Spartacus - Blood And Sand Series 1 2010

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All 13 episodes from the first season of the visceral, no-holds-barred US drama series portraying the life of Spartacus, Ancient Rome's most famous gladiator. Separated from the love of his life and forced into the bloody and merciless world of the gladiatorial arena, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) must fight for survival in a treacherous new world of politics, corruption, sex, fame, violence and death. Episodes are: 'The Red Serpent', 'Sacramentum Gladiatorum', 'Legends', 'The Thing in the Pit', 'Shadow Games', 'Delicate Things', 'Great and Unfortunate Things', 'Mark of the Brotherhood', 'Whore', 'Party Favors', 'Old Wounds', 'Revelations' and 'Kill Them All'.

Starring:
Craig Parker, Erin Cummings
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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Discs
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand Series 1 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand Series 1 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand Series 1 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand Series 1 - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 11 hours 4 minutes
Starring Craig Parker, Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Erin Cummings
Director Rick Jacobson, Grady Hall
Genres Historical
Studio ANCHOR BAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 16 May 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus - Blood And Sand - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 11 hours 4 minutes
Starring Craig Parker, Erin Cummings, John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Andy Whitfield
Director Grady Hall, Rick Jacobson
Genres Historical
Studio ANCHOR BAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 16 May 2011
Main languages English

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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Book&Music Lover on 12 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
I watched this series with great reluctance, having been urged to do so by my 20 year old son. Episode 1 actually does it a disservice, being overly influenced by 300.Gratuitous, slo-mo violence and gore and a stunning palette of colours. I declined to watch it again.
However.
As luck would have it, I walked into the room when episode 5 was on weeks later. Mocked, sat for a few mintues intending to depart. And was hooked. By the incredible dialogue, brilliant acting and excellent casting. I have watched every episode since. Last night, I saw the finale- we were actually clutching each other and shouting at the tv at times.

I would URGE people to see 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'. Take a deep breath as regards the violence and nudity. Because plot,dialogue and character-wise? This was redolent of the best of the Royal Shakespeare Company, or the National Theatre.

John Hannah- an actor I have never rated- was magnificent as Battiatus, the owner of the Ludus (gladiator camp).Cunning, ambitious,humourous, vicious. Villainous, yet at times getting the audience's sympathy.Lucy Lawless was a revelation as his wife, Lucretia. I loved her in Xena, but would have pegged her as a light comedy actress. But here? She showed a range and power that made me long for some theatre producer to grab both her and Hannah and get them to do 'MacBeth'.Yes, Lucy Lawless would make a phenomenal Lady Macbeth, based on her performance over this series.

Lawless and Hannah are playing complex,three dimensional characters. As are the rest of the cast. Ordinarily, in a show like this,you get a great lead character, then one or two good ones and the supporting characters are two dimensional. Not here. The writers-led by Stephen deKnight, fleshed out a good 15-20 characters.
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180 of 206 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray
There's been precious little in the way of quality new TV recently. One reviewer mentions Tru Blood, but in my opinion, that promised a lot, yet didn't deliver. That's something this show could never be accused of. Because not since Battle Star Galactica has there been a show on TV this good. I am of course talking about the new series of Battle Star - but in actual fact - that last statement might be true even if I were talking about the original 70's series: Blood & Sand my friends, is that good!

I eyed Spartacus with anticipation long before it came on TV. I'd read about it in a 'lads mag' I picked up for a long distance train journey, and being a fan of films like this - of films like 300, Sword & Sorcery flicks, Viking Films, and the like - it looked right up my street. The screen shots looked amazing and the write up it got said it was packed with blood & guts, gore, graphic fight scenes and beautiful naked women... awesome! Of course magazines aren't always that accurate in reporting these things, and I don't really consider myself the 'lads mag' target audience, so I didn't get my hopes up too high.

Anyway, 6 or so months later, and after seeing it advertised on Bravo for weeks - the first episode arrived... by this time I'd told my flat mate all about it and we were both looking forward to it, got the beers in, and sat down in anticipation; hoping this new series would be as good as I'd read. And boy, was it... From the word go, from the very first episode, it was amazing.

It had it all. Just as promised. Sword fights, hot chicks, nudity, and to top it all off - a great look. The story set off at a fast pace and by the end of the first episode it was well underway.
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Emily on 20 May 2010
Format: DVD
At first I was sceptical of having a television series based on the life of the infamous Spartacus - after all the film is such a classic!

However, it works!

With special effects akin to those of 300, high quality acting and a cliff hanger to every episode, you really get drawn into all the subplots of the other characters as well as the Spartacus ones.

Set mostly in the training camp, you see the 'behind the scenes' of a gladiator's life.

Although VERY gory and with lots of nudity, it is not a plotless spectacle. If you enjoyed the TV series Rome and films such as 300, you will love this.

It also shows another side to the infamous Lucy Lawless (Xena Warrior Princess), she is a very good actress!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Z on 22 Oct 2010
Format: DVD
So, right of the bat....this is not for the squeemish, or the prudish! This version of the Spartacus epic is BRUTAL. Brutal is the way life was in the Roman Empire, and for that matter everywhere in the the ancient world. Is this so different today? What I admire about this series is that it is unrelenting! It gives no quarter. Unless you turn the tv/video off, it doesn't give any leeway...you have to face the demons inside all of us!

Most people in the privileged countries today have been coddled, pampered, deluded into believing we are "civilized". The fact is we are ALL only one breath away from what we are forced to view on "Spartacus"! If you have the tenacity to watch episode after episode, to accept the lesser parts of us, you see we all have a little of ALL the characters that inhabit the ludus. Sex, violence, brutality, love, empathy, courage and sacrifice are an integral part of every human being. Deceiving ourselves that we have evolved beyond the circus is miopic.

If you love the good old days in Rome, the artistry of the arena, beautiful men and women, the ugly and cruel masses...the intricacies of local politics....IF you have the heart to face your demons...Spartacus is a fantastic journey. Give it a little time and let it wash over you without regret...like the blood into the sand. An odyssey well worth taking!
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