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
Classic movie, even better in 4K. I have seen the movie numerous times, but never have owned it. I’m glad I waited to purchase it, because without doubt this is the best way to experience it. It looks absolutely fantastic in 4K! Great sound, and the SteelBook looks gorgeous as well.
I own this movie in bluray but when I saw it at Best buy at a great price in 4k had to grab it . If you don't own this master piece in 4k your missing out highly recommend to add this to your 4k collection perfect 4k picture.
Ancient Rome is thriving. After General Maximus leads the Roman legions to victory in their final battle against the Germanic tribes, he longs for nothing more than to return to his wife, son and farm in Spain. But Emperor Marcus Aurelius has other plans. Knowing that Maximus holds the utmost loyalty to him and to Rome—and not trusting his own son and heir apparent, Commodus—the aging emperor asks Maximus to succeed him on the throne.
The depraved Commodus gets wind of this and arranges for Maximus to disappear—permanently. Maximus escapes his assassins but winds up as a slave to Proximo, a trainer of gladiators. The general, who becomes a slave forced to fight to entertain the man who tried to have him murdered, plots revenge.
Positive Elements: Maximus is a man of honor and is incorruptible. He turns down an opportunity for power and riches because it violates the principles for which he stands. He tells the decadent Commodus, “What we do in life echoes into eternity.” He tells a scheming Lucilla, “I never acquired your comfort for lying.” Three gladiators form a bond of friendship and self-sacrifice to help each other. And, in a back-door way of affirming what is good, the evil Commodus gets his comeuppance in the end.
Gladiator was made to be an epic crowd pleaser and those who remember seeing it in the theater will remember not only the bloody gladiator death matches but also all the sweeping emotions of Maximus' journey of revenge and ultimately redemption. The 4K version with DTS-X lossless surround literally brings the theatrical experience to your home. So basically with 4K tvs becoming cheaper and the standard way to go along with soundbars that really deliver you need to add this movie to your library to get the most out of your home theater.
This is a review for gladiator steelbook edition 20th anniversary. It's hard to believe this movie came out 20 years ago. Yet it's probably one of the best made action movies since then. But that's just my opinion. If you look at the whole story line the story itself is very well done the acting is incredible. How could you not root for Maximus being at his family was executed by a man who had just killed his father. of course meaning person that killed his father was Commodus killing Marcus Aurelius. I know if I was a maximus's place to I would not trust, Des for killing his own father. Then executing Maximus's familythat would have drove me off the deep end just as well wanting revenge just like him.it became what would have been then known as one of the best gladiators of all time the ending is very sad but well-fitting from movie of this caliber.being at this is the 20th anniversary and I put it out on steelbook this is a must have anybody who is a fan of the movie. Ridley Scott is a great director, and Russell Crow as Maximus was meant to be.
Finally, they have released a version that captures the movie's amazing visuals as they should be. The 4K HDR format allows for the colors to come through as intended. Vibrant without being artificial. My player doesn't currently support Dolby Vision, but the HDR10 format was fantastic. Whatever they did to remaster this to match a Blu-ray/ 1080p look is nothing short of incredible. Some of the scenes do show some jitter between the foreground (not in focus) and the main stage (example- at the Colosseum) but those distractions are minor and the rest is very well presented. Having always watched the Extended version (previous DVD standard format), I opted to watch this disc on the Theatrical version (20 minutes shorter) and I found there were scenes not in the extended version or not the same. A great movie that always entertains.
I had to get this movie for the 4K HDR experience and I tell you what it wasn't a let down. I watched this on the LG OLED C8 series and in my experience was fantastic. It's been a while since I've seen this movie and bringing it back in HDR was well worth having.
A:AnswerBlu-ray discs, like DVD, contain region coding, but many-many titles are region free unlike what we experienced with DVD. Also, Blu-ray discs use only three regions instead of DVD's original eight. The three regions are:
Region A: North, Central, South America, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
Region B: Europe (EU), Africa, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.
Region C: Russia, India, China, and the rest of the world.
Some Blu-rays will show as region ABC, which is essentially a region free disc.