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Spartacus [1960] (Steelbook) (2 Disc Collectors Edition) (Uncut & Fully Restored) (Region 2) (Import)


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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen, Collector's Edition
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C8HIIS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,299 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English. Features: Disc I: Audio Commentary by Producer/Actor Kirk Douglas, Actor Peter Ustinov, Novelist Howard Fast, Producer Edward Lewis, Restoration Expert Robert A. Harris, and Designer Saul Bass Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's Scene-by-Scene Analysis Additional Alex North Score Compositions Restoration Demonstration Disc II: Rare Deleted Scenes Vintage Newsreel Footage 1960 Promotional Interviews with Jean Simmons and Peter Ustinov 1992 Video Interview with Peter Ustinov Behind-the-Scenes "Gladiatorial School" Footage The 1960 Documentary The Hollywood Ten Plus Archival Documents About the Blacklist Original Storyboards by Saul Bass Hundreds of Production Stills, Lobby Cards, Posters, Print Ads and A Comic Book Sketches by Director Stanley Kubrick Original Theatrical Trailer. Director Stanley Kubrick tells the tale of Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), the bold gladiator slave and Varinia (Jean Simmons), the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of the Imperial Rome at its glorious height. The inspirational true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom, Spartacus combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Streets on 9 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The transfer isn't great, it's acceptable but not quite what you'd expect for a film of this magnitude! There is a lot of softness to some scenes and the blacks are poor. It states that it is a restoration that was done in 1991...maybe it's time they did a new one! This is a 5 star movie, let down by an average (out of date!) transfer. On the plus side Kirks chin dimple is generally sharp and well detailed. ;)
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Like other epics such as 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben Hur', Spartacus is a movie that has gone through an interesting series of home releases. I say interesting because as is always the way with classic movies, they are often compromised to such a degree that you would wonder how they could ever get away being released in such an un-authentic state. Of course, it was astounding to see what can be achieved with a modern 8K restoration (Ben-Hur) and for 'Lawrence...' fans, the good news is that Sony are rereleasing the film this year with a similar 8K restoration. These are only two examples of the correct treatment such classics deserve, yet Spartacus appears to have gone unnoticed.

What we have here is a transfer from the 1991 print - what was at it's a time a seven figure sum paid to reconstruct the film in the most accurate way. The bulk of the work was done from black and white negative separations which don't fade, so the colours should be pretty much spot on to how the film looked originally. The problem with this Blu-ray, however, is that Universal have for some reason not invested a new digital restoration. This is just the 1991 print with some waxy and often careless DNR applied, meaning the resulting picture is incredibly soft and simply doesn't represent the Technirama format the movie was shot on. On top of this, little effort has gone in to using current technology for removing artefacts and colour fading throughout the film.

I focus on these technicalities because a movie as good as Spartacus deserves the same - if not better - kind of treatment that even lesser films have had on Blu-ray.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 26 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The perfect gift for all Roman history buffs is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
Stanley Kubrick has given us many memorable films, but this is my personal favourite. It is hard to imagine that he was not even nominated for best director in 1960. I suppose his final satisfaction must have come in the endurance of this film's popularity after all the other nominees faded into obscurity.

'Spartacus' is one of the great Hollywood epics and Kirk Douglas' defining role. It is a brilliantly written screenplay that combines the struggle for freedom from oppression with a compelling love story in a setting that accurately depicts the majesty as well as the corruption of the Roman Empire. The scenes depicting the political manoeuvring of the Senate were priceless.

Kubrick's work was nothing short of brilliant. His attention to the details of the period was wonderful. The orchestration of tens of thousands of extras in the battle scenes was phenomenal. His presentation of the love scenes between Varinia and Spartacus were sensitive and compelling. I was most impressed with his treatment of the slave army. He put a human face on the slaves by showing mothers with their children and scenes of Spartacus walking among the people. This completely wins the affections of the viewer. His pacing was perfect and despite the film's length at over three hours, it did not seem to drag since there was always something fascinating on the screen.

Kirk Douglas gave a powerful performance and created a character that was bigger than life. He was strong and inspirational while simultaneously being gentle and kind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2014
Format: Blu-ray
'Spartacus' (Kirk Douglas) had spent his childhood, youth, into manhood as a working as a slave for
his 'Roman' masters.
He is chosen by the visiting 'Batiatus' (Peter Ustinov) a visiting official for purchase as a a slave to be
trained at his Gladiatorial-Academy.
There he meets the woman who he'll eventually take for his wife 'Varinia' (Jean Simmons) who as a
slave at the Academy to both please chosen Gladiators and serve.
When an important 'Roman' General 'Crassus' (Laurence Olivier) visits the Academy he insists on a
Gladiator show, two pairs a fight to the death one on one.
'Spartacus' and three others are chosen, the Academy previously only training Gladiators to be sold on
to places such as 'Rome' never to fight and die at the Academy.
'Spartacus' is paired to fight 'Draba' (Woody Strode) an Ethiopian, the powerful 'Draba' chooses not to
kill 'Spartacus' but turn his 'Trident' toward 'Crassus' obviously losing his own life.
The enforced exhibition causes unrest among the Gladiators at the Academy so much so it triggers a
revolution led by 'Spartacus' who had always craved freedom.
'Varinia' had been seen leaving the compound earlier with 'Batiatus' who had sold her to 'Crassus'
Back in 'Rome' slave 'Antoninus' (Tony Curtis) has become a man-servant to 'Crassus' an educated man
who read poetry and sung songs.
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