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In 72 B.C. the Roman Empire swept through Europe, conquering countries and selling their citizens into slavery. One slave dared to take a stand: Spartacus. After witnessing his father's brutal murder and being sold into slavery, Spartacus (Goran Visnjic) vows to one day live as a free man. Leading 80 fellow slaves in a coordinated revolt, Spartacus and his men flee into the mountains. Alarmed by the growing slave insurrection, Roman politicians and generals vow to stop Spartacus at all costs. In the final battle of slaves versus Romans, Spartacus' epic fight for freedom becomes the stuff of legend.
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I watched this film when I received it last night.
And was totally blown away by the color contrast and detail in the film.
I couldn't believe my eyes.
Wow the picture quality was so gorgeous.!
It almost looked like a brand new film.
And all of the special features from the original God awful Blu-Ray of this film are also all ported over.
Along with a new Kirk Douglas interview and a feature on restoring this film.
I think this is one time that Universal pictures deserves kudo's fore their Awesom restoration and Blu-Ray transfer of this film.!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Universal pictures and great job.!!!!!!!!
This is the version any fan of the film wants to get
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THE STORY: A former slave and gladiator-in-training for Rome seizes an opportunity to overthrow his cruel masters and in the process finds the courage to start a revolution, eventually leading thousands of slaves of the Roman Empire out of their bondage and onto the hard-fought road to freedom.
THOUGHTS: My first time to finally enjoy this incredible film. I have long-known of it and its reputation and after getting to see it in this amazing restoration print I can now fully appreciate just what a magnificent motion picture SPARTACUS truly is. Everything about it screams spectacle, yet SPARTACUS is also a surprisingly quiet, introspective movie; one with a wealth of thought-provoking ideas and beliefs. Kirk Douglas is at his best here in a role that obviously calls on him to be the mightiest of macho men yet he is equally adept (and impressive) in the smaller personal moments in the film where he exposes just how fragile & frightened he is, despite his fierce reputation among the other gladiators & slaves; knowing what they expect from him as their leader. Douglas also graciously allows many other actors to steal the scenes they share with him. One of Stanley Kubrick's earlier works, he nonetheless handles the imposing chore of wrangling such a massive movie with seeming ease. Like THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and BEN-HUR, the sheer overwhelming nature of SPARTACUS might have turned it into a bunch of bold action set-pieces with no heart in lesser hands. Kubrick here shows why he is recognized as a master of movie-making with this impressive, energetic, emotionally exhausting film. It is equal parts heroic & heartfelt. Big and yet somehow small. Just a grand motion picture experience, and one well worth the 3+ hours you'll spend watching it.
THE BLU-RAY: As mentioned above, this film has undergone a painstaking restoration process that fully brings out the best it has to offer. It looks awesome, sounds thundering and stuns with its visual clarity & video stability. No artifacting or pixelation that I could detect. Strong, solid color pallet with inky blacks, vibrant mid-tones and crystal clarity. Only negative is that the soundmix was slightly uneven; I had to crank the sound up during dialogue scenes to catch everything being said but then dial the volume way down when the musical score took over during the big action sequences. Otherwise no complaints. Most all of the bonus features are sadly archival in nature. Even though a few cast & crew members are still living no new interviews or retrospective material was created for this restoration of SPARTACUS. Still, with such an impressive job in refreshing and cleaning up the film, I can forgive the somewhat weak bonus content.