Gladiator [Blu-ray] [2000]

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  • Release Date: 01/24/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (404 out of 415)


A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Russell Crowe
    Russell Crowe - Maximus
  • Joaquin Phoenix
    Joaquin Phoenix - Commodus
  • Connie Nielsen
    Connie Nielsen - Lucilla
  • Oliver Reed
    Oliver Reed - Proximo
  • Derek Jacobi
    Derek Jacobi - Gracchus

Customer rating

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



    I have to say the only disappointing thing about this BD release is the negative response it has received. I am into the details. For example, I care enough to pick and choose which multi-platformed games I buy for PS3 or XBOX based on critical analysis by respected tech-sites. I will ALWAYS buy the superior product; and if picture quality is sub-par I will return it to the store for a refund ASAP because this stuff gets expensive! This is one of my favorite movies of all time so when I saw reviewers claiming a computer was left on auto-pilot to remaster the film in BD I was against buying it. I read forum after forum of people thrashing the quality of the film. The negative response was so profound I could not bring myself to just go out and buy it; so I rented it first to SEE FOR MYSELF. I loaded the DVD (which I owned already) on a BD player for upscaling and loaded up the BD version that I rented. I compared the two by pausing them at the same spots and switching channels with my receiver. I paid attention to the areas people were criticizing (missing arrows, smooth foreheads, too much DNR, etc) and could not see it! The sound is actually done well, and the picture looks BETTER than ever (especially when compared with the DVD). I cannot understand why any person, in replacing all of their DVD's with blu-rays, would pass this up! I actually went into Best Buy that day after viewing about 30 minutes worth of the BD I rented and bought it. I watched the whole thing start to finish and the movie is more breath-taking than ever. I thought the quality was excellent. I am not dismissing other reviews and don't doubt that the production company may have used a automatic program to make this BD; but I couldn't see it. I encourage you to see for yourself, the movie is worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great movie ruined by horrible video quality


    THE PROS: ** Good price with $5 bucks off and a $10 dollar DVD version trade in. ** Includes Extended Version of the film. Adds depth to the story. (Reveals moret of the dynamic incestrial relationship between Commodus wanting Lucillia. Also shows more of the roman political struggles and conspiracies, better overall story pacing and flow when added). ** Good selection of features, like commentary, trivia, trailers, TV shows on the roman games, galleries, documentaries, story boards, deleted scenes, etc. - THE CONS: ** Load times are a little slower compared to other movie blu-ray disc. ** Awful video quality for a blu-ray. Terrible video transfer, due to the digital noise reduction (DNR). Alot of fuzz image and washout in certain scenes. ** Audio has DTS sound, but i found it to be inconsistent. In acts were there is a conversation going, at times it would be soft and the next minute, it would sound much louder. ** The beginning where it shows other Movie Previews and the minute advertisement of the Sapphires series, the picture was extremely pixilated. Although not a main feature, there is no excuse for this bad encoding. = ** BOTTOM LINE = Despite the low price, I do not recommend this item if you already have the regular DVD version. I wish i could get a refund.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Greats

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    Gladiator stands as one of the finest movies of its generation. It richly deserved the many Oscars that it received. Russell Crowe's performance is superb. The writing is crisp and the action sequences are what the story demands. The Dolby Vision and HDR-10 images are not quite up there with the very best 4K UHD releases but they do improve on the already excellent re-issued Blu-ray. Details are clearer and the overall tone is more natural. The Dolby Vision image is a bit brighter than the HDR-10 version but if your setup can only do HDR-10 you won't be disappointed. The sound track (DTS:X Master) is big and bold as it should be. Dialogue over the center channel is very clear. If you're a fan of Gladiator and have a TV capable of showing 4K HDR and/or Dolby Vision movies, this is a must buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Despite what's been said.....


    The Ridley Scott masterpiece, Gladiator, is finally represented in all of it's epic glory via HD format. Now there have been a number of reviewers splitting hairs over certain frames not being as polished as they would have expected from a Blu-ray release. I am not a strict videofile, but I have watched close to a hundred movies in HD. While I did recognize a few shots that were slightly less than polished, there wasn't any reason for me to give this release anything less than four stars for video quality alone. The distortions in video quality are nominal and have been overstated by a few strict videofiles. Having owned the theatrical release on DVD, I found the Blu-ray release to be a worthy upgrade due to the inclusion of the extended cut and the promise of a much better picture. It delivered on both! This is five star high definition release and a must own for fans of Gladiator and action films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie


    Having a degree in ancient history, specializing in Roman history, I had to see this movie in the theater. The attention to details in the battle tactics, clothing and decoration are simply superb, great work Ridley Scott. I then bought it on DVD the day it was released in 2000 and of course I had to buy the Blu-Ray copy the day it came out. When I first played the Gladiator Blu-Ray disc I was not very happy with the image quality, along with many other reviews that I have read. I then started to read my TV's user manual about image quality and noticed the DNR Control (Digital Noise Reduction Control). I stated Gladiator and adjusted the TV's DNR Control, the more DNR I added the worse the image quality got. I then turned off the DNR altogether and the image quality became perfect and sharp. I hope this helps others enjoy Gladiator on Blu-Ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad Digital Transfer!


    Please don't give the movie studios any money for this "premium" movie! I love the movie. Top 5 in my list. What they did to this Blu-ray is unforgivable. They used computer programs to erase scratches. Good right? Fine if you like no arrows in the air during the opening scene, foreheads the look very smooth, spears that disapear,... and any thing else a PC might think is a scratch. So, how much money did they save not hiring someone to watch the digital transfer? If you don't believe me them please look at any audio video site on the web about this movie Yes, I did see it. With a newspaper reviewer who also said this maybe the poorest Blu-ray he has seen. So sad..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    They ruined this one on the Blu-Ray. A WASTE!


    Hey folks, honestly this Blu- Ray of Gladiator has been a let down. I have been converting all my library to Blu Ray, but this is the first one I will have to say that I will just keep my regular DVD. There are indeed little things missing from the picture like arrows and such. Some scenes look fuzzy where as the regular dvd does not. It looks like they used a cheap editor to "clean up" this movie on blu ray. The video will leave you disgusted that you bought this one. Sometimes I guess it is better to keep what you already have or if you don't have it, get the regular dvd. At least rent or borrrow this blu ray somewhere and see the poor video for yourself before buying this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic Movie

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is definitely a must-have movie. The first disc comes with the extended version which is better than the director's cut and always a big plus and on the second disc are the extras. I read some negative reviews of people complaining about issues on audio or video so I put it on my PS3 to find something bad on it, but I was mesmerized until i remembered I was writing this review, I have not finished the movie yet but mi sure there is nothing less than perfect on this movie, the ones writing bad stuff about this Bluray might not know how to set up their TVs or are still using RCA cables. The main movie includes: Audio: Eng 5.1 DTS-HD, Fre 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spa 5.1 Dolby Digital Subs: Eng, Eng SDH, Fre, Spa, Kor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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