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Gladiator - Definitive Edition

Blu-ray  |  Drama  |  01 Dec 2009


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Father of a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and I shall have my vengeance in this life or the next

Discover the unparalleled power and glory of Gladiator, a dazzling combination of vivid action and extraordinary storytelling that critics called a "stunning, explosive, breathtaking epic!" (Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network). Masterfully directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), Gladiator features a riveting performance from Academy Award-nominated star Russell Crowe, hailed by Newsweek as "a genuine larger-than-life hero!"



Review of Gladiator by Christopher Pattison


Ridley Scott is one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers. He has made many classics including; ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’, 'The Duelists' and of course ‘Gladiator’… Ridley Scott ranks among my favourite filmmakers for the way he tells a story. He managers to visually showcase important aspects to a story that many other filmmakers would simply disregard, focusing heavily on the smaller details. He is a character-driven filmmaker as well, which I admire. ‘Gladiator’ is one of the best films ever made for many reasons. The technical achievements in the direction by Ridley Scott is one of the most notable. The film is technically flawless. The sweeping shots of the battle sequences are stunning. The grit of these sequences really stands out throwing the audience into the battle and the way that the film showcases these scenes is a testament to how talented Scott is as a director. The performances are iconic as well, with Russell Crowe winning the Oscar for best actor in a lead role for his performance as ‘Maximus’. In my opinion, Crowe has never been better, showcasing the tenacity, heartbreak and leadership of a true warrior. He is nuanced when he needs to be but controls the scene as well when the story commands him to. He is truly fantastic.

Joaquin Phoenix is also in the film delivering a great villainous turn (pre-Joker of course) as ‘Commodus’ and I thought he was also terrific in the film. You hate him throughout the entire film and that is how a good villain is supposed to make you feel. The Hans Zimmer score is amazing as well, feeling epic with every instrumental beat, ranking among some of his best work. The character of Maximus is also one of my favourites. He is a man who has lost everything and is on a path of revenge, avenging those who he has lost and making those responsible pay. It is a simple character arc, yet the way Scott decides to tell this story is beautiful and memorable, with many iconic sequences and dialogue. Who could forget "are you not entertained". Still to this day, those lines give me goosebumps. 'Gladiator' is an all-round amazing picture, with beautiful direction, wonderful performances, and a superb score, like I said, 'Gladiator' is a class. I am giving 'Gladiator' a 10/10. Pick this one up on 4K UHD if you get the chance, it looks simply stunning.

Chris has written this review for Sanity. See more from Chris here
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Title: Gladiator - Definitive Edition

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 01 Dec 2009

Actor(s): Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

Sku: 2164789

Catalogue No: 8274459

Category: Drama

Disc Count: 2

OFLC Rating: M

Run Time: 210

Transfer Format: 1080P HD, 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen

Region Code: B

OFLC Advice: Coarse Language, Mature Themes, Violence

Production Studio: Universal

Dubbed Languages: Universal

Genre: Action/Adventure,

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FEATURES

Slipcase packaging

Theatrical & Extended versions of the film

Feature Commentary (Theatrical) with director Ridley Scott, editor Pietro Scalia & cinematographer John Mathieson

Feature Commentary (Extended) with director Ridley Scott & actor Russell Crowe

Deleted Scenes Index w/optional commentary by Ridley Scott (Battle Aftermath, Looking for Strength, The Scribe, Dye Market, Stage Direction, A Meeting at Gracchus' House, Father and Son, The Execution

Intro by Ridley Scott

The Scrolls of Knowledge: Are You Not Entertained w/Behind the Scenes Historical PODS

Visions From Elysium: Topic Marker (a new U-Control feature that will allow viewers to tag moments of interest throughout the film and create a ‘shopping list’ of topics to learn about in the suppleme

BD-Live

Strength and Honour: Creating the World of Gladiator

Image & Design

Multi-Angle Comparisons w/opt commentary by Sylvain Despretz

Storyboard Archive (stills)

Costume Design Gallery (stills)

Photo Galleries I & II (stills)

Weapons Primer: Simon Atherton

Abandoned Sequences & Deleted Scenes

The Aurelian Archives: The Making of Gladiator

Gladiator Games: Roman Bloodsport

Hans Zimmer: Scoring Gladiator

An Evening with Russell Crowe

Maximus Uncut: Between the Takes with Russell Crowe

My Gladiator Journal by Spencer Treat Clark (stills)

VFX Explorations: Germania & Rome

Trailers

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