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Rome: The Complete Second Season [DVD] [2007]

Tobias Menzies , Kevin McKidd , Michael Apted    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tobias Menzies, Kevin McKidd, Lyndsey Marshal, Polly Walker, Lindsay Duncan
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042L0OPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,453 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Unlike another certain celebrated HBO series, Rome's end will satisfy those swept up in its lavishly mounted spectacle and invested in the human dramas of the historical figures and fictional characters. Series 2 begins in the wake of Julius Caesar's assassination, and charts the power struggle to fill his sandals between "vulgar beast" Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and "clever boy" Octavian (Simon Woods), who is surprisingly named Caesar's sole heir. The series' most compelling relationship is between fellow soldiers and unlikely friends, the honorable Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus "Violence is the only trade I know" Pullo (Ray Stevenson), who somewhat reverse roles when Vorenus is overcome with grief in the wake of his wife's suicide. Series 2 considerably ups the ante in the rivalry between Atia (an Emmy-worthy Polly Walker), who is Antony's mistress, and Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) with attempted poisonings and sickening torture. Another gripping sub plot is Vorenus's estrangement from his children, who, at the climax of the season opener are presumed slaughtered, but whose true fate may be even more devastating to the father who cursed them.

Rome's second season does not scrimp on the series' sex and violence, in both cases exceedingly brutal. But in this cauldron of treachery and betrayal, words, too, are vicious, as when a defiant Atia ominously tells Octavian's new wife, Livia, "Far better women that you have sworn to [destroy me]. Go look for them now." In writing Rome's epitaph, we come to praise this series, not to bury it. Although two seasons was not enough to establish a Rome empire, it stands as one of HBO's crowning achievements. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

All ten episodes from the second season of the popular historical drama series. With Caesar dead, Rome is in a state of flux as its citizens to see who will assume power. Political manoeuvring is the name of the game as Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and Brutus (Tobias Menzies) vie for control, each eager to assume ultimate power. Episodes are: '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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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Watch closely... This is how history is made!" 24 July 2007
By Sasukle
Format:DVD
I caught up with the first series of "Rome" via DVD, enjoyed it and impatiently awaited the next chapter. Thankfully, its second outing did not disappoint! In fact, I found this series much more satisfying that its predecessor. The acting is once again first rate, as are the sets, costumes and the writing. And whilst Rome most definitely has its share of horrific moments (a man getting his tongue bitten out being just one), there is always great humour to bring light to the darkness.

The only thing this series suffers from is almost too much action. Originally the show was meant to run for multiple seasons, but a dwindling budget put paid to that and thus years' worth of stories had to be squeezed into just 10 episodes. As a result, the programme moves at breakneck speed, often spanning years per episode; skip just one installment and you could be left very confused indeed. The love affair between Mark Antony and Cleopatra for example, would have benefited from a lot more screentime than the handful of episodes that were devoted to it.

The beginning of the season also suffers a mild post-Caesar (Ciaran Hinds) hangover in parts. He was the man (it seems strange to label Caesar a 'character') who so much of the action revolved last series and so the show feels a little fragmented this time around. In his place, the programme-makers have divided our attention, focusing on the power struggle between Mark Antony (a show-stealing James Purefoy) and Octavian Caesar (first played by Max Pirkis and later Simon Woods). Unlike last series' tussle between Caesar and Pompey, where I believe the audience was naturally bound to take the former's side, the battle between Antony and Octavian is not so clear cut.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what have the romans ever done for us? well... 30 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
i have only seen a few episodes from the new series, and by god they haven't lost direction! far from it, the new series has taken a much moodier turn, with a turn around for many of the characters, pullo and vorenus in particular swapping roles to some degree, with the latter becoming more violent and unpredictable as he comes to terms with his new career in "politics". with the of caesar, a power vacuum is left in his wake, resulting in the growing collapse of his household, promising some uncomfortable rivalries between antony, octavian and the senators. with many of the original cast returning, along with new situations and conflicts, this season promises to deliver, perhaps even more so than the original, if only because of the uncertain period of history in which the action transpires.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent conclusion to the story 26 Jan 2009
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The year is 44 BC. Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated by a cadre of senators led by Brutus and Cassius. The Julii and Caesar's ally Mark Antony prepare to flee, but Caesar's newly-anointed heir Octavian discovers a legal loophole that forces Brutus to agree to a reconciliation. Unfortunately for the conspirators, the popular mood in Rome swings decisively against them and they are forced to flee. When Octavian and Antony are divided by their own disagreements, the scene is set for a devastating three-way civil war which will eventually culminate at Philippi, one of the greatest battles in Roman history.

