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Quo Vadis [VHS] [1952]

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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov, Patricia Laffan
  • Directors: Anthony Mann, Mervyn LeRoy
  • Writers: Henryk Sienkiewicz, Hugh Gray, John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien
  • Producers: Sam Zimbalist
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CLG7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,269 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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"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

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2009
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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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Thiemeyer on 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,
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B James on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2015
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A film made in the true tradition of the early epic-productions of it's day.
'Rome' is ruled by the eccentric and unpredictable 'Nero' (Peter Ustinov)
The Legions are returning to Rome after their campaigns in 'Britannia' and 'North Africa' 'Marcus Vinicius' (Robert Taylor)
a Roman Commander who had led his legions in 'Britannia' for the past three years.
At a former Generals home he meets 'Lygia' (Deborah Kerr) who had been adopted as a daughter by the former General
and his wife and not treated as a slave, secretly the household had become Christians.
'Marcus' is smitten by 'Lygia' and arranges for her to be taken from the home where she lives, for his own, however a little
later she is snatched and hidden from the commander.
'Marcus' begins to hear of the Christian movement within Rome, one he has no respect or understanding of, during his search
for 'Lygia' who he now considers his property, he hears of a Christian meeting, he realizes she'd probably be present, he listens
to the words of 'Paul' (Abraham Sofaer) and indeed visitor to Rome 'Peter' (Finlay Currie) who had been one of 'Jesus's' disciples years before.
Though 'Lygia' has obvious feelings for the Roman Commander who asks for her hand in marriage, has she to forsake her faith
for the love of 'Marcus' or has he to accept it........decisions that are difficult for both...........
Many familiar faces can be seen throughout the movie for those that followed films during the 50's.........a lavish production in the true traditions of the early 50's spectacles, many of which, like this, has a strong religious back-drop to the story.
The tale of course flirts with Historical fact - It is Hollywood.
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