Spartacus: Blood and Sand - Season 1
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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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It is such a Roman Tragedy, encompassing the moral, ethical, and human traits that led to the downfall of Roman society. The class system, utilization of slaves for all manner of degrading acts, and the prideful antics of a chosen few are all the ingredients that make
up the drama that is Spartacus.
The battle scenes on the sands of the arena are incredible, the battle scenes in the lutes' and the among the gladiators are even more incredible. There is a lot of blood and guts but no worse than 300 or Walking Dead at time.
I loved it, it has something for everyone, and Andy Whitfield is or was Spartacus
There was much to like about this show and captures the hearts of men on how far they'll go to retrieve the one they love; strongly relates on the history of slavery, pointing out to be grateful to be a "Free Man". They made Spartacus the heroic figure deserved. Much challenges Spartacus faced but kept rising this is inspirational to me because know matter how much they tried to break him he still fought back stronger.
There was some fantasy sex play, much exhibitionism, much hetro-Master/Slave scenery that I did find enticing. Fantasy became reality within the show.
The video transfer is 5/5 superb, better than the broadcast version as its 1080p versus 1080i, and the difference shows. The sound too, is 5/5, very crisp and clear. If you liked the series, the blu-ray is a must. The colors are very vibrant, the contrast and sharpness superb, the facial details and skin tones are life like, you are there, for the most part, as part of the scene. In some gory lacerations, the anatomic detail can be seen as accurate, and can be bothersome to those unused to it.
Several episodes are longer or extended. It doesn't add more to the spirit of the episodes but mostly prolonging visuals that are shorter on the broadcast version. There are nicely done popups of Roman history and interesting commentary by the producers, directors, and actors, so you can watch each episode at least twice, first as a show and then as a 'making off' the show.
Disk 1 is preceded by 10 minutes of advertising of upcoming movies, and they can't be bypassed on my BD player; you can speed play or jump to the next track, but you need to do this 4x before getting to the main menu. Although they are great eye candy, they are irritating to see over and over again.
My BD player has a 'RESUME' function which plays where you left off a disk, but it works in the PLAY ALL mode or SINGLE PLAY of this disk, not when watching commentaries; if you interrupt a commentary playback, the disk will restart from the start; this could be just my player firmware and not the way the disk software works but this doesn't happen with other disks.
The pop ups appear for a fixed time interval, whether they are short quips, or long footnotes. You have to pause the frame to read the long footnotes and rewinding it to re-read it can be tiring.
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