Rome: The Complete First Season [5 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (54 out of 55)

Synopsis


The first season of the lush, lavish and frequently lewd and lascivious British historical drama Rome covers the years 52 to 44BCE, beginning with the return of Julius Caesar (Ciaran Hinds) from the Gallic wars and ending with the fateful "Ides of March". Though returning to a hero's welcome, Caesar realizes that he's stepping into a snake pit of deceit and corruption. The Patrician ruling class, worried that Caesar will make himself emperor and abolish the Republic, intend to strip him of his power. His scheming niece Atia (Polly Walker) is already undercutting her uncle by forcing her daughter Octavia (Kerry Condon) to marry Caesar's most influential nemesis, the aging Pompey (Kenneth Cranham). Playing one side against the other to keep Caesar at bay, Pompey proves so effective that Caesar must ask his friend Marc Antony (James Purefoy) to help him vanquish his foes, even if it means all-out civil war. Meanwhile, a pair of humble soldier, the virtuous family man Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and the hedonistic Pullo (Ray Stevenson), simply try to stay out of everyone's way and survive--but instead find themselves at Ground Zero of virtually every major historical turning point during the series' turbulent eight-year timespan. Pullo in particular spends much of his time squeaking out of one death-trap after another, somehow managing to enrich or aggrandize himself without even trying. His main contribution during Season One consists of taking Atia's callow son Octavian (Max Pirkis) under his wing, teaching the boy the ways of warfare and women. Eventually Octavian will emerge as the greatest threat against the pro-Caesar forces of Antony after Caesar's assassination--and thus the redoubtable Pullo has once more unwittingly altered the course of history. Not only was Rome an international success during its first season on the air, but the series also garnered an Emmy award for its American run on HBO. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew


  • Ciarán Hinds - Gaius Julius Caesar
  • Kevin McKidd - Lucius Vorenus
  • Ray Stevenson - Titus Pullo
  • Kenneth Cranham - Pompey Magnus
  • Polly Walker - Atia of the Julii




Overall customer rating

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99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wish all tv shows were this good

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    BaronHarkonen

    I could use just one word to describe the first season of Rome -- brilliant! HBO spent their money wisely in producing this series. Bruno Heller is a wonderful writer and he has created compelling characters in Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo. Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson (respectively) bring both characters to life and by the end of the first few episodes you feel as if you've known them forever. Other actors are also at the top of their game whether you're talking about Ciaran Hinds as Caesar, James Purefoy as Marc Anthony, Polly Walker as Atia or any of the others. Even bit players like the herald who reads out declarations in the Forum leave their mark with you as the season progresses. The sets and costumes for the show are amazingly well done and the attention to detail is probably the best I've ever seen in a TV show. Make sure to watch the specials on the DVD to fully comprehend the scale of the whole production. One outstanding feature of the DVDs is the segment titled All Roads Lead to Rome which gives you greater detail on various items, gods and goddesses and the culture of ancient Rome. This feature along with the commentaries by historical consultant Johnathan Stamp make this first season of Rome a must have for any collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Historic HBO Series

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    RobP57
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    This production is one of the most expensive in the history of television.... And it looks it! Funding was generously employed to recreate an impressively detailed set featuring a number of Roman Villas, the Forum, and a vast slum area of the ancient city of Rome. Except for the fact that that everyone speaks English (although all the writing is on Latin) you would think it was real!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thrust into the turmoil of Rome

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    Eckingsan
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    This is really a great series for those who have an interest in both the history and culture of Rome. While it takes artistic license on some of the historical aspects, it never seems out of place and you feel like you really are looking at the power struggles in the late Republic. Every episode leaves you hungry for more. Definitely recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for your video collection

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    FutureDO

    ROME is excellent! It's sexy and full of all of the political intrigue and dirty family secrets that make that time period so interesting. Loved it!! Have not watched the DVD extras, but I love this historical period so I can only imagine the extras would be awesome too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Show

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    CowboyJack45
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    This was definitely a stepping stone for HBO into the exotic productions they have now with such TV's shows as Game of Thrones. Though this series is short, it covers quite a lot of history that later shaped Rome. Acting is superb and production is better than most movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Where is Season 2 with Digital HD?

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    Matt
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    HBO re-released Rome Season 1 on blu-ray with a Digital HD code. Season 2 in the same packaging with Digital HD seems to be non-existent. Other than that, HBO quality release as usual. Great transfer, sound, etc.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!!!

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    Griefer
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    I loved how the story was based from the view of two soldiers. You see their side, not that of the larger characters. Though it is great, you cannot let the kids watch it. Definitely for after bed time viewing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    Tech4Tech
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    The series Rome is an excellent TV series, It gives you a glimpse into Roman daily live through the view of two soldiers in the Roman military. Will definitely recommend this to my friends.

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