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Gladiator [Remastered] [Blu-ray] [2000] [Region Free]
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205 of 216 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2010
Unreserved five stars for PQ on the remastered edition (the AQ was always excellent).

Now what you really want to know: how can you be sure you're getting the new edition, and not the shoddy first release? As of 9 September, NBC Universal UK have confirmed three things:

1. They have started shipping the new edition to retailers, but it's up to retailers as to when they sell it.
2. The new edition has a "Pocket-Blu" logo on the back, comprising the pocket BLU symbol and the words "pocket BLU"; this is the sole distinguishing mark. If it's there, you have the new edition; if not, the old.
3. The combined Robin Hood/Gladiator release includes the new edition of Gladiator.

Happy hunting!

Matthew
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2011
Gladiator is a classic film, and this Blu Ray release brings it to life like never been seen before. I own the DVD of the original and extended editions, and I was shocked at the quality of the image and sound that Blu Ray gives. Some of the scenes looked surprisingly different because of the extra clarity, and the difference is breathtaking. I particularly like that this product includes the extended edition of the film in full HD, and these extra scenes just fill in a few gaps that were present in the cinema release. I was originally sceptical about the improvement that Blu Ray could give over traditional DVDs, but after seeing Gladiator I am converted. Absolutely stunning.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2012
Blu Ray all zone (not confirmed)

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Length of the Theatrical Cut: 155 min
Length of the Extended Cut: 171 min

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries by the director Ridley Scott and some crew's members (1 commentary for each cut)

Subtitles for the feature film and the bonuses (Disc II):
French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin and English for the hard of hearings.

Extra subtitles only available on Disc II:
Japanese, Russian, Greek and Polish

Verdict:
This film on Blu Ray is nearly perfect, a good picture with an outstanding soundtrack. The soundtrack is perfect with a fantastic music. The picture has a natural but discrete noise.
Thanks to its excellent picture, we can see much more details about the battle, the fights, Rome and its magnificent buildings, monuments and of course the coliseum which looks very massive, imposing in this ancient and highly detailed city.
High Definition picture means details we are not supposed to see !!
- We can clearly during the first battle against the Prussians, 1 guy seen not fighting but smiling and walking in the wrong direction !! (9 min 44 sec), a funny take !!
- The stunt double of Russel Crowe falling from his horse during this same battle (10 min, 25 sec).
- The following day, Maximus goes to see his horse, a crew man wearing jeans standing in the background behind the horse can be seen hiding.
- For his first fight alone in the arena, at the end, when Maximus says "Are you not entertained", on the left side of the screen among the audience the cameraman and the camera are clearly visible.
- The last scenes of Proximo, as Oliver Reed passed away before the end of the shooting, a double was used for several shots and can be seen standing for Mr. Reed.

More mistakes can be seen but nevertheless, the script remains truly remarkable making this film a real pleasure to watch over and over again especially with this unforgettable score which matches every moment of the film.
You will not be disappointed, enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I first heard about this I slightly cringed wondering if the modern day take on an "epic" style film would work. Fortunately, despite some questionable historical decisions (female gladiators being a non event it never happened) and the film isn't based on any historical events (unlike Spartacus) Ridley Scott has delivered a pretty good film.

Plot wise General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) is loyal to Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) and his chosen successor, however the natural son of Marcus Aurelius, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ends the life of the sick Emperor upon hearing Meridius is to be the next Emperor and not himself.

Commodus asks for the loyalty of Meridius, but he refuses and suffers the fate of having his family killed by the new Emperor. Meridius escapes and returns to Spain to find his wife and son having been slain already, after he buries them he is captured by a roaming slave caravan and thrust into the world of being a Gladiator (hence the title) The rest of the film shows the struggle between the former General and the new Emperor ultimately concluding in a "Mano-a-mano" one on one hand to hand battle at the end.

