Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Russell Crowe

DreamWorks Home Video | August 13, 2003 | DVD

Gladiator is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Russell Crowe rocks the coliseum as the pumped up warrior Maximus in the spectacularly eye-popping epic Gladiator. Once a revered general in the Roman army, the mighty Maximus sinks towards death and defeat when the new emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) strips him of his rank and has his family murdered. Conscripted by a slave-trader and gladiator trainer named Proximo — played by Oliver Reed in his last role — Maximus once again finds a reason to live, using his incomparable battle skills to propel himself to the very coliseums of Rome. There, he makes a name for himself and eventually faces the self-destructively decadent emperor in a fight that will determine the future of the empire. The special effects are dazzling and Crowe is brooding, powerful and awesomely magnetic as the deadly gladiator with a mighty big chip on his even mightier shoulders.

Video Release: August 13, 2003

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 155

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 667068720426

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Movie Of 2000! In my opinion this was not only the best movies of 2000, but of the last decade! It has been nominated for 12 Oscars...I hope it wins all of them! Awesome special effects, great actors, strong story, great score and a great director. For a great movie we have a great DVD. A 2 disc set with lots of bonus material. If you are a movie lover than this one is a must own DVD!
Date published: 2001-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best DVD of 2000 The Film: Gladiator is a fantastic movie in which a general loses his power, becomes a slave, and fights the ultimate battle for the right cause. It's a moving story with fantastic fight scenes. The intro is almost worth the price of the movie. Also the way they have made Rome look realistic is incredible. It’s one of the must-sees of 2000. Quality: It has amazing clarity and fantastic sound. And of course you get the full version on DVD, not just part of the screen. None of the original theatre look has been diminished, and this movie brings the uniqueness of Roman culture to your living room. Extras: This is where Gladiator is separated from the rest of DVDs. It has so many extras, you'll be watching them for hours. Also the "making of..." documentary is quite good. It’s so jampacked that they need two discs. One for the movie and one for the extras. Overall this movie is the best example of DVD's advantage over video. Show your friends the difference between this and the VHS version and they'll never buy a video again. If you buy one DVD this year, buy Gladiator!
Date published: 2001-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from as the Crowe fly's The quality of the production makes this film a must own. Joaquin Pheonix gives a riveting performance. The "special features" disc makes the dvd is a good purchase. It contains two full documentaries. One on the making of the film and the the other a historical over view of the games of the Roman Empire. The DVD search capabilities are awesome.
Date published: 2001-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enter the Arena with Gladiator The 4 hours of extra features make owning this 2-disc DVD worthwhile. It has it all: interviews with the director and actors; numerous deleted scenes (all of which which can also be watched with commentary by director Ridley Scott); a documentary on gladiators; a 50-page journal written by the young actor playing Lucius; and more. You can't watch it all in one sitting or a one-evening rental, which is why you should own it! My only negative comment is that the movie plays much better on the big screen (mostly because of the letterbox), but what movie doesn't?
Date published: 2000-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WoW well, we all know Russell Crowe is a great actor, but where did those sexy muscles come from??? the movie is spectacular not just because Crowe is a visually stimulating man, but because the story has a worthy weight to it. i am not the best person to write a review because i know i am biased, but everything about this movie is grand. it even made my friend cry, and she NEVER cries. it's definitly something worth spending thirty dollars on.
Date published: 2000-11-30

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Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Russell Crowe

Video Release: August 13, 2003

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 155

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 667068720426


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Mastered
  • Runtime: 155 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER, ALIENS) transports Hollywood to second-century Rome in this rousing historical epic that proudly harkens back to such films as BEN-HUR and SPARTACUS. Russell Crowe plays Maximus, a Roman general who leads the troops in conquering Germania for the empire. When an aging Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) tells Maximus that he'd like him to rule Rome once he's gone, a classic confrontation ensues between the brave and charming soldier--who wants to return home to his wife, son, and farm--and the jealous and conniving Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the emperor's only son, who is thirsty for power. Bought as a slave by the profiteering Proximo (Oliver Reed, in his last role), Maximus must kill or be killed in the ring, battling to save not only himself but the future of the very empire that he loves and honors. The film features a terrific battle sequence (that recalls the beginning of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), huge crowd scenes of thousands of people, and even a little romance, albeit mostly taboo. The impeccably choreographed gladiator scenes are violent yet thrilling, flashing by like lightning. GLADIATOR is a glorious spectacle filled with heart and soul.

Description

IN THEATRES: MAY 5, 2000 (NATIONAL) An epic adventure that calls to mind the big-budget Hollywood films of the past, Scott's film is a raucous, engaging, and highly impressive spectacle. Crowe stars as Maximus, a well-respected general who is stripped of his rank when the evil Commodus (Phoenix) takes over the Roman Empire in 180 AD. Maximus finds himself fighting for his life in the vicious gladiator arenas, where he uses his fame to spark unrest among the oppressed Roman citizens. Eventually, Commodus succumbs to the challenge, and the two face off for a battle that will send one man to his death.

Notes

Richard Harris accepted the part of Marcus Aurelius after Ridley Scott agreed to shoot his scenes on seven consecutive days. Russell Crowe had a hand in fixing the original script. Although the script is fiction, some of the characters are based on historical fact. Commodus was indeed the son of Marcus Aurelius, took over after his father's death, and fought many times in the Colosseum, although the battles were usually setups. Oliver Reed died shortly before the end of filming; his final scene had to be shot with a body double. Derek Jacobi played the emperor Claudius in the 1976 miniseries I, Claudius, which ends approximately 130 years prior to the beginning of GLADIATOR. The majority of the crowd in the Colosseum was computer-generated.
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