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
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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.
Gladiator remains an exhilarating example of epic storytelling grounded in a very personal narrative. Touching on themes of revenge and loss and friendship and political corruption, the movie is as captivating to me as it was in May of 2000.
Though its Blu-ray release history proved controversial, I'm elated to say Gladiator has never looked or sounded better. This 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boasts the film's defining home video presentation, thanks to a 4K scan of the original materials and Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range. It's not perfect, but it's one of the best catalog titles the format has ever seen. Plus, you get a roaring DTS:X sound mix that demands to be played as loud as you can manage.
If you're a 4K enthusiast with DTS:X capabilities AND a Gladiator fan, RUN-don't-walk to snag this one. Highly Recommended.
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. And my Sony A1E OLED avoided issues with "banding" (or "artificial contouring") that I've had in the past with Blu-Ray and DVD copies on other sets. I'll need to try my standard Blu-Ray copy to see if the banding goes away because of the TV or the format of the movie.
The sound was also fantastic. I did not play it on a system capable of handling the overhead sound. But what I got was incredibly engaging, and better balanced with the dialogue than I recall from other copies.
I've watched this film many times, but never since the first time I saw it has it been so engaging. My heart was actually beating pretty fast a number of times when viewing this copy tonight! I don't know if it was the improved visuals or the sound that made it so incredibly visceral this time out. Whatever it was, they've clearly finally addressed all the complaints over the years from reviewers saying they took a lazy approach with previous versions. This one seems really cleaned up, as if a lot of time and attention was given. But that's only fitting for such a popular film, and one so meticulously crafted.
I did not purchased this movie in Blu Ray, only DVD. So, definitely, the picture improvement is very noticeable!
I did not see any video defects, and thoroughly enjoyed the resolution, color saturation, and sound provided in UHD.
This refers to the Extended Edition, as I have not seen the Theatrical Edition (also on this disc) yet, but I doubt picture quality would differ.
The movie is Excellent. It's a classic that should be seen by all. The 4K is also great. This is the prime way to view this epic film.
One thing to keep in mind (just an FYI) is that this film takes advantage of a very chopping editing style especially during fight scenes. This was done on purpose to make the action feel more stressful and violent. This is not a bad thing but when I first saw it, I thought the movie was skipping. Just keep in mind, it's not skipping, it just feels choppy on purpose. Hope this helps!
Can’t say enough about how great this film is. It has pretty much everything you could ask for. Crowe is amazing. Phoenix is perfectly horrible in his role as well. I don’t usually like Oscar winning films but this one is well deserving and enjoyable for anyone, not just film students.
I remember watching Gladiator in the theater back in 2000, in what I believe was the 70MM format. The film blew me away with the sound, acting, and beautiful cinematography. When I bought the DVD, I thought it was reference. When it came to Blu-ray, I thought the transfers were lacking in that they had a red hue and "enhancements" that made everything look worse.
I'm happy to say that the 4K version fixes these issues with a new native 4K transfer l, Dolby Vision HDR, and DTS X soundtrack. It looks and sounds better than it ever could, even in a toptier theater back in 2000. If you love the movie, buy it. It also includes the extended edition in true 4K.