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Rome: Complete HBO Seasons 1 And 2 [DVD]

Kenneth Cranham , Ciaran Hinds    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Cranham, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Indira Varma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 1115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UOOVDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Family dysfunction. Treachery. Betrayal. Coarse profanity. Brutal violence. Graphic (and sometimes brutal) sex. No, it's not The Sopranos, it's Rome, HBO's madly ambitious series that bloodily splatters the glory of Rome just as savagely as Monty Python and the Holy Grail soiled the good name of Camelot (but with far fewer laughs; very few funny things happen on the way to this forum).

Set in 52 B.C. (Before Cable), Rome charts the dramatic shifts in the balance of power between former friends Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham), leader of the Senate, and Julius Caesar (Ciaran Hinds), whose imminent return after eight years to Rome after conquering the Gauls, has the ruling class up in arms. At the heart of Rome is the odd couple friendship between two soldiers who fortuitously become heroes of the people. Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is married, honorable, and steadfast. Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) is an amoral rogue whose philosophy is best summed up, "I kill my enemies, take their gold, and enjoy their women". Among Rome's most compelling subplots is Lucius's strained relationship with his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), who is surprised to see her husband alive (but not as surprised as he is to find her upon his homecoming with a newborn baby in her arms!) Any viewer befuddlement over Rome's intrigues and machinations, and determining who is hero and who is foe, disappears the minute Golden Globe-nominee Polly Walker appears as Atia, Caesar's formidable niece and a villainess for the ages. In the first hour alone, she offers her already married daughter as a bride to the recently widowed Pompey. One eagerly awaits to see what (or who) she'll do next as much as we anticipate her comeuppance in the final episode of the first series.

Rome is a painstakingly mounted production that earned eight well-deserved Emmy nominations in such categories as costumes, set design, and art direction. Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter) was honored with a Director's Guild Award for the first ever episode, "The Stolen Eagle." But artistic considerations aside, instantly addicted viewers will agree with Atia, who notes at one point, "I adore the secrecy, the intrigue. It's most thrilling." --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

All 22 episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 of the popular historical drama series set in Rome in 52 BC. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. After eight years of war, two soldiers, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. Episodes are: 'The Stolen Eagle', 'How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic', 'An Owl in a Thornbush', 'Stealing From Saturn', 'The Ram Has Touched the Wall', 'Egeria', 'Pharsalus', 'Caesarion', 'Utica', 'Triumph', 'The Spoils', 'Kalends of February', 'Passover', 'Son of Hades', 'These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero', 'The Tortoise and the Hare', 'Heroes of the Republic', 'Philippi', 'Death Mask', 'A Necessary Fiction', 'No God Can Stop a Hungry Man' and 'About Your Father'.


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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome with hindsight. 28 Dec 2010
By ric03 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched Rome when it first aired on the BBC in 2005 and thought it was amazing. It's been 5 years, now, and I saw it was fairly cheap on Amazon so got it for Christmas. It's only 3 days later and I've already seen most of the first series!

The thing that stands out this time around is just how good Rome was. The fall of the Roman Republic is quite possibly the most tumultuous period in Political history so the writers were always onto a winner when writing a big-budget drama. Watching the drama and violence may seem over-the-top, but practically all the major events and murders depicted here happened. In fact, if anything, despite this being one of the most violent and perverse mainstream dramas broadcast, the writers have shied away from the darker and more indulgent aspects of ancient Rome -- Mark Anthony, for instance, had several gay (as well as countless heterosexual) affairs and used to attend wild parties dressed as a god, in a chariot pulled by lions! (Anthony here, played superbly by James Purefoy, is still outrageous by modern standards, but surely the reality would have been too much to stomach for the BBC).

