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Gladiator: Special Edition (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Released on 07 September 2009

Featuring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix & Connie Nielsen

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Gladiator, Ridley Scott's modern classic, arrives on Blu-ray with more extras than a Roman epic. Russell Crowe stars in a Oscar-winning performance as betrayed General Maximus, in a rollicking swords and sandals spectacular placing you right in the middle of some savage gladiatorial scraps!

The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe - LA Confidential) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won, Maximus dreams of home, wanting only to return to his wife and son; however, the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power.

Jealous of Maximus' favour with the Emperor, the heir to the throne, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix - Walk The Line), orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death, Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows.

Now he has come to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....


  • Theatrical version - mm a.d. (155 mins.)
  • Audio commentary by director Ridley Scott, cinematographer John Mathieson and editor Pietro Scalia
  • Deleted scenes - with optional commentary
  • Extended version - mmv a.d. (171 mins.)
  • Introduction by Ridley Scott
  • Audio commentary by director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe
  • U-control features on both theatrical and extended versions
  • The scrolls of knowledge - the original are you not entertained? Trivia track newly enhanced allowing viewers to access a series of new behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring key scenes throughout the film
  • Visions From Elysium: topic marker - a u-control feature that allows disc one viewers to tag moments of interest throughout the entire film, allowing them to create 'shopping lists' of topics to learn more about from the features on disc two
  • Visions From Elysium: topic portal - a u-control feature that automatically accesses further content from tagged moments of interest that have been marked by viewers from disc one
  • Strength and Honour: creating the world of Gladiator - the definitive documentary on the origin, production and impact of this Oscar-winning best picture
  • Tale of the Scribes: story development
  • The Tools of War: weapons
  • Attire of the Realm: costume design
  • The heat of battle: production journals Germania /Zucchabar / Rome
  • Shadows and Dust: Resurrecting Proximo
  • The Glory of Rome: visual effects
  • Echoes in Eternity: release and impact
  • Aurelian archives
  • The making of Gladiator
  • Gladiator Games : the Roman bloodsport
  • Hans Zimmer: scoring Gladiator
  • Maximus uncut: Between the takes with Russell Crowe

customer Reviews

 Average rating (67 reviews)

 don't buy if u own the dvd

| | See all taylortowers's reviews (3)

what a let down,as this is my favourite film i could not wait for the blu ray it arrived today , it is hardly any better then the dvd version , the only scenes u can really notice the difference are the ones that were not in the theatrical version. so i would save your money and wait for the remastered version as this version does not do it justice

 Much improved

| | See all NekoFever's reviews (1)

I held off on this because of the much-publicised issues with the video transfer in the original version, but having heard that the remastered version was coming into shops I took the plunge. Sure enough, I got the new version - easiest way to tell is to look for the Pocket Blu logo on the back of the box and check whether the copyright info says 2010 rather than 2009 - and it looks fantastic. Why such a great film couldn't get such treatment before is beyond me, but all is forgiven now.

Excellent film now with suitably excellent audio and video makes an essential purchase for showing off your system.

 A great film yes, blu ray quality? not much better over dvd

| | See all JasonDR's reviews (36)

After a lot of debating i decided to buy Gladiator on blu ray. Initially i was very impressed, i had read a lot of the reviews about the questionable quality. So as i had my blu ray player and dvd hooked up to my tv i decided to put both on and flick between the two to compare.

Yes the blu ray is better, but not as much as i thought it would be. The sound quality is easily better on the blu ray. The picture filled more of the screen on the blue ray but it was not much better then the dvd.

If you already have the film on dvd, and can watch it upscaled then i wouldnt bother with the blu ray. Perhaps if u dont own it on dvd and only vhs then i would say buy it. Or maybe if you can get it at a good enough price.

So in the end i gave this 3 out of 5, should have been totally blown away by such a great film, but i wasn't.

 mines bigger than yours!

| | See all spookyrich's reviews (1)

well i watched this screened onto the surface of planet earth, with 132,000 speakers suspended around me by angels, whilst the sound was ok, i found i couldnt quite see the blood cells in the blood that was trickling from the inside of his nostril. poor show.
perhaps if i updated the firmware on my sammishui HD 1080p/24hz/200mhz 3D dilithium crystal based projector, then it might be a little bit better, but i doubt it.

 Maximus definition............

| | See all robbersdog's reviews (21)

I got the original release and was mortified by the transfer. Had it exchanged for the re-master. Massive improvement!
Excellent transfer, excellent sound, brilliant film........
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ActorsRussell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, David Schofield, Tomas Arana, Ralf Moeller, Spencer Treat Clark, David Hemmings, Tommy Flanagan, Sven-Ole Thorsen & Omid Djalili
DirectorRidley Scott
Certificate15 years and over
Year2000
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; Italian ; German ; Spanish ; Portuguese ; Latin American Spanish
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; French ; Italian ; German ; Spanish ; Brazilian ; Swedish ; Danish ; Finnish ; Dutch ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Mandarin ; Latin American Spanish
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration2 hours and 35 minutes (approx)