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Gladiator (2000)

Director: Ridley Scott     Starring: Joaquin Phoenix Russell Crowe
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40224868
UPC: 678149066722
UPC 14: 00678149066722
Category Keywords: Battles  Good Vs. Evil  Theatrical Release  Violence
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A hero will rise.
Set in roman times a banished roman general fights his way back as a gladiator. The only power stronger than the emperor is the greatest hero in all the empire.

"...the kind of movie upon which Hollywood once built its reputation but rarely produces anymore...  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"Huge in scope and endlessly exciting, Gladiator is the new word in blockbuster.  Ben Falk, BBCi Films
"Action movie fans will love Gladiator for its intensity.  Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide

Editor's Note
Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER, ALIEN) transports Hollywood to second-century Rome in this rousing historical epic that proudly harkens back to such films as BEN-HUR and SPARTACUS. Russell Crowe plays Maximus, a Roman general who leads the troops in conquering Germania for the empire. When an aging Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) tells Maximus that he'd like him to rule Rome once he's gone, a classic confrontation ensues between the brave and charming soldier--who wants to return home to his wife, son, and farm--and the jealous and conniving Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the emperor's only son, who is thirsty for power. Bought as a slave by the profiteering Proximo (Oliver Reed, in his last role), Maximus must kill or be killed in the ring, battling to save not only himself but the future of the very empire that he loves and honors. The film features a terrific battle sequence (that recalls the beginning of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), huge crowd scenes of thousands of people, and even a little romance, albeit mostly taboo. The impeccably choreographed gladiator scenes are violent yet thrilling, flashing by like lightning. GLADIATOR is a glorious spectacle filled with heart and soul.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/31/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 155 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 90667
Video UPC UPC: 00678149066722
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Gladiator - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/21/2009 2:42 PM
The awe-inspiring trailers for Gladiator may have you dreaming of Spartacus and Ben-Hur, but you may be surprised to find this film in reality a less palatable mlange of Braveheart and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. This isn't altogether a bad thing, but those expecting a new Roman epic that will stand the test of time (like Spartacus and Ben-Hur) are in for some surprises. The currently hot Russell Crowe stars as Maximus, "the general who became a slave" who begins the film as a commander so high in the echelons of the Roman army that the aging Caesar Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) hand-picks him to become the next the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Connie Nielsen
Video Cast Info Djimon Hounsou
Video Cast Info Joaquin Phoenix
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info Oliver Reed
Video Cast Info Ridley Scott - Director
Video Cast Info John Mathieson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Klaus Badelt - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Lisa Gerrard - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Hans Zimmer - Musical Score
Video Cast Info David H. Franzoni, et al. - Producer
Plot Summary
An epic adventure that calls to mind the big-budget Hollywood films of the past, Ridley Scott's thrilling film is a raucous, engaging, and highly impressive spectacle. Maximus, a well-respected general, is stripped of his rank when the scheming Commodus takes over the Roman Empire in 180 AD. Maximus finds himself fighting for his life in the vicious gladiator arenas, where he uses his fame to spark unrest among the oppressed Roman citizens, firing up Commodus's anger and setting the stage for the ultimate battle.


Oscar (2001)
   Video Award Name Ridley Scott, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Russell Crowe, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Joaquin Phoenix, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name David Franzoni, et al., Nominee, Best Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
   Video Award Name Hans Zimmer, Nominee, Best Original Score

Memorable Quotes

"At my signal, unleash hell."----Maximus (Russell Crowe) to his troops

"Are you not entertained?!"----Maximus to the arena crowd

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Mr. Crowe gives a performance with ball-of-fire intensity..." 05/26/2000 p.E18

"...[The film's] best moments achieve a real grandeur....[Crowe] supplies all the conviction GLADIATOR needs." 06/01/2000 pp.21-2

Rolling Stone
"...A classically designed pop spectacle....Triumphantly combined visual dazzle and old-fashioned storytelling..." 06/08/2000 p.132

Total Film
"...A gloriously entertaining thrill-packer of truly epic proportions..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 06/01/2000 pp.80-1

Entertainment Weekly
"...Grand and rousing....One's expectations are met by doozies..." -- Rating: A- 06/16/2000 p.64

Entertainment Weekly
Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's "Lisa Schwarzbaum's BEST MOVIES OF 2000" 12/22/2000 pp.106-17

Box Office
"...Literate writing, commanding direction, awe-inspiring production design, eye-popping photography, breathtaking music and superlative acting all contribute to the staggeringly convincing recreation of the era..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 05/01/2000 p.62

Los Angeles Times
"...Crowe has a patent on heroic plausibility....GLADIATOR is supremely atmospheric..." 05/05/2000 p.C1

Rolling Stone
Ranked #24 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "It works, and Russell Crowe in the title role has never been better." 12/01/2005 p.98

Time Magazine 9 of 10
Gladiator is quite a good movie--a big, fat, rousing, intelligent, daring, retro, many-adjective-requiring entertainment... Crowe brings strength and honor... - Richard Corliss

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
This Ridley Scott film, his best in years, re-envisions ancient Rome for the ages and makes it safe to go back to the Coliseum... The story keeps pushing forward, with lots of action and intrigue... Throughout, Scott never ceases giving us interesting things to look at. - Mick LaSalle

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Crowe,Russell
Product attributeLabel:   Dreamworks Pictures
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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