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Rome - Season 1-2 - Complete [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kenneth Cranham, Ciarán Hinds
  • Directors: Michael Apted, Allen Coulter, Alan Paul, Steve Shill, Timothy van Patten
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 1115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FC89OA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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'.

Language and Subtitle Information

Season 1

Audio: English
Dubbed languages: German, French
Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch, English HoH, German HoH

Season 2
Audio: English
Subtitles: English, English HoH, Dutch HoH

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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110 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 16 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
The perfect gift for all historical movie enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
This series almost defies belief with its masterful attention to cultural detail combined with a level of accuracy that is simply astonishing for popular series or movies. One could almost believe that someone laid hands on a time machine and took the whole crew back to 52 BC for filming. Clearly, no expense was spared in the making of this series, which has all the polish and flair of a big-budget movie, combined with an archaeologists critical eye for accuracy and detail.

For the look and feel of being there, this film is miles above "Augustus", "Nero", and "Empire", which have a too-clean low budget look to them, and while having the same grittiness as "Gladiator", there are no grossly over-enlarged computer generated buildings. Instead, the real closeness of the cement insulae (multi-story apartments) that real Romans lived in are marvelously depicted, complete with the kinds of graffiti that really existed. There is trash in the streets, there is no "segmentata" armour (incorrect for this period, chain mail only!), cleansing oil is used in the baths (no soap then!) and then scraped off, the jewelry looks like it was stolen right out of a museum, the list goes on and on...

As for cultural immersion, this series once again raises the bar. The Romans were a different culture and their attitudes to life and death, propriety and impropriety, and their spiritual lives were very different than our own. This series takes on the challenge, and unashamedly depicts life as it must have been in those times.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Stanton on 4 April 2010
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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 By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2010
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......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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