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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (The Complete Collection)

John Hannah , Dustin Clare    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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The title is misleading--there is no Spartacus to be found here--but little matter, as Gods of the Arena is a prime example of making lemonade from lemons. Faced with the unavailability of Andy Whitfield, star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, due to a recurrence of cancer, the folks at Starz chose to go ahead without him and create a prequel, a resourceful way of buying some time until a new Spartacus could be found while employing several actors already under contract. The focus throughout these six episodes is on the house of Batiatus. It is there that gladiators hone their skills as they prepare for glory and/or death in the arena under the evil eye of Quintus Batiatus (John Hannah), whom Blood and Sand viewers will recognize as the principal villain of that series. The younger Batiatus, already blindly ambitious, wants to make his mark in the gladiator biz, aided by his sexy, scheming wife, Lucretia (Lucy Lawless), and her licentious friend Gaia (Jaime Murray)--and they have just the warrior to do it with in Gannicus (Dustin Clare), a preening stud described by one show exec as "Han Solo meets Achilles." There are, of course, numerous obstacles, ranging from Batiatus's own father to various rival gladiatorial operations. But really, who cares about plotting when a show has as much sex and violence, usually directly juxtaposed, as this one? True to the Blood and Sand precedent, every episode offers a steady parade of gratuitous, risibly over-the-top beheadings and other mayhem, much of it lovingly shot in slow motion, along with ample nudity (some of it full-frontal) and sex (all of it soft-core). With drugs, torture, and constant profanity also in the mix (who knew the ancient Romans dropped so many F-bombs?), this is definitely not a program for the young and impressionable. Nor is it one that's big on nuance; almost without exception, Batiatus and his ilk are depicted as frivolous, depraved, and conniving, while the gladiators and slaves are lowly but noble (not to mention as gloriously muscled and sweaty as your average Chippendales dancer). But this isn't a documentary--it's entertainment, and on that level, Gods of the Arena totally works. --Sam Graham

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lust, Life and Love in the Ludus Nov. 14 2011
By Lesley Z TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Take the SPARTACUS series...go back a little in time...experience the turmoil that set the stage for the greatest revolt in history. There you have "Gods of the Arena". It suffers no loss in writing, acting, set/staging or any other factor. This series stands alone in all its glory.

So many revelations come to us while watching this series. Batiatus and Lucretia, while still rather despicable characters, display the human struggle to which we all fall prey. There are family squabbles Roman-style, inlaw situations, fertility issues, family business problems. Here we are enticed to feel some of the angst Batiatus has trying to be "the good son", to equal if not outdo his father's success. His marriage to Lucretia against his father's wishes is a thorn in his side. However, it is not his wife who causes him this pain. Lucretia while scheming, arrogant and sometimes cruel will support her man to the very end....and she does! Watching this family's dynamic is like watching a reality show today...mesmerising!

Perhaps, some wonder if the lack of the character of Spartacus himself would not weaken this series...absolutely not! In the footsteps of all those gladiators before and after him, Gannicus too takes up the sword. Excellently played by Dustin Clare, Gannicus gives us everything we hope for in a hero. He is physically awesome, easy on the eye and an in-depth, fully-rounded character in his own right. Gannicus is perhaps a conglomerate of all gladiators and in his plight we can follow that track on which they are proplelled by fate. To train, to fight, to live for the glory and blood and agony of the arena, that was the life of a gladiator. Few were given their freedom at the end of a glorious career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show Oct. 26 2011
By Ken
Format:Blu-ray
What a great show, I can not wait until season 2 of Spartacus in 2012! If you like blood sex and violence in one package get this series. Spartacus Blood and sand in my opinion was better but this was a great series to keep people satisfied while they found a new actor for Spartacus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series with no holds barred. March 9 2012
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This is an excellent series, very well made and acted. Not for the squeamish or prudish though. Very graphic sword fighting and full frontal nudity both male and.female. Very well written stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series all round Feb. 21 2014
By RIP TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Been a fan of this from its inception. Have always had a fascination with Roman history and with gladiators as well. Great follow-up series after the lead actor was diagnosed with cancer and later passed (I think he has passed away) due to the cancer he had. Very graphic and violent as such to be expected with gladiatorial combat, and a great deal of sexuality, nudity and sex within this series. Overall a great purchase on sale and a welcome addition to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best show of all time Jan. 30 2014
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I used to stream this show online. Still, I loved it and it was my favorite. I loved it so much that I purchased all the seasons in blu-ray and by jupiter's cock, this show is incredible in blu-ray. A well deserved purchase!

By the way, Gannicus character is awesome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the actual season of spartacus Jan. 7 2014
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I know this is the "beginning". Its not bad - lots of fight scenes in it and really tells the story from before Spartacus and how the other characters play out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it Nov. 24 2013
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Very goog inter seasons series. Brings more knowledge to the storyline of Spartacus. Can't wait to see the rest of this serial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review for this Spartacus Aug. 26 2013
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This was a good buy. I enjoyed the season very much. Id recommend it to young adults, teens and comedy lovers
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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 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 15 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 16 months ago by Sharon Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good prelude
Well done - following in the footprints of the first season - quite excellent - always amazed at the cinematography, great action scenes. Nice prelude to season one for sure.
Published 17 months ago by Rolandontheriver
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD WAY TO SPEND A RAINY DAY
THE STORY IS REALLY THE FIRST THAT SHOULD BE VIEWED IN THE "NEW" SPARTACUS DVDS AVAILABLE . EITHER WAY IT GIVES THE VIEWER BACKGROUND INTO THE REST OF THE SERIES... Read more
Published 17 months ago by picture_nut
5.0 out of 5 stars Très bonne mini série
Très bonne série, scénario intéressant, visuel exceptionnel et que dire du cast parfaitement choisi. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Roxanne Roux
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Gods of the arena is absolutely fantastic!!! Gannicus is a great addition to the show, and Crixus and Oenomaeus are excellent
Published 18 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus
Très satisfait. Par contre, il n'y a pas de version en français, ce qui est décevant, mais j'étais au courant.
Published 19 months ago by Olivier Pelletier
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