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Monday, September 27, 2010

Spartacus: Blood and Sand Blu-Ray Review

Spartacus: Blood and Sand Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

Review: The cable television market has really been growing over the past decade with shows like Sopranos, Weeds, Breaking Bad and Curb your Enthusiasm.  Starz has now thrown their hat in the hardcore ring with a great new show, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  Following in the footsteps of films like Gladiator and 300, this show really delves into a legendary world where fighting to the death was a way of life.

This show has a very high production value and fantastic writing.  The costumes, acting and scenery are all fantastic.  You really feel as if you're getting a peek into history!  While the show isn't terribly historically accurate, it is certainly entertaining and gritty.  We highly recommend this series, especially on blu-ray.  It looks amazing in high-definition.

The special features on the blu-ray include: Featurettes: Gladiator Camp, History Rewritten, Make-up Effects, The Hole And more!, Audio Commentaries, Episodes with Enhanced Digital Effects, Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Bloopers, Trailers and Blu-ray Exclusive bonus feature: Four “Directors’ Cut Extended Episodes” personally selected by Executive Producer Rob Tapert

Interest Range: History, Action/Adventure, Drama