Colosseum - A Gladiator's Story/Pompeii - The Last Day
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Travel back in time to the glamour and bloodshed of ancient Rome's gladiatorial world, where men fought for their lives to satisfy the whims of emperors and a bloodthirsty populace. Combining compelling narrative with state-of-the-art computer graphics and high-quality drama reconstruction, this production throws new light on the way gladiators really fought and trained, and reveals that many of them were the superstars of their age. Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story revolves around the true story of Verus, who rises from slave to star gladiator, but who faces the ultimate challenge in one of the very few gladiatorial fights that was recorded and described by contemporary writers. Discover Verus' story, live his journey and experience his quest for freedom.
Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a great movie, but Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story has the distinct advantage of purely historical accuracy. The Roman gladiator whose story is told here is Verus (played by charismatic British hunk Robert Shannon), one of two victors in the only gladiatorial battle that was ever described in detail (by the Roman poet Martial in 80 A.D.). Using this factual record as its basis, Colosseum follows Verus as he is recruited from slavery, trained in gladiator's school, rises to favor among wealthy Romans, and ultimately battles his best friend, Priscus (Derek Lea), to a crowd-pleasing draw in the inaugural games of glorious, brand-new Colosseum, the construction of which is shown in fascinating detail. Combining authoritative narration with diary-like voiceovers from Verus's perspective, this riveting 50-minute BBC production is simultaneously intimate and epic in scale, employing the latest in digital compositing techniques to achieve its unparalleled (for TV, at least) visual splendor. With well-cast actors speaking authentic Latin, this sumptuous production is both dramatically involving and exacting in every detail.
Just as convincing--and just as impressive in its use of cutting-edge CGI--is the 50-minute bonus program Pompeii: The Final Day, which chronicles the final 24 hours of Pompeii when it was decimated by the ultraviolent eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 A.D. Inspired by the written descriptions of Pliny the Younger (whose detailed observations were later vindicated by geological science), recovered artifacts, and the haunting remains of Pompeii citizens preserved under tons of pumice and ash, Pompeii is first-rate from start to finish, proving yet again that the BBC is now setting the standard in lavishly produced docudrama programming. --Jeff Shannon
- Bonus program: Pompeii: The Last Day (50 mins.)
- Interviews with the filmmakers
- A Composer's Story
- Fact Files
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The first depicts the final day of the doomed city of Pompeii. Using archeological data as well as the writings of Pliny the younger, the makers of the DVD walk us through the individual lives of some of the denizens of the city who perished on that fateful day. To be sure, some conjecture is involved, but the conjecture is based upon the best-available evidence. Historical figures who are otherwise long-since-forgotten are brought back to life to "tell" us about their last day on the planet (nearly 2,000 yrs in the past).
The second docu-drama recounts the inaugural games of the Flavian Ampitheater (nicknamed the Colosseum as it was built on the spot where there was a statue from Nero's Golden House < the Romans razed it). We get an inside glimpse into the construction of the massive structure as well as the very 1st combatants to perform there from the memoirs of a gladiator who was involved in the building project and was also a man who fought on that first day. He earned his freedom that day, symbolized by a wooden sword (known as a Rudis) that he received from the emperor Titus.
There are also historical accounts from Roman historians who were there. As the viewer will see, not everything went according to plans that day!
This is a must-see DVD for people who have an interest in the life & times of average Romans during the days of Pax Romana.
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