Kirk Douglas
Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
, Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
, Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Stanley Kubrick

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Universal's DVD release of Stanley Kubrick's restored classic Spartacus comes with a wealth of interesting information befitting a spectacle of its grandeur. The film, which has been painstakingly reassembled and restored, includes five minutes cut from its original release, notably the notorious "Snails and Oysters" scene between Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis. Also included are the original overture and extended soundtrack. This DVD also boasts comprehensive biographies and extensive filmographies on the film's seven main actors and director Kubrick, as well as meticulously detailed production notes spanning the time from the original production to Universal's dedicated film restoration. The film can be viewed with either French or Spanish subtitles. It is presented in full Dolby Surround Sound and in its original 70 mm widescreen format. Notably missing is the film's original trailer (included are two later trailers) and any form of documentary or commentary from the film's surviving cast. Still, the wealth of information on the production notes and cast, as well as the deleted scenes and music, make up for what is lacking, making this edition the film's most definitive version.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/1998
UPC: 0025192018121
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 3:16:00
Sales rank: 1,132

Special Features

Production Notes; Talent Bios; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Spartacus
Laurence Olivier Marcus Licinius Crassus
Jean Simmons Varinia
Charles Laughton Sempronius Gracchus
Peter Ustinov Lentulus Batiatus
Tony Curtis Antoninus
John Gavin Julius Caesar
Nina Foch Helena Glabrus
Herbert Lom Tigranes
John Ireland Crixus
John Dall Glabrus
Joanna Barnes Claudia Marius
Harold J. Stone David
Woody Strode Draba
Peter Brocco Ramon
Paul Lambert Gannicus
Robert J. Wilke Guard Captain
Nick Dennis Dionysius
John Hoyt Caius
Dayton Lummis Symmachus
Arthur Batanides Actor
Buff Brady Actor
Jerry Brown Actor
Bob Burns Actor
Paul E. Burns Fimbria
Joe Canutt Actor
Chuck Courtney Actor
Dick Crockett Actor
Ted de Corsia Actor
Terence de Marney Major Domo
Seamon Glass Actor
Harold Goodwin Actor
Sol (Saul) Gorss Actor
James Griffith Otho
Brad Harris Actor
Harry Harvey Actor
Joe Haworth Marius
Vinton Haworth Metallius
Chuck Hayward Actor
Hallene Hill Beggar Woman
Charles Horvath Actor
Jill Jarmyn Julia
Harold Kruger Pirate
Carey Loftin Guard
Cliff Lyons Actor
Bob Morgan Actor
Eddie Parker Actor
Harvey Parry Actor
Regis Parton Actor
Leonard Penn Garrison Officer
Gil Perkins Slave Leader
Larry Perron Actor
Chuck Roberson Slave
George Robotham Actor
Wally Rose Gladiator
Autumn Russell Actor
Russell Saunders Actor
Aaron Saxon Actor
Rube Schaffer Soldier
Tom Steele Actor
Bob Stevenson Legionnaire
Kay Stewart Actor
Ken Terrell Actor
Lili Valenty Old Crone
Wayne Van Horn Actor
Dale Van Sickel Trainer
Louise Vincent Slave Girl
Carleton Young Herald
Jo Summers Actor
Tap Canutt Actor
Charles McGraw Marcellus
Frederic Worlock Laelius
Anthony Hopkins Marcus Licinius Crassus (some scenes, 1991 restoratio
Alex North Conductor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director
Alexander Golitzen Production Designer
Fred A. Chulack Editor
Kirk Douglas Executive Producer
Edward Lewis Producer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Marshall Green Asst. Director
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Lawrence Editor
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Alex North Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Vittorio Nino Novarese Consultant/advisor
Robert Sculte Editor
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Arlington F. Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Harry L. Wolf Camera Operator

Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. Overture And Main Titles [7:45]
2. A Disease Called Human Slavery [6:20]
3. The Gladiatorial School [4:59]
4. Varinia [12:50]
5. Marcus Licinius Crassus [11:16]
6. A Fight To The Death [9:49]
7. Rebellion [8:43]
8. Antoninus [18:30]
9. Snails And Oysters [15:34]
10. Routing The Romans [5:52]
11. Entr'acte [6:08]
12. A Baby! