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on 12/19/2008

The movie itself is fantastic, but the wrong format was shipped. I ordered the fullscreen version and received widescreen format.

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Based on frank miller's graphic novel, this concerns the 480 B.C. Battle of thermopylae, where the king of sparta led his army against the advancing persians: the battle is said to have inspired all of greece to band together against the persians and helped usher in the world's first democracy.


Studio Warner
SKU 204891615
UPC 012569736634
UPC 14 00012569736634
Format DVD
Release Date 2/17/2015
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Dominic West - Actor
Frank Miller - Based On Graphic Novel By
Frank Miller - Executive Producer
Gerard Butler - Actor
Isabelle Guay, et. al. - Art Director
James D. Bissell - Production Designer
Jeffrey Silver - Producer
Larry Fong - Cinematographer
Lena Headey - Actor
Lynn Varley - Based On Graphic Novel By
Rodrigo Santoro - Actor
Tyler Bates - Original Music By
William Hoy - Editor
Zack Snyder - Director
Zack Snyder, et. al. - Screenplay
Winner (2007) MTV Award, Gerard Butler, Best Fight
Nominee (2007) MTV Award, 300, Best Movie,MTV Award, Gerard Butler, Best Performance,MTV Award, Rodrigo Santoro, Best Villain,MTV Award, Lena Headey, Breakthrough Performance
People's Choice (2008) 300, Nominee, Favorite Action Movie
Screen Actors Guild (2008) Damon Caro, et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
MTV Award (2007) 300, Nominee, Best Movie,Gerard Butler, Nominee, Best Performance,Gerard Butler, Winner, Best Fight,Lena Headey, Nominee, Breakthrough Performance,Rodrigo Santoro, Nominee, Best Villain
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Whatever else 300 may be, it is destined to become beloved for a group of devotees. The size of that group will determine whether it achieves mainstream acceptance or attains cult status. Distilled to its essence, this is a graphic novel come to life - one of those rare instances in which filmmakers seek not merely to adapt a comic book but to interpret it for the screen. Both approaches are valid and have their strengths, but 300 would not be the experience it is had it not clung to the hyper-reality of the images of Frank Miller's graphic novel. From a visual standpoint, 300 (like Sin City before it) exists at a vertex where comic books and motion pictures intersect...300 is about heroism in the face of insurmountable odds. It is a masterpiece of images, style, and testosterone. An ode to masculinity and machismo, it captivates the eye and gets the blood pumping. It is heroic spectacle at its finest...Snyder has dug deep into his bag of tricks in order to make 300 into what it is. His approach is not unlike that of Sin City and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow...The pitch Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) used to secure financing is that 300 would change the way "sword and sandal" movies were made and viewed. To an extent, he is correct: 300 is unlike any movie to have previously reached the screen. Its larger-than-life characters, frenetic action sequences, lush visuals, and unabashed embrace of the over-the-top nature of comic books makes it something to be enjoyed in a way that is normally reserved for summer blockbusters. 300 may not offer masterful storytelling in a conventional sense, but it's hard to beat as a spectacle and that makes it worthwhile viewing for all but the most squeamish of potential audience members.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review Like Miller's graphic novel, 300 relentlessly emphasizes the Spartan ideals of valour, glory and sacrifice. The movie's exaggerated machismo may beg for an ironic attitude as counterbalance but the material is played straight-faced save for Butler's few moments of cheek. Inevitably, 300's singularity of tone and purpose makes the later stages arduous to weather. Likewise, the initially gripping scenes of mayhem feel repetitious by the time of the umpteenth impalement, such that the more unexpected images -- a boy survivor walking out of a destroyed city, a barely clad teenage girl dancing out a message from the gods -- have the most resonance...The dudes will love it anyway. Dames will, too, though that may have less to do with Snyder's decision to enlarge the role of Leonidas' wife Gorgo (Lena Headey) than 300's smorgasbord of beefcake, one largely unparalleled outside the realms of gay porn and Chippendales revues.
Reviewer Jason Anderson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I gave a four-star rating to "Sin City," the 2005 film based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. Now, as I deserve, I get "300," based on another work by Miller. Of the earlier film, I wrote prophetically: "This isn't an adaptation of a comic book, it's like a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids." They must have been buying steroids wholesale for "300." Every single male character, including the hunchback, has the muscles of a finalist for Mr. Universe...Both films are faithful to Miller's plots and drawings. "300," I learn, reflects the book almost panel-by-panel. They lean so heavily on CGI that many shots are entirely computer-created. Why did I like the first, and dislike the second? Perhaps because of the subject matter, always a good place to start. "Sin City," directed by Robert Rodriguez and Miller, is film noir, my favorite genre, taken to the extreme. "300," directed by Zack Snyder, is ancient carnage, my least favorite genre, taken beyond the extreme. "Sin City" has vividly-conceived characters and stylized dialogue. "300" has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud..."Be afraid!" they rumble, stopping just short of adding, "Be very afraid." They talk about going on the "warpath," unaware that the phrase had not yet been coined by American Indians. Their women, like Gorgo (Lena Headey), queen of Leonidas, are as bloodthirsty as their men, just like wrestler's wives...All true enough. But my deepest objection to the movie is that it is so blood-soaked. When dialogue arrives to interrupt the carnage, it's like the seventh-inning stretch. In slow motion, blood and body parts spraying through the air, the movie shows dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands, of horrible deaths. This can get depressing.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...ferocious and painterly images, with as much attention to each frame as a hand-drawn panel.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News It's impossible not to be moved by its nearly nonstop visual assault.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer ...a huge step forward in visually sophisticated storytelling.
Lev Grossman, Time Like nothing you've ever seen...the future of filmmaking.
Pete Hammond, Maxim ...a landmark motion picture, a spectacular visual feast that is as inventive and groundbreaking as the first Matrix.
Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat ...a feast for the impressive technical achievement...a hell of a lot of fun.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a movie blood-drunk on its own artful excess. Guys of all ages and sexes won't be able to resist it.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's Reel Talk An incredible visual ride.
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