Gladiator Blu-ray 2018 Region B
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Forced into slavery by the corrupt, incestuous heir to the throne, Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe) becomes a gladiator. His prowess in the arena will eventually lead him to Rome, the Colosseum and a vengeful showdown with the new emperor. An Academy Award winning masterpiece, Gladiator is epic movie story-telling brought thrillingly into the 21st century by master director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien).
- Theatrical Version – (149 Mins) With Audio Commentary
- Extended Version – (164 Mins) With Introduction By Ridley Scott & Audio Commentary
- The Scrolls Of Knowledge: U-Control Trivia Track & Interactive Featurettes
- Visions From Elysium: U-Control
- Strength And Honour: Creating The World Of Gladiator With Over 2 Hours Of New Content
- Image & Design
- Abandoned Sequences & Deleted Scenes
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The Story of Gladiator
In the final days of Marcus Aurelius' reign, the aging emperor angers his son Commodus by making it known that he wants Maximus, a fearsome and respected Roman general, to be his successor. Power-hungry Commodus kills his father and orders the death of Maximus. But the latter flees, only to discover that his wife and child have been murdered by Commodus. Captured, Maximus is forced into slavery, where he is sold to Proximo, a former gladiator who serves as both mentor and slavemaster. Maximus trains as a gladiator in the arena, where his fame grows. He goes to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor Commodus. Maximus has learned that the one power stronger than that of the emperor is the will of the people, and he knows he can only attain his revenge by becoming the greatest hero in all the empire.
The opening battle sequence sets the stage nicely. Arrows - whether visible or not - are certainly heard with a continuous whoosh as they fly through the air towards their targets. Explosions pack a good wallop, and the general mayhem of the battle, which includes screaming soldiers and clanking swords, does well to place the listener in the midst of the carnage. As with most any action-heavy soundtrack, it's the little things during the less-intense moments that truly define the quality of the listen, and in that regard Gladiator doesn't disappoint. Still, the action segments feature a full-blown surround presence that places listeners in the arena and may even have them ducking for cover as weapons whirl and fighters maneuver in a virtually seamless 360-degree sound field that's the norm for every fight throughout.
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The 4k version of the movie is as amazing as you'd expect, the picture is prestine and the sound is amazing.
Would recommend for either fans of the film or collector's of 4k movies.
Comes in a lovely sleeve also which I didn't know!
I remember being speechless as I walked out of the cinema. It is a masterclass in film-making. The whole production crew really pull it together brilliantly. Apparently it was a troubled film to make, well, I don't really care, except to say that nothing good happens easily.
Russell Crowe brings a superb performance, probably the performance of his career in a part made for him. Joaquin Phoenix really towers over this film, in a performance that to my memory many people felt that he was finally allowed by the self-important media stop just being River's brother.
The breadth and depth of the characters is compelling, the story, that never pretends to be a history lesson, is solid. It is also such a fitting tribute to Oliver Reed, who gives a wonderfully OTT performance that do his underused talent justice.
Combined with the soundtrack, Gladiator is unbeatable entertainment. As for all that guff about blu ray, blu man, remastering etc, try watching and enjoying it, instead of looking for missing pixels.
A stunning film, worthy of the greats of old time Hollywood. Thanks Ridley.
Sound on the DVD is a few db higher on some dialouge passages over the bluray but I'm not going to get too fussy about today, maybe tomorrow.
The frequency response doesn't go much further down 23Hz but its very shallow at around 23Hz, thou I see an almost tiny trickle of 20Hz using the spectrum lab, frequency waterfall graph recorder with chapter 19 some of Foley body fall impacts as Maximus, raises his, leg to push over another Gladiator onto his back with a deep thump! LCRS channels I would be really expecting to a flat 20Hz or a bit lower. LFE.1 is frequently used on the film lows only reaching down around 30Hz that suspiciously looks like like some frequency filtering of maybe the original theatrical mix, (with a watered down near-field) the lows are mostly covered over LCR with some now and then lows in the surrounds.
GLADIATOR does sound close to how I remembered the sound effects and Foley sound footsteps after seeing/listening too it at the cinema two times at two different cinemas with (Dolby Digital SR-D) odoen screen 1, Bournemouth and Empire Leicester Square Empire 1, London.
No discrete 6.1 of the dts-ES discrete mix here. Still the PLIIx expands any phantom sounds from the sidewall surrounds to the back of the room with a better steering than Dolby-EX which is only a single mono matrix rear back. PLIIx is a stereo matrix rear back that gives better positioning of the rear surround with 5.1 mixes.
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