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This review is from: Rome: The Complete Series (DVD)
To paraphrase the United States recording industry mega hit, Superlatives are not enough.
Roman history, while always fascinating, has always seemed cool and static in North America. HBO, in "Rome", has breathed life into well documented time period. Those who not historically minded, will merely see this as a very well produced HBO drama. Being hstorically minded, I am thrilled that this period of history can see life.
In two seasons, viewers across North America thrilled to the power struggles within the Roman senate played out in venues from Gaul to Rome. Caesar and his men, in battle and out, realized that the power of plebian popularity. The death of Pompeys' wife, Julia, leads to a struggle for wifery, and eventually his death. The power play between Mark Anthony, Casesar, Vorenus, Pompey, Cato, and Brutus is fascinating. Social standing is valued, to the extent of sacrificing personal happiness. Integrity is merely the price of success. Ambition is the currency of Senate success.
The episodes included in the set are:
How Titus Pullo brought down the republic
An Owl in A Thornbush
The Ram Has Touched the Wall
Kallends of February
Son of Hades
These Being the Words
Tortoise and the Hare
No God Can Stop A Hungry Man
About Your Father
Dramatically speaking, this is a stellar production with outstanding performances. In reading about Rome, I was fascinated that full size sets were constructed for the series accurate to the period. Full scale models of actual artifacts were used in the production, and that is ambitious. I can imagine that once season 2 was finished, a museum is now well stocked, and even a Roman style theme park is now fully functional.
The bonus features just add more integrity to the series that was overdue, and will be missed.
I cannot say enough about this series. It is unfortunate that more episodes were not produced, but I can imagine that the production cost was prohibitive. Perhaps a Medici period drama might be next...
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Initial post: May 8, 2010 8:38:56 AM PDT
Todd Smith says:
Posted on Aug 30, 2010 11:28:05 AM PDT
Excellent and helpful review, thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2010 4:09:53 PM PST
I'm glad other people loved "Rome" as much as I do.
Posted on Dec 30, 2011 7:49:33 AM PST
My thoughts exactly on the theme park. unfortunately the set burned down; which, unfortunately, sealed the series fate that it would only be two seasons long as there was no way HBO would rebuild that amazing set again. Additionally, I believe the series was a joint venture with both HBO and the BBC founding the series (just to indicate how expensive it was).
Posted on Dec 30, 2011 7:53:24 AM PST
Also, I thought I'd add that the makers of Rome really wanted to do a full rendition of "I, Claudius" next -- which would have been amazing.
Posted on May 28, 2013 10:38:25 PM PDT
Lisa Rowe says:
Isn't it interesting that they did end up making The Borgias? :D
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