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Spartacus: The Complete Collection (2010 - 2013/Anchor Bay Blu-ray Box Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: A Episodes: B+

One of the most epic Blu-ray releases of the year slashes onto home video capturing all four seasons of Starz! Spartacus series. Seasons in this box set (which we have looked at separately over the years) include Blood and Sand - The Complete First Season, Gods of the Arena (which serves as a prequel), Vengeance - The Complete Second Season, and War of the Damned - The Complete Third Season. Anchor Bay has re-released every season of the hit Starz! TV show 'Spartacus' as part of an impressive collectible bundle that houses all of the included 13 discs (39 episodes) in a highly collectible digi-book case. The set also comes with several new supplements, including three commentaries and an exclusive bonus disc with several featurettes. All old supplements from the previous releases do carry over but if you are a diehard fan of the show then this is a release that you do not want to miss!

With a style akin to 300, this Spartacus series pushes the visual boundaries of style while giving its audience a daring amount of blood, sex, and nudity that many other channels would surely shy away from. If you are a fan of Gladiator or the 300 films, then this is a sword and sandal series that will be right up your alley. This is not Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus!

In Blood and Sand:

Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield), a Thracian warrior captured by Romans, is enslaved into a gladiator training school owned by Batiatus and his wife Lucretia. He is forced to fight daily for his life against deadly foes, under the brutal whip of trainer Doctore. Against all odds, Spartacus' rebellious instincts, his intense love for his wife Sura and his powerful fighting skills drive him to win a series of near-impossible battles - setting in motion a revolution against the tyranny of Rome. To survive, he must become more than a man and more than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

In Gods of the Arena:

Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed though the gates and onto the sand. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus in a more ruthless time before Spartacus' arrival where honor was just finding it's way into the arena.

In Vengeance:

After the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the gladiator rebellion begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in Spartacus: Vengeance. Praetor Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent first to Capua, and thence to Mount Vesuvius, to crush the ever-growing band of freed slaves under Spartacus before they can inflict further damage. Spartacus finally comes face to face with the man who sold his wife into slavery and condemned Spartacus to slavery as a gladiator owned by Batiatus. But Glaber fails in his obsession with killing Spartacus - who is this time played by Liam McIntyre. The freed gladiator champion Gannicus decides to join ranks with the rebels under Spartacus. And the widows of both Lentulus Batiatus and Gaius Claudius Glaber are soon to join their dearest husbands in the afterlife.

And finally - The War of the Damned:

Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron, continue to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, Spartacus is more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic. Following Ashur's death, Naevia and Crixus fight as one. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war with Rome.

The Roman Senate turns to Marcus Crassus, a wealthy, strategic politician, for aid. He respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistake Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion. The epic conclusion of a legendary journey, Spartacus: War of the Damned will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before.

Anchor Bay has really outdone themselves with the sound and picture on this release - presented in 1080p high definition (aspect ratio of 1.78:1) with lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround, the show has never looked or sounded better than it does here. Subtitles are also available on the disc in English SDH and Spanish. Total running time for the series is 35 hours, 36 minutes.

As mentioned before previously released extras will be available in the set as well as new supplements including:

Three New Season One Audio Commentaries

Spartacus Fan Favorites With Liam McIntyre

Scoring A Hit: Composer Joseph LoDuca

An Eye Full: Roger Murray

Spartacus: Paul Grinder

The Last Word: John Hannah

This is a set that you do not want to miss! Recommended!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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