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

Robert Taylor    Unrated   Blu-ray
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"Welcome to Nero's House of Women" greets a concubine to a slave girl, Lygia (Deborah Kerr). Later this self-same greeter reveals that she, too, like Lygia, is really a fellow Christian neophyte. And it's that mixture of tawdry Hollywood sex and a strong Christian message that makes this film an enjoyable "gentiles and gladiators" flick. Marcus Vinicius returns home after conquering the Britons to find that Rome is infected with a crazy new sect called Christians and that his beloved emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov, roly-poly and wicked) has become increasingly wacky. Marcus tries his centurion wiles on Lygia, and she's smitten, but she's also a Christian convert and begs Marcus not to force her to choose between him and her god. The Christians have a tough go of it, with martyrdom in the Coliseum as punishment for belonging to the new religion in town. Though three hours long, director Mervyn LeRoy's film always has something going on. It could help you enjoyably kill any rainy Sunday afternoon. --Keith Simanton

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Robert Taylor plays Marcus Vinicius, commander of Rome's 14th Legion and in love with Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a member of the Christian sect accused of undermining Roman values. Peter Ustinov, wrapped in purple-robed petulance, is the all-powerful Nero. The destinies of these three and of the Empire play out in a tale whose visual highlights include the parade of triumphant legions, the burning of Rome and the martyrdom of Christmas before cheering, bread-and-circus throngs.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity Versus The Decadence of Nero's Rome 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great, great 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Inspirational Movie! April 17 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Filming 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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5.0 out of 5 stars quo vadis Sept. 9 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis April 8 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENTERTAINING EPIC!!! 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy Jan. 27 2010
By Y. Dery
For those who like these old style movies,this really a good historical movie to watch....vidéo quality is incredible.........
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