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Spartacus: Blood and Sand Season 1 [Blu-ray]

Andy Whitfield , Lucy Lawless , Michael Hurst , Rick Jacobson    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Erin Cummings, Craig Parker
  • Directors: Michael Hurst, Rick Jacobson, Jesse Warn
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment (UK) Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LLMX4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,095 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The "sword and sandals" genre isn't exactly known for its subtlety and restraint, but even by those standards, Spartacus: Blood and Sand is deliriously, delightfully over the top. Viewers familiar with the 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the best-known version of the Spartacus tale, will recognize the basic outline of the story: a Thracian warrior with a beautiful, loving wife is betrayed by his Roman "allies" and forced into slavery, whereupon he distinguishes himself as a gladiator nonpareil and, after enduring countless indignities, leads his brethren and others in a rebellion against their oppressors. But there's a lot more Caligula than Kubrick in the 13 first-season episodes (each a bit less than an hour long) of this Starz television series, which stars Andy Whitfield in the title role and also features Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as the wicked wife of Spartacus's owner. The fight scenes are highly stylized (the entire production seems to have taken a cue from the surreal, painterly look of 300) but extraordinarily brutal, featuring multiple dismemberments and decapitations amidst seas of slow-motion, CGI-generated blood; a gladiatorial battle in episode 5 pitting Spartacus and his rival-turned-ally Crixus (Manu Bennett) against a monster named Theokoles is definitely not for the squeamish, but that's only one of many such scenes. There's also ample sex and nudity, as the couplings involving various studly gladiators and lustful Roman noblewomen are like salacious combat between Chippendales dancers and Victoria's Secret models. Meanwhile, the personal relationships are the stuff of soap operas, with the Romans in particular depicted as relentlessly decadent, duplicitous, and power-hungry.

If this all sounds outrageously entertaining, it is, though perhaps not for everyone. And although the future of the show (which was executive produced by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi) is in doubt due to Whitfield's ongoing battle with cancer, we'll always have this season to revel in.  --Sam Graham

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Spartacus: Blood And Sand - Series 1

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111 of 121 people found the following review helpful
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.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing on TV since Battle Star Galactica 19 Aug 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good Fun 20 May 2010
By Emily
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
5.0 out of 5 stars FACING DEMONS 22 Oct 2010
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 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 the blood into the sand. An odyssey well worth taking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story line
Exellent,action lust,slow motion blood and guts galore,great story line,great will be hooked
Published 8 days ago by mrs wendy L Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by jamescook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great box set.
Published 1 month ago by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good buy!
Quick delivery, product the same as you see on the picture
Published 1 month ago by aleksandra
5.0 out of 5 stars but they were so happy to have
this was a gift for someone..but they were so happy to have this
Published 2 months ago by Mrs M J Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is good
Published 2 months ago by CERI DAVIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, buy it
Great series, if you don't mine slow motion and the film 300 style fight scenes. The acting we thought was very good especially Andy Whitfield and John Hannah.
Published 2 months ago by A very old ZX spectrum gamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Seasons 1) a great deal for a great series
Spartacus is a great series that tells the story of a man who was betrayed by the Romans, forced into slavery and then reborn as a Gladiator. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher J. Cowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent DVD and series. A bit blood thirsty but that is what it was about. Would recommend it to anyone
Published 3 months ago by Pauline Stanley
3.0 out of 5 stars More gruesome than I had expected
More gruesome than I had expected. I guess I should mot be surprised but I did not appreciate the acting wither.
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