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Spartacus (HD-DVD) £2.20 delivered @ Base
Spartacus (HD-DVD) £2.20 delivered @ Base

Spartacus (HD-DVD) £2.20 delivered @ Base

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One of the finest films to grace our screens and with extra footage

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 decadent Roman Empire. 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 message of moral integrity and courageous conviction is still quite powerful, and the all-star cast (including Charles Laughton in full toga) is full of entertaining surprises. Fully 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 favor with his Roman superiors. The restored version also includes a formerly deleted bathhouse scene in which Laurence Olivier plays a bisexual Roman senator (with restored dialogue dubbed by Anthony Hopkins) who 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.

I AM SPARTACUS!!!!!!!

Seriously, top dog of a film

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I bet I could find some cheap betamax tapes somewhere too. I'm surprised they aren't paying you to take it off their hands.

mmillmor

I bet I could find some cheap betamax tapes somewhere too. I'm surprised … I bet I could find some cheap betamax tapes somewhere too. I'm surprised they aren't paying you to take it off their hands.



Get a Life .....
Get back under your Bridge ...

Good film, also loving the series on Bravo at the moment, much more gory and filthy!

Fantastic, I love these old classics, but then I'm one myself. Ordered

Fantastic film, but I have the HD-DVD and it can get awfully grainy in places. I know it is an old film but it is grainier than other films of the same period. Still worth getting if you haven't got the DVD though.

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I am Spartacus!!!

mmillmor

I bet I could find some cheap betamax tapes somewhere too. I'm surprised … I bet I could find some cheap betamax tapes somewhere too. I'm surprised they aren't paying you to take it off their hands.


What is wrong with people on this site, if you've got an hd drive it's a great buy, end of.

Heat added.

I have this movie on DVD and HD DVD and, to be honest, there's not much difference in quality between the two; at least not as much as you'd expect between a SD and HD disc. While the resolution of Spartacus may be 1080p, it was undoubtedly sourced from a lower than 1080p source/transfer.

maxsmummy

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No surely spartaPUS!!!

zoopakev

Get a Life .....Get back under your Bridge ...



well said

Nice find OP, heat added, not got an hd dvd myself but still good find.

nice price. Got the old Criterion edition so I don't think it's worth the upgrade from what people have said above. I do love these HD DVD bargains still popping up.



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Rsaeire - Jul 08, 2010 20:59
"I have this movie on DVD and HD DVD and, to be honest, there's not much difference in quality between the two; at least not as much as you'd expect between a SD and HD disc. While the resolution of Spartacus may be 1080p, it was undoubtedly sourced from a lower than 1080p source/transfer."

yep I was a little disapointed with the quality on my copy. just don't get too excited if you get it.hot.

mmillmor

I bet I could find some cheap betamax tapes somewhere too. I'm surprised … I bet I could find some cheap betamax tapes somewhere too. I'm surprised they aren't paying you to take it off their hands.



I'm thinking "Blu Ray fan boy "
strange how they cant stay away from HD DVD threads
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