On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in "Spartacus: Vengeance". Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.
Starz Studios - SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE (12:00)
The Making Of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE (5:30)
Behind The Camera: Directing The Rebellion (4:30)
On Set With Liam McIntyre (6:34)
Burning Down The House: The VFX Of Episode 205 (15:00)
The Legend Of Spartacus (11:06)
Famous Last Words (6:36)
SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED Teaser (0:30)
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Still a quality series.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 29/12/2012 14:59:41
Blood and Sand was always going to be a hard season to follow.It gained momentum with each episode until finally everything spontaneously combusted in the season finale Kill Them All.Never has a series gripped me and made the payoff so worth while.For those not familiar with the Spartacus series the story loosely follows a Thracian whose wife and he were condemned to slavery.He is thrust into a Ludus(gladiator school) while his wife is sent to shores unknown.The rest of the season deals with his rise through the ranks to gladiator and him becoming Spartacus.I won't say anymore because the plot is best experienced while watching the show.
Vengeance starts off slow much like season 1 but by episode 5 it really finds its stride.The quality of the Blu Ray is fantastic but I am convinced that Blood and Sand looked slightly better in High Definition.The picture and audio are both superb nonetheless.There are scenes included in most episodes that were cut probably due to air time and they add emphasis to some things that you might have missed the first time round if you watched the series on TV.Episodes come with audio commentary which can be very insightful and amusing at times.It is definitely a reason to re watch episodes.There are also some bonus features but personally I felt they were slightly underwhelming.For example there is a bloopers reel but it is only 3 minutes or so long.Surely there were more than 3 minutes of bloopers over the production of the entire season.Also there are no subtitles included which in this day and age is baffling to me.Besides these slight deficiencies Spartacus Vengeance Blu Ray is a worthwhile purchase for the high quality of the transfer to HD and the show in general.I have not mentioned the story of this season because I do not wish to spoil anything.Even in my basic description of Blood and Sand I gave only the basic premise but nothing more.This is definitely a series best enjoyed without spoilers.I would recommend watching Blood and Sand first,then Gods of the Arena and finally Vengeance as this was the order the seasons were produced.It is one of the most enthralling,adrenaline pumping and nuanced series you will ever watch.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: andy1989 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
ITS STILL HOOKED...
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 06/05/2012 16:53:36
i did miss andy whittfield but lets face it who isnt going to after his epic performance in spartacus blood and sand..the new spartacus played by liam mcintyre is a little strange at first but you soon adapt to his performances which are outstanding..
the story picks up where last season finished off and still carrys many of the original cast with the scripts still being just as creative when it comes to all that blood lies and sex....
all in all spartacus vengenance has not lost any of its originality and will want you coming back for more at the end of each episode..
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: yardman on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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