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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray.
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 This is a 5 star movie, let down by an average (out of date!)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...
Published on 9 July 2011 by Mark A. Streets

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3.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus falls short on a sloppy 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...
Published on 28 April 2012 by Picard


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5.0 out of 5 stars i love it, 24 Aug 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 22 Jan 2010
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I just love this film, always have and time does not deminish this. Great acting, brilliant story and wonderful locations - what more can you ask for. (And a very good price)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Films, 14 Jun 2009
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Spartacus is a great film which is part of the golden age of hollywood. Jean simmons performance in this film was one of her greatest roles and she is just such an inspiration. These are the sought of films i grew up on amnd has influenced me in my life choices! truely a great film full of film stars, the best part is when they all stand up and state "I'm Spartacus! No I'm Spartacus!......." That scene is up with the one hundred greatest cinema moments of all time!!! Great film with a sexy Kirk Douglas.... yes that is Michael Douglas's father for those who don't know!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Sep 2014
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus, 4 Jun 2009
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Mr. Gilbert D. M. Mccomb "Rapture" (Glasgow, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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Stanley Kubrick does it again. This is an epic movie. Buy it, watch it, savour it and i promise you wont need to try remeber it as this movie is unforgetable. Outstanding. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining move, 11 April 2010
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Stanley Kubrick entered the big time here, being asked to substitute for director Anthony Mann, who was the first choice for Spartacus, in and fact did direct the opening scenes of the movie. Kubrick clearly has to work within certain creative boundaries, imposed by either the studio or Douglas, as the films producer. Some scenes are melodramatic and some of the moralising is a bit too obvious, particularly the scenes with Douglas and Simmonds and Douglas to the masses, albeit Olivier does make his scenes with Simmonds more interesting and less saccharine. In fact Olivier, Ustinov and Charles Laughton are the best performances in the film, with Olivier's Crassus oozing power, but becoming more vulnerable when seeing its impact (or lack thereof) on Spartacus; Ustinov's opportunist who nevertheless evokes sympathy as the 'survivor' character and Laughton's character's clever manipulations of gullible senators and his political sparring with Crassus in the 'Republican v Dictator' duel. Douglas is solid enough, albeit in archetypal Hollywood Leading Man mode, and certainly a role that is not quite as interesting as say for example, his performance in Paths of Glory, his previous collaboration with Kubrick.

Despite this, and the rather obvious flamboyant approach to the design and photography, which was to show "look at the money we are spending on this" ($12 million, a lot at the time), Kubrick brings competent direction and more fleshed out (supporting) characters than usual for a film of this size and scope. Editing is first rate, as is Alex North's music, and the action sequences are generally well handled. The best sequences are the gladiator combat scenes in front of the Crassus character early on in the film, and the arrival of the Roman Legions on the site of the films final battle, where image, editing and music come together brilliantly. The films climax is a bold and interesting choice, and works so well partly because Douglas plays his character in a more understated fashion in this part of the film. Its also interesting to see Crassus try many times, and fail every time to get one over Spartacus, even though at first glance it looks like Crassus does.

The plot, while loosely based on history, is the best part of the film, and while there are one or two convenient co-incidences, is doesn't mar the film and is no more than in any populist large scale Hollywood Movie. The political machinations that Spartacus becomes involved in are very prescient and still apply to situations seen by holders of power today, and this key subtext was clearly articulated, especially the handing over of more power to a leader in the interests of 'security'.

Overall, a very entertaining action film, with an atypical but highly effective climax. It was Kubrick's last experience of the Hollywood System, and from now on Kubrick would work independently out of England, which would give his subsequent films a very different look and feel. Great value as a very cheap HD DVD with an absolutely fantastic image and excellent sound.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epics to see before you die No.1, 18 Dec 2008
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"I'm Spartacus!" "No, I'm Spartacus!" "No, I'm Spartacus!" - All that arguing, no wonder there was a battle. Meanwhile Tonicurtius and Larry Olivierus are going round looking for oysters and snails, what's that all about? Anyway the final score was Romans MMCVI, Slaves MXXIV. And Spartacus kills Tonicurtius to save him from a fate worse than death! The End. Well, historical inaccuracies and weaker second half aside, this is still the greatest of the epics. Kirk should have got an award just for helming this one against all the odds. I'd better not spoil it by saying Spartacus' body was in fact never found (!), but if there's a dry eye after the final scene, you must have ice in your veins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep impact !, 15 May 2007
If I ever have a friend who says that he has not seen this movie...A masterpiece! The first film that was shot during McCarthy era depicting the leftist history. Shame on Elia Kazan and credit due to countless nameless heroes who stood up for the terror in the film industry in that time. Kirk Douglas is marvellous and ever will be a Spartacus in many people's memories.
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