Spartacus Blood & Sand is a shock to the system on first encounter. Many will walk away from the style, the language, the blood splatter, the nudity and sex across the spectrum of human sexuality.
They are missing out not just on a masterpiece, but on one of those cinematic creations which are a watershed. When film historian look back on this in 50 years, they will note this series for the moment when TV really changed.
Other reviewers have already spoken of the excellent design, acting, action and story line of both stories which merge together beautifully and create a spiral; I would like to add that the more you pay attention, the better this series becomes. Congratulations to those who made it, and this Blu-Ray edition on a huge screen is a sequence of experience which might have to wait for a long time before they are betterd.