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Blu-ray Review: Perfect Criterion Package for Essential ‘Quadrophenia’

12 September 2012 11:37 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Social history is often the seed for actual history. The simple story of two youth gangs in England in the early 1960s – The Mods and The Rockers – is grist for the incredible social history film, “Quadrophenia.” The new Criterion Collection Blu-ray DVD release of this 1979 classic will satisfy any side of the ardent rock admirer, especially those of the magnificent rock group “The Who” – the film is based on their lesser known 1973 rock opera of the same name.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

This was originally produced by The Who Films, and The Criterion Collection creates a lavish package with background information and the history of the clash between the mid-1960s British youth of “The Mods” – a clean cut style associated with the music of “The Who, as well as soul, R&B and the Mersey Beat – and “The Rockers,” who favored more of the direct, Marlon-Brando-in-”The-Wild-One” motorcycles and 1950s rock. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Spartacus’ adds two more to the cast

13 March 2012 1:49 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Starz have announced that the third season will add two new cast members – Todd Lasance and Simon Merrells – to the roster of their hit series Spartacus.

Lasance, who is known for his role as Ben McMahon in the Australian legal drama Crownies as well as the role of Quick Lamb in the critically acclaimed TV miniseries Cloudstreet which recently aired here in the UK, will play Gaius Julius Caesar, who is described as: “a handsome young rogue from an esteemed lineage. His deadly intelligence and skill with a sword will be brought to bear against the rebellion. And Caesar will begin his ascent towards the all-powerful ruler he will one day become.”.

Meanwhile Merrells, who starred in the UK drama London’s Burning and had a recurring role in the BBC crime drama Mersey Beat, will portray Marcus Licinius Crassus: “the richest man in the Roman Republic. Envied and despised »

- Phil

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