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Quo Vadis [Blu-ray] [1951] [Region Free]

Robert Taylor , Deborah Kerr , Peter Miles    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Leo Genn, Patricia Laffan
  • Directors: Peter Miles
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Proper
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IYO2BA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"Welcome to Nero's House of Women" greets a concubine to a slave girl, Lygia (Deborah Kerr). Later this self-same greeter reveals that she, too, like Lygia, is really a fellow Christian neophyte. And it's that mixture of tawdry Hollywood sex and a strong Christian message that makes this film an enjoyable "gentiles and gladiators" flick. Marcus Vinicius returns home after conquering the Britons to find that Rome is infected with a crazy new sect called Christians and that his beloved emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov, roly-poly and wicked) has become increasingly wacky. Marcus tries his centurion wiles on Lygia, and she's smitten, but she's also a Christian convert and begs Marcus not to force her to choose between him and her god. The Christians have a tough go of it, with martyrdom in the Coliseum as punishment for belonging to the new religion in town. Though three hours long, director Mervyn LeRoy's film always has something going on. It could help you enjoyably kill any rainy Sunday afternoon. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com

Product Description

Star-studded, epic adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel based in Rome during the time of Nero. Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor), a commander in the army, returns to the city and falls in love with a Christian girl called Lygia (Deborah Kerr). However, as he is a pagan, she rejects his suit and refuses to have anything to do with him. Meanwhile, Nero (Peter Ustinov) burns down the city, blames it on the Christians, and prepares to feed them to the lions.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop the confusion 10 Feb 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Please stop the confusion. There won't be a 'wide-screen' version of the movie. Not here, not in Germany or France, not in the U.S, where the film will be released on March 17th.
Quo Vadis was made prior to the advent of widescreen projection and stereophonic sound. It is presented, as in its original theatrical release, with a 1.37:1 aspect ratio and monophonic soundtrack. Because of its extreme length and detailed photography, WHV has spread the film over two discs in order to maximize bit-rate and insure the highest quality picture presentation.
This is the best version you can get for a long time, so sit back and enjoy,
Thomas
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great blockbusters 24 Jan 2009
By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Polish author Henryk Sienciewicz (pronounced I believe shee-en-kay-evich) published his novel Quo Vadis in 1896, and like The Last Days of Pompeii and Ben-Hur it met with instant and enduring international success (Henryk went on to win the Nobel Prize) both literary and cinematic. The story is set in ancient Rome during the reign of emperor Nero. The centurion Marcus Vinicius falls in love with christian girl Lygia but Marcus has caught the lustful eye of Nero's feline empress and when the mad emperor sets Rome on fire she suggests that the blame should be placed on the christians who are then rounded up and thrown to the lions. Sienciewicz weaves the characters of the apostles Peter and Paul into his story and the novel's title derives from the legend that as Peter is fleeing the persecution in Rome he encounters along the Appian Way a vision of Christ and the apostle asks the question "Quo Vadis Domine?" or "Where are you going Lord?". It is the answer to this question that convinces Peter that he must return to Rome and face matyrdom.

