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300 Spartans [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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The futile yet inspiring stand of 300 Greek soldiers against the hugest army ever assembled in the ancient world inspired this typical example of Hollywood epic movie-making. King Leonidas of Sparta (Richard Egan, Demetrius and the Gladiators), prevented by political squabbling from sending his entire army to defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae, sets out with his personal bodyguard to fight off the ambitious Persian king, Xerxes. Along the way are a pair of young lovers, scantily clad dancing girls, and treachery though a secret mountain path. The 300 Spartans, made in 1961, has an overstated cold war subtext--there's much talk of freedom vs. slavery--and there are a few too many shots of armoured men marching through the Greek countryside, but the historical conflict has a fundamentally stirring quality. Also featuring Sir Ralph Richardson (Dr. Zhivago, Dragonslayer) as a wily Athenian politician. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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I purchased the Region 2 PAL version from Amazon UK and I’ve compared its screen image on a 16x9 HDTV with the Blu-ray screen images reproduced at blu-ray dot com. There are differences: (1) the Blu-ray images are wider (i.e. showing more of the original CinemaScope image) and consequently with deeper letterbox mattes than the DVD; and (2) the Blu-ray images appear to have some greater colour saturation and a fair dose of digital noise reduction (since skin tones are blander than in the DVD).
The Blu-ray, according to Amazon, is available for Region A with English and Spanish soundtracks and for Region B with just English. These Blu-rays may not be interchangeable since Twentieth Century Fox is well known for releasing most of its titles region-coded.
The Region 2 PAL release has English, German, Italian and Spanish audio, and subtitles in 12 languages.
There is a scene where the Persian Immortal Army of King Xerxes is advancing into a hail of javelines and arrows and some are picked off before they could reach the Greek front line.
This scene is very well choreographed apart from one Persian soldier who get's hit. I won't dwell on this because the whole battle scene is very well staged and is virtually 100% true to the historicity of the Battle of Thermopylae.
The character inter-relations and the attention to detail is very realistic and is in accordance with Herodotus' Histories.
The film focuses very well on the cultures of both sides of the conflict (Persians and Greeks) and also touches on the religious practices of the Greeks, particularly in their sacrificial beliefs.
To summarise, Richard Egan and the rest of the cast demonstrated that acting could be as impressive then as it is in the present day. Good costumes, good acting, good scenery (possibly filmed in the region of Thermopylae, but I am unsure) and a complement to any History enthusiast of this era.
Granted the acting in this film from director Rudolph Maté is wooden, on a par with the Trojan Horse and the ships that turned out to the wooden walls of Athens that defeated Xerxes at Salamis. But there is still something substantial to the battle sequences, as when Xerxes sends his Immortals against the Spartans and when the Spartans make a final valiant charge to kill the Persian monarch. The basic political history of the times is covered in the film; Greece was debating whether or not to send soldiers that far north to stop the invaders and the Spartans decided not to send troops until a religious festival was over. Consequently, King Leonidas (Richard Eagan) left with his personal bodyguard of 300 soldiers. There is a trivial romantic subplot involving a young Spartan soldier and the girl he tried to leave behind, as well as an exiled Spartan King, Demaratus (Ivan Triesault) who tries to educate Xerxes (David Farrar) about the worth of these 300 soldiers. In the end, the Spartans are betrayed by a Greek traitor who tells the Persians of a pass through the mountains where they can attack from the rear.Read more ›
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Front cover makes the film look like its going to be amazing and then the intro is old and classical, therefore we took the disc out straight away and watched another film. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Aedán
David Farrar as king Xerxes ? I think not. This is a trash movie. If you want the best account of Thermopylae I suggest that you read Herodotus, either in the Greek original or in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by lycidas