Rome - The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Now in Hi-Definition, Rome Complete contains all 22 episodes from Season 1 and 2 of the Emmy award-winning drama. A generously budgeted show jointly produced by HBO and the BBC, Rome takes viewers back to 52 BC for a chance to relive the reign of Julius Caesar. Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. But now, the city's foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess...And two soldiers unwittingly become entwined in historical events, their fates inexorably tied to the fate of Rome itself.
Languages: English DTS Master Audio 5.1, German DTS Master Audio 5.1, Castilian DTS 2.0, French DTS 2.0, Latin Spanish DTS 2.0, Polish Narrative DTS 2.0
Subtitles: English, Castilian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
Family dysfunction. Treachery. Betrayal. Coarse profanity. Brutal violence. Graphic (and sometimes brutal) sex. No, it's not The Sopranos, it's Rome, HBO's madly ambitious series that bloodily splatters the glory of Rome just as savagely as Monty Python and the Holy Grail soiled the good name of Camelot (but with far fewer laughs; very few funny things happen on the way to this forum).
Set in 52 B.C. (Before Cable), Rome charts the dramatic shifts in the balance of power between former friends Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham), leader of the Senate, and Julius Caesar (Ciaran Hinds), whose imminent return after eight years to Rome after conquering the Gauls, has the ruling class up in arms. At the heart of Rome is the odd couple friendship between two soldiers who fortuitously become heroes of the people. Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is married, honorable, and steadfast. Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) is an amoral rogue whose philosophy is best summed up, "I kill my enemies, take their gold, and enjoy their women". Among Rome's most compelling subplots is Lucius's strained relationship with his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), who is surprised to see her husband alive (but not as surprised as he is to find her upon his homecoming with a newborn baby in her arms!) Any viewer befuddlement over Rome's intrigues and machinations, and determining who is hero and who is foe, disappears the minute Golden Globe-nominee Polly Walker appears as Atia, Caesar's formidable niece and a villainess for the ages. In the first hour alone, she offers her already married daughter as a bride to the recently widowed Pompey. One eagerly awaits to see what (or who) she'll do next as much as we anticipate her comeuppance in the final episode of the first series.
Rome is a painstakingly mounted production that earned eight well-deserved Emmy nominations in such categories as costumes, set design, and art direction. Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter) was honored with a Director's Guild Award for the first ever episode, "The Stolen Eagle." But artistic considerations aside, instantly addicted viewers will agree with Atia, who notes at one point, "I adore the secrecy, the intrigue. It's most thrilling." --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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This is such a good piece of television and it definitely raised the bar and paved the way for bigger shows, like Game of Thrones.
This had nowhere near the budget, but you wouldn't know it. It looks amazing, well cast, the acting is as good as any tv or film about Rome, and I'm fairly sure that I've seen all there is!
The blu ray is fantastic, picture is beautiful and the sound glorious. At this price, it has to be in your collection. DO NOT SELL IT!
The first season is more about drama and politics. The second season is different. It is brutal, violent and (the first half at least) very fast paced. People have liked the first season more but I personally felt that the second season was better and more engaging.
Rome is characterised by the realism shown in terms of how people of the times lived. With plenty of graphic sex and violence and language strong, it is clearly not a sanitised version of history. The sets and costumes are very realistic and give one a feel for how things must have been then. The money and effort spent in making everything look authentic clearly shows.
Moving on to the Blu Ray’s picture quality, it was excellent and a pleasure to watch on HD. The sound was however somewhat muted and you really had to turn up the volume to hear it properly. Barring the opening credits’ music, the music was an absolute treat especially the scores played during the closing credits of each episode. They always reflected the mood of the episode that you had just seen and some of them are masterpieces.
On the whole, an excellent and very realistic series & a must-see for anyone looking to watch a thrilling and engaging serial on ancient Rome.
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