Meanwhile, former centurion-turned-politician Lucius Vorenus has seen his family torn apart by betrayal and treachery. Whilst Titus Pullo tries to save his friend's soul, Vorenus is placed in command of the Aventine Collegia and told to keep the peace between the warring criminal gangs. At the same time, the arrival in Rome of Timon's brother coincides with a rise in Jewish nationalism.

Rome's second season picks up at the moment Season 1 ends, with Caesar dead, Vorenus devastated by his loss and the Republic in danger of falling apart into anarchy. Given that the entire storylines for the second and planned third seasons had to be compressed into one season, and only ten episodes at that, the second season moves forward decisively and rapidly. The second season covers a period of fourteen years, and several times multiple years elapse between episodes which makes the season flow slightly less well than the first.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic follow-up to the first season 23 July 2007
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When reviewing Season 2 of HBO/BBC's Rome, I was struck by the immense difficulties faced by the producers of the series, while trying to remain faithful to the source material and juggle the inherent limits of the TV format. Overall, I think they did a good job; although the tweed-clad classicists will already have boiled over into a critical puddle at the inaccuracies they have witnessed, I thought the production was excellent. The only criticism I have is that the series effectively compressed the 15-year period from Caesar's murder to Anthony's defeat at Actium into 12 episodes, and this forced the action on at a breakneck pace. In terms of character development, Pullo and Vorenus now find themselves facing a desperate situation; Vorenus' wife is dead, his children are slaves, and he is backing the losing side in an impending civil war, while Pullo, similarly bereft, backs the winning horse. Among the aristocrats, we see a changing of the guard, as the old political order is whittled down by debauchery, treachery and a stubborn inability to see that the Republic's days are numbered, while Octavian's brilliant political manoeuvering sees him, finally, installed as the Republic's 'First Citizen', effectively a King in all but name. The final scenes, where Octavian's triumphal procession features a ghoulish tableau with the mouldering corpses of Anthony and Cleopatra propped up on a cart, send a shiver down the spine. What a pity it is, then, that HBO/BBC have decided not to make another series, and that many plot devices have been necessarily dovetailed with unseemly haste. The BBC's classic 'I,Claudius' picks up where this series left off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ROME
I CHOSE THE DVD ROME BECAUSE SINCE I WAS AT SCHOOL AND STUDIED LATIN I WAS ALWAYS FASINATED WITH ROMAN HISTORY.
Published 1 month ago by EZ21491660
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good continues to enthral
This is the sort of series that you cannot put away it is a must watch. Paulo takes the main lead in this series.
Published 3 months ago by jim cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Left wanting more
Can't believe that this is the end for Rome. Having been glued to the first and second series, totally disappointed to find out that they will not be making anymore.
Published 4 months ago by D. Strawson
5.0 out of 5 stars amasing hbo
this is an amasing series with lots of great acting with such bitches and great detail, it was a shame it finished when it did.
Published 4 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, very entertaining.
If you liked the first series then you wouldn't be disappointed with the second. Full of the great characters from the first series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. Louise Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars ROME out standing
When I got the first box set it was a dream and then they were going to bring on part two well that was it for me into Amazon sign me up and I waited till arrived
it was worth... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. W. D. Ritcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome 2
True to the original. A must see for Rome 1 fans. If you enjoyed Season 1, you will not be disappointed. Gripping, brilliant, not enough words to describe it.
Published 9 months ago by L. Jacobsz
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome 2 - The Complete Second Season [2006] [DVD]
Rome 2 - The Complete Second Season [2006] [DVD] If you saw or bought Rome 1 - The Complete First Season [2004] [DVD] then you've got to have this too. igw
Published 9 months ago by Mr. I. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not as gripping as first season
There seemed to be a sense of having to fit in a number of known historical events before the end of the season. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. N. Melone
4.0 out of 5 stars Rome season 2
Turns and twists all the way and always the unexpected,found it just as good as season 1 only disappointment is there is no season 3 apparently is was cancelled due to costs
Published 10 months ago by Alan Russell
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