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Essential Historical and Epics on Blu-ray

From the wild west to the Colosseum, historical action films are perfectly suited to spectacle. In high definition, all the sword fights and gun slinging looks better than ever before. Indulge yourself in history with this selection of the finest historical films on Blu-ray.


1. Gladiator [Remastered] [Blu-ray] [2000] [Region Free]
Gladiator [Remastered] [Blu-ray] [2000] [Region Free] (2015)
Blu-ray ~ Russell Crowe
4.4 out of 5 stars (768 customer reviews)
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Universal Pictures UK
7 September 2009
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Price:£5.00

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A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's ... Read more

2. Braveheart [Blu-ray] [1995]
Braveheart [Blu-ray] [1995] (2009)
Blu-ray ~ Mel Gibson
4.3 out of 5 stars (393 customer reviews)
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2 November 2009
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Price:£4.59

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Mel Gibson's birth-of-a-nation epic Braveheart does for England what Spartacus did for Rome: every Englishman in this film is weak or nasty or a fool, or all three. Gibson plays William Wallace, the highland warrior whose fierce fighting spirit prompted Robert the Bruce's memorable victory over the English at ... Read more

3. 300 [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
300 [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
Blu-ray ~ Gerard Butler
4.1 out of 5 stars (603 customer reviews)
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Warner Home Video
1 October 2007
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Price:£5.28

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Like Sin City before it, 300 brings Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's graphic novel vividly to life. Gerard Butler (Beowulf and Grendel, The Phantom of the Opera) radiates pure power and charisma as Leonidas, the Grecian king who leads 300 of his fellow Spartans (including David Wenham of ... Read more

4. The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] [2003] [Region Free]
The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] [2003] [Region Free]
Blu-ray ~ Tom Cruise
4.3 out of 5 stars (274 customer reviews)
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Warner Home Video
2 July 2007
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Price:£8.84

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The Last Samurai gives epic sweep to an intimate story of cultures at a crossroads as Japan undergoes tumultuous transition to a more Westernised society in 1876-77. In America, tormented Civil War veteran Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is coerced by a mercenary officer (Tony Goldwyn) to train the ... Read more

5. Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (2005)
Blu-ray ~ Orlando Bloom
4.0 out of 5 stars (400 customer reviews)
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Twentieth Century Fox
11 December 2006
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Price:£8.99

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It's hard to believe Ridley Scott's handsome epic won't become the cinematic touchstone of the Crusades for years to come. ... Read more

6. Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray] [2003]
Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray] [2003] (2003)
Blu-ray ~ Russell Crowe
4.3 out of 5 stars (240 customer reviews)
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Twentieth Century Fox
28 April 2008
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Price:£7.00

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Aside from some gripping battles and a storm sequence to rival anything seen on screen, Peter Weir's ... Read more

7. Apocalypto [Blu-ray]
Apocalypto [Blu-ray] (2009)
Blu-ray ~ Rudy Youngblood
4.5 out of 5 stars (303 customer reviews)
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Icon Home Entertainment
11 June 2007
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Price:£7.99

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Forget any off-screen impressions you may have of Mel Gibson, and experience ... Read more

8. Troy [Blu-ray] [2004] [Region Free]
Troy [Blu-ray] [2004] [Region Free]
Blu-ray ~ Brad Pitt
3.7 out of 5 stars (311 customer reviews)
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Warner Home Video
7 July 2008
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Price:£7.53

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There are many reasons to recommend Troy as a good ol' fashioned Hollywood epic, especially if you've never read Homer's The Iliad. Dispensing with Greek gods altogether, this earnestly massive production (budgeted at upwards of $200 million) will surely offend historians and devoted students of the classics. But there's ... Read more

9. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon [Blu-ray] [2000]
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon [Blu-ray] [2000] (2001)
Blu-ray ~ Chow Yun-Fat
4.1 out of 5 stars (228 customer reviews)
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
6 July 2009
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Price:£8.99

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is so many things: an historical epic on a grand scale, an Asian martial-arts flick with both great effects and fantastic fighting (choreographed by The Matrix's guru Yuen Wo Ping), a story of magic, revenge and power played with a posse of star-crossed lovers thrown ... Read more

10. Zulu [Blu-ray] [1964] [Region Free]
Zulu [Blu-ray] [1964] [Region Free] (1964)
Blu-ray ~ Michael Caine
4.8 out of 5 stars (496 customer reviews)
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Paramount Home Entertainment
3 November 2008
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Price:£16.99

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It’s a sad fact that many older films are shovelled onto the Blu-ray format, without a great deal of work put into improving their presentation. That’s an accusation that absolutely can’t be levelled at the outstanding transfer that Zulu has benefited from. It’s truly a template for other studios ... Read more