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Spartacus [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Widescreen]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 04/24/2001
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Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For the entertainment of corrupt Roman senator Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Batiatus' gladiators are to stage a fight to the death. On the night before the event, the enslaved trainees are "rewarded" with female companionship. Spartacus' companion for the evening is Varinia (Jean Simmons), a slave from Brittania. When Spartacus later learns that Varinia has been sold to Crassus, he leads 78 fellow gladiators in revolt. Word of the rebellion spreads like wildfire, and soon Spartacus' army numbers in the hundreds. Escaping to join his cause is Varinia, who has fallen in love with Spartacus, and another of Crassus' house slaves, the sensitive Antoninus (Tony Curtis). The revolt becomes the principal cog in the wheel of a political struggle between Crassus and a more temperate senator named Gracchus (Charles Laughton). Anthony Mann was the original director of Spartacus, eventually replaced by Stanley Kubrick, who'd previously guided Douglas through Paths of Glory. The film received 4 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Ustinov. A crucial scene between Olivier and Curtis, removed from the 1967 reissue because of its subtle homosexual implications, was restored in 1991, with a newly recorded soundtrack featuring Curtis as his younger self and Anthony Hopkins standing in for the deceased Olivier. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Disc #1 -- Spartacus

1. Overture [:10]
2. Opening Credits [4:02]
3. "A Disease Called Human Slavery" [3:42]
4. The Gladiatorial School [5:36]
5. Spartacus Meets Varinia [5:43]
6. Training [4:41]
7. A Slave's Courtship [1:30]
8. Crassus Orders a Show [6:36]
9. Selecting the Gladiators [4:52]
10. Crassus Buys Varinia [3:30]
11. Fight To the Death [2:53]
12. The Slaves Revolt [7:36]
13. The Roman Senate [6:51]
14. A Singer Of Songs [4:05]
15. Crassus Admonishes Glabrus [1:37]
16. A Natural Leader [3:02]
17. Spartacus Finds Varinia [5:38]
18. "A Tendency Toward Corpulence" [4:34]
19. Oysters and Snails [3:36]
20. Slave Camp At Vesuvius [3:55]
21. Antoninus Entertains [4:49]
22. Splendor In the Grass [3:41]
23. The Pirates' Agent Cuts a Deal [3:08]
24. The Roman Garrison Falls [5:51]
25. Entr'acte [6:08]
26. Glabrus Is Sentenced [2:23]
27. To the Sea [4:14]
28. Varinia's News [3:43]
29. Caesar Is Made Commander [2:47]
30. Celebrant Slaves [1:15]
31. Strategizing Against Spartacus [1:43]
32. A Jubilant Arrival [5:04]
33. Tigranus Brings Ill Tidings [1:34]
34. Calls To Arms [4:52]
35. A Deal Is Struck [5:51]
36. The Eve Of Battle [3:09]
37. The Battle [5:23]
38. "I Am Spartacus" [9:35]
39. Batiatus Pleads His Case [1:37]
40. "A Bad Attack Of Dignity" [4:14]
41. The List Of Traitors [3:43]
42. Crassus Woos Varinia [2:39]
43. Spartacus Fights Antoninus [6:19]
44. Gracchus' Last Laugh [9:22]
45. A Son Who Is Free [2:28]
46. Restoration Credits [3:41]
1. How It Began [:10]
2. The Inspiration For Spartacus [4:02]
3. Death Valley [3:42]
4. The Gladiatorial Set [5:36]
5. A Tough Scene To Play [5:43]
6. "Most Authentic Part Of the Film" [4:41]
7. Douglas Brings In Kubrick [1:30]
8. Ustinov On Olivier [6:36]
9. The Politics Of Spartacus [4:52]
10. Fast On Varinia [3:30]
11. "The Great Scene In the Film" [2:53]
