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5.0 out of 5 stars An Oscar winning delight in a steelbook, June 18, 2013
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This review is from: Gladiator [Blu-ray Steelbook] (Blu-ray)
This steelbook of Gladiator is as good as you can currently get.

Perhaps the first two reviewers would prefer the old release of Gladiator on blu ray where so many people complained about the Digital Noise Reduction and Edge Enhancement that this remastered blu ray was produced. Perhaps they would prefer the DVD.

Gladiator was shot on 35mm film. Film has grain. I much prefer to see the film grain than to view something that has been excessively processed and treated, but some people would prefer all blu rays to look like they were shot on digital HD cameras. And some people like to find fault with everything.

Just look at the amazon reviews for the 'regular' Gladiator blu ray and you'll see what I mean.

This steelbook rates as 5 stars. You get a two blu ray set of Gladiator, including the Theatrical version, the Extended version and a disc full of special features. All this in a very nice steelbook package, that at the time of writing is $9.99, less than the regular 'Saphhire Series' release. Only the German steelbook artwork looks better.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2013 4:17:08 PM PDT
Thank you for posting a well thought-out review on this item. It must be stated that although the Sapphire Series BD has two versions (the DNR'ed to heck one and the fixed one), the steelbook only has the fixed version, which preserves the director's original artistic intent. I second the notion that if anyone doesn't own the movie yet, get it via Steel for the price and the look!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013 6:43:08 PM PDT
Hello thanks for the review...I was wondering if 'Strength & Honor: The Making of Gladiator' is included with the special features?

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 4:56:34 PM PST
T-1000000 says:
Great review. Answered all of my questions, and now I know which release I want. This one!

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 1:07:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2014 1:15:03 AM PST
JP says:
The new 2013 Steelbook version has awful pixelation noise, even on content that doesn't move. This is not film grain. For example, look closely at the bust of Socrates before Marcus Aurelius is murdered. Even when the camera doesn't move, there are tons of pixels dancing around. (If you have noise reduction enabled on your Blu-ray player, it will hide much of the pixelation noise but also slightly blur all your movies.)

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 9:14:43 AM PST
Orso Súmar says:
Hello, how are you?

One question: Actually in this 2-disc blu ray you get the Theatrical version, the Extended version and a disc full of special features?

Thanks
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