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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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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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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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 July 2014
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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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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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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It may have revived the big screen epic - and particularly the Roman epic, which had laid dormant since the disastrous failure of 1964's the Fall of the Roman Empire, which this film often copies to less effect - but Gladiator was never really in the top rank of big screen epics.

The script problems that plagued the production are also apparent in a lack of focus that is always a problem when people start building the sets before they have scenes to play in them. There's so much attention to detail in creating the world of the Roman Empire that the supporting characters sometimes get leftovers in this theatrical cut (the extended version available separately corrects that to some degree). Even Russell Crowe's personal journey seems at times poorly developed, reducing the film from a story that affects an empire to a simple revenge story, and a somewhat disappointing one at that. The climactic fight with Commodus is still a major disappointment not just because it's so underwhelmingly staged but because, unlike The Fall of the Roman Empire, the film it relentlessly plagiarises, Commodus is never a credible threat: where Anthony Mann gave him foolhardy courage, Ridley Scott has implied he's a coward throughout until even a wounded hero can't even the odds.

That said, the dialogue never descends to the banalities of 1492: Conquest of Paradise, although the visuals never reach its heights (indeed, John Mathieson's frequently muted photography is often less than impressive). Some of the less vaunted CGI shots are not all that they could be either - the tiger was fine, but the flames in one shot in the battle scene weren't moving in synch with the panning shot while the CGI of the procession into Rome looked less than convincing.

Caveats aside, it's certainly enjoyable (Marcus Aurelius' death scene aside, an ineffectual lift from Blade Runner), and both the character and the film's attitude to death - a reward, reuniting him with his family in Elysium - makes it almost unique in the genre. Despite a handful of strong scenes, it's not great, never reaching the highs of The Fall of the Roman Empire or even its own opening battle sequence (too many of the arena scenes are so over-edited they feel like they've been hacked at with a gladius at times), but it is good and the two-disc DVD set boasts a very impressive array of extras - audio commentary by Ridley Scott, John Mathieson and Pietro Scalia, 11 deleted scenes and montage of deleted footage, featurettes on the making of the film and the history of gladiatorial combat, storyboard comparisons and conceptual art, TV spots and trailers and even an Easter egg of CGI test footage for a deleted rhino fight.

However, if you're buying on DVD it's still worth picking up the extended three-disc version, which boasts another impressive array of new extras and a comprehensive documentary, but more importantly doesn't feel as disjointed or quite so disappointing as the theatrical version. It's not just that it has more room to breathe, more that the additional footage, particularly the scenes away from Maximus where the future of Rome takes center-stage, raise the stakes beyond the simplistic revenge tale the theatrical version all too often settled for. It's still no Fall of the Roman Empire, but it is a more satisfying film than the one released in cinemas.

An even better deal is the Blu-ray release, which combines both cuts with all the extras from both editions - though it should be noted that the first pressing was so poor it had to be recalled and remastered, the problems have been thankfully addressed on subsequent copies.
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on 31 August 2015
My four stars are mainly for the glamour surrounding this film. I reckon that it presents some great scenes (like the first battle and Crowe's addressing the troops) and Russel Crowe is pretty good, ranging from fatherly expressions to angry rebel to honorable general. Joaquim Phoenix is a disturbign, passive/aggressive emperor full of weakness and obsession. Still I think that some other scens are quite over the top and frankly kitsch, like the aggression to Crowe's family and the final duel in the arena, reducing the film to a kind of western set in ancient Rome. Scott has never been a refined director, at least after his first three fantastic films (Duellist, Alien, Blade Runner). His photography is cliche and glossy, but it must be said that he is anoe to direct big crews, big masses and big scenes, while lacking of a certain touch when it comes down to more intimate and personal moments, where he shows not to be so good at directing actors. All in all is a spectacular film and, ignoring his flawes, is a totslly enjoyable film, on a truly excellent hd
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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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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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