12. Actings's Inherent Dangers [7:36]
13. Laughton's Frustrations [6:51]
14. Trumbo's Approach to Decadence [4:05]
15. Similarities In Cultures [1:37]
16. Breaking the Blacklist [3:02]
17. Restoration Issues [5:38]
18. "A Harmonious Tennis Match" [4:34]
19. Olivier's Crassus [3:36]
20. Kubrick Exerts Control [3:55]
21. Slaves In Ancient Rome [4:49]
22. Casting Varinia [3:41]
23. Technicolor Printing [3:08]
24. The Role Of Saul Bass [5:51]
25. Key Art [6:08]
26. An Antagonistic Relation [2:23]
27. Missing Footage Restored [4:14]
28. The Naked Scenes [3:43]
29. Filming In Spain [2:47]
30. Coddling Actors [1:15]
31. The Actors Disagree [1:43]
32. Different Directorial Styles [5:04]
33. Bass and the Final Battle [1:34]
34. Roman Fighting Strategies [4:52]
35. Frustration With Roman Pictures [5:51]
36. Two Sides Of Spartacus [3:09]
37. The Issue Of Violence [5:23]
38. A Love Story [9:35]
39. Olivier and the Horse [1:37]
40. When Movies Were Events [4:14]
41. Injecting Political Humor [3:43]
42. Ustinov On Acting [2:39]
43. "A Scene Of Love" [6:19]
44. Trumbo's Initial Reactions [9:22]
45. The Crucifixion Scene Offends [2:28]
46. Fond Remembrances [3:41]
1. Battle Over the Screenplay [:10]
2. Spartacus' Noble Aims [4:02]
3. The Frightful Animal [3:42]
4. An Excised Subplot [5:36]
5. The Power Of Spartacus' Restraint [5:43]
6. Score Variation #1 [4:41]
7. Powerful Acting [1:30]
8. Two Worlds Collide [6:36]
9. (No Analysis Provided) [4:52]
10. Large Vs. Small Spartacus [3:30]
11. The Death Of Draba [2:53]
12. Spartacus Comes Into Power [7:36]
13. Two Main Adversaries [6:51]
14. (No Analysis Provided) [4:05]
15. Emergence Of Large Spartacus [1:37]
16. Large Replaces Small [3:02]
17. Trumbo Is Overruled [5:38]
18. Ustinov's Contributions [4:34]
19. Homosexuality In Ancient Rome [3:36]
20. Public House/Slum Street Scenes [3:55]
21. A "Need For the Specific" [4:49]
22. Problems With the Love Scene [3:41]
23. Spartacus As An Equal [3:08]
24. Portrayal Of Slave Women [5:51]
25. The Cast's Full Potential [6:08]
26. Expanse Of Time [2:23]
27. Score Variation #2 [4:14]
28. Reaction To Varinia's Pregnancy [3:43]
29. Historical Context [2:47]
30. Caesar's Rise To Power [1:15]
31. Spartacus' Effect on Roman Society [1:43]
32. Futility Of the Slave Revolt [5:04]
33. Slave Clothing and Appearance [1:34]
34. Large Vs. Small [4:52]
35. "Stonewall" Ustinov [5:51]
36. "Can't We Get It Right?" [3:09]
37. Sexual Politics [5:23]
38. Score Variation #3 [9:35]
39. Olivier Comes Off Best [1:37]
40. Muddling the Film's Meaning [4:14]
41. The Crassus Character [3:43]
42. Writing By Committee [2:39]
43. Risk Of Homosexual Implications [6:19]
44. Balancing Scenes [9:22]
45. Score Variation #4 [2:28]
46. American Legion Boycott [3:41]

Disc #2 -- Spartacus

1. Secular Spartacus [3:04]
2. Kirk In Palm Springs [2:08]
3. Comedy and Tragedy [2:00]
4. Working With Kubrick [1:05]
5. Anthony Mann [1:10]
6. The First Reading [4:22]
7. Laughton's Fans [2:42]
8. Airplane Prank [:55]
9. Hedda Hopper [:55]
10. Payola [1:09]
11. Dalton Trumbo [2:12]
12. Oscars And Numerology [2:36]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • MPAA Rating: PG13
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 196 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel (5.1), Stereo, Monaural
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 2
  • Language: English
  • UPC: 715515011723
  • Product ID: 2043020
  • Genre: Epic, Historical Film

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