Where the writers succeed, though, is meshing this story onto strong, utterly-compelling character-driven plotting set within a landscape so fantastically realised that practically every shot takes your breath away. The day-to-day dirty, violent, horny reality of life in ancient cities has surely never been more accurately and beautifully portrayed.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome Seasons 1 & 2 4 April 2010
Format:DVD
Fantastic ! Absolutley brilliant. Sex, violence, politics. This is what a period drama should aspire to be like !! Whilst historically accurate or not, the sets and story lines will leave you hooked and wanting more. And while James Purefoy gets all the best story lines, and admittedly girls, as the brutish Mark Antony - it's the sensational performance of Simon Woods, as the cold and calculating Octavian who steals the show. This box set is probably the best period drama ever made, and is essential viewing.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See Rome from a new perspective 10 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
This series has everything - great characters, superb acting, wonderful sets. It's just a pity the BBC couldn't sustain the co-funding for more than these two wonderful series (hence time passes more quickly in series two). The series does a great job of painting a picture of Roman life lived by Roman values - values often opposed and in stark contrast to the Judo-Christian ideas most in the West live by today. Hence their attitudes to life, death and sex are completely different. These are alien people in a sense, who lived by a religion (we call myth) that was as alive as Hinduism and Judaism (who were also contemporary). I loved the parallels with India (the way women dress, the idols, the markets and bright colours). I went there in the past and never really considered Rome could have been like those bustling streets in temple towns (particularly in the south). However, this series really helps you see the Romans from a new perspective. That really is some achievement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodness, this is a brilliant series 28 Jun 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I don't have a TV licence and so therefore only get to hear about 'new' shows once others have watched them and shown enough interest for me to part with cash and buy on their recommendation. In the case of Rome, I'm so glad they did.

The series is a visual and cultural feast with strong acting and exciting and realistic set pieces. I won't discuss the series in detail, but it covers some 20 - 30 years or Romes history with the rise of Julius Caesar to the rise of the first emperor Augustus. I was surprised by the attention and accuracy of the series and nicely, the Blu Ray has an option to watch through the entire series with pop-ups on screen detailing historical view points and facts. Certainly gives the series more depth and credibility.

I will issue a word of caution, the series is very violent, filled with sex and strong language. It's not overly shocking as it's in keeping with the charachters and the accuracy of what the Romans were actually like. With such accuracy the series is true to the Roman world and that key aspect presents this series as not only being a great television show with tremendous entertainment value, but also a show that blends in a real level of detail to keep the brains switched on too.

This is quite literally the best TV series I've seen in years and will be replaying the entire series over again.

As for the quality of the Blu Ray, simply stunning. The sound was crisp and the picture vivid and sharp. One of the best Blu Rays for video / audio quality.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Feb 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Cannot believe I missed this first time around - Excellent.
The photography is spectacular and the acting is superb.
I can't recommend this boxset highly enough.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
......are how you judge the quality of a blu ray picture. This is a fantastic improvement on the original DVD release- so detailed: vibrant colours of the drapery, intense patches of Mediterranean light. Thankfully the only thing you can't smell is the drains.

As you can't quite see in the box illustration, the rerelease takes up a third of the space of the original (but delightfully whimsical)release in two boxes. Each series packs 5 disks into a box the thickness of a normal single blu ray. It's an amazing piece of engineering in itself. If you were hesitating about upgrading- DON'T. (Although let the title sequence pass by as the colours are rather gaudy in higher def)

Oh and the series is incredible (oh yeah, I did A level Latin many moons ago). It does capture the excesses, violence but sometimes the sheer delight of the Roman empire at this time. Historically it is umm well rather flaky at times... but it's in the spirit. (Hey if I can wince and smile at Book 6 of Virgil's Aeneid being quoted at least 25 years before it was published, the rest just passes me by) Or you can watch it for the sex and violence.

What seems truly inventive in the writing is the focus on the lives of the poor, in the guise of the always-in-the-wrong-place, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo (two real soldiers who actually served under Julius Caesar and obviously stood out enough to be mentioned in his Gallic Wars- er the rest of their lives is fiction). Although they mix with the scary and powerful, they have to go back to eke a living among the dirt and corpses of the street. This is a refreshing improvement on I Claudius (which was Robert Graves' alternative slant on Suetonius' Lives of the 12 Caesars- (a sort of tabloid version of history), which leans towards the big cheeses of the Roman world (starting in the later years of Augustus' (aka Octavian) rule, after he'd brought peace and stability by being something of the last man standing). Delicious.
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Published 12 days ago by Linda Freaks
5.0 out of 5 stars my main winters viewing.
this was a present for my hubby,he is very pleased with item.
Published 12 days ago by April Harker
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worth the money
Published 19 days ago by Stephen Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Faultless. Well scripted, well acted, feels historically accurate, very enjoyable.
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs S M Berry
1.0 out of 5 stars if you need gaurenteed item go collect from another shop
Having purchased this as a fathers day present i paid for next day delivery which I never recieved spoke to customers service and was told it was going to arrive on fathers day its... Read more
Published 1 month ago by christopher bish
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and violence with history thrown in.
Had this on DVD but decided to upgrade. Still to sit down and find time to watch it all the way through
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thing recalled
I remembered seeing the first episode before I moved to Sweden, on my return and becoming an dvd addict, I ordered this series. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars no
This is blood thirsty kind of film and totally not my kind of film, someone must of recommended it to me
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