|Price:||CDN$ 22.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details|
Spartacus, the genre-defining epic from director Stanley Kubrick, is the legendary tale of a bold gladiator (Kirk Douglas) who led a triumphant Roman slave revolt. Filmed in glorious Technicolor, the action-packed spectacle won four Academy Awards including Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Featuring a cast of screen legends such as Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Jean Simmons, John Gavin and Tony Curtis, this uncut and fully restored masterpiece is an inspirational true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom.
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. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Can't beat the pre cgi "wide screen cast of thousands" epics from the 50s and 60s. Also no 50s ere religious nonsense.Published 19 days ago by Northern bear
I agree with D. Gianniou. This is an astonishing restoration both in terms of visual and sound, bringing Spartacus to the same level as Ben-Hur's restoration. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Fortin
The beginning of the series of spartacus that would come later. Worth having
as a collector
SPARTACUS  [50th Anniversary Edition] [Special Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] The Thrilling Adventure That Electrified the World! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
DVD will not play !! Another faulty disc. Will not purchase DVDs thru Amazon again.Published 16 months ago by stavefalls
It a great movie.. I watched this many times with my father as alittle girl. That is way i bought the dvd for my dad. Read morePublished 17 months ago by janette