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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so...great, 25 Feb 2007
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This review is from: The Caesars - The Complete Series (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968] (DVD)
I am a huge fan of the I CLAUDIUS series and the series which i'm reffering now has nothing to do with the great 1976 bbc series.

True, they describe the lives of the caesars in a nice way and the actors were excellent but something went wrong.

First of all the picture quality in this dvd is horrible. second sejanus and germanicus were not caesars and finally augustus and claudius were ignored for the most part.

What we have here actually is a full report about the reigns of tiberius and caligula together with the complete lives of germanicus and sejanus BUT augustus and claudius had a very little screening time and their whole reign were ignored except for the last years of augustus.

The episodes with caligula were very disturbing and overall though the series were not so bad they are not so good either and most important they are AGES BEHIND THE SUPERB "I CLAUDIUS" 1976 SERIES.

I Recommend these 1960 series ONLY to the die hard "roman empire" fans.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2013 00:31:16 BDT
I, Claudius is far more known but the history is inaccurate. It's a 'Forest Gump' style, 90% fiction around a frame of history. But the 'Luvvies and Darlings' school of Brit Theatricality can be a bit much for anyone who craves realism, as opposed to Jacobi and Blessed's melodramatic overacting.

As noted The Ceasars doesn't devote much time to Augustus....Or Julius Caesar...Or Nero, or Flavian, Titus, Hadrian, Commodus.... I could go on but feel I've made my point.

Andre Morrel's TIBERIUS is a masterclass in depicting a man with everything and nothing. So much better than the black and white, goodies and baddies, James Bond like villainous Tiberius, in I, Claudius.

THE CAESARS is the finest history drama ever made and it obviously left an impression on the makers of I, Claudius - about 8 years later. Several of the CAESARS actors were given parts in CLAUDIUS.

ALSO Robert Graves books were known fiction.
THE CAESARS is an attempt to show actual history,

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2013 15:33:13 BDT
Part fiction maybe but a lot of things happened in reality like suetunius also describes in his history.
Claudius the emperor wrote a lot of books and part of those were a story of his family but unfortunately they were lost but suetonius and cassius wrote the history of that time which was preserved by graves at his part fiction novels.
I liked THE CAESARS but u have to admit the picture was really horrible and that these series are mostly for fanatic history fans.
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