The Last Days of Pompeii

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This three-part, seven-hour TV adaptation of Edgar Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 best-seller The Last Days of Pompeii was arguably more faithful to its source than any of the earlier film versions -- and inarguably the most expensive version of all, boasting a 19,000,000-dollar budget and a truly spectacular cast. In recounting the events leading up to the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the film, like the novel, introduces a veritable coliseum full of colorful fictional characters: stalwart Athenian ...
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Overview

This three-part, seven-hour TV adaptation of Edgar Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 best-seller The Last Days of Pompeii was arguably more faithful to its source than any of the earlier film versions -- and inarguably the most expensive version of all, boasting a 19,000,000-dollar budget and a truly spectacular cast. In recounting the events leading up to the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the film, like the novel, introduces a veritable coliseum full of colorful fictional characters: stalwart Athenian Glaucus Nicholas Clay, religious-zealot Egyptian Arbaces Franco Nero, and mighty gladiator Lydon Duncan Regehr, all of whom vie for the affections of high-born Ione Olivia Hussey and lowly, sightless slave girl Nydia Linda Purl. Also around and about are Ned Beatty as wealthy merchant Diomed, Lesley-Anne Down as belly-dancing courtesan Chloe, and a handful of theatrical stalwarts like Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quayle. Mercilessly drubbed by the critics, who chortled at such dialogue as "Turn the other cheek, Christian lover!" and "Christians. They're everywhere I go. They're spreading through the empire like a pox!," The Last Days of Pompeii nonetheless garnered healthy ratings when it aired over ABC from May 6 to 8, 1984, despite the formidable opposition of the NBC blockbuster miniseries V: The Final Battle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • UPC: 043396433687
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame / 2 PACK
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,513

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ernest Borgnine
Nicholas Clay
Lesley-Anne Down
Olivia Hussey
Franco Nero
Laurence Olivier
Donald Pleasence
Linda Purl
Duncan Regehr
Joyce Blair
Technical Credits
Peter Hunt Director
Peter H. Hunt Director
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Fred Carter Art Director
Carmen Culver Screenwriter
Michael Ellis Editor
David Gerber Executive Producer
William Hill Producer
Richard Irving Producer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Richard Marden Editor
John Roberts Art Director
Michael Stringer Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Last Days of Pompeii
1. Chapter 1 [9:18]
2. Chapter 2 [11:40]
3. Chapter 3 [9:41]
4. Chapter 4 [9:27]
5. Chapter 5 [9:04]
6. Chapter 6 [12:01]
7. Chapter 7 [10:46]
8. Chapter 8 [8:21]
9. Chapter 9 [8:56]
10. Chapter 10 [11:36]
11. Chapter 11 [8:37]
12. Chapter 12 [11:24]
13. Chapter 13 [10:03]
14. Chapter 14 [8:42]
15. Chapter 15 [3:56]
Disc #2 -- The Last Days of Pompeii
1. Chapter 1 [9:51]
2. Chapter 2 [11:22]
3. Chapter 3 [9:34]
4. Chapter 4 [9:27]
5. Chapter 5 [9:13]
6. Chapter 6 [10:58]
7. Chapter 7 [9:20]
8. Chapter 8 [10:11]
9. Chapter 9 [13:47]
1. Chapter 1 [9:47]
2. Chapter 2 [10:06]
3. Chapter 3 [10:17]
4. Chapter 4 [10:09]
5. Chapter 5 [9:28]
6. Chapter 6 [10:13]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [9:25]
9. Chapter 9 [14:16]
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