Roman history comes alive in this magnificent 13-part series. I, Claudius ranks among the most acclaimed productions in television history. Tracing the lives of the last of the Roman emperors, it's an epic of ruthless ambition, shocking debauchery and murderous intrigue set in one of history's most fascinating eras. Bearing witness to the saga is Claudius, whose stutter and limp have marked him a fool--yet whom prophesies have foretold will one day rule Rome.
This collector's edition set includes a unique documentary feature, The Epic That Never Was (1965, 71 min.), a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at Alexander Korda's ill-fated 1937 screen adaptation of I, Claudius. Starring Merle Oberon and Charles Laughton, the chronicle of this uncompleted masterpieces is an unforgettable coda to one of the greatest stories ever told.
A truly epic saga of dynastic conflict at the heart of Imperial Rome, I Claudius was the landmark BBC drama series of the 1970s. Originally transmitted as 13 50-minute episodes, it is now available as two double video packs. After chronicling the foundations of the British Empire in Elizabeth R (1971), the BBC chose to dramatise the human face of ancient Rome as interpreted by Robert Graves in his two enormously complex novels, I Claudius and Claudius The God. Derek Jacobi gives one of the greatest television performances ever as Claudius, the appalled chronicler of the decadence, corruption, intrigue and carnage which comes with absolute power of his ruling family. Augustus (Brian Blessed) is Emperor and Sian Phillips, Livia, his scheming, ambitious wife, Claudius' aunt. By virtue of his stammer and uncontrollable twitches, Claudius passes for a fool, thus escaping the poisonous machinations of Livia, all the while recording the comings and goings of the Imperial household. Inevitably lacking the visual scale of cinematic features Ben-Hur (1959) and Spartacus (1960), and today looking more studio-bound than ever, I Claudius remains a television masterpiece of intelligently written and rivetingly intense character drama. The saga ends with I Claudius - Part 2. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In my opinion this series is a superb example of a relatively low budget production that is wonderfully written and acted. Read morePublished on April 21 2011 by sedgewick
Excellent service from Amazon. I Claudius is one of the best TV series (BBC/PBS) of all time with its exceptional acting and superbly written script. Read morePublished on May 8 2010 by DRUSUS
I've been a fan of this series for over 20 years. I finally bought the collection. I was so excited! Unfortunately the DVD's skip and freeze like crazy. Read morePublished on April 23 2008 by Gigi Boate
I so wanted to give this set 5 stars but I just couldn't. I Claudius is just way too dated and unsuspecting viewers might be put off by really poor production values. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2006 by Dave and Joe
I watched "I, Claudius" over a week in July and found it thoroughly engrossing. Now, two months later I have just finished watching HBO's "Rome" on dvd. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2006 by Brad
soundfactorync1 is getting bit pedantic here. What history has he been reading? The main sources are Tacitus and Suetonius. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2006 by Amazon Customer
first i must explain that i am a longtime student of roman history and the julio-claudinians in particular. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Cameron Boahn
I remember seeing this series on TV many, many years ago when I was still in high school. And was very happy to find it on DVD now. The DVD transfer is very good too. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by onlyme1234