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Spartacus: War Of The Damned Blu-ray Review

Spartacus- War of the Damned Blu-ray

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” is more of the same.

In the 10 episodes final season of the blood-soaked Starz series, Spartacus and his followers (Crixus, Agron, Naevia, Laeta, Saxa, and Gannicus) continue to revolt against the Roman army and its main soldiers Marcus Licinius Crassus, Julius Caesar, and Tiberius Crassus (son of Marcus). While most of the plots involve battle and conflicts between the two armies, you can expect to see subplots about the Kore character, Tiberius trying to defeat Spartacus on his own, Caesar going undercover, and conflicts in the Crassus/Caesar camp.

If you have ever seen an episode of “Spartacus,” you shouldn’t be shocked to learn that these 10 episodes are loaded with sex, death, violence, “300” esque battles, trashy soap opera drama, bad CGI, and over-the-top slow motion. If there’s one thing you can say about the series, it’s that it’s consistent in terms of content from season to season.

As far as the actual plot goes, there’s nothing remotely surprising here. If you know the story of Spartacus, you know there will be a dark ending for the heroes of the story. You should also know that the infamous “I am Spartacus” line does make an appearance here. While some may admire the homage to Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” film, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. If anything, it made me want to turn off this series and pop in the classic Kubrick film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer for the episodes is fantastic. Everything from the costumes to the gallons of blood looks crystal clear here.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? In a word, LOUD. The episodes are filled with swords, horns, music, screaming, and clanking armor. In other words, it’s perfect for this show.

Extras:
* Commentary on all 10 episodes by the likes of Rob Tapert, Liam McIntyre, Rick Jacobson, Stephen S. DeKnight, Dustin Clare, Manu Bennett, Simon Merrells, Anna Hutchinson, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Todd Lasance, Christian Antidormi, Dan Feuerriegel, Mark Beesly, Charlie McClellan, Chloe Smith, TJ Scott, Peter Baustaedter, and Jesse Warn. If you’ve heard a commentary track from the past seasons, you know what to expect here. Some tracks are more engaging than others, but you will always get some interesting behind-the-scenes information.
* “A Bloody Farewell”- A short bonus feature in which the cast and crew members chat about the series finale and bid ‘farewell’ to the series.
* “The Price Of Being A Gladiator”- A look at the exercise and training routine for the cast members.
* “Spartacus: The Legend Retold”- A retrospective that tackles the show, characters, episodes, storylines, etc.
* “Adorning The Damned”- A 4 minute extra about the costumes.
* “The Spoils Of War Revealed: Visual Effects”- A featurette about the computer F/X.
* “The Mind Behind Spartacus”- One last interview with “Spartacus” creator and showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight.
* Episode recaps for all but episode 1 and extended versions of all 10 episodes.

Overall Thoughts: Unless you’ve stuck with the “Spartacus” series from the beginning, I’d recommend just watching the Stanley Kubrick film instead. It’s a far better investment of your time.

October 12, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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