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Rome - Season 1

Rome - Season 1

4.3 25
Director: Alan Poul, Alan Taylor, Allen Coulter, Ciarán Hinds

Cast: Alan Poul, Alan Taylor, Allen Coulter, Ciarán Hinds

This period drama follows soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo as they become deeply entrenched in the political turbulence that plagued ancient Rome.


This period drama follows soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo as they become deeply entrenched in the political turbulence that plagued ancient Rome.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
More West Wing than Gladiator, the HBO/BBC co-production Rome traces the tumultuous career of Gaius Julius Caesar -- from his rise to power to his assassination by members of the Roman Senate. Meticulously detailed and filmed entirely on location in Italy, the series focuses on Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) and his intimates, including: his mistress Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) and her traitorous son Brutus (Tobias Menzies); his niece Atia (the gleefully wicked Polly Walker), great-nephew Octavian (the fantastic Max Pirkis), and great-niece Octavia (Kerry Condon); the famed general Mark Antony (James Purefoy); and the various principal players of the Senate, such as Cicero (David Bamber), Cato (Karl Johnson), and Scipio (Paul Jesson). Fictional characters afford viewers a rank-and-file perspective on Caesar's takeover of Rome; they include Roman Legion officer Marcus Vorenus (Kevin McKidd); his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), and their children; and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), a centurion under Vorenus's command. With such a large cast, it can be a challenge to keep track of everyone, so HBO helpfully provides both a printed character guide and a featurette on the actors. Commentaries and featurettes are spread throughout the five episode-inclusive discs, while the sixth bonus disc features a photo gallery and two featurettes. Our favorite feature, though, is the "All Roads Lead to Rome" interactive onscreen guide. When activated, it offers historical background on particular scenes, such as what the rude graffiti means outside Atia's door in one episode, the ironic meaning of Pullo's last name ("shrimp" or "little one"), or the fact that it took Caesar over three hours to die on the floor of the Senate. Made with HBO's typical creative freedom and the BBC's eye for detail, Rome is a series that's worthy of multiple viewings on DVD.

Product Details

Release Date:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

All Roads Lead to Rome: An in-depth, interactive on-screen guide prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp; Bloodlines: An interactive on-screen guide highlighting the connections between the soldiers, senate and families of Rome; Eight revealing audio commentaries with cast and crew; Friends, Romans, Countrymen - Introduction to the characters of Rome; Shot x Shot: Gladiator - A closer look at the thrilling episode 11 fight sequence; Shot x Shot: Caesar's Triumph - Detailing the production of the epic episode 10 triumph scene; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ciarán Hinds Julius Caesar
Kevin McKidd Lucius Vorenus
Anna Patrick Cornelia
David Kennedy Lucius Septimius
Karl Johnson Porcius Cato
Kerry Condon Octavia,Octavia of the Julii
Lorcan Cranitch Erastes Fulmen
Nicholas Woodeson Posca
Ray Stevenson Titus Pullo
Anna Francolini Clarissa
Chiara Mastalli Eirene
David Bamber Marcus Tullius Cicero
Eliza Darby Daughter of Pompey
James Purefoy Mark Antony
Polly Walker Atia of the Julii
Haydn Gwynne Calpurnia
Ian McNeice Newsreader
Kenneth Cranham Pompey Magnus
Lee Boardman Timon
Michele Pettini Son of Pompey
Coral Amiga Vorena the Elder
Esther Hall Lyde
Max Pirkis Gaius Octavian
Paolo Risi Cato the Dwarf
Vincenzo Nicoli Lysandros
Indira Varma Niobe
Lindsay Duncan Servilia,Servilia of the Julii
Manfredi Aliquo Castor
Roberto Purvis Glabius

Technical Credits
Alan Poul Director
Alan Taylor Director
Allen Coulter Director
Jeremy Podeswa Director
Julian Farino Director
Michael Apted Director
Mikael Salomon Director
Steven Shill Director
Timothy Van Patten Director

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