Rome: The Complete Second Season [5 Discs] [DVD]

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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (40 out of 40)

Special Features


  • All Roads Lead to Rome Interactive Guide Prepared by the Series' Co-Producer/Historical Consultant, Jonathan Stamp
  • A Tale of Two Romes - Ancient Rome Was Two Different Cities For Two Different Classes. See How the Patricians and the Plebs Differed in All Matters, From Jobs to Recreation to Religion
  • The Making of Rome, Season II - Take a Tour of the Production of the Epic Series, From Costumes to Sets to Special Effects - Plus a Detailed Look at the Battle of Philippi
  • The Rise of Octavian: Rome's First Emperor - The Larger-Than-Life Story of the Cunning Boy Who Became the Most Powerful Man in Rome
  • Antony & Cleopatra - a Revealing Look at One of the Most Famous Love Affairs of All Time
  • Five Revealing Audio Commentaries With Cast and Crew.

Synopsis


Season Two of the lavish, lusty British historical series Rome begins exactly where Season One left off, with the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in the year 44 BCE. The power struggle that follows is set in motion when, thanks largely to the machinations of Caesar's scheming niece Atia (Polly Walker), her young and callow son Octavian is announced as heir to the throne--infuriating Caesar's closest ally Marc Antony (James Purefoy). In the war that follows between Antony's "Caesarians" and Octavians "Liberators", there can be only one winner--but it is not until the season concludes in the year 31 BCE that the true winner is revealed. Amidst the intrigues of Rome's high-born power brokers, we never lose sight of the secondary plotline involving two lowly veterans of the Gallic wars, Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) and Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd). Characteristically, it is the thoroughly hedonistic Pullo who thrives and prospers during this turbulent era, with each stroke of luck advancing his prestigate and wealth. Conversely, Lucius suffers spectacularly throughout season two, beginning with the death of his beloved wife and the distintegration of his family. The ultimate blow will not be dealt to Vorenus until the season finale, but in the meantime much is made of the fact that Gallo has aligned himself with Octavian, and Vorenus casts his lot with Antony. Though scrupulously authentic in its historical detail, Rome continues to successfully pinpoint the most "contemporary" aspects of ancient History. Especially notable this season is the series' depiction of Rome's small but ever-growing Jewish community, and the emergence of "Crip and Blood"-style gang warfare in the treacherous Aventine Collegium district. In a similar vein, after Marc Antony suffers his humiliating defeat at Actium, he retreats to the palace of his Egyptian lover Queen Cleopatra (Lyndsley Marshal), where the two lost souls wallow in debauchery--reminding more than one observer of the equally foredoomed punk-rockers Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen! ~ 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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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sad to see it go

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    BaronHarkonen

    ... and I thought season 1 was spectacular! Season 2 picks up minutes after the death of Caesar, where season 1 ended and continues on a break neck pace till its concluding episode. So much material is covered in a short while yet the whole season is easy to follow and simply wonderful to watch. Bruno Heller and Johnathan Stamp continue to amaze me in their level of detail and creativity with the story line. Kevin McKidd's Vorenus has a much darker story this season while Ray Stevenson's Pullo has most things going right for him. Almost all of the other lead characters from the first season are back for this final season of Rome. Must see DVD extras include the filming of the battle of Phillipi which only lasts a few minutes on screen but must have been a royal pain to create. (Since I have never read a review that considers the role of the extras / day-players, let me be the first one to send out kudos to them for what they accomplished in the battle scenes and throughout both the seasons of Rome.) The wonderfully educational All Roads Lead to Rome featurette is also back and just as informative. All of this makes these DVDs a must-have and I'm sure I'll watch them over and over again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get seasons 1 & 2 because you won't want to wait

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    AltOp

    I loved Rome Season 1, so I went head first into Season 2. Although it does have a particularly different feel to it than Season 1, it is every bit as good. The characters in Season 2 all go through a lot of development. Many of them become very different, but I felt like this was a natural progression, and not forced. It's hard to carry on about how good the show was without spoiling either season. I strongly recommend watching the show. This season only had 12 episodes and was canceled due to being too expensive to produce, however, the show wraps cleanly, and I never felt it was rushing to an ending.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Comes to Life - Again!

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    Rich
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    The show runners were given notice that this would be the last season, though they had planned on at least 4, so they compressed three seasons (36 episodes) worth of material into ten episodes. Not a good situation to be in, and if things seem rushed, at least it's better than something like Deadwood, which just ends, leaving all plot threads dangling. The wonderful attention to detail remains, especially on Blu Ray, where all the details shine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great TV series

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    movieLover
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    When I watched this series for the first time, I was so excited to see and image how Roman lived at that time. Maybe some of stories or settings might be historically true, but it gives they might live such. The second season has more focus on the lives on two main characters. We already know what happened to Caesar, Mark Antony and Octavian. So the stories of Pullo and Vorenus are much more interesting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny!

    Posted
    pennylane12

    Although it's sad to see a great TV show like this end, it went out with a bang. Covering a lot more material than the first season did felt a little bit rushed, but each action-packed episode more than makes up for it. As a huge fan and student of classical history, it's very accurate, yet also made incredibly entertaining. Truly a DVD for all tastes!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great series, must have for history fans!

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    ViewSonic78
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    Really great Blu-rays. Looks and sounds great on your HDTV. No required previews or excessive trailers before you get to the main menu. You go straight to the menu as you put in the disc. And as the series themselves, I don't have to tell you that it's one of the best that's been produced for HBO. It's a must have Blu-Ray set if you're a fan of the show.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A worthy follow up to Season 1

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    RobP57
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    As I said about season one, Rome was a lavish production that was wonderful to experience. The only bad thing is that it was cut short of the planned 5 season arc to just two. This resulted in the last few episodes of season 2 feeling rushed as they needs to get to a logical stopping point in a shorter than planned amount of time.

    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


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