Rome

Rome

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2006
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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, soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome.
Publisher: [New York] : Home Box Office, c2006
ISBN: 9780783135991
0783135998
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (ca. 720 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Rome (Television program)

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patch666
Nov 08, 2017

excellent >> Ceasar is perfectly cast

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ReaderBruce
Oct 08, 2017

Almost did not make it past the first episode with its transgressive, sensational depiction of Roman sex, but am glad I did. Acting varies but it does tell a long story well for the uninitiated, from many surprising points of view (you might think that two soldiers of the 13th were the central actors of this period of Rome, not Caesar, Antony, Cleopatra or Brutus). Some very strong actors sustain the suspension of reality.

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va39
Oct 05, 2016

A lot of poetic license but great visuals, nuances of political motivations lost in sensationalization, still fun to see a Sharpe series kind of view into the fictional lives of early days of the roman empire.

hania4987 Aug 10, 2013

it is a soap opera version of Roman history and very addictive, visually stunning from the details of the costumes and sets to the special effects.

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Durian
Apr 25, 2013

Unable to finish the first episode due to excessive boredom.

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cartoon_goblin
Oct 01, 2012

I love this series (although I'm not a fan of the second, older actor who takes over as Octavian. It's very, very bloody and has far more rape than I'm generally comfortable with, and it takes A LOT of liberties with history, but it's still fun, brutal, adventurous, exotic soap opera.

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DuHeck
Oct 01, 2012

I was told that one of the discs was missing when I returned this. But when I took it to the Library -- ALL of the discs were in the box. Is it possible that one of them fell out in the bin when I fed them through the return slot???? Has it been checked?

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TheMissFemale
Jul 31, 2012

I had a lot of trouble getting into this. But it was definitely worth it. Season 2 was absolutely amazing!

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e1982
Mar 30, 2012

The first disc was so scratched up that I couldn't get it to play without stopping and "reading disc" and skipping ahead every minute. Tried it on 4 different players and no luck. Other discs look better but I didn't want to just skip the first disc.. People need to take care of the discs better!

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Carraccidog
Jan 02, 2012

If you have done any reading in the area of Roman studies at all, you will realize that this series reflects the actual social reality of Rome at the end of the Republic. The depiction of how slaves were used, the lack of morals as we understand them today, the dominance of Roman law, and the representation of the Roman sense of religion are very well done. The creative use of two soldier characters, Vorenus & Pullo, to weave interest into the existing documented history allows for a view of the story from the everyday people and this adds lots of entertainment to the series. It is also a story of brotherly love between these two men who, at the outset of the story, are opposites in personality and values. The blood and sex that people on this post are complaining about is not out of place, but appropriate to this vivid depiction of Roman culture.

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EuSei May 10, 2011

Sexual Content: Frontal nudity; incest.

EuSei May 10, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

EuSei May 10, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2014

Caesar: I have conquered Gaul. I have defeated Pompey Magnus. I think I can handle a small boy and a eunuch.

Marc Antony: I'm glad you're so confident. Some would call it hubris.
Caesar: It's only hubris if I fail.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2014

Caesar: They say a slave talks of bravery like a fish talks of flying.
Posca: They say that, do they? How very witty of them.

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