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Rome - The Complete First Season
List Price: $99.98
Buy New: $64.99
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 11 reviews)
Sales Rank: 174
Category: DVD

Publisher: Hbo Home Video
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Manufacturer: Hbo Home Video
Label: Hbo Home Video
Format: Ac-3, Box Set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: DVD
Number Of Items: 6

UPC: 026359284823
EAN: 0026359284823

Release Date: August 15, 2006  (In 54 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: August 28, 2005
Shipping: Eligible for Super Saver Shipping
Availability: Not yet released

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Editorial Reviews:

(HBO Dramatic Series) Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people; epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. After eight years of war, two soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A serialized drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, ROME chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of the republic and the birth of an empire.

DVD Features:
Other:Friends, Romans, Countrymen--Introduction to the characters of Rome. All Roads Lead to Rome interactive onscreen guide prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp.
Other:All Roads Lead to Rome interactive onscreen guide prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp.
Other:All Roads Lead to Rome interactive onscreen guide prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp.
Other:Shot x Shot: Caesar's Triump--Detailing the production of the epic Episode 10 triumph scene. All Roads Lead to Rome interactive onscreen guide prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp.
Other:Shot x Shot: Gladiator--A closer look at the thrilling Episode 11 fight sequence.
Featurette:The Rise of Rome--Behind-the-scenes featurette on sets, wardrobe and actor?s boot camp.
Photo gallery:Photo gallery with over 50 never-before-seen images.

Customer Reviews:   Read 6 more reviews...

5 out of 5 stars Bet you can't eat just one!   June 20, 2006
  1 out of 1 found this review helpful

The previous positive reviewers are spot-on. I can't wait for season 2...2 years (ugh!) but understandable. The down to earth lushness of this series is fantastic. Point of view and atmosphere as real as it gets. Artistic and gutsy. HBO really sticks it's neck out, and deserves a big kiss for it ;-}

5 out of 5 stars Must have!!!   June 18, 2006
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

While it is true that some historical facts got twisted around to adapt to are more "entretaining" aspect of this production. The overall result is short of amazing.
I have always been a "I Claudius" fan and have seen the show several times after I bought it. But even Robert Graves in his masterpiece did openly take licence when telling Claudius'story.
All in all one focuses on the background, the living city of Rome, the misery and glory of a citizenry that was not so far from what we see today in one of our megalopolis'. Then we have the stark contrasts like the all to natural treatment of slaves like "things" or the more down to earth live with death.

I do hope Season 2 will be even more of a blast.

5 out of 5 stars Best show on television. Seriously.   June 14, 2006
  3 out of 4 found this review helpful

It's hard to make one of the most written about, pondered about, and studied periods of histories new. But HBO does just that.

This isn't really a story about Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra or Octavian, at least not yet. This is really a story of two members of the tenth legion, who get caught up in all this history.

The new characters are amongst the most memorable television characters of all time, and the casting is superb, with Cleopatra being the only exception.

This is gorgeous to watch, fun, and educational all at the same time. Every episode is a work of art.

5 out of 5 stars Please ignore the person below me....this show is great!   June 5, 2006
  13 out of 14 found this review helpful

A person cannot judge the ancient Romans by the standards of today, because that is simply ridiculous.

Ancient Rome WAS brutal and full of all types of excesses that this show depicts very well. I don't think that the sex and violence in the show is over the top in any way. Instead, they are showing things as the way they actually were. The ancient Romans liked sex and violence and I say good for them. At least they weren't as prudish as people are now. The person below me is a case in point.

Everything about this show is great. The script is well written, the actors actually know what they are doing and the production values make it look like ancient Rome instead of a set. I watched every episode of this when it aired on HBO, not only because I love ancient Rome but because I was very interested in the characters.

Anybody with knowledge about the time of Caesar will know what happens to the major characters that actually existed. That part isn't really a suprise, but the way the series is played out is. It is full of drama, sex and violence. Then again so were those times. People were not as afraid of their sexuality as they are today, and people didn't think twice about watching people die in an arena. Be it good or bad the Romans certainly knew how to live.

If you love ancient Rome, watch the show and be really amazed. You won't regret it. Hopefully, more production companies will catch on to the fact that people really like well done historical dramas.

2 out of 5 stars TOO NEGATIVE AND POLITICALLY CORRECT.   June 2, 2006
  6 out of 54 found this review helpful

I disagree with the positive reviewers. This is far too negative an account of an admittedly brutal time of our ancient heritage. A wise person - Winston Churchill stated "without Rome there would be no western civilization." The script was predictable and petty, the acting bordered on constant hysteria. To get ratings which this series apparently did'nt. They exaggerated the sex and violence to appeal to our baser selves. I give it two stars simply because it is a fascinating era in history.

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