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Quo Vadis [Blu-ray] (1951) (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Robert Taylor
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: March 17 2009
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PMR2US
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,838 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on April 4 2004
Format: VHS Tape
"Quo Vadis", based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz would have to be near the top of my list of favourite 1950's religious epic productions. Indeed "Epic" is the word to fittingly describe this mammoth MGM production that cost an amazing 7 million dollars to make in 1950 and was the studio's biggest money maker since "Gone With The Wind". It has everything an epic movie lover could desire, the already stated fine literary source, breathtaking sets (no computer generated effects here!), meticulously researched historical costumes, enormous crowds scenes and a stunning recreation of Pagan Rome at it's height. The film boasts an extraordinary cast but towering over all of them is the late Peter Ustinov in his unforgettable performance as the deranged Nero. His interpretation of this infamous Emperor who began the first concentrated persecution of the early Christians is still the visual image for a lot of people, myself included,that first comes to mind when Nero's name is mentioned. Already having been filmed a number of times in the silent era and once again since this 1951 film, this is still the definitive version of the story of the early Christian Church struggling to survive in Nero's Rome after the great fire.
With the advent of television in the early 1950's Hollywood fought back with splashy, lavish productions that could not be matched by the flickering black and white image of television in it's infancy. "Quo Vadis", lent itself perfectly for this purpose and an already shaky MGM put all of it's resources into the filming of this elaborate production. The story centres around cocky Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) who after three years of successful campaigning returns to savour the delights of Nero's Rome.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Botha on April 1 2004
Format: VHS Tape
One of the greatest epic movies ever made, Quo Vardis? tells the thrilling story of the formative years of christianity in ancient Rome. Quo Vardis? is an excellent and down right entertaining film.
The now late Peter Ustinov put's in a superb performance as a manic emperor Nero that has to be seen to be believed! Robert Taylor makes a dashing, if thuggish, Roman who falls under the charms of virtuous Deborah Kerr, (who wouldn't!!).
A beautifully told tale based on fact. This is a film that deserves to be on dvd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A Anderson on March 22 2014
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They just don't make films on this scale anymore. Even the epic series "Rome" depended on clever use of CGI to 'multiply' mere scores of people into multitudes. And, in the late 40's and early 50's, the surrounding countryside still looked sufficiently untamed to convince one that the legions tramping down the Appian Way really were in the world of 2000 years ago.

I suppose the sticking point, for me, was Nero not only ordering Rome to be burned, but actually playing the lyre while it burned. The truth is that there is no evidence he had anything to do with the fire, and had in fact raced back to the city to try stopping the blaze from destroying the entire city (probably the one decent thing he'd done in his entire life.) Nevertheless, the story was entertaining, and it was quite fun watching Ustinov (in his younger days!) playing the Mad Emperor. Definitely worth watching, just for the lavishness of the costumes and sets, and the sheer spectacle.
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By janette on June 28 2014
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This is a very good movie.I remember watching this movie as a little girl. this movie brought back alot of great memories.i certainly would recommend this movie.
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This movie is visually stunning, and filled with character development that is sincere, inspiring and beautiful to look at. The caliber of this movie is so high that they cannot duplicate this in the present timeframe.
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this is the first movie i ever saw as a child loved it and was scared with all the lions .nobody seems to know what the word quo vadis means .we bought the tape and now the blue ray .the picture is exellent and it reminds me of when i was a little boy seeing my first movie in uk thank you
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By Stefano D'Amario on April 8 2013
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Love it. Looks amazing on blu-ray and takes me back to when I first seen it as a kid. They don't make movies like this anymore.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By filmflavor on April 15 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I love this movie but I will not buy this on VHS. Why isn't it available on DVD? This movie deserves to be released on DVD - there is no excuse. What's the problem? PLEASE RELEASE THIS MOVIE ON DVD!!!
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