- Language: English
- Subtitles: Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00125WAXM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,232 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Fall of Roman Empire [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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In many ways it reworks elements of El Cid - rival siblings bickering over the throne, the assassination of a ruler, even the final fight owes much to the duel for Calahorra. But unlike the Cid, Stephen Boyd's Livius is unable to truly inspire (his own army is bought off at the gates of Rome) and he leaves the Empire to its decline in chaos out of disgust: the complete antithesis of Mann's great description of the appeal of the enduring appeal of the Western - "a man says he's going to do something, and he does it." Here, the hero walks away and the audience stayed at home in droves.Read more ›
Buyers of this new long awaited UK release need to be aware that both the commentary from the US DVD and the Overture/Intermission are missing. Very strange as all the other extras are included. Still an essential purchase as it's great to have it in Hi-Def but certainly NOT the definitive version. The sound is great but the image varies and is a little soft at times.
Don't get rid of your standard DVD just yet.
A couple of moans though. The Overture, Intermission and Exit Music have been edited out, removing about 7 minutes of running time.
Plus, for those who have been singing the joys of the 2.35:1 ratio as opposed to the admittedly terrible 1.78 ratio of the vastly inferior DVD release, bear in mind that this, as well as El Cid', were actually shot in Ultra Panavision, and correctly, should be in a 2.75:1 ratio. You can see signs of cropping throughout the entire movie, and it's especially noticeable in the opening credits to both films.
Don't get me wrong, the 2.35 ratio is a great improvement, and the blu-ray is a really lovely print, but this is a common occurrence with movies from the 50s and 60s which are cropped down from Cinemascope, Cinerama, Todd-AO and Ultra Panavision to the 2.35 ratio. Not many distributors will present those original 2.55 or greater ratios as they were originally intended - a couple of exceptions are Ben Hur and Battle of the Bulge, both from Warners noticebaly, which retain the 2.75 ratio.
Perhaps there is some concern that the greater the ratio, the thicker the tram lines on the screen to provide the width?
Personally, I want to see these kinds of movies in ALL of their glory, but I guess I'll have to put up with 2.35 for now.....
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A proper full on EPIC, great all star cast and proberbly Christopher Plummers finest hour.However there is a fly in the ointment, the colours of the film are not all they could... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Andrew
Follows a very similar storyline to Gladiator. Not bad. It's not on the same level as Ben Hur in terms of quality but I liked itPublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
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