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21 January 2011 (USA) See more »
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Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed... See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 22 of 30)

John Hannah ... Batiatus / ... (6 episodes, 2011)

Manu Bennett ... Crixus (6 episodes, 2011)

Peter Mensah ... Oenomaus (6 episodes, 2011)

Dustin Clare ... Gannicus (6 episodes, 2011)

Nick Tarabay ... Ashur (6 episodes, 2011)

Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia (6 episodes, 2011)

Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Solonius (6 episodes, 2011)

Lesley-Ann Brandt ... Naevia (6 episodes, 2011)

Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca (6 episodes, 2011)

Stephen Lovatt ... Tullius (6 episodes, 2011)

Shane Rangi ... Dagan (6 episodes, 2011)

Jessica Grace Smith ... Diona (6 episodes, 2011)

Raicho Vasilev ... Gnaeus (6 episodes, 2011)
Ioane King ... Rhaskos (6 episodes, 2011)
Luke Pegler ... Marcus (6 episodes, 2011)

Marisa Ramirez ... Melitta (5 episodes, 2011)
Gareth Williams ... Vettius (5 episodes, 2011)

Jeffrey Thomas ... Titus (5 episodes, 2011)

Jaime Murray ... Gaia (4 episodes, 2011)
Josef Brown ... Auctus (3 episodes, 2011)

Peter Feeney ... Quintilius Varis / ... (3 episodes, 2011)

