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The Fall Of The Roman Empire (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Released on 16 May 2011

Featuring: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd & Alec Guinness

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: PG

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ction-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the shattering effects of that power's loss. Here is the tale of the plight of a people living on the brink of a political abyss.
  • Audio Commentary with Bill Bronston and Mel Martin
  • The Rise and Fall of an Epic Production: The Making of the Film
  • The Rise and Fall of an Empire: An Historical Look at the Real Roman Empire
  • Dimitri Tiomkin: Scoring the Roman Empire
  • Hollywood vs. History: An Historical Analysis
  • Bill Deneen New Intro
  • Original Intro & Life In Ancient Rome
  • Julius Caesar
  • Claudius: Boy Of Ancient Rome
  • Rome In Madrid: 1964 Promotional Film
  • The Fall Of The Roman Empire Trailer

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 Average rating (3 reviews)

 The Empire Strikes Back.

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This superior example of the genre, is the movie that Gladiator borrowed it`s storyline from, as it charts the murderous intrigues involving the Emperor Marcus Aurelius`s evil son Commodus, and his willingness to stop at nothing to take the Imperial throne. Unlike Gladiator, it`s largely historically accurate - the armour and costumes in particular are a history nerd`s wet dream. The script and acting are highly intelligent, and the action in a pre-CGI world is simply awesome. The Hi-Def transfer boasts a number of wonderfully atmospheric scenes, including the funeral of the Emperor in a raging snowstorm. High production values counter act the movie`s excessive length, in which the armies of Rome are seen engaging the barbarian hordes in the darkness of the German forests on the edge of empire. The later Gladiator, for all it`s many Oscars, only exists because it stood on the shoulders of this far superior earlier film. As well as a first class transfer, there are copious extras on the movie and the historical background it`s set in. This is a forgotten gem which needs to be dusted down and seen once again as just about the finest example of it`s type ever made.

 NOT COMPLETE EMPIRE

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I was dissapointed that the overture,intermission, exit music is not included on main feature but is mentioned in special features.

Its a good transfer but not complete for the collector.

 The Fall of the Roman Empire. spolied by sound

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The sound on this release is good, it's just that the second half of the film is very slightly out of sync and as such can become annoying, hence the 3 stars.
I was also dissapointed that the Prologue/ Intermission / Exit music was not included, very bad for a release of this importance

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ActorsSophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, John Ireland, Omar Sharif, Mel Ferrer & Finlay Currie
DirectorAnthony Mann
CertificatePG
Year1964
ScreenWidescreen 2.76:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
SubtitlesNone Listed
Duration2 hours and 52 minutes (approx)