Rome - Season 1

Rome - Season 1

Cast: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Kenneth Cranham

     
 

Travel back in time to one of the most exciting and intriguing periods in human history with this release featuring all 12 episodes Rome: Season One. 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 GallicSee more details below

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Overview

Travel back in time to one of the most exciting and intriguing periods in human history with this release featuring all 12 episodes Rome: Season One. 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.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
UPC:
0026359284823
Rating:
TVMA
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
12:00:00
Sales rank:
74,252

Special Features

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; 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; "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" - introduction to the characters of Rome; and a photo gallery with over 50 never-before-seen images.

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 1-2
2. Gaul [3:15]
3. The Horse [5:39]
4. An Empty Chair [1:12]
5. Two Birds with One Stone [2:28]
7. Fools' Errand [:22]
8. Return of the Eagle [4:04]
2. The People's Tribune [2:44]
4. A Soldier's Surprise [5:42]
6. This is Brass [4:00]
7. An Ultimatum [7:08]
9. No Blood [4:08]
10. The Crossing [5:26]
Disc #2 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 3-5
2. Payment in Kind [7:11]
3. Wrong Direction [3:25]
5. Mixed Allegiances [4:40]
7. Suspicions Aroused [4:56]
8. Caesar's Proclamation [3:17]
10. Battle of Wits [1:39]
2. Social Alliance [:18]
3. Loyal to the Republic [7:10]
5. Love's Shadows [4:26]
7. The War Comes Home [3:19]
9. Appolo's Curse [1:56]
11. Jupiter's Blessing [3:13]
2. Diplomacy [5:41]
3. Black Flux [4:10]
5. Truce Denied [6:21]
7. Obey Without Question [5:09]
9. Loyalty to the Death [1:50]
10. Moment of Truth [4:47]
Disc #3 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 6-8
2. By Dictate [2:35]
4. Sibling Discord [:48]
5. Sealed Decree [3:05]
6. Boy to Man [6:22]
8. Sexual Congress [5:32]
9. A Valued Friendship [1:57]
2. Rabbit for the Pot [4:08]
3. Win or Die [8:40]
5. Raft of Bodies [:20]
6. Word from Greece [6:59]
8. A Simple Merchant [3:32]
9. In Search of Allies [7:44]
2. The Mighty Lion [1:31]
4. Debts Postmortem [5:43]
5. The Messenger [1:05]
7. Following Orders [2:47]
9. Queen and Slave [2:17]
11. Son and Heir [4:46]
Disc #4 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 9-10
2. Consider Their Fate [:44]
3. Soldier's Return [6:32]
5. Confessions [4:46]
6. Centurion [8:46]
8. A Family Affair [4:25]
10. Swift Revenge [2:35]
2. No Second Chances [8:13]
3. A New Era [6:04]
5. Divine for a Day [4:14]
7. In Name Only [4:52]
9. Words and Deeds [5:37]
10. Assurances [5:00]
Disc #5 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 11-12
2. War Veterans [5:19]
3. Master of Rome [5:50]
4. Lost Soul [2:44]
5. A Mother's Son [3:20]
6. The Defense Rests [6:46]
8. Pride of the Thirteenth [3:34]
2. A New Life [:23]
3. People's Champion [5:15]
4. Increase the Guard [6:52]
5. The Noble Plot [8:30]
6. Family Protector [8:39]
7. Honorable Men [3:28]

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