Steven A. Davis ... Indus (3 episodes, 2011)
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Series Directed by
Rick Jacobson (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Writing credits
Steven S. DeKnight (6 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
Steven S. DeKnight .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Joshua Donen .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Brent Fletcher .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Moira Grant .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Paul Grinder .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Rick Jacobson .... producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Charles Knight .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Aaron Lam .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Keith MacKenzie .... line producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Sam Raimi .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Chloe Smith .... producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Maurissa Tancharoen .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Robert G. Tapert .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Jed Whedon .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Cinematography by
John Cavill (3 episodes, 2011)
Aaron Morton (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tom Eagles (2 episodes, 2011)
Allanah Milne (2 episodes, 2011)
Bryan Shaw (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Production Design by
Iain Aitken (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Art Direction by
Nick Bassett (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Chris Elliot (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Costume Design by
Barbara Darragh (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ana Davison .... makeup department coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Anna de Witt .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Vee Gulliver .... hair assistant / makeup assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Frankie Karena .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Michael Krehl .... background hair supervisor / background makeup supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Vanessa Langford .... hair assistant / makeup assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Natasha Lees .... second unit hair supervisor / second unit makeup supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Georgia Lockhart-Adams .... key hair stylist / key makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Jaime Leigh McIntosh .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Carmen Te Moananui .... assistant to makeup and hair designer (6 episodes, 2011)
Roger Murray .... prosthetic supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Jane O'Kane .... makeup/hair/prosthetics designer (6 episodes, 2011)
Jane Petersen .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Sarah Rubano .... prosthetics supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Vinnie Smith .... hair supervisor / makeup supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Lauren Steward .... key hair stylist / key makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Ally Williams .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Vanessa Hurley .... key hair stylist / key makeup artist (4 episodes, 2011)
Rachel Beedell .... hair assistant / makeup assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Production Management
Nicola Spencer .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Melanie Turner .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 2011)
Jason Seitu .... unit manager (5 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Baudouin du Bois .... fourth assistant director / assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
Bruno Du Bois .... second second assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
Robyn Grace .... first assistant director: second unit (6 episodes, 2011)
Paul Grinder .... second unit director (6 episodes, 2011)
Lynn Hargreaves .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
Aimee Robertson .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
Elaine Te .... fourth assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
Ngaire Woods .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
David Fraser Young .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
Rachael Boggs .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 2011)
Paddy Compter .... second assistant director: second unit (4 episodes, 2011)
Hamish McFarlane .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
Axel Paton .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
Katie Tate .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Art Department
Bruce Allen .... carpenter (6 episodes, 2011)
Francis Askwith .... carpenter (6 episodes, 2011)
Robert Bavin .... property master (6 episodes, 2011)
Daniel Birt .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2011)
Nick Connor .... set designer (6 episodes, 2011)
Anna Graves .... art department coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Mark Grenfell .... on set art director (6 episodes, 2011)
Zane Grey .... lead plasterer (6 episodes, 2011)
David Gunson .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Simon Hall .... standby props (6 episodes, 2011)
George Hamilton .... on set art director (6 episodes, 2011)
Sarah Bailey Harper .... set decorating textiles (6 episodes, 2011)
Graham Harris .... lead hands (6 episodes, 2011)
Tom Holden .... standby props (6 episodes, 2011)
Neil Laffoley .... props finisher (6 episodes, 2011)
Tasha Lang .... property assistant / property buyer (6 episodes, 2011)
Daniel Lloyd .... illustrator (6 episodes, 2011)
Geoff Mayne .... standby carpenter (6 episodes, 2011)
Eliza Meldrum .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2011)
Laurie Meleisea .... scenic artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Roger Murray .... props supervisor / prop supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Robbie Penny .... head greensman (6 episodes, 2011)
Taya Polkinghorne .... standby props assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Paul Radford .... lead scenic artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Murray Sweetman .... construction manager (6 episodes, 2011)
Hamish Wain .... set decorating fabricator (6 episodes, 2011)
Renee Kofoed .... art department runner (5 episodes, 2011)
Mike Becroft .... on set art director (4 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Sound Department
Matt Aickin .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Bruno Barrett-Garnier .... sound re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Corrin Ellingford .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Tony Johnson .... second unit sound mixer (6 episodes, 2011)
Bruce Langley .... sound designer / sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2011)
David Madigan .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 2011)
Chris Stewart .... adr supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
C.J. Withey .... sound assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Special Effects by
Tanya Bidois .... special effects office coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Mike Cahill .... special effects senior technician (6 episodes, 2011)
Brin Compton .... special effects technician (6 episodes, 2011)
Brendon Durey .... special effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Rowan Tweed .... special effects assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Steve Yardley .... special effects senior technician (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Lucy Bowey .... visual effects producer (6 episodes, 2011)
Tim Capper .... visual effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Stephanie Chung .... visual effects assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Ben Colenso .... visual effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Daniel James Cox .... visual effects art director (6 episodes, 2011)
Ryan Heelan .... visual effects assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Stephen Joyce .... visual effects set technical coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Grant Kronfeld .... visual effects editor (6 episodes, 2011)
April Lougheed .... visual effects post coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Michaela Maguire .... visual effects coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Neil Mayo .... visual effects editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Charlie McClellan .... executive visual effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Stephen McHardy .... visual effects assistant editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Andrew Shanks .... visual effects concept compositor (6 episodes, 2011)
John Walters .... visual effects concept artist (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Stunts
Tyrone Bell .... stunts (6 episodes, 2011)
Mana Hira Davis .... stunts (6 episodes, 2011)
Shane Dawson .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Clinton Elvey .... stunts (6 episodes, 2011)
Adrian McGaw .... stunts / additional stunts (6 episodes, 2011)
Allan Poppleton .... fight supervisor / key stunt supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Paul Shapcott .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Jacob Tomuri .... stunts / additional stunts (6 episodes, 2011)
Tim Wong .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Tony Marsh .... additional stunts (5 episodes, 2011)
Graham Vincent .... stunts / additional stunts (5 episodes, 2011)
Sean Button .... additional stunts (4 episodes, 2011)
Isaac Hamon .... additional stunts (4 episodes, 2011)
Vincent Roxburgh .... stunts (4 episodes, 2011)
Jonathan Costelloe .... additional stunts (3 episodes, 2011)
Tim McLachlan .... additional stunts (3 episodes, 2011)
Steve McQuillan .... additional stunts (3 episodes, 2011)
Andrew Stehlin .... additional stunts (3 episodes, 2011)
Erika Takacs .... stunt department coordinator (3 episodes, 2011)
Brenna Townshend .... stunt department coordinator (3 episodes, 2011)
