300 [WS] [DVD] [2007]

  • SKU: 8381716
  • Release Date: 07/31/2007
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (661 out of 691)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by director Zack Snyder, screenwriter Kurt Johnstad and director of photography Larry Fong

    Synopsis


    300
    Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey plays Queen Gorgo. The massive army of the Persian Empire is sweeping across the globe, crushing every force that dares stand in its path. When a Persian envoy arrives in Sparta offering King Leonidas power over all of Greece if he will only bow to the will of the all powerful Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the strong-willed leader assembles a small army comprised of his empire's best fighters and marches off to battle. Though they have virtually no hope of defeating Xerxes' intimidating battalion, Leonidas' men soldier on, intent on letting it be known they will bow to no man but their king. Meanwhile, back in Sparta, the loyal Queen Gorgo attempts to convince both the skeptical council and the devious Theron (Dominic West) to send more troops despite the fact that many view Leonidas' unsanctioned war march as a serious transgression. As Xerxes' fearsome "immortals" draw near, a few noble Greeks vow to assist the Spartans on the battlefield. When King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors fell to the overwhelming Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, the fearless actions of the noble fighters inspired all of Greece to stand up against their Persian enemy and wage the battle that would ultimately give birth to the modern concept of democracy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Gerard Butler
      Gerard Butler - King Leonidas
    • Lena Headey
      Lena Headey - Gorgo
    • Dominic West
      Dominic West - Theron
    • David Wenham
      David Wenham - Dilios
    • Vincent Regan
      Vincent Regan - Captain



    Customer rating

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    96%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An oldie, but a goodie.

      Posted
      Just
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      300 was a fantastic movie, that provides a great watch again and again. While old, the movie has not lost its luster, or the aspects which make it truly memorable and enjoyable. The movie follows the story of historical figure King Leonidas and his Greek Spartans, who take on the whole of the Persian army. It provided a moving, exciting, and dramatic depiction of famous historical characters and events, and would be a fantastic fit for those who are just looking for a good action movie. The style of film is incredibly unique as well. The movie itself is very bronze in its color palette, with a harsh red contrast presented by the vibrant crimsons of blood and Spartan uniform. Despite its deliberate grainy quality, the visuals help to present a feeling of rustic originality and historical accuracy, rather than take away from the moment. The fight scenes were beautifully choreographed, with an interesting array of combat scenarios and techniques. Anyone who is a fan of action movies is sure to love this one. A must watch, at least once.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Entertaining but nothing more than a MIller comic

      Posted
      Anonymous

      I infer that most people know by now that you don't see a Hollywood flick for historical accuracy. However, I will say that some movies do make you go, "I wonder if that really happened or not?" For example, movies like Braveheart or Gladiator make you wonder if those movies had any sort of historical accuracy to them. Sadly enough, the answer is usually "historically false." With 300, most people who are familiar with Frank Miller's work understand that his work is based on creative art rather than historical accuracy. Even Miller himself argues that the movie 300 was produced to get a sense of his vision of the infamous battle with the Persians in an artistic sense. Is the movie entertaining? I absolutely think so. However, when I attempted to re-watch 300, I realize that outside of the spectacular cinematography and acting; the over exaggerated monsters and costumes made 300 too cartoonish for my liking. Even Miller's Sin City seemed more realistic in the way it was portrayed even though Sin City was filmed with more comic like cinematography. My feelings after watching 300 for the second time gave me a sense of emptiness. Sort of like....."that's it?"

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      300 reasons stand your ground!

      Posted
      Movieman1
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      The first time I saw this film I was enthralled.. 300 came out in 2007 and was a graphic novel adapted film from a comic series based on Leonidas I and the 300 Spartans. They took on a monster Persian army that was ruthless and unforgiving during the second Persian War.. The plot is fantastic and you find yourself just in awe of the special effects. The characters are out of this world and I haven't seen any film since the Mad Max franchise have such strange characters in it be so violent. The film follows one man who grows up and has to lead an army of the best 300 warriors against an invading force of Persians trying to dominate the world. The battles are fierce and many are tricked, deceived, and outnumbered but fend off until the brutal end. It's just a fun watch and the film will be great to look back on for it's accomplishments. It was different for many reasons but the one that stands out is the narrator, and how he narrates the film in such a demeanor that just leaves you speechless..

