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Rome: Complete Season 1 (HBO) (6 Discs)

Released on 24 July 2006

Featuring: Ray Stevenson, Kevin McKidd & Ciaran Hinds

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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The complete first season of the daring, ground-breaking and controversial historical drama series. Think of The Sopranos in ancient Rome and you'll get a flavour...

This six disc box set contains the 12 hour-long episodes of the first season: this features the HBO 'cut' which includes over an hour of footage not broadcast on the BBC!

The year is 52 B.C. 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, two soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A serialized drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, Rome chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of a republic and the birth of an empire.

Episodes Comprise:

1. The Stolen Eagle
2. How Titus Pullo Brought Down The Republic
3. An Owl In A Thornbush
4. Stealing From Saturn
5. The Ram Has Touched The Wall
6. Egeria
7. Pharsalus
8. Caesarion
9. Utica
10. Triumph
11. The Spoils
12. Kalends Of February
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

Over 2 and half hours of bonus features!

  • Audio commentaries from members of the cast and crew
  • 'All Roads Lead To Rome': an interactive onscreen guide for all 12 episodes with insightful historical facts about ancient Rome prepared by the series' historical consultant Jonathan Stamp
  • 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen: an introduction to the characters (15 mins)
  • 'Shot x Shot - Gladiator': a 'making of' documentary on the thrilling episode 11 fight sequence (40 mins)
  • 'Shot x Shot - Triumph Of Caesar': a 'making of' documentary chronicling the epic episode 10 triumph scene (40 mins)
  • 'The Rise Of Rome': a behind-the-scenes featurette on sets, wardrobe and actors' boot camp (25 mins)
  • 'When In Rome': a featurette on the culture of ancient Rome
  • Photo gallery featuring 50 previously unseen images
  • Character guide

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 When in Rome...

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Veni, Vidi, Vici - I came, I saw, I conquered. Caeser's famous message to the senate.

Maybe HBO should adopt it as their new company motto. Because as that message was intended to show Caeser's military prowess, HBO's magnificent series really hammers home how very good they are at what they do.

The first thing that really hits you is just how convincing the series is, everything from the clothing to the graffiti has been carefully considered to give a stunning portrayal of ancient Rome.

It's nice to note that the series doesn't shy away from Ancient Rome's many darker aspects either. All the vice and murder are in there and it feels more honest about Ancient Roman life.

The plot is well thought out and involves you in the daily lives of normal Romans. Not just the people at the top of the pile. Many viewers will recognise historical moments such as Caeser's murder and historical characters such as Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

In all watch this series if you enjoy a good storyline, are interested in Ancient Rome or Romans and are not put off by sex or violence.

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I have bought, in the past a few series made by HBO. Such as Deadwood and Band of Brothers. All have been jaw dropping, however, after you watch ROME you will agree that this it is the best made and entertainning series ever to have been on our TV screens. It gives you an accurate understanding an insight into what Roman life would have been. If you like blood, swearing and sex then this series is for you.

 A wonderful combination of history and imagination

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The story of Rome, from the defeat of Vercingetorix by Caesar in Gaul to Caesar's death at the hands of his 'friends' and rivals in the Senate, is woven here. The makers have tried for a fair degree of historical accuracy, but the known facts are a bit sketchy when it comes to the detail, so they have resorted to imagination to fill the gaps. The historical framework has been used to marvellous effect to support a colourful and fascinating collection of speculation and soap-opera elements. There's a significant amount of sex and violence. This may be quite realistic but it upsets some people and those people may appreciate a warning. If you are one of those people, you should certainly avoid this. Also, a few liberties have, no doubt, been taken with some of the known facts. History buffs may howl in indignation at the artistic licence exercised in making these programmes but I didn't mind at all. They are wonderfully entertaining and addictive. The actors, costumes, sets, storylines, music - every element I can think of - are excellent. I watched the series when it was first broadcast by the BBC and bought the DVDs as soon as they were available and watched them all again, and then again. The new series will be shown soon. The BBC has started showing the trailers. So I'll be watching these DVDs yet again to refresh my memory in preparation for that - and because I can't wait for it all to start again.

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ActorsRay Stevenson, Kevin McKidd, Ciaran Hinds, Indira Varma, Max Pirkis, Kerry Condon, Karl Johnson, James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Lindsay Duncan, Kenneth Cranham, Haydn Gwynne, Rick Warden, Tobias Menzies, David Bamber & Ian McNeice
DirectorMichael Apted, Allen Coulter, Julian Farino, Alan Poul, Timothy Van Patten, Steve Shill, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor & Mikael Salomon
Certificate18 years and over
Year2005
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesGerman ; French
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired ; French ; German ; Dutch
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.