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Gladiator: Extended Special Edition (3 Discs)

Released on 12 September 2005

Featuring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix & Connie Nielsen

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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What We Do In Life Echoes In Eternity.

Winner of 5 Academy Awards statuettes, including Best Picture and Best Actor; Gladiator receives the 'Extended Special Edition' treatment. Personally overseen by director Ridley Scott, this 3-disc edition is loaded with new bonus materials and features 17 minutes of additional footage not shown in cinemas. This is the ultimate Gladiatorial experience!

The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) 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) 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), 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....

Disc One:

  • Introduction by director Ridley Scott
  • Audio commentary by actor Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott
  • Are You Not Entertained? trivia track
  • Disc Two:

    • Tale of the Scribes: Story Development
    • The Tools of War: Weapons
    • Attire of the Realm: Costume Design
    • The Heat of Battle: Production Journals
    • The Glory of Rome: Visual Effects
    • Shadows and Dust: Resurrecting Proximo
    • Echoes in Eternity: Release and Impact

    Disc Three:

    • Production Design Primer: Arthur Max
    • Production Design Gallery
    • Storyboard Demonstration: Sylvain Despretz
    • Storyboard Gallery
    • Storyboard-To-Film Comparisons
    • Ridleygrams
    • Costume Design Gallery
    • Photo Galleries
    • Abandoned Sequences & Deleted Scenes
    • VFX Explorations: Germania & Rome
    • Trailer
    • TV Spots

    customer Reviews

     Average rating (44 reviews)

     Not epic enough.

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    Top 10  Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer

    Somewhere in Scott's movie is an excellent epic trying to get out. Everything feels slightly rushed, as if people will stop Scott making, a then dead genre at any moment. It seems as if Crowe is travelling by jet rather than horse as he rockets between Germany, Spain, Africa and then finally Rome itself (a rather badly drawn C.G.I. spectacular).
    The fight scenes are well choreographed and suitably bloody, but have lost their impact with age. The minor gladiator characters are not sufficently drawn as to have the audience show any real empathy with their plight; so as a consequence, we don't really believe the bond Crowe is supposed to have with these men.
    The political conspiracy is over before it has really begun. Derek Jacobi only seems to be in the film due to his I Claudius credentials and if Gladiator had the smallest tad of the intrigue shown in that series Scott would be onto something very special.
    One point of interest is that Maximus is a Christian but yet again a thread which showed promise is left only to fulfil a sentimental ending. What if Maximus wanted to impose a Christian Empire upon Rome?
    As it stands Gladiator should be remembered fondly as the film which brought a genre back from the dead, a good action movie that could have been alot more.

     ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED ? ... YOU WILL BE !

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    Ridly Scott put the sword and sandles epic's back on the screen. His direction is perfect, but the added bonus is Crow as Maximus. The guy acts is heart out. The film is a bloody epic. Inventing new ways for people to die. The first battle, as the camara pans across the burning forrest, is one of the best scenes filmed this decade, it leaves you with a sense of ore ! The fights are outstanding, and so is the acting. Pheanix is brilliant as Cesar. But the film does sag in the last third, this does add to the story, but after such a mesmersing first 100 minutes, the slow down in pace does make you want the next decapition to come along sooner than later. The music adds a all new level to the film. This is Hanz Zimmers best music score to date, he puts the battles to a walz. This is one of the greatest scores ever put to the screen. The added scenes are intersting and do add even more to the characters and there but hardly ever beaten. Buy Now , along with Kingdom oF Heaven extended cut, and Troy Directors Cut!

     ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED ? ... YOU WILL BE !

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    Top 10  Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer

    Ridly Scott put the sword and sandles epic's back on the screen. His direction is perfect, but the added bonus is Crow as Maximus. The guy acts is heart out. The film is a bloody epic. Inventing new ways for people to die. The first battle, as the camara pans across the burning forrest, is one of the best scenes filmed this decade, it leaves you with a sense of ore ! The fights are outstanding, and so is the acting. Pheanix is brilliant as Cesar. But the film does sag in the last third, this does add to the story, but after such a mesmersing first 100 minutes, the slow down in pace does make you want the next decapition to come along sooner than later. The music adds a all new level to the film. This is Hanz Zimmers best music score to date, he puts the battles to a walz. This is one of the greatest scores ever put to the screen. The added scenes are intersting and do add even more to the characters and there but hardly ever beaten. Buy Now , along with Kingdom oF Heaven extended cut, and Troy Directors Cut!

     One of the best films of all time. Truly exceptional!

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    I have seen this movie countless times since it was out in 2000, i have it on my ipod and still watch it all the time.

    -Brilliant acting
    -Brilliant script
    -Captivating Story
    -Great directing (ridley scott is amazing)

    It saddens me that most people will prefer to watch rubbish like the saw films or 300 (it was ok but doesn't compare to this), and will just bypass truly great films like gladiator. get it now!

    9.7/10

     "What we are in life - echoes in Eternity...."

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    This film had a massive impact on me at the movies when it first came out. Then after repeatedly watching the dvd - even had a hand in naming my 2nd son! I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to watch it with me. Full of action, great story (although suspension of disbelief is greatly needed from a historical perspective). Cracking cast, and an all round brilliant movie. At this price, if it's not in your collection, you've now got no excuse!!

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    ActorsRussell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, David Schofield, Sven-Ole Thorsen, David Hemmings, Ralf Moeller & Tomas Arana
    DirectorRidley Scott
    Certificate15 years and over
    Year2000
    ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
    LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
    SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
    Duration2 hours and 44 minutes (approx)
    RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.