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5.0 out of 5 stars Rome with hindsight., 28 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Rome - The Complete Collection [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I watched Rome when it first aired on the BBC in 2005 and thought it was amazing. It's been 5 years, now, and I saw it was fairly cheap on Amazon so got it for Christmas. It's only 3 days later and I've already seen most of the first series!

The thing that stands out this time around is just how good Rome was. The fall of the Roman Republic is quite possibly the most tumultuous period in Political history so the writers were always onto a winner when writing a big-budget drama. Watching the drama and violence may seem over-the-top, but practically all the major events and murders depicted here happened. In fact, if anything, despite this being one of the most violent and perverse mainstream dramas broadcast, the writers have shied away from the darker and more indulgent aspects of ancient Rome -- Mark Anthony, for instance, had several gay (as well as countless heterosexual) affairs and used to attend wild parties dressed as a god, in a chariot pulled by lions! (Anthony here, played superbly by James Purefoy, is still outrageous by modern standards, but surely the reality would have been too much to stomach for the BBC).

Where the writers succeed, though, is meshing this story onto strong, utterly-compelling character-driven plotting set within a landscape so fantastically realised that practically every shot takes your breath away. The day-to-day dirty, violent, horny reality of life in ancient cities has surely never been more accurately and beautifully portrayed. The streets of Rome are alive before your eyes, and the characters whose lives you follow through them are equally captivating (the hilarious and brutal story of unlikely friends, Centurion Lucius Vorenus and legionarie Titus Pullo; the family drama of high-society Atia and her children Ovtavia and Octavian (the future emperor Augustus); the political and military careers, the lives and loves of Anthony and Caesar; and supporting plots concerning the plotting against Caesar, the working conditions of Rome, the pagan religions and sacrifices, not to mention the careers and demises of Cato, Cicero and Brutus). As I say, the writers already had writing gold before they even put fingers to keyboard, but the effort they have put in to covering so many of Rome's facets, to also create memorising and loveable characters, has to be lauded as one of the best written dramas of our age.

Rome does have its faults (some historical inaccuracies and -- largely due to the events covered in series one being so powerful -- the second season isn't quite as strong), but there is nothing else like it (if you have been put off watching this from seeing the Tudors, give it a go, I think you will be surprised by the difference). I think I enjoyed Rome more second time around. I guess because it has been and gone and nothing has come close to matching it for sheer extravagance, debauchery and spectacle. I can't wait to watch it on Blue-Ray )

If (as I) you are interested in reading more about Caesar and Rome after viewing this, I'd recommend Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (which covers the same period as season one) and Caesar: The Life of a Colossus (which is a comprehensive biography of Caesar, and covers his early life and military career in Gaul as well as events after the Rubicon).
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Initial post: 16 May 2011 02:28:32 BDT
i'm really happy to read that there's also the german dubbing included. but i'd like to know if there is also german language (spoken NOT subtitles) in the uncut scenes. this uk version is quite longer than the german one and therefore has more scenes. are those also available in german or exclusively in english? did someone check that? thank you for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2013 22:43:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2013 23:08:17 GMT
Buddy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 13:52:13 GMT
Hi Milan, without knowing which scenes were added it's difficult for me to say (I wasn't aware there were any extra scenes). If you can find info on where one of these scenes is, I'll happily have a look to see (sorry about the late reply).

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 23:56:15 GMT
@ Duncan: thanks for the reply. to be honest i already forgot that i asked this question here because in the meantime i own the ROME box. therefore i can say that there IS a german dubbing for all the scenes. the runningtime of the german and the uk version are the same. thanks for your help.

@ Odin: i of course had been asking google before posting this question here - without any success.
My english is good enough not to need german subtitles for most of the english spoken media but if over 90% from a media HAS a german dubbing than it would be very lame to have 2 or 3 scenes in english when the rest of a movie/series is not in english.
"just to please Germans" is the reason why they translate media in other languages. it makes it more attractive for foreign users. you even would'nt buy a not-translated german movie would you?
i hope you understand what i mean. i understand english much better than i can speak.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2013 07:55:53 GMT
No worries mate, glad that the German dubbing was in all the scenes :)

Posted on 29 Oct 2013 05:57:02 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2015 14:43:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Feb 2015 14:45:45 GMT
I bought a French version from Amazon.fr which does have an audio version in French.Although I'm not sure I've watched the uncut scenes. Why don't you try Amazon.de and see if there is German dubbing on that? Good luck!
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