Wednesday, October 06, 2010

"Spartacus: Blood And Sand"

The Complete First Season of "Spartacus: Blood And Sand", the visceral, Starz Original TV series, is now available from Anchor Bay Entertainment as a four-disc, DVD or Blu-ray package:

Executive produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, with a haunting soundtrack by composer Joseph LoDuca, the "Complete First Season", takes fans even deeper into the bloody brutality of the ancient Romans and the decadent machinations of its master-slave, sexually-obsessed society.

Enhanced digital effects have been added to several of the episodes, and as a Blu-ray exclusive, four episodes have been selected as "Directors' Cut Extended Episodes," featuring content "too risqué" for cable TV.

"Spartacus: Blood And Sand", premiered January 22, 2010, with more 'ultra-violence' and nudity than any other series before it, starring an inspired cast led by John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Nick E. Tarabay, Lucy Lawless and Andy Whitfield in the title role.

"...Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, 'Spartacus' (Whitfield), a 'Thracian' warrior captured by Romans, is enslaved into a gladiator training school owned by 'Batiatus' (Hannah) and his wife 'Lucretia' (Lawless). He is forced to fight daily for his life against deadly foes, under the brutal whip of trainer 'Doctore' (Mensah).

"He 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 him and his masters.

"Against all odds, Spartacus' rebellious instincts, his intense love for his wife 'Sura' (Erin Cummings) and his powerful fighting skills drive him to win a series of near-impossible battles - setting in motion a revolution against the tyranny of Rome.

"To survive, he must become more than a man, more than a gladiator. He must become a legend..."

In early 2011, STARZ will air new 'prequel' episodes, focusing on the generations-old gladiator school, before the arrival of Spartacus, following the sex-crazed, manipulative couple, 'Batiatus' and 'Lucretia', who order both male and female slaves to either bed or kill visitors to further commercial and political gain.

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