Spartacus - Gods Of The Arena 2011

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Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed though the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus in a more ruthless time before Spartacus' arrival where honor was just finding its way into the arena.

Starring:
Lesley-Ann Brandt, Nick Tarabay
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Prequel Season

Product Details

Discs
  • Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
Starring Lesley-Ann Brandt, Nick Tarabay, Raicho Vasilev, Jessica Grace Smith, Marisa Ramirez, Lucy Lawless
Director Rick Jacobson, Michael Hurst, Jesse Warn
Studio ANCHOR BAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 3 October 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
Starring Lesley-Ann Brandt, Nick Tarabay, Raicho Vasilev, Jessica Grace Smith, Marisa Ramirez, Lucy Lawless
Director Rick Jacobson, Michael Hurst, Jesse Warn
Studio ANCHOR BAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 3 October 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By D. Turner on 14 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I seriously considered not watching this, since I thought a series of Spartacus without Spartacus would be pointless, although I am so glad I did. The story line is just perfect, and as with the first series there are so many clever twists etc. Its fascinating seeing how the house of Batiatus got to where it was in blood and sand, and this mini series renders new meaning and shines light onto the blood and sand series. The acting, cast, storyline and everything is spot on. If you loved blood and sand and are doubtful about this because it doesn't have spartacus in, then don't be! give it a watch.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Movieman on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
While the character who plays Spartacus fights illness the producers have created a 6 episode prequel mini series.

Despite its short length Gods of the Arena does an outstanding job of explaining many of the pre stories of Season 1 while injecting all the manoeuvring for favour, violence and sex that marked the series out as so exceptional.

The acting, characterisation, plot and dialogue has all the skill and conviction of a Shakespearian production. Graphically impressive the photography and direction capture the essence of the era beautifully.

As good as all the components are this is a series about gladiators and the real stars are the fight scenes - choreographed, performed and CGI'd into a heavily stylised brutal reality they are fully immersive and leave little to the imagination

Buy it, and if you haven't seen season 1 yet, buy that first to appreciate the character stories in full.
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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2011
Format: DVD
I had watched Spartacus blood and sand and loved it.

I have always been fascinated with Ancient Rome and i thought this series was in fact spectacular to watch.

It follows of rise of Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Batiatus played by John Hannah and explains how he became the Dominus of his house and Gladitorial school following the death of his father.

This series also follows the rise of Crixus who you were introduced too in Spartacus: Blood And Sand Season 1 [DVD] [2010] i found it quite interesting to watch this season as Crixus was a nobody and had to fight very hard to earn his place as Champion of the house.

It also goes into detail about how he came to be the lover of the Lucretia, Domina of the house played by Lucy Lawless.

Most importantly however it details the story of Gannicus, who was not only the Champion of the house before Crixus and earns his freedom, but goes onto become one of Spartacus's most loyal generals in the slave rebellion, this by the way is historical fact, you can read about it here:

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This season is short at only 6 episodes but at an hour each it really is worth the money.

Its authentic, violent, bloody and at times extremely brutal, and very very graphically sexual, so i would not recommend it for kids viewing even for historical purposes.

Personally i would highly recommend it but make sure that you buy the 1st season as well, ive included the link at the top of the page.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Season 1 was a stunner. This prequel does it proud. An illustrious new arena is being constructed, Batiatus determined his gladiators shall be its stars - one in the eye for the disapproving father who never saw his son amounting to much. Ruthlessly Batiatus pursues his ambition. Woe betide any who stand in his way - those he does not despatch, his wife Lucretia will.

Backed by an impressive cast, John Hannah shines as Batiatus. Charismatic Gannicus is the champion who preceded Crixus. How the change came about is unexpected - partly the result of a love triangle, which sheds a new light on Peter Mensah's future gladiator trainer role. Throughout here is a performance many may find particularly moving.)

The show is not for the fainthearted - swearing, sex and gore again much in evidence. Nobody is left in any doubt about the violence of the times - especially in the arena where so much blood gushes and severed limbs fly. (The show is twenty five percent special effects and they are tremendous.)

Six episodes (the last one extended and many with moments not shown on television). Commentaries accompany them all and contain interesting anecdotes. For example, the funeral pyre set off the studio's sprinkler system - many problems resulting. There is also admission that the quest for authenticity does not extend to the teeth - practically everybody sporting fine examples of modern dentistry. In fact we are told that most gladiators would have had no teeth at all.

This prequel was a stopgap so Andy Whitfield could recover from serious illness and return as Spartacus. Sadly this was not to be. His memory lives on, and so does the show. Excitement grows about the sequel. How can it surpass what has gone before?

Although I usually prefer far tamer fare, the series gripped and would not let go. Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Green Book Addict Librarian VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
This was a six episode prequel to the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand and it was really good but I forgot it was only going to be six episodes so I'm a little sad it's finished. There seemed to be a lot more swearing and sex and naked people in it than Blood and Sand, if that is even possible. (Mum was a bit shocked at the naked people and how much swearing John Hannah did!) It was good though as we get to see how Crixus started as a gladiator, what a snivelling, devious little weasel Asher is and how the bad blood between him and Crixus gets started. Also how Oenomaus becomes the Doctore. 4.5/5
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