Top positive review
blu ray quo vadis
on 14 February 2016
An excellent blu ray transfer. Colours are rich and striking. The film boasts great sets and locations, thousands of extras and a easy to follow story. Robert Taylor stars as Marcus Vinicius the brash, self confident, handsome general who is captivated by a gentle, kind young christian woman. The story plays out against the backdrop of a corrupt, decadent pagan empire clashing with the new religion of Christianity set to replace it. The excessive pagan ceremonies, shamelessness parties and worship of their emperor is contrasted with the simplicity and heart felt nature of Christianity.
Peter Ustinov's plays Nero and is clearly having a blast playing the part as the vain, boyish, crazed leader. A brilliant performance.
The sets and locations all look stunning, as do the costumes and production design.
The Fire and destruction of Rome was one of my favourite scenes and also includes the most important character development for Marcus Vinicius as he saves hundreds of people from death. The final scenes featuring the matyrdoom of the Christians and the downfall of Nero were brilliantly directed and kept my attention right through until the end.