Cast wise near enough top notch really, the gritty/macho role suits Crowe down to the ground, Joaquin Phoenix also make a cunning devious and sneaky young Emperor. We have the last film appearance of Oliver Reed as Antonius Proximothe Gladiator trainer/owner (who died during filming in Malta after a heavy drinking session - computer generated work was done to complete the production of his character ), Harris has a smaller role but played sincerely. Connie Nielsen is Lucilla, daughter of Marcus Aurelius and potential temptress (a former love interest of Maximus)

The film opening is pretty dramatic with a rather tasty battle scene with the Roman army and native Gauls. If you've a good multi channel sound system you'll hear the arrows flying over your head and rumbles of battle and explosions very nicely. This was one of the earlier DVD's I picked up and at the time sound wise very impressive. Quite a lot of action scenes throughout and in general very well done, with effective use of CGI to re-create the Roman era. It works well and is convincing (some of the scenes in the Gladiator fights are a little OTT esp the chariot scene) Leaving that to one side (a few rubber swords seen) and the end scene where Crowe has a nice mound of sand to rest his head on (I spotted it!) pretty effective film nit picks to one side.

Music is provided by Hans Zimmer who creates a fairly dramatic and decent soundtrack that suits the mood of the film.
Certainly a lot better than I had expected, decent if not overly original story, good cast, screen play and direction are all strong, one for the action drama fans out there. I might have preferred a historical event, but this makes for quite a good watch and solid entertainment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2012
Ridley Scott's 2000 film Gladiator was Hollywoods first major attempt at a "sword and sandals" epic in decades, and it's initial release received both critical and public acclaim.

From beginning to end, Scott's eye for detail produces a visual feats of the film makers art. Digital wizardry brings ancient Rome to life on a scale and grandeur never seen before and a West Sussex Forestry Commission plantation was reduced to ashes, having been bombed and burned in the re-creation of a major battle between Rome and Germanic barbarian hordes.

Over a long career, Ridley has often explored war, violence and mayhem in a graphic, brutal way in many of his films. Gladiator is no exception, with the camera often getting "up and personal" with the blood, guts and gore. The attention to detail paid by the film makers in re-creating the Colosseum's gladiatorial fights as authentically as possible is reason enough, if you need one, to see this film.

Hollywood has never let historical truths stand in the way of a good story, so although some inspiration for a few characters are drawn directly from historical fact, the plot details and Maximus himself are pure fiction.

On the whole, the film's cast give good solid performances, with some flashes of pure brilliance. Indeed, Russell Crow's portrayal of Maximus earnt him the best actor Academy Award in 2000.

So how good is Gladiator? Visually, this is a modern day epic with plenty of action, that will entertain time and again so is worth the effort adding to your film collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This remastered bluray of gladiator has really improved the overall look and feel of this modern day classic for me.

I've watched it a few times now and compared it to the original release.

I'm no expert but the original was subpar in picture quality for such a great movie on bluray. Thankfully its all good with this one! The contrast has been tweeked throughout which has resulted in a slightly warmer picture and fine details have been enhanced dramatically such as damage to battle armour, armour detail, skin textures and facial pores are visible now as are the finer details in scenes throughout the movie from architecture to the crowds and battle scenes which does only add to the atmosphere. The scenes shot in darker extremes are much clearer in this remadter, finer details again picked up on. I think people have previously mentioned that the mysteriously disappearing flaming arrows and fireballs in the opening battle against the Germanic horde have been remastered brilliantly so you can now follow the flames right to their intended targets! Ouch!

Audio quality here is very good too. If lucky enough to own a nifty surround sound system, whack it on because you'll be ducking whooshing flaming arrows, explosions, dodging the clank of swords in battle (or buy some foam rubber ones to join in with the kids!) to the more quiet non battle scenes where you can close your eyes and imagine you're actually in a horse driven cart as the wooden wheels squeek, creak and hobble over stony ground! The clarity of the spoken word is also spot on as of course is the soundtrack.

