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Gladiator [VHS] [2000]

Russell Crowe , Joaquin Phoenix , Ridley Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (624 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
  • Producers: Branko Lustig, David Franzoni, Douglas Wick, Laurie MacDonald
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (624 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YABY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a rousing, grisly, action-packed epic that takes movie-making back to the Roman Empire via computer-generated visual effects. While not as fluid as the computer work done for, say, Titanic, it's an impressive achievement that will leave you marvelling at the glory that was Rome, when you're not marvelling at the glory that is Russell Crowe. Starring as the heroic general Maximus, Crowe firmly cements his star status both in terms of screen presence and acting chops, carrying the film on his decidedly non-computer-generated shoulders as he goes from brave general to wounded fugitive to stoic slave to gladiator hero. Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities (with lots of faux-Shakespearean dialogue ladled on to keep the proceedings appropriately "classical"), but it's all briskly shot, edited, and paced with a contemporary sensibility. Even the action scenes, somewhat muted but graphic in terms of implied violence and liberal bloodletting, are shot with a veracity that brings to mind--believe it or not--Saving Private Ryan. As Crowe's nemesis, the evil emperor Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix chews scenery with authority, whether he's damning Maximus's popularity with the Roman mobs or lusting after his sister Lucilla (beautiful but distant Connie Nielsen); Oliver Reed, in his last role, hits the perfect notes of camp and gravitas as the slave owner who rescues Maximus from death and turns him into a Colosseum star. Director Scott's visual flair is abundantly in evidence, with breathtaking shots and beautiful (albeit digital) landscapes, but it's Crowe's star power that will keep you in thrall--he's a true gladiator, worthy of his legendary status. Hail the conquering hero! --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

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192 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator remastered: know your product 8 Sep 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Unreserved five stars for PQ on the remastered edition (the AQ was always excellent).

Now what you really want to know: how can you be sure you're getting the new edition, and not the shoddy first release? As of 9 September, NBC Universal UK have confirmed three things:

1. They have started shipping the new edition to retailers, but it's up to retailers as to when they sell it.
2. The new edition has a "Pocket-Blu" logo on the back, comprising the pocket BLU symbol and the words "pocket BLU"; this is the sole distinguishing mark. If it's there, you have the new edition; if not, the old.
3. The combined Robin Hood/Gladiator release includes the new edition of Gladiator.

Happy hunting!

Matthew
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By L. Hubbard TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Gladiator is a classic film, and this Blu Ray release brings it to life like never been seen before. I own the DVD of the original and extended editions, and I was shocked at the quality of the image and sound that Blu Ray gives. Some of the scenes looked surprisingly different because of the extra clarity, and the difference is breathtaking. I particularly like that this product includes the extended edition of the film in full HD, and these extra scenes just fill in a few gaps that were present in the cinema release. I was originally sceptical about the improvement that Blu Ray could give over traditional DVDs, but after seeing Gladiator I am converted. Absolutely stunning.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict 1 May 2012
By James
Format:Blu-ray
Blu Ray all zone (not confirmed)

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Length of the Theatrical Cut: 155 min
Length of the Extended Cut: 171 min

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries by the director Ridley Scott and some crew's members (1 commentary for each cut)

Subtitles for the feature film and the bonuses (Disc II):
French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin and English for the hard of hearings.

Extra subtitles only available on Disc II:
Japanese, Russian, Greek and Polish

Verdict:
This film on Blu Ray is nearly perfect, a good picture with an outstanding soundtrack. The soundtrack is perfect with a fantastic music. The picture has a natural but discrete noise.
Thanks to its excellent picture, we can see much more details about the battle, the fights, Rome and its magnificent buildings, monuments and of course the coliseum which looks very massive, imposing in this ancient and highly detailed city.
High Definition picture means details we are not supposed to see !!
- We can clearly during the first battle against the Prussians, 1 guy seen not fighting but smiling and walking in the wrong direction !! (9 min 44 sec), a funny take !!
- The stunt double of Russel Crowe falling from his horse during this same battle (10 min, 25 sec).
- The following day, Maximus goes to see his horse, a crew man wearing jeans standing in the background behind the horse can be seen hiding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as cinematic entertainment gets! 23 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
This film is magnificent. It's involving. It's well acted and directed, and the score is incredible. Yes, it gets you emotionally involved with the characters, but I'd much rather have that than a bland film that doesn't make you care about what's going on. I'm speaking to all you people who complain that this film plays on your emotions. It doesn't. It is emotive in that you can't help but want Maximus to win; for Commodus to die; for Maximus to kick some historical Roman butt!
The bottom line is that this film is quality entertainment for all (except for the slightly squeamish among you). It comes highly recommended, and the only thing wrong with it is that it was robbed of a best director oscar for Ridley Scott. It's the best thing he's ever done.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Epic & Amusing Extras 13 Feb 2010
By MLA VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Gladiator is of course a tremendous film. The multiple Oscar recognitions at the time and the subsequent historical epics that have filled the big screen in the decade since are a good indication that Gladiator is something special. With an emotionally-charged main storyline revolving around Russell Crowe's Maximus, there is enough action for the men to enjoy and enough pathos for those of a more sensitive disposition. Gladiator is not the best of the historical epics that came out in the first decade of the 21st century but it is top notch and it paved the way for what came later.

The 3-disc version of the film does have some additional worth. The elongation of the Germania scenes are a treat for those of us who like to watch pitched battle even if this not the most sophisticated of sword combat sequences. The clash between the Romans and the Germans has enough authenticity in part thanks to the excellent one line of old German called out by the Germanic leader as a call to arms. The additional scenes scattered in throughout the film are ones that it seems strange to have left out originally. At the time of Gladiator there remained a clear desire to keep films under the 150 minute mark but with Lord of the Rings and others showing that this is not necessary, those extra scenes of intrigue involving Lucilla and the Senators and Commodus attacking the statue of Marcus Aurelius are extremely valuable to understanding the characters of both.

What Gladiator is at the core is a character piece. It is a decent enough recreation of Roman times but clearly not a history film. This is a film designed around Russell Crowe and he is magnificent.
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