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, Andy Whitfield
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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, 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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

113 of 124 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Webster on 14 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was a bit worried about buying this, not sure whether it was going to be good or not but for the price paid I was not dissapointed!

I read reviews saying it was similar to 300 and Gladiator, and the number of times I was sitting thinking 'I've seen this before' I can see why, some parts of the story are VERY similar to Gladiator. However, the story is good and you grow to like the characters although at first finding some of them somewhat cringe worthy...

For one thing, the 18 certificate is well deserved. To be honest, I felt the sex scenes were a bit over the top and too frequent, one per episode minimum? Really? As for 'blood and sand' yes, PLENTY of blood... although appaling in terms of cgi, pretty entertaining none the less!

All in all however, a good series! Certainly worth the low price you pay and would definately consider buying the other Spartacus titles in relation to this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By janey on 29 Jun. 2012
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Once you get over the shock of the use of the `c' word, nakedness and gratuitous violence Spartacus grips you on so many levels...

The enthralling combination of the relationships within the characters...But, mostly how the `human spirit' survives... Despite humiliation, degradation and suffering....

I have been known to have said the things we find interesting or amusing is those we can relate to our own experiences of life...

Spartacus had me gripped as I have survived a violent relationship... one of which I could easily have given up my existence and died many times... But, instead I chose to protect others and take a submissive stance in order to survive...

Spartacus has a will to survive despite his situation, which lacks in options.... is there any honor in dying in the arena? Honor, a little used word these days!

The story that also interested me was the `love' triangle between Crixus, Lucretia, Nivia and the obvious interest of Illithyia... Although slaves were made to have sex with their masters they were able to place that humiliation to one side to also feel love....

What I take away from this is.... That we do what we have to do, in order to survive... take the submissive path instead of the confrontational path that would see us bloodied or possibly dead... and guess what. That's actually okay as long as you don't lose yourself and the faith you have in yourself to be doing the right thing... But, as Spartacus did, the very moment opportunity arises be brave and take the option to fight your way out. You are the only person you have to truly face in the mirror of reflection... So ensure that your actions are the reactions of someone you're proud to see...
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181 of 208 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2010
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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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