Movies based on classical or biblical subjects were a staple of the silent cinema from the earliest days and there were at least two silent versions of Quo Vadis.Indeed the first version of 1912, followed by The Last Days of Pompeii and Cabiria, all made in Italy, can be credited with establishing the cinema as a serious art form. But with the advent of the talkies the popularity of the genre started to wane. Cecil B.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis 2009 dvd editon 18 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Quo Vadis . The very name conjures up the sweeping spectacle of the old blockbuster age. Based on Hollywoods version of ancient Rome and the Emperor Nero,s dealing with the Christians and the spectacle of his burning Rome to make way for his grand scheme for its renewal,which leads to his demise. It,s a long film but somehow the time sweeps away whist you gaze affectionately at what could be achieved before the marvels of CGI, although i am not always a fan of CGI because its pretty obvious in some films that what you are looking at is false anyway. The costumes in brilliant technicolor are sumptious and the sets are on a grand scale.(stock footage from this film has turned up in many lesser fims about ancient Rome or even Atlantis if my memory serves me right.) The acting is interesting in many ways. Some performers Peter Ustinov as Nero hams his way through the film whilst Deborah Kerr looking so lovely portrays the young hostage who now lives in the home of her protector General Gallio (now a christian ). Of course the love action comes from Robert Taylor, a Roman Tribune, who is besotted by Kerr at first,treating her as a hostage without any rights, until he finally falls for her charms and her christian ideals . It leads him in fact to the Arena where the christians are put to death by feeding them to the lions or by being crucified and burnt. Even Peter makes an appearance and is swiftly done away with . The religious themes are dealt with exactly as they would be imagined for its time . but they are never too over done because they are not given much screen time. This edition of Quo Vadis has been cleaned up and has an intermission and overture music . In fact its real good to see the film presented in this manner . Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great and magnificent in every sense 30 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I love it. From all the epics made in Hollywood it has the best script. I don't know another one that makes me laugh. This one truly has a good sense of humor and sarcasm. Not to forget the story about love, hate, courage - simply everything that makes a good movie. The actors are great - no one will forget Peter Ustinov's performance, and Robert Taylor - here he is not only as handsome as a man can be, his acting is also fine with a good sense of irony, great professionalism, topped by a very charming appearance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bread and circuses 10 Mar 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
One of the epic genre's most reliable warhorses, with at least nine screen adaptations from the first one-reel silent version in 1901 to the 2001 Polish minseries-cum-movie, Henry Sienkiewicz's Quo Vadis in many ways set the template for all the epics about the Roman Empire's persecution of Christians that would follow, from The Sign of the Cross to The Robe. As might be expected from the novel's 1895 vintage, it's more myth than history, but its twin narratives of lovers initially separated by religious differences and later by Nero's need for a scapegoat after the burning of Rome and of the court intrigues as the mad emperor plans his greatest artistic masterpiece offers something for everyone with its mixture of spectacle, cruelty, piety and perversity to get across its message that selfless love is better than selfish ambition.

MGM's initially troubled 1951 version may have got off to a false start a couple of years earlier when Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Walter Huston and John Huston stumbled at the first hurdle when Peck developed an eye infection three days before they were supposed to leave for Rome even though an estimated million dollars had already been spent, but Mervyn Le Roy's recast completed film is still the definitive one. It might have been a couple of years too early for the wide screen, but it's perfectly placed in time between old school morality - no difficult questions asked here - and more sophisticated and lavish filmmaking than had ever been seen before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
An epic film. One of those they don't make anymore. No CGI graphics or funny creatures just actors acting. Remarkable to believe this film was made in the 1950's. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Azrael
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
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The good- Well there is nothing like a good 'Sunday afternoon film' I love the epic feel of these films, they are acted with the usual poise and grace of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ben Soden
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis
I have seen very few movies of the class of Quo Vadis this movie is the mother of all religious epics,dialogue,acting production standard is something rare when compared with other... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arvinder
4.0 out of 5 stars Rome has noting on this
From a book written in Biblical style the film has a very 50s feel to it. I love it , though I wish it was more dramatic and terse!
Published 4 months ago by Mr. David Titley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie, great history.
This is a timeless film as far as time and trend is concerned. The historical information projected in this film is spot on and still has a bearing on today's world. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Grace Emokpae
5.0 out of 5 stars QUO VADIS BLU RAY
GREAT ACTING, GREAT TOGA FILM, PICTURE QUALITIY AND SOUND IS BRILL. I WOULD SAY THIS I LOVE THE ROMAN FILMS FROM THE PAST THERE ARE NO CGI IT IS TRUE BEAUTIFUL ACTING AND DIRECTION... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr Blue Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday at its best
What can one say about Quo Vardis, perfect film for a quite Sunday afternoon and on Blu-Ray you know it will be great quality.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
I have indeed watched this film and it is the best one I have ever paid for.... it is the greatest film on DVD
Published 6 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars what a film!
very disappointing film after all the hype where were the marching legions? I couldn't see them what else can I say?
Published 6 months ago by ian marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis! A classic movie.
In the early 1950's Hollywood was deeply concerned about the increasing popularity of TV. Warner Bros. introduced 3-D (The House of Wax). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ronald Hart
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