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      Ray67

      Movie is based on Frank Millers graphic novel 300, this movie has it all, great action and a very graphic novel look to it, the movie goes more for the tale of the 300 spartans last stand, than historical fact, but movies are for entertainment than making sure it got every historical fact right, when I seen 300 at the theatre I never looked at my watch, the time went fast, other than being somewhat slowed down by the sidestory with the Spartan queen. I would recommend this movie, if your a fan of action movies or even good war movies, this will fit the bill, Zack Synder did a wonderful job directing this movie, and the battle scenes are simply amazing, and the CGI is not overdone, it blends in nicely with the live characters and story, the movie does have graphic scenes of violence and some nudity and adult themes, Rated R, I wouldn't recommend kids being able to watch this. I have the regular edition DVD, with just the commentary and trailer, if you want more info on the movie and features I would recommend the special edition.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome BD-DVD

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      ChilenoUSA
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      I think that if you are on this page thinking on purchasing this movie, then you know about it and there's not much to say about the movie itself other than a must watch! But you are also here to find out about this particular edition of the blue ray dvd. The metallic case (or steelbook as they call it) is definitely very appealing, and is a great protector of the amazing movie that is 300. The usual back paper cover that contains a small plot summary and the barcode is not embedded into the metallic case, it is just attached to the back of the case. Since the paper cover is bigger than the case, it doesn't fit inside. However, I cut around the paper and was able to fit it inside. I wanted to keep it with the bd-dvd, but you can opt to throw it away. The bd-dvd contains additional scenes and great in depth information about the spartans and the movie. I highly recommend it for any 300 fans!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great, but graphic and bloody, underdog story

      Posted
      GregE
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      For those who aren't squeamish about graphic violence and bloodshed, this is a terrific action-packed portrayal about how passion, determination, and single-mindedness of a group of people trump 'might', regardless of the outcome of the final conflict. Personally, this film had several features that resonated with me, and characteristics I look for in films like this: strong contrast between hero and villain, enough historical accuracy to get a sense of the actual events (the Battle of Thermopylae as narrated in Herodotus' "The Histories"), and some insight into the characteristics that embody a hero we'd like to emulate (well, without the bloodshed). I always try to find films with strong, passionate heroes who have to overcome impossible odds - and this one didn't disappoint in that respect.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great action movie!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      This is a fantastic movie, my wife and I loved it! We're huge fans of Frank Miller (Sin City, The Spirit), and it was directed by Zach Snyder (Dawn of the Dead). This movie is based off of a graphic novel which is a fantasy take on the real battle of Thermopylae. It's part fact part fiction. The imagery in this film is amazing! This movie is action packed and very intense. There's not a whole lot I can say, that hasn't already been said. Everyone I know loves this movie. If you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out on a very exciting and very artistic film. My only complaint was that I thought they went a little overboard at times with the slow motion sequences, but I know they did it for the artistic value of the film. Aside from that, I highly recommend it! Also from Frank Miller, I recommend Sin City and The Spirit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good, but some issues.

      Posted
      fryanbone

      The movie contained a great variety of visual/audio stimulation. The uncompressed audio that is available on the HDDVD makes this movie even more exciting. But the visual quality, even on 1080p isn't spectacular based on the 'old-school' sort of grainy filter the director used. The video quality is clearer and more vivid, but the sharpness isn't great. The only other thing that is of extremely poor taste is the exclusive 'combo' version of the HDDVD for this movie. They make it double sided; one side HDDVD and the other regular DVD. Then the manufacturers jack up the price. I don't EVER recall seeing DVD's and VHS being packaged together when DVD's were first coming out. This specific detail is a load of garbage and drops it from a 4 star to a 3 star and angers me every time popular HDDVDs get that stupid combo formatting for extra money that most people wont ever use.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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