A great movie made even better. Visually breathtaking and audio wise very good indeed. A must have in your bluray collection.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2012
Despite the lack of the "Pocket-Blu" logo on the back of the new Augmented Reality packaging which previously comprised of the pocket BLU symbol and the words "pocket BLU" - I can confirm that this is the remastered edition.

For your Information the reference number printed on disc 1 is 28647.1/ST/G51/R1.

The Augmented Reality refers to the cover only and you need to download an app from Universal Pictures to view it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A sweeping epic, a triumph, a masterpiece, yes, it's all these
things and so much more.
for me---'Ridley Scott's' finest achievement ( and there have
been many )
'Maximus' has fought and won many battles for the glory of 'Rome'
the treachery of 'Caesar's' son 'Commodus' leaves 'Maximus' out of
favour and condemned as a traitor.
the man 'Marcus Aurelius' ( Caesar ) had wanted to lead 'Rome' after
his death escapes the execution 'Commodus' had ordered, he is now
trained as a 'Gladiator'
his one desire now, and purpose for living is to avenge the death
of his beloved wife and son.
with stars from yesteryear 'Oliver Reed' and 'Richard Harris' and
those of more recent times 'Russell Crowe' and 'Joaquin Phoenix' on
board....this is truly a 'Magnificent Spectacle'
with spectacular action and strong story-line the film remains worthy
of it's acclaim.
( re-visiting the all-time classics of distant and recent times has
become a mission for me, and is proving a worthwhile pastime )
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196 of 230 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2009
As the title suggests, this is a great film but has unfortunately been butchered on blu ray. The picture quality is absolutely dreadful, the studio has applied so much DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) to try to remove grain that they have actually removed a lot of detail in the picture itself! Crucially though, Ridley Scott filmed this with the intention of many of the battle scenes being very grainy (it makes them seem for more gritty and real) - so to remove it would surely go against his wishes!

In the opening battle scenes in Germania for example, about half of the flaming arrows fired by the Romans have been erased on the blu ray compared to the DVD. What's worse is that the ones that remain flicker in and out of existence in a really obvious manner. Likewise Roman soldiers have their spears erased or cut in half (I'm not joking - look up AVS Forums and you'll see screenshots of what I mean). But worst of all is that the studio seems to have actually added in some print damage that wasn't present on the DVD! In some scenes (only for a split second mind you) a strange blueish blob (admittedly very small) can flash up - what's up with that?

The real kick in the teeth though is that all these problems only affect the theatrical portions of the film - all of the extended scenes have been left unmolested, and here the picture quality is fantastic. But it is very jarring when watching these scenes as you'll go from blurry to very sharp and then back again - again this is obvious to the "untrained eye" so to speak.

Ultimately it is an absolute travesty that this film has been released in such a state. It reminds me of the first US release of the Fifth Element on blu ray which was so appalling that Sony was forced to release a better version within a year (the re-release was actually very good and is region free for those that are interested).

The point remains, though, that we should not have to wait for a re-release to experience this film in a manner that blu ray is supposed to. Had the audio just been an issue then it wouldn't have mattered much, but to have the picture quality so heavily compromised that an upscaled DVD actually contains more detail is disgusting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2001
What can I say, This left me mesmerised. The stars of the movie were Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Oscar winning Russell Crowe was brilliant and gave the performance of his life and carried it off with ease. Joaquin Phoenix was menacing as the Emporor Commodus. The CGI special effects were done so brilliant and so realistic. The scenery in the film is beautiful. Ridley Scott was brilliant in direction, kept the script fast-paced and interesting. He should've walked away with the Oscar for Best Director. The music for the film was beautiful and twon the film yet another Ocsar nomination. There is many extras on this DVD, such as a documentary on the making of the film and deleted scenes with optional commentaries from Scott, to mention but a few. So do yourself a favour, buy this. It's a cinamatic dream. Truly one of the best films of the decade. No wonder it walked away with som many Oscar's.
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