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Spartacus: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) @ Amazon £6.99
Spartacus: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) @ Amazon £6.99

Spartacus: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) @ Amazon £6.99

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Amazon.co.uk Review
Stanley Kubrick was only 31 years old when Kirk Douglas (star of Kubrick's classic Paths of Glory) recruited the young director to pilot this epic saga, in which the rebellious slave Spartacus (played by Douglas) leads a freedom revolt against the ailing Roman Republic and its generals. Kubrick would later disown the film because it was not a personal project--he was merely a director-for-hire--but Spartacus remains one of the best of Hollywood's grand historical epics. With an intelligent screenplay by then-blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo (from a novel by Howard Fast), its liberal message of freedom and civil rights, highly relevant in early-1960s USA, is still quite powerful and the all-star cast (including Charles Laughton in full toga) is full of entertaining surprises.
Restored in 1991 to include scenes deleted from the original 1960 release, the full-length Spartacus is a grand-scale cinematic marvel, offering some of the most awesome battles ever filmed and a central performance by Douglas that's as sensitively emotional as it is intensely heroic. Jean Simmons plays the slave woman who becomes Spartacus's wife, and Peter Ustinov steals the show with his frequently hilarious, Oscar-winning performance as a slave trader who shamelessly curries favour with his Roman superiors. The restored version also includes a formerly deleted bathhouse scene in which Laurence Olivier's patrician Crassus (with restored dialogue dubbed by Anthony Hopkins) gets hot and bothered over a slave servant played by Tony Curtis. These and other restored scenes expand the film to just over three hours in length. Despite some forgivable lulls, this is a rousing and substantial drama that grabs and holds your attention. Breaking tradition with sophisticated themes and a downbeat (yet eminently noble) conclusion, Spartacus is a thinking person's epic, rising above mere spectacle with a story as impressive as its widescreen action and Oscar-winning sets. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Description
This presentation of the powerful film classic features an additional five minutes cut from the film's original release, plus the original overture and extended soundtrack. Director Stanley Kubrick tells the tale of Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), the bold gladiator slave, and Varinia (Jean Simmons), the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of the Roman Empire at it’s glorious height. The inspirational account of one man’s eternal struggle for freedom, Spartacus combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment.

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Archival Interviews
Behind-the-Scenes Footage
5 Vintage Newsreels
Image Galleries

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21 Comments

Am I the first to say..."No, I'm Sparticus"

yes but I'm Sparticus - brilliant film

Original Poster

I see we have a few Roman cold voters out there ;P.

Good price.....

good post but Im spartacus

Great film, ordered,and stop mucking about I'm Spartacus dad.
Edited by: "Hancock" 3rd Feb 2011

A classic film but at £7 for a golden oldie it seems a bit steep. Am I that tight?

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BeerGoggles

A classic film but at £7 for a golden oldie it seems a bit steep. Am I … A classic film but at £7 for a golden oldie it seems a bit steep. Am I that tight?



blu ray and its like only a few months old this version.(not the film you know what i mean
Edited by: "shazar" 3rd Feb 2011

Dunno what you all talking about becuase I'm Sparticus :P

Anyone knows that this is playable in US (region free)?

Original Poster

yspkrk

Anyone knows that this is playable in US (region free)?



Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats

here is your version
amazon.com/Spa…8-2.
Edited by: "shazar" 3rd Feb 2011

And I'm Spartacus's brother

QAL

And I'm Spartacus's brother


Hello son.

Thank you, shazar, but the region code info at Amazon is not accurate. US version is, for example, actually region free unlike their description. So, I assume UK one might be region free as well. I want UK version because it's cheaper now and it contains subtitles I want. What does it say on the back?

Original Poster

yspkrk

Thank you, shazar, but the region code info at Amazon is not accurate. US … Thank you, shazar, but the region code info at Amazon is not accurate. US version is, for example, actually region free unlike their description. So, I assume UK one might be region free as well. I want UK version because it's cheaper now and it contains subtitles I want. What does it say on the back?



No clue I tell you when my copy turns up but every other web site that has this for sale lists it as a region 2 blu ray so its pretty safe to assume its R2 only

Thanks. Please update for me.

Hancock

Hello son.



So you're Spartacus' dad?

Original Poster

Lynx

So you're Spartacus' dad?



Mr Spartacus :P

Same price at HMV and they have stock
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