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on 20 July 2013
I'm a big fan of these types of movies and bought this even though I have Gladiator for Spartacus and The Fall of Rome. I don't think another Gladiator review is necessary (I personally love the movie), so I'll focus on the other two.

The Fall of the Roman Empire was lukewarm for me. The picture quality isn't the best, with only the closeup scenes looking good. You can tell the screen has been cropped and don't get a sense of full image. The score drones to the point where you find the silent scenes a relief, and doesn't compliment the mood of the situation.
Stephen Boyd seems out of character as the blonde good guy, as the darker Masalah of Ben Hur does him more justice as an actor. On the other hand Christopher Plummer steals the show with his brilliant portrayal of the manic Commodus and the movie does seem to gear up towards the end.
The inaccuracies of ancient Rome are painful to endure especially when you see fierce legionaries hop-scotching into battle or how cavalry make up the basis for a roman legion. Also there's no line formation during battles, it's a free for all battle royal with every man and horse (of which there are many) for himself.
On the upside the studio did go all out on the locations. The scenery is mesmerizing and the buildings and architecture really sell the show.

Spartacus was so good, I had to watch it twice. The picture quality is just beautiful, especially compared to the former movie. The score is creeps up on you during the teary moments and there's a nice violin piece that constantly follows through out the movie giving it a unique identity. The scenery is also very lavish and the acting is top notch. Charles Laughton plays his role very well as the mob senator and I found the major battle scene exciting with those roman lines displayed in all their glory. The movie does end somewhat on a somber note.

Overall I think this is a good package backed with a good price. You get a great modern movie in Gladiator, great classic epic in Spartacus and great incompetent emperor acting in Fall of the roman empire.
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This remastered bluray of gladiator has really improved the overall look and feel of this modern day classic for me.

I've watched it a few times now and compared it to the original release.

I'm no expert but the original was subpar in picture quality for such a great movie on bluray. Thankfully its all good with this one! The contrast has been tweeked throughout which has resulted in a slightly warmer picture and fine details have been enhanced dramatically such as damage to battle armour, armour detail, skin textures and facial pores are visible now as are the finer details in scenes throughout the movie from architecture to the crowds and battle scenes which does only add to the atmosphere. The scenes shot in darker extremes are much clearer in this remadter, finer details again picked up on. I think people have previously mentioned that the mysteriously disappearing flaming arrows and fireballs in the opening battle against the Germanic horde have been remastered brilliantly so you can now follow the flames right to their intended targets! Ouch!

Audio quality here is very good too. If lucky enough to own a nifty surround sound system, whack it on because you'll be ducking whooshing flaming arrows, explosions, dodging the clank of swords in battle (or buy some foam rubber ones to join in with the kids!) to the more quiet non battle scenes where you can close your eyes and imagine you're actually in a horse driven cart as the wooden wheels squeek, creak and hobble over stony ground! The clarity of the spoken word is also spot on as of course is the soundtrack.

A great movie made even better. Visually breathtaking and audio wise very good indeed. A must have in your bluray collection.
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on 31 March 2017
Highly enjoyable! Strong cast of actors, such as Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi. And modern actors like Russell Crowe. If you enjoy a fine dialogue with action scenes then this is for you! Great costumes, settings and music score too! AC
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on 17 March 2017
Absolutely over the moon with this special edition its brilliant .
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on 12 March 2017
good dvd
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on 23 April 2017
Very good!
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on 26 April 2017
Happy
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on 12 December 2016
AAA1+
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on 26 April 2017
Another fine film for the collection.
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on 21 March 2017
Great film
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