300 2006

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(519) IMDb 7.8/10
Available in HD

This is a graphic retelling of the ancient battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive army. Their valour and sacrifice against insurmountable odds inspire Greece to unite against their Persian enemy.

Starring:
Gerard Butler, Lena Headey
Runtime:
1 hour 51 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

300

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Zack Snyder
Starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey
Supporting actors Andrew Pleavin, Dominic West, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Regan, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Andrew Tiernan, Tom Wisdom
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By L. Otto VINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2007
Format: Blu-ray
I'm not going to rate the film, that's been done to death everywhere else. What I'm going to do is rate the High-Def experience you'll be getting:

Visual: 300 visually is a stunning film. The 'crushing' technique is akin to the graphic-novel counterpart and really sets the atmosphere beautifully. I know very well that such a harsh technique will not appeal to everyone but I will say that without it the film would be left a little lackluster. Moving on to the real High Definition detail: 300 is definitely not the most detailed blu-ray film around; it certainly doesn't show off the true potential of a blu-ray disc (this is more due to the post processing of the film than anything else) but it still looks crisp, vibrant and very detailed. And if I instilled doubt in anyone reading this then please, ignore it. The film looks breathtaking and definitely deserves a 4/5 for visuals alone.

Audio: Deep, clear, haunting and definitely the best audio experience I've had in a while. 5.1 surround sound really immerses you in the experience and makes you feel you are there in the middle of the action. All I need is a red cape and I'm good to go! ;)

Features: I keep reading that blu-ray movies have no extra features or something..I won't go into it but if that's a doubt for anyone here, then drop it immediately. There is a ton of extra features that include deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews, directors commentaries, webisodes (short behind the scenes videos covering everything from makeup and costume design to how the 300 got such buff bodies) and more. The extra features alone would give this film a 5/5.

In conclusion, 300 is definitely a film to add to your blu-ray film collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plom de Nume on 7 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
Do they still use the term Art Direction? Whether or not, 300 goes to the highest levels of that discipline - visually, it's staggering. Of course the Graphic element is very much to the fore, courtesy of the piece's roots; and beautifully done it is, too, with many memorable "designs" amongst its frames (notably the white horizontal bars of roaring Leonidas' teeth bracketed in the vertical slash of his helmet aperture and put into high contrast against that deftly-sculpted, Zeus-style beard). Not to mention capes and underpants...

But this film's crafters have clearly looked wider and further back than modern comics for their inspiration. There are shots in this that are consistently evocative of Caravaggio through their colour and drama; with a hint of Jacques-Louis David for the neo-Classical majesty. You can also see echoes of Mantegna (grey, sinewy, engraverly lines) and the aerial shorescapes of Breughel and Bosch. The final overhead shot of the dead Spartans fuses Michelangelo and Signorelli. Really!

You don't have to be an art-head to dig 300, though. The basic story is immensely stirring in itself; the script embellishments take it towards a mythopaeic element we can enjoy from both super-hero and proper-legend perspectives. The battle scenes are majestic and visceral, in a manner pitched between Apocalypse Now and The Matrix, a violent, guiltily pleasurable rush through a gallery of fantastic, troublingly gorgeous-looking stunts and effects (bullet-time lunges, blood-spray and amputations, balletically choreographed and strikingly orchestrated).

As Leonidas, Gerard Butler strides and declaims through the mayhem to fantastic effect.
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132 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
Brief note on the film first: a very stylised version of what the battle of thermopylae may have been like, adapted from a graphic novel and filmed with back projection to make it look as much as like the comic as possible. The result is really quite stunning, and the action and battle sequences very rousing. And bloody. The film is framed with one spartan telling others what happened, and thus what you are seeing is what they think it must have been like. This is a point lots of people seem to have missed.

As regards the dvd: this is a two disc edition, and the first disc contains a widescreen version of the film, with direct scene access, and a commentary from the director and two of the production staff.

The second disc has:

be one of three hundred: a brief bit with the director giving thanks to those who supported the project online.

A documentary about the battle. twenty five minutes long with contributions from historians and it's fascinating stuff.

A documentary about the spartans. Short but good.

Conversations with the creator of the graphic novel. Brief but interesting.

A short and generic production documentary.

a look at the making of the film in images. fascinating but moves very fast and be warned if you're eplipetic as the fast moving could give you a fit.

lots of short production documentaries, that are all quite interesting, and can be watched as one.

A great film.

And a very good package for it.
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