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Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set [DVD]
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DVD Special Features
Commentary with Director Ridley Scott, the Director of Photography and the Editor
Making of Gladiator: HBO First Look -- 25 mins
Deleted Scenes with optional Director's Commentary
Gladiator Games -- Roman Blood Sport: Learning Channel Special -- 50 mins
Hans Zimmer Profile -- The Making of the Music for Gladiator
Pietro's Treasure Chest: Best of Deleted Footage Montage
Spencer Treat Clark (Lucius) Production Journal
Original Storyboard Comparisons & Conceptual Art
Cast & Crew Biographies
Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS
Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Croatian, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Arabic, Dutch
Ridley Scott's glossy historical epic Gladiator revitalised the classic sword 'n' sandal genre, bringing both a modern pop-culture sensibility and state-of-the-art computer-generated special effects to what had seemed like a worn-out formula. Essentially a remake of Anthony Mann's stodgy 1964 Fall of the Roman Empire, Gladiator also borrows heavily from Saving Private Ryan in its stunning opening sequence, and employs Ridley's brother Tony Scott's rapid-fire editing style for the remarkably staged Colosseum fights. The overall effect is a hugely impressive but emotionally empty spectacle complemented by Hans Zimmer's bestselling but derivative score.
Russell Crowe cements his star status with a brooding, muscular performance helped along by lots of pithily quotable mock-Shakespearean dialogue. But Crowe's Maximus, along with everyone else in the film, is a disappointing two-dimensional stereotype: there's also the ridiculously melodramatic villain (Joaquin Phoenix), the old flame who's still in love with her hero (Connie Nielsen) and the trusty companion (Djimon Hounsou--who seems stuck in these roles). Richard Harris lacks the gravitas to convince as the philosopher-king Marcus Aurelius, and only Oliver Reed, in his very last film, brings some depth to his world-weary ex-gladiator. Still, if Scott's film lacks the profundity of Ben-Hur, Spartacus or even Cleopatra, it remains a kinetic, exciting thrill ride that gives us some sense of what it must have been like to fight and die with a gladius in hand.
On the DVD: Gladiator's two-disc set quickly became a must-have on its first release and remains one of the absolute essential DVD purchases. It set the standard both for picture and sound quality (Dolby 5.1 or DTS) as well as providing a second disc fully loaded with excellent special features. Scott's audio commentary is on the first disc, and the second has documentaries about both the history and the film, deleted scenes, storyboards, hidden "Easter Eggs" and more. --Mark WalkerSee all Product description
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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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