Genevieve Aitken .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Daniel Andrews .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Shane Blakey .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Ryan Carey .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Aron Eastwood .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Albert Heimuli .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Jonny McBride .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Dayna Porter .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Crystal Pratt .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Joshua Randall .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Stuart Thorp .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Mark Trotter .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
Min Windle .... additional stunts (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Kane Asher .... dolly grip (6 episodes, 2011)
Sam Bailey .... first assistant camera (6 episodes, 2011)
Todd Bilton .... "b" camera operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Tony Blackwood .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2011)
Peter Cleveland .... best boy grip (6 episodes, 2011)
Vanessa Cotterill .... desk operator (6 episodes, 2011)
John Enright .... second unit gaffer / rigging gaffer (6 episodes, 2011)
Dave Garbett .... second unit director of photography (6 episodes, 2011)
Brenden Holster .... "b" camera operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Blair Ihaka .... first assistant camera (6 episodes, 2011)
Gary Illingworth .... second unit key grip (6 episodes, 2011)
Tane Kingan .... lighting best boy (6 episodes, 2011)
Matt Klitscher .... unit photographer (6 episodes, 2011)
Aaron Lewis .... grip assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Chris Lucas .... digital operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Luke Macready .... second unit best boy / rigging best boy (6 episodes, 2011)
John Paul McDonnell .... lighting assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Cameron McLean .... "a" camera operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Nigel Nally .... second assistant camera (6 episodes, 2011)
Kimberley Porter .... generator operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Gareth Robinson .... key grip (6 episodes, 2011)
David Russell .... second assistant camera (6 episodes, 2011)
Aidan Sanders .... generator operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Tera Tehei .... grip assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Marcus Upton .... desk operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Carl Vennimore .... rigging grip (6 episodes, 2011)
Jay Weston .... digital operator (6 episodes, 2011)
Ashley Thomas .... digital assistant (5 episodes, 2011)
Daimon Wright .... techno crane operator (5 episodes, 2011)
Tom Sorrell .... lighting trainee (3 episodes, 2011)
Jason Kerekere .... lighting assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Casting Department
Honor Byrne .... cast coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Desiree Rose Cheer .... extras assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Anita Corcoran .... extras coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Annabel Lomas .... casting: New Zealand (6 episodes, 2011)
Faith Martin .... casting: Australia (6 episodes, 2011)
Amber McAllister .... assistant cast coordinator / assistant casting coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Rebecca Rowe .... extras casting (6 episodes, 2011)
Paul Weber .... casting: US (6 episodes, 2011)
Miranda Wilson .... casting assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Kesha Robertson .... casting assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice Baker .... costume supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Sara Beale .... costume buyer (6 episodes, 2011)
Zoe Boyle .... art finisher trainee (6 episodes, 2011)
Naomi Campbell .... standby (6 episodes, 2011)
Tim Castelow .... art finisher (6 episodes, 2011)
Jillian Chitty .... cutter / stitcher (6 episodes, 2011)
Olivia Dobson .... assistant costume designer (6 episodes, 2011)
Daisy Faulkner .... dresser (6 episodes, 2011)
Jasmin Gibson .... standby (6 episodes, 2011)
Irene 'Pida' Gleeson .... textile artist (6 episodes, 2011)
Rosemary Gough .... costume builder (6 episodes, 2011)
Jo Hawke .... key cutter (6 episodes, 2011)
Luke Hollis .... illustrator (6 episodes, 2011)
Katie Johnston .... workroom assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Sally Maingay .... key costume props (6 episodes, 2011)
Steve Manning .... leather worker (6 episodes, 2011)
Andrea Matysik .... costume builder (6 episodes, 2011)
Natalie McAndrews .... key costume props (6 episodes, 2011)
Katie McGettigan .... costume builder (6 episodes, 2011)
Nick Mignacca .... costume props assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Matt Morris .... leather craftsman (6 episodes, 2011)
Mike Munro .... leather assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Marion Olsen .... workroom supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Amethyst Simpson Parker .... background standby (6 episodes, 2011)
Mirinda Penny .... key background costumer (6 episodes, 2011)
Emma Shakes .... jeweller (6 episodes, 2011)
Naomi Spicer .... costume props assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Steven Starkey .... key art finisher (6 episodes, 2011)
Crystel Tottenham .... costume runner (6 episodes, 2011)
Emma Turnbull .... dresser (6 episodes, 2011)
Elizabeth Watson .... standby assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Joan Wilson .... key standby (6 episodes, 2011)
Aleisha Hall .... standby / key standby (5 episodes, 2011)
Ymre Molnar .... art finisher (5 episodes, 2011)
Lara Blomfield .... key background standby (4 episodes, 2011)
Emma Holliday .... dresser (4 episodes, 2011)
Matt Kleinhans .... art finisher (4 episodes, 2011)
Barbara Pinn .... key standby (4 episodes, 2011)
Emma Harre .... key standby (3 episodes, 2011)
Chantelle Jeffrey .... standby (3 episodes, 2011)
Natasha King .... art finisher assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
Rabdeep Bains .... art finisher (2 episodes, 2011)
Sophie Mills .... standby (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Editorial Department
Alex Hammond .... post-production runner (6 episodes, 2011)
Ilya Klarich .... first assistant editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Daisy Lawless .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Margaux Peach .... post-production assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Hamid Slaimankhel .... second assistant editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Matt Tate .... senior assistant editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Samantha Thrupp .... post-production coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Francis Wheeler .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Peter Williams .... digital colorist (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Music Department
Scott Davidson .... mix engineer: LoDuca Music (6 episodes, 2011)
Joshua Mathews .... engineer: LoDuca Music / music sound designer: LoDuca Music (6 episodes, 2011)
Jason Smith .... music editor (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Transportation Department
Andrew Burfield .... cast driver (6 episodes, 2011)
Aaron Gibson .... transportation captain / transportation coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Julie Gunson .... cast driver (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Other crew
Romel Adam .... assistant: Mr. Rob Tapert (6 episodes, 2011)
Alicia-Lee .... payroll accountant (6 episodes, 2011)
Annie Baines .... accounts assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Meredith Black .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2011)
Steven Brown .... craft service (6 episodes, 2011)
Jenny DeArmitt .... writers assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Alan Drum-Garcia .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Seamus Kevin Fahey .... executive story editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Nick Fryer .... safety officer (6 episodes, 2011)
Kylie Gaudin .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Misha Green .... story editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Jeff Hales .... safety officer (6 episodes, 2011)
Jude Hassett .... unit assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Alex Hedlund .... assistant: Mr. Joshua Donen (6 episodes, 2011)
Aaron Helbing .... story editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Todd Helbing .... story editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Aaron Irvin .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 2011)
Abby Jones .... craft service manager (6 episodes, 2011)
Timothy Judson .... assistant production coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Bonnie Kells .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Monique Kelly .... behind the scenes (6 episodes, 2011)
Monique Knight .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
David Kob .... writers production assistant / writers assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Mark Leitner .... script coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Bren MacKenzie .... second assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2011)
Holly McIvor .... accounts assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
Allison Miller .... assistant: Mr. Steven S. DeKnight (6 episodes, 2011)
Dianne Moffatt .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Blue Schiphorst .... craft service (6 episodes, 2011)
Karl Sheridan .... assistant to producers (6 episodes, 2011)
Karl Smith .... studio manager (6 episodes, 2011)
Lissa-Mia Smith .... first assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2011)
Joseph Stankovich .... security supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Jeffrey Stevens .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 2011)
Helen Urban .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2011)
Sherie Wikaira .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2011)
Nik Williams .... location manager (5 episodes, 2011)
Chris Drake .... production runner (4 episodes, 2011)
Jonny McBride .... production runner (4 episodes, 2011)
Darren Howman .... production runner (2 episodes, 2011)
 

