Rome: The Complete First Season [6 Discs] [DVD]

Cardmember Offers

Overview

Ratings & Reviews


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

Special Features


  • Discs 1-5:
  • Rome: the complete first season
  • Friends, romans, countrymen-introduction to the characters of Rome.
  • Eight revealing audio commentaries with cast and crew.
  • All roads lead to rome interactive onscreen guide, prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp.
  • Shot x Shot: Gladiator-a closer look at the thrilling episode 11 fight sequence.
  • Disc 6:
  • The rise of Rome-behind-the-scenes featurette on sets, wardrobe and actors' boot camp.
  • When In rome-featurette on the culture of ancient Rome.
  • Photo gallery with over 50 never-before-seen images.
  • Closed Captioned

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

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 55 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Most helpful reviews

See all customer reviews
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wish all tv shows were this good

    Posted
    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

    A Fabulous Series

    Posted
    mkav

    A fascinating and very entertaining series - gorgeous costumes, superb acting, well written. Definitely not for family viewing - a lot of violence and other things inappropriate for children.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome series

    Posted
    Momtofive

    This is the best miniseries ever. The acting is absolutely phenomenal. From the first episode, you can't quit watching.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb

    Posted
    nim0

    Overall a great show. only thing last couple of episode progressed too fast, little more details would have been great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for your video collection

    Posted
    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

    Great collection!

    Posted
    Crystal
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Love watching the first season and very convenient to have the first season

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Movie, hard to fine.

    Posted
    BUTCH
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Saw the HBO Movie many years ago. It was hard to find at a good price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice TV show

    Posted
    Ice63
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    always wanted to watch Rome, it's awesome, love it

    I would recommend this to a friend


Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.