300 2006

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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

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300

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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)

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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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132 of 150 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 18 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
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Based on Frank Miller's 1998 graphic novel series of the same name, 300 is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae between Spartan & Persian armies which also succeeds as a visually arresting tale of bravery, courage & patriotism and brings a comic book to life in such a highly stylized manner that it ends up delivering a unique & ultra-cool cinematic experience to its viewers.

If I've to sum it up in a sentence, what actually makes this movie work against all odds is its near-perfect blend of stylish direction from Zack Snyder, engrossing tale of heroism, larger- than-life action, arresting cinematography, ground-breaking visual effects, catchy one-liners, intriguing characters, strong performances from its cast, meticulous sound, cut-throat editing & grandeur soundtrack.

Amongst the performances, the sheer intensity with which Gerard Butler brings King Leonidas to life can be strongly felt in his roaring voice that echoes throughout the film. He is a big factor behind this movie's rousing success & is nicely supported by the rest of the cast. As for the things which might disappoint some viewers, 300 has many, ranging from historical inaccuracy to very racist depiction of Persian army yet it still delivers what it set out to do.

On an overall scale, this action fantasy is a visual feast for the eyes that takes over the screen like an invading horde & promises to leave you more than satisfied. With its scope of a classic epic, thrilling battle sequences & impressive production, 300 is a visually stunning & wildly entertaining piece of historical fantasy about bravery & blood, and succeeds majorly because of the stylish depictions of both.
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