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Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26-1/2

Spartacus: Blood and Sand - The Complete First Season- $26.99 (list price $59.97)

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The "sword and sandals" genre isn't exactly known for its subtlety and restraint, but even by those standards, Spartacus: Blood and Sand is deliriously, delightfully over the top. Viewers familiar with the 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the best-known version of the Spartacus tale, will recognize the basic outline of the story: a Thracian warrior with a beautiful, loving wife is betrayed by his Roman "allies" and forced into slavery, whereupon he distinguishes himself as a gladiator nonpareil and, after enduring countless indignities, leads his brethren and others in a rebellion against their oppressors. But there's a lot more Caligula than Kubrick in the 13 first-season episodes (each a bit less than an hour long) of this Starz television series, which stars Andy Whitfield in the title role and also features Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as the wicked wife of Spartacus's owner. The fight scenes are highly stylized (the entire production seems to have taken a cue from the surreal, painterly look of 300) but extraordinarily brutal, featuring multiple dismemberments and decapitations amidst seas of slow-motion, CGI-generated blood; a gladiatorial battle in episode 5 pitting Spartacus and his rival-turned-ally Crixus (Manu Bennett) against a monster named Theokoles is definitely not for the squeamish, but that's only one of many such scenes. There's also ample sex and nudity, as the couplings involving various studly gladiators and lustful Roman noblewomen are like salacious combat between Chippendales dancers and Victoria's Secret models. Meanwhile, the personal relationships are the stuff of soap operas, with the Romans in particular depicted as relentlessly decadent, duplicitous, and power-hungry.
If this all sounds outrageously entertaining, it is, though perhaps not for everyone. And although the future of the show (which was executive produced by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi) is in doubt due to Whitfield's ongoing battle with cancer, we'll always have this season to revel in. Bonus material in the four-disc set includes audio commentary on a variety of episodes and a batch of featurettes, most prominently a 15-minute "making of" documentary. --Sam Graham

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Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republicís most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

Just picked this up at Target for $14.99. Better than even Black Friday, woohoo.
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

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Just picked this up at Target for $14.99. Better than even Black Friday, woohoo.
Thanks, just picked it up at Target! I had it in my cart on BF and decided to pass, glad I did!
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has anyone seen this show? would you recommend it?
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Definitely would say get the series. One of the few shows that got better and better with each new episode.

LOL and copious amounts of nudity/sex NEVER fails to help either.
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

Target is killing it this week. Granted, I work there, so I get an extra 15% off, but every day I go in, I walk out with a new disc/season. True Blood, Always Sunny S5, Expendables Blu and now I'm gonna get Spartacus.... and I really don't need it with my backlog
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

Just a heads up for those with Netflix the complete season will be available for streaming on January 1st.
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

Originally Posted by RapidTransit View Post
has anyone seen this show? would you recommend it?
This is def one of those shows where its def wise not to judge a show by its pilot (as its not that great, early on they were very keen on doing the 300 slow motion type battle scenes and blatantly fake cgi blood and gore)
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This is def one of those shows where its def wise not to judge a show by its pilot (as its not that great, early on they were very keen on doing the 300 slow motion type battle scenes and blatantly fake cgi blood and gore)
I thought about buying this a number of times. But from what I heard they do not plan on making a 2nd season or even putting a end to it unless they did end it?
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

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I thought about buying this a number of times. But from what I heard they do not plan on making a 2nd season or even putting a end to it unless they did end it?
not entirely true

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethe...el-series.html
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Does Lucy show anything (I was at the Ducks game, when she did )? Looking at it, I'm glad he is doing good. I was taken back when I hear (at the time) they where not going to end this show. Its on Showtime?
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

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Does Lucy show anything (I was at the Ducks game, when she did )? Looking at it, I'm glad he is doing good. I was taken back when I hear (at the time) they where not going to end this show. Its on Showtime?
She (and many other hot others) show quite a bit. There is copious amounts of nudity and violence in this, but I must warn that the nudity is equal to both sexes. This is a great series (after the first couple of episodes), but you better be ready for anything!

It's on Starz. I believe the prequel starts next month.
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

I tried checking the inventory on Target.com, but couldn't find the title listed. Just went down to the local Target store and was able to snag the last copy @ $14.99. Great find! thanks....
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Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - First Season- $26.99 Amazon TV Deal of the Week 12/26

I rented this from Netflix in Blu-ray and thought it was excellent. as previously mentioned the CGI in the first episode or so was really bad, but as far as story lines go it was quite good. Spoiler alert. Read ahead if you dare.







After the last episode I don't see how they could have a second season, at least not without a lot of new actors.

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