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Spartacus Special Edition DVD Review

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by AVForums May 1, 2004

    Spartacus Special Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £19.99

    Picture

    Though the 2.35:1 anamorphic
    picture is strong and colourful, with plenty
    of detail and little visible movement, it's
    grainy, and there's the odd spot of print
    damage which you would have thought it
    possible to remove. Watchable, but hardly
    as spectacular as the subject-matter
    might deserve.
    Spartacus Special Edition Picture

    Sound

    English in Dolby Digital 5.1 or
    DTS. Though it's loud, there doesn't
    seem to be much depth or detail to it;
    listen to the attack on the village in Chapter
    16 and all you'll hear is shouting and the
    musical score.

    Extras

    The feature has a commentary by
    Douglas, writer Howard Fast, Peter Ustinov,
    Edward Lewis and Saul Bass, and a sceneby-
    scene analysis by Dalton Trumbo with
    additional music by Alex North, plus English
    subtitles. On the second disc, along with
    the remainder of the film, are three
    deleted scenes, one with UK and US
    versions; five pieces of vintage newsreel
    footage; interviews with Jean Simmons
    and Peter Ustinov; on-set footage from the
    gladiator school, production stills, lobby
    cards, posters, comic strips, sketches,
    storyboards, and a trailer. Lastly, there's a
    15-minute piece on the Hollywood 10
    subpoenaed to appear before the House
    Committee on Un-American Activities.

    Verdict

    A classic quasi-Kubrick historical melodrama,
    served by an equally spectacular
    DVD package.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    8

    Picture Quality

    7

    Sound Quality

    6

    Extras

    10

    Overall

    8

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