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Product Details

  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
  • Producers: Branko Lustig, David Franzoni, Douglas Wick, Laurie MacDonald
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: July 1 2001
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,274 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXE7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,099 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Gladiator (Two-Disc Collector's

A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a rousing, grisly, action-packed epic that takes moviemaking back to the Roman Empire via computer-generated visual effects. While not as fluid as the computer work done for, say, Titanic, it's an impressive achievement that will leave you marveling at the glory that was Rome, when you're not marveling at the glory that is Russell Crowe. Starring as the heroic general Maximus, Crowe firmly cements his star status both in terms of screen presence and acting chops, carrying the film on his decidedly non-computer-generated shoulders as he goes from brave general to wounded fugitive to stoic slave to gladiator hero. Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities (with lots of faux-Shakespearean dialogue ladled on to keep the proceedings appropriately "classical"), but it's all briskly shot, edited, and paced with a contemporary sensibility. Even the action scenes, somewhat muted but graphic in terms of implied violence and liberal bloodletting, are shot with a veracity that brings to mind--believe it or not--Saving Private Ryan, even if everyone is wearing a toga. As Crowe's nemesis, the evil emperor Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix chews scenery with authority, whether he's damning Maximus's popularity with the Roman mobs or lusting after his sister Lucilla (beautiful but distant Connie Nielsen); Oliver Reed, in his last role, hits the perfect notes of camp and gravitas as the slave owner who rescues Maximus from death and turns him into a coliseum star. Director Scott's visual flair is abundantly in evidence, with breathtaking shots and beautiful (albeit digital) landscapes, but it's Crowe's star power that will keep you in thrall--he's a true gladiator, worthy of his legendary status. Hail the conquering hero! --Mark Englehart

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Cannucklehead Film Addict on Oct. 5 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The blu-ray of Gladiator was widely criticised when it first appeared, because of the inferior quality of the transfer. Now, Paramount has gone back and remastered it, but Amazon has failed to create a new page for the new product. So if there's no way to tell which edition you are being given, there's no point in purchasing. The latest information is that the remastered edition has a yellowish UPC code on the back cover. Amazon should include a sample pic of the back, so we can see whether we are buying the new, remastered edition, or whether Paramount is just trying to sell off all the crappy old ones first. Buyer beware.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 13 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase

On September 1st, 2009, Paramount released Gladiator to blu ray for the first time. Along with Braveheart, it signaled the beginning of the studio's Sapphire line of blu rays, celebrating their top titles. What it turned out to be was a disaster, Gladiator was given a botched, dated master riddled with DNR and edge enhancement.

With screams of anger from the home theater community, Paramount heard the shouting, and officially instituted a replacement program on July 20th, 2010. The newly remastered version was a complete stunner, in total contrast to the earlier version. I delayed buying this disc because I was afraid that I would end up buying the old botched version.

How to tell the difference from the outside: After searching through many websites, especially The Digital Bits, the answer is the new version has YELLOW UPC label!

I delayed in buying this new version also because the price was usually near $30. Now, finally, the latest price is $12.99. So I took a chance, and the disc that I received has a Yellow UPC label! Happy! I am even more overjoyed when I found that the new video transfer was simply stunning.

Now my review begins:


Gladiator arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.35:1 encode. I have read reviews on the old transfer and was aware of all its deficiencies. But when I watched this new transfer, the picture is simply stunning. No more excessive DNR and edge enhancement. In its place is a beautiful, film-like effort. Image is razor sharp. There are lots of fine details, like the details of the intricate pattern worn by Joaquin Phoenix after he takes over Rome.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sean Kim on Nov. 1 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Since it's been a while since the Gladiator BD remaster release. I figured that Amazon would've cleaned out the old reject discs and stocked up with the new remastered ones.
Wrong. I just got the Gladiator BD and it's an old release, without exchange coupon or anything.
Seems to me that Amazon is trying to load all these crappy BDs off on to unsuspecting customers.
Do yourself a favour, don't buy Gladiator BD at Amazon. Buy local where you can check personally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Lee Wesselmann on Jan. 24 2001
Format: DVD
GLADIATOR is riveting cinema, the kind of movie that grabs you by the throat. The stakes are high, the ancient Roman Empire stunningly recreated, and the body of Maximus is . . . well, buff Russell Crowe. Because of the fast-paced sequences, you won't find yourself bored, or even with enough time to ponder the sometimes confusing details. (For example, if Maximus had never seen Rome, how did he know Lucilla and Commodus as children, as Marcus Aurelius states early in the film?) But this is not an intellectual movie, so why bother to figure things out? This is pure entertainment, as much gory spectacle as the Roman gladiator contests in the Colliseum. Add a wronged Roman General (Crowe), an effeminate, incest-craving, and slimy new Caesar (Joaquin Phoenix, who portrays Commodus so well his screen presence gave me the creeps), his beautiful and scheming sister Lucilla (Connie Nielson), and a bunch of slaves who band together behind the mysterious Spaniard to save their lives on the largest life-and-death stage, the gladiator arena, and you have Ridley Scott's Gladiator. You will be rooting for Maximus to exact his revenge no matter how peace-loving you thought you were.
I found it ironic - and a little self-referential - when a Roman senator declares that people will love you if you bring them death. This film thrives on slaughter, from start to finish, as it portrays the brutal side of the Roman Empire. Although the butchering is not as graphic as in some films, avoid this film if you can't stand violence. Children, too, should be steered clear of this one. Take the rating seriously.
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By A Customer on June 9 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is so good. I just loved the action in it. The blood is somethings too much but other than that you could ask for a better movie. The historical aspect of the movie was very good. Execpt the Marcus Aurelius, the Emperor at the beging of the movie, never wanted to restore the Republic no on else wanted to do this as well. The thumbs up and down were not correct if you had lived in anctient Rome. Thumbs up was death and down was life becuase death was the enterainment to the Romans. However the fight at the beging of te movie distplayed very actruate military moves. There actually was a German tribe that envaded the Empire in 167 B.C. during the rule of Marcus Aurelius. The formations of the centurian was accurate but Marcus Aurelius died of cancer and not of his son as in the movie. The Gladiator fights themselves were very well done. The Romans actually did fights in which one group was a particular army and the other was the good people. Such as the fight in which Maximus' gladiators were Hannibal's men and the others were Scipio Africanus' men. The two armies dipictied were actullay real people that were alive during the Punic Wars in which Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal's men a the battle of Zama in 202 B.C. The section in which Maximus was trying to get his army back becuase his army thought he was dead. Was very well done becuase due to the fact that Rome became a professional army due to Marius and their loyalty rested with thier Generals not Rome. So this is why Maximus could have marched on Rome with his army if they had gotten reunited. This is one of my favorite movies I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did and still am.
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