Rome - Season 1

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 ...
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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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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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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: 8/15/2006
  • UPC: 026359284823
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Français, Español, English
  • Time: 12:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,539

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin McKidd Lucius Vorenus
Ray Stevenson Titus Pullo
Polly Walker Atia of the Julii
Kenneth Cranham Pompey Magnus
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 1-2
   Episodes
      Episode 1: The Stolen Eagle
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         Viewing Options
            All Roads Lead to Rome
            Audio Commentary on Episode 1: On
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         Scene Selection
      Episode 2: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
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   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1 Surround
         French 2.0
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         None
   Features
      Audio Commentaries
         Episode 1: On
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         Episode 2: On
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      All Roads Lead to Rome
      Friends, Romans, Countreymen
      Series Index
         The Stolen Eagle
         How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
         An Owl in a Thornbush
         Stealing from Saturn
         The Ram has Touched the Wall
         Egeria
         Pharsalus
         Caesarion
         Utica
         Triumph
         The Spoils
         Kalends of February
Disc #2 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 3-5
   Episodes
      Episode 3: An Owl in a Thornbush
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      Episode 4: Stealing From Saturn
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      Episode 5: The Ram Has Touched the Wall
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   Languages
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         French 2.0
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         Spanish
         French
         None
   Features
      Audio Commentary
         Episode 5: On
         Episode 5: Off
      All Roads Lead to Rome
      Series Index
         The Stolen Eagle
         How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
         An Owl in a Thornbush
         Stealing from Saturn
         The Ram has Touched the Wall
         Egeria
         Pharsalus
         Caesarion
         Utica
         Triumph
         The Spoils
         Kalends of February
Disc #3 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 6-8
   Episodes
      Episode 6: Egeria
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      Episode 7: Pharsalus
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      Episode 8: Caesarion
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   Languages
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         English 5.1 Surround
         French 2.0
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         Spanish
         French
         None
   Features
      Audio Commentaries
         Episode 7: On
         Episode 7: Off
         Episode 8: On
         Episode 8: Off
      All Roads Lead to Rome
      Series Index
         The Stolen Eagle
         How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
         An Owl in a Thornbush
         Stealing from Saturn
         The Ram has Touched the Wall
         Egeria
         Pharsalus
         Caesarion
         Utica
         Triumph
         The Spoils
         Kalends of February
Disc #4 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 9-10
   Episodes
      Episode 9: Utica
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         Viewing Options
            All Roads Lead to Rome
            Audio Commentary on Episode 9: On
            Audio Commentary on Episode 10: Off
         Scene Selection
      Episode 10: Triumph
         Previously On
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         Viewing Options
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   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1 Surround
         French 2.0
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         None
   Features
      Audio Commentary
         Episode 9: On
         Episode 9: Off
      All Roads Lead to Rome
      Shot X Shot: "Caesar's Triumph"
      Series Index
         The Stolen Eagle
         How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
         An Owl in a Thornbush
         Stealing from Saturn
         The Ram has Touched the Wall
         Egeria
         Pharsalus
         Caesarion
         Utica
         Triumph
         The Spoils
         Kalends of February
Disc #5 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Episodes 11-12
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      Episode 11: The Spoils
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            All Roads Lead to Rome
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         Scene Selection
      Episode 12: Kalends of February
         Previously On
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         Viewing Options
            All Roads Lead to Rome
            Audio Commentary on Episode 12: On
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   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1 Surround
         French 2.0
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         None
   Features
      Audio Commentaries
         Episode 11: On
         Episode 11: Off
         Episode 12: On
         Episode 12: Off
      All Roads Lead to Rome
      Shot X Shot: "Gladiator"
      Series Index
         The Stolen Eagle
         How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
         An Owl in a Thornbush
         Stealing from Saturn
         The Ram has Touched the Wall
         Egeria
         Pharsalus
         Caesarion
         Utica
         Triumph
         The Spoils
         Kalends of February
Disc #6 -- Rome: The Complete First Season, Bonus Features
   The Rise of Rome
   When in Rome
   Photo Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Dramatic series out there!

    I've been looking for a new series to watch regularly ever since The West WIng went off the air, and Rome certainly fits the bill. Combining outsatnding acting and writing with a careful eye to historical detail, Rome has as much dramatic pull as any show out there. Can't wait for season 2!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    5 Stars

    If you like historical fiction you will love this. I stumbled upon this,and wow, am I glad! The settings and filming are beautiful. Much of this being shot on location, in Italy. The drama,turmoil,sex,family,enemies. Every last bit of it is great! You won't be dissapointed in this. Season 2 is just as great. I agree with all the blogs online wishing they would have made a season 3!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wow!

    This is one of the best mini-series I've ever seen! The historical accuracy & attention to detail is amazing. History as seen from the perspective of the "common" man is intriguing with Pullo & Vorenus. Twists & turns & even humor. Season One is truly is worthwhile watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Show

    This series takes some time to watch, but it's filled with drama. Everyone in the show has a story and it fun to see what will happen next. The politics of the council and Cesar, the everyday living of soldiers, and the manuvering of jealous upper-class women all make this show full of interesting plots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Innovative and New

    I love this series! It includes the classical and hstoric themes that everyone knows about Rome, with dramatic and unforgetable twists that make the story that more realistic. Murders, affairs, secrets, hate all come together in a way that greatly changes ones opinion about the "beauty" and "perfection" that was Rome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A time period worth remembering.

    TERRIFIC...I have watched this DVD 3 times and I always see something different. I feel as if I am there and the cast are magnificant. I truely enjoyed this version of Rome, it taught me and showed me how the people lived, thought, and loved. Not for children! Unforgettable!

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