really benefited from the widescreen treatment. All in all, not quite what it should have been, but still worth it to all us diehard Corman/Grier/ancient Rome fans! MORITURI SALUTAMUS!
"O Cæsar, Morituri Salutamus!"
"O Cæsar, we who are about to die Salute you!" was the gladiators' cry In the arena, standing face to face With death and with the Roman populace.
--Longfellow
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This was an awesome "guy" film. 4 elements made it stand out as such. 1) The main characters were Pam Grier and Margeret Markov. Two very attactive women. 2) There was constant action throughout the movie. Even a couple of catfights. 3) Of course it wouldn't be a guy film without tons of unnecessary nudity. Both Grier and Markov have full frontial shots! 4)But to top it off, it's not like you're sitting though a bunch of mindless scenes just to see Grier and Markov. Rather this film has a really great storyline. The plot is believable (except for maybe one scene) and the message really touches your heart. It's a great film worth owning. and if you like it you should check out.."Black Mama, White Mama"..not nearly as good but has it's moments.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2001
Format: DVD
This movie will take you back to the 70's, when one would go to action double features in second run movie theaters such as the Ambassador in San Juan. It's basically the standard Roger Corman "women in prison" formula but set in Roman times. But it's still a lot of fun. Pam Grier is, as usual, amazing. And she has two really good nude scenes which should really please fans. The action sequences are pretty good for this kind of movie. It would have been great to have some commentary by Pam Grier, but, all in all, it's a great movie to sit back, grab some popcorn, have a couple of beers and have a great time.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shane Killen on May 21, 2000
Format: DVD
After seeing the best movie of my life, Gladiator, I had to find other titles of similiar interest. The Arena seemed too good to be true, and I'd much rather see women fight than men.
The story starts out with women of different backgrounds (a priestess, a dancer, etc.) who are caught and sold into slavery. An argument between two of the girls leads into a catfight in the food room, where in turn all of the girls get into a huge food fight. Ceaser is informed of the trouble and gets mad at the mess. His advisor says if they can fight like this, maybe they can fight in the arena as gladiators. (The crowd have been asking for something new)
The story line continues as the women are trained and then pitted against eachother. (The fights are superb in this movie, especially judging that the movie is almost 30 years old!)
Finally the women turn the fight from eachother towards the fight for freedom, against the Romans. They battle roman soldiers in the Arena and fight for they're escape.
Eventually they find a tunnel that leads out of the city and find they're freedom.
A very good movie, it isn't the best I have seen, but I'd easily give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2004
Format: DVD
Two viscous catfights, three duels in the arena, a gladiatrix revolt, and a running battle through the catacombs as the girls escape make for plenty of action. Plus for Pam Grier fans, a full frontal nudity shower scene. The movie portrays them as playthings for the vicarious bloodlust of Imperial Rome, slave-girl gladiators forced to fight or die in spectacles of barbarous combat. Pam Grier and Margaret Markov head the cast of sweaty sword-and-sandal sisters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on November 15, 2007
Format: DVD
No need to be put off by this rating I personally love this movie. I am exploitation -enthusiasts and would have rated it much higher but instead I save myself for being a bias. Fashionable feminism, utterly unwarranted nudity, catfights, overdramatic dialogue are all right here in "The Arena," a lavish spectacle (by New World standards) in which the audience is treated to Caged Heat in gladiator drag. Of course, most DVD buyers will probably want to snag this one up for Pam Grier, doing by far the most explicit and unabashed nudity of her career. Luckily, it also happens to be quite a fun film.

The Roman Empire was at its height (and right after the Spartacus revolt, as one minor character is quick to point out), the Romans took delight in pillaging other cultures, slaughtering innocents, and taking the most beautiful women back with them as servants. Bodicia (Margaret Markhov) of Brittany is the token blonde goddess captive, while Mamawi (Grier) is a tribal woman; miraculously, both apparently know how to speak Latin. Along with two other women, Bodicia and Mamawi are subjected to such indignities as public hose-downs and hand waiting on Roman political slobs. When the girls start a nasty catfight (the first of many over the top highlights), the nasty Romans, headed by the questionably named, token gay comic character Priscium (Sid Lawrence), decide that their new acquisitions might make for more entertainment in the gladiator arena. However, after the women witness the brutal treatment of the male gladiators, who are promised their freedom and summarily executed, they decide that perhaps this isn't the most efficient system of government and plan an escape.
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