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Spartacus: Blood and Sand - The Complete First Season

Andy Whitfield , John Hannah    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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The "sword and sandals" genre isn't exactly known for its subtlety and restraint, but even by those standards, Spartacus: Blood and Sand is deliriously, delightfully over the top. Viewers familiar with the 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the best-known version of the Spartacus tale, will recognize the basic outline of the story: a Thracian warrior with a beautiful, loving wife is betrayed by his Roman "allies" and forced into slavery, whereupon he distinguishes himself as a gladiator nonpareil and, after enduring countless indignities, leads his brethren and others in a rebellion against their oppressors. But there's a lot more Caligula than Kubrick in the 13 first-season episodes (each a bit less than an hour long) of this Starz television series, which stars Andy Whitfield in the title role and also features Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as the wicked wife of Spartacus's owner. The fight scenes are highly stylized (the entire production seems to have taken a cue from the surreal, painterly look of 300) but extraordinarily brutal, featuring multiple dismemberments and decapitations amidst seas of slow-motion, CGI-generated blood; a gladiatorial battle in episode 5 pitting Spartacus and his rival-turned-ally Crixus (Manu Bennett) against a monster named Theokoles is definitely not for the squeamish, but that's only one of many such scenes. There's also ample sex and nudity, as the couplings involving various studly gladiators and lustful Roman noblewomen are like salacious combat between Chippendales dancers and Victoria's Secret models. Meanwhile, the personal relationships are the stuff of soap operas, with the Romans in particular depicted as relentlessly decadent, duplicitous, and power-hungry.

If this all sounds outrageously entertaining, it is, though perhaps not for everyone. And although the future of the show (which was executive produced by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi) is in doubt due to Whitfield's ongoing battle with cancer, we'll always have this season to revel in. Bonus material in the four-disc set includes audio commentary on a variety of episodes and a batch of featurettes, most prominently a 15-minute "making of" documentary. --Sam Graham

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just hang in there... April 20 2010
The first 2 episodes are over the top, very 300-ish and a tad cheesy.. but hang in and keep watching this show gets better and better and better. There is a lot of sex and nudity (male and female), and of course blood, guts (literally) and death...but this show is like nothing else on TV. Many episodes leave you hanging and the season ender had me laying in bed for an hour thinking about it all. If you like this type of show/movie/book you will like this if not love it. If you hate violence and sex makes you blush then pass. It is for sure for mature audiances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First let me say this series is great and the Blu-ray transfer is excellent. The packaging is nice too.

The problem is that one of the disks had a flaw in it that makes one of the episodes unplayable. The problem is that unless you watch a series you buy from Amazon straight through in a massive viewing marathon, you might not discover such a flaw until you have passed Amazon's return/exchange period. When I pointed this out to Amazon, they basically said tough luck.

So, I now have an incomplete collection of this excellent series.
This experience prompted me to:
- Visually check all my disks on arrival for single disk purchases
- Never buy another boxed set series from Amazon again
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick With It. Nov. 4 2011
Format:DVD
The first couple of episodes in this series are terrible. There is no way around it. It seemed the creators wanted to create a very emotional tone to the series, by having a slo-mo scene every two seconds. It comes off completely cheeseball, and really hurts the first impression you will probably have of this series. It's so melodramatic in these early episodes, that you'll cringe frequently, and question how such garbage has a fan base.

However, around episode four or so, something changed and the show became great. The dialogue is beefed up, the melodrama is taken away, and it starts to tell a really interesting story. The writing is really strong, and you will be wanting more and more as the series goes on. It's as good and addictive as anything on HBO and Showtime.

If you know absolutely nothing of the series though, I'd start with Gods Of The Arena. It doesn't get off to the rocky start of Blood and Sand, and is a great origin story, and proper beginning to this epic series.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facing Demons April 26 2010
By Lesley Z TOP 1000 REVIEWER
So, right of the bat....this is not for the squeemish, or the prudish! This version of the Spartacus epic is BRUTAL. Brutal is the way life was in the Roman Empire, and for that matter everywhere in the the ancient world. Is this so different today? What I admire about this series is that it is unrelenting! It gives no quarter. Unless you turn the tv/video off, it doesn't give any leeway...you have to face the demons inside all of us!

Most people in the privileged countries today have been coddled, pampered, deluded into believing we are "civilized". The fact is we are ALL only one breath away from what we are forced to view on "Spartacus"! If you have the tenacity to watch episode after episode, to accept the lesser parts of us, you see we all have a little of ALL the chartacters that inhabit the ludus. Sex, violence, brutality, love, empathy, courage and sacrifice are an integral part of every human being. Deceiving ourselves that we have evolved beyond the circus is miopic.

If you love the good old days in Rome, the artistry of the arena, beautiful men and women, the ugly and cruel masses...the intecracies of local politics....IF you have the heart to face your demons...Spartacus is a fantastic journey. Give it a little time and let it wash over you without regret...like the blood into the sand. An odyssey well worth taking!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No better series Sept. 28 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not for the sensitive or immature viewer, lots of blood, gore and sex. Highly recommended to anyone into this type of viewing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody and 100% adult, great story Jan. 15 2012
Format:DVD
Not for kids! or anyone offended by sex and violence. Great story and fantastic cast. Follows Spartacus through his battles and the house that owns him through their political trials and manipulations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Pulp Masterpiece July 25 2010
By pipking
Format:Blu-ray
After the first few episodes of SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, one can be excused for thinking it's little more than shallow and stylish titillation. Some have accused it of being campy, even cheesy. It is certainly excessive, operatic, and at times downright nasty.

But the best classification for it is pulp. Lurid and exploitative but very far from stupid. What starts as a riff on 300 becomes an intricately plotted, incredibly well-realized and intelligently written modern pulp masterpiece. You may tune in for the boobs, butts and blood, but you will stay for the fantastic characters and compelling narrative. More than once throughout the season I actually gasped, out loud, startling nearby cats.

There is no show on television right now that compares. Bringer of rain, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Gift for a Spartacus fan! April 19 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I never watched the series, but my boyfriend did and he absolutely love it! So, of course I decided to start buying him the series and he loves it. After all, it is still the most popular show the channel Starz ever had and its been talked about for a while!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blue Ray!!!
Best show in my opinion! Great acting, great writing and great cinematography!!!
Published 1 month ago by Henry Bada
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
I loved this show. Price is the best around and delivery was fast. Will definetly buy season 2. Also bought the mini series and enjoyed it as well.
Published 5 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Roman gladiators, Roman debauchery, and copious amounts of violence, gore, and nudity/sexuality. This helped make the series great, but was even better due to strong acting and a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RIP
4.0 out of 5 stars A good combination of violence and sex
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Published 9 months ago by FilmFan2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I was definitely not disappointed when I got this. I saw gifs of scenes from Tumblr and wow those did not do this series any justice. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mog
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic historical drama.
I enjoy historical series with alot of action and accurate depictions. Spartacus is similar to 300 in some of its action scenes and the actual battle confrontations are very well... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bill Soohoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Booklet Edition
this is the best show ever made on TV.....i just want to check is this a booklet edition copy or just a regular dvd case? thanks....
Published 12 months ago by Joseph Domingo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
This is an amazing collection to get and high recommend. If you are a history buff and love the action, this gives it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Vanessa Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Bought this movie for a friend and they have enjoyed it so much they have asked me to get them more.
Published 15 months ago by Sharon Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Buff sexy naked dirty ferocious fighting men......that's hot ;) LOL
A lot of sex and full frontal nudity interrupts savage sword fighting, killing, blood flying, lusting action. Read more
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