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Spartacus (VHS, 1997, 30th Anniversary Restored Version - Widescreen)

Stanley Kubrick, Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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SPARTACUS, based on Howard Fast's popular novel, is Stanley Kubrick's glorious masterpiece about a slave uprising in Rome in 70 B.C. Kirk Douglas, who also served as executive producer, stars as the title character, a man born of a slave woman and a slave master who has known nothing but chains his entire life. After being forced to put on a gladiator show--that almost leads to his death--for wealthy Romans (including a marvelously conniving Laurence Olivier as the power-hungry Crassus), Spartacus leads a slave revolt across Italy that soon has thousands marching on Rome. Meanwhile, he has fallen in love with the beautiful Varinia (an effervescent Jean Simmons), pledging his life to her.Douglas assembled a fabulous all-star cast for the film; in addition to himself, Simmons, and Olivier, terrific performances are turned in by Charles Laughton as the curmudgeonly senator Gracchus, John Gavin as the young Julius Caesar, Tony Curtis as Antoninus (a "singer of songs," with all lines delivered in a beautifully thick New York accent), and especially Peter Ustinov, an Oscar winner for his portrayal of the businessman Batiatus, who always wants to know what's in it for him. Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo's melodramatic script and Alex North's thrilling, soaring score add a majesty that helps make SPARTACUS one of the finest costume epics to ever come out of Hollywood.

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  • Edition: 30th Anniversary Restored Version - Widescreen
  • Number of Tapes: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 096898113038

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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:VHS
Display Format:30th Anniversary Restored Version - Widescreen

eBay Product ID: EPID3146462

Editorial reviews

"...Amazing depth-of-field....Terrific performances..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (04/26/1991)

"...One of the last truly great Roman epics, the Kirk Douglas-starrer boasts a true cast-of-thousands battle..."
Total Film - Ceri Thomas (03/01/2001)

"The entire film was an immediate hit with cinemagoers and the majority of critics....Unquestionably it is Douglas' film..."
Empire - Angie Errigo (03/01/2009)

"A truly epic production with massive battles, iconic cinematography, and a legendary cast..."
Premiere (05/24/2010)

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Created: 05/09/07

A Kubrick Classic

I've seen a few recent movies from Stanley Kubrick. I've seen A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut. They're all different, but they all have a strangeness to them that can only come from the mind of Kubrick. And they're all excellent movies as well. Eyes Wide Shut got a lot of bad reviews, but I think it's a cult type movie that's similar to A Clockwork Orange (different story, but the same eeriness that's associated with the three films). There are a lot of undertones and read between the lines stuff that make this movie quite a bit underrated compared to what critics have said about it.

With all that in mind, Spartacus is a much different kind of movie. It's an epic movie taking place in Biblical times, yet it's not a Biblical movie. I believe it takes place before Christ is born (not positive, but a young Caesar is a character in this movie, I think it's the same Caesar that Jesus faced in the Bible). Spartacus (played by Kirk Douglas) is a man who has lived in slavery his whole life. He finally gets sick of his treatment and attacks and bites a guard. For his retaliation he is supposed to be put to death, but instead he is sold to become a gladiator. That's where he meets his future wife, a beautiful servant slave who is given to the best gladiators to have sex with. Spartacus soon retaliates again and leads an uprising through Italy, with slaves following him to try to attain their goal of freedom. Meanwhile, the Romans continue chasing them through Italy because they want their slaves back. Along the way he meets up with the servant girl again and they become married.

Spartacus can be compared to Gladiator a little, but the movie resembles Braveheart more I think, with freedom being the ultimate goal for everyone, even if costs them their lives. My favorite line in the film is when Kirk Douglas says that when free people die, they lose enjoyment; when slaves die, they escape the pain. I think this is a definite classic and it shows what Stanley Kubrick could do early in his career, he was only 31 at the time he directed Spartacus. To hand the controls over to such a young director was probably a risk at the time, but it proved to be a winning gamble. The film is among the best epic movies of all time.

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Created: 06/24/08

"Those Who Are About to Die, Salute You"

Review For: Spartacus (VHS, 1997, 30th Anniversary Restored Version - Widescreen)

The most famous line from this movie is of course, "I am Spartacus." But this dialogue opens the first gladitorial fight in the movie and the whole scene is a great buildup for the main character. This is one of the best epic, action adventure movies of all time. This movie was made in a time before CGI and computer effects. With an all star cast, beautiful cinematograpghy, great musical score, and a robust Kurt Douglas you can't go wrong. Plus the movie is based on a real historical figure. There was a real Spartacus that with the help of many gladiator escapees did try to fight against the Roman Army and getr free of slavery. This movie does take liberties in the true Hollywood style from actual history. The end fight scene was all done with a real trained army and massive number of movie extras. I believe there was something like a million extras for this film alone. Imagine what a catered lunch on the set must have been like!

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Created: 04/15/10

Spartacus

Very exciting movie. I love Kirk Douglas. Alot of great action, good footage and filming. I decided to buy it because I like to watch movies more than once.

I like the way it portrays that time period in history, and the war involved.

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