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55 min (approx.)
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Australia:R | Germany:18 (DVD rating) (cut) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | UK:18 (DVD rating) | USA:TV-MA
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The idea for the prequel, came from a conversation that creator Steven S. DeKnight had with actor John Hannah. Hannah's character had been killed off in the first season, but Hannah enjoyed working on the show so much that he told DeKnight he'd be more than willing to continue working with it somehow. As it was, production of the second season was on hold due to the declining health of star actor Andy Whitfield. So DeKnight's idea to shoot a prequel to season one was the ideal way to continue working with John Hannah and give audience members something to "feast on" until season two could go into production.See more »
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79 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Spartacus, without Spartacus?, 22 January 2011
Author: Nate from United States

There were many skeptics leading into this new season (not technically season 2) of "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena", many feared it would not be worth watching without Andy Whitfield. For those with concerns, here is some advice: watch it! The major antagonist was lost from the previous season, but the character depth/story of the new leading actor is building AND new depths of past characters from "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" are unveiled. The history of how they developed is fascinating. The relationship differences between the two season are significant, thus there is a huge void of curiosity leftover to reveal how they developed to become the personalities they portrayed in season 1.

It would be remiss to leave out the absolute, succulent gratuity that peaks our senses! The world is enriched with beautiful people, outstanding wardrobes cast in a time that fascinates most, the Roman Empire. Did I mention that many of these beautiful people are quite revealing? Nudity! It is with taste I might add! Of course, references to porn are made, but no porn has the character depth and sophistication that gives the sexual scenes the passion that is conveyed in this series. The necessity to produce these scenes is important in fostering the time-period's stance of sexual openness. The costume range is great; the rich are adorned with lavish jewelry and a colorful, flowing wardrobe which is artistically chosen, and for the poor, well sometimes they are left with nothing. The gladiators are especially left without much clothing, but the armor they do wear is often demonic, intimidating and everything you would naturally expect to find on a person when they are fighting to the DEATH!

The fight scenes are well choreographed and blood is everywhere! The array of weapons to choose from, the differences in fighting styles, the varying levels of fighting skill all make for interesting battles in the arena. Also, bear in mind that the arena is not only for physical fighting, but the political fold is the pressing force behind the fights. Basically, it is more than just a fight, what you see is not entirely what you get. The fight's value is difference for the gladiator, than it is for the crowd, than it is for the owner's of the gladiators; and, these differences are excellently contrasted. The graphics are not top-notch, but it adds a stylistic element to the show. The blood is vibrant and sometimes seems to defy physics--it's great! The acting is intense and the director seems to strive away from being "natural" which is good. The intensity is not monochromatic and individual to each characters personality.

In a short and sweet summary, this gratuitous mash of beautiful people, fight scenes, political undertones is nothing short of brilliant. Watch it for what it is and you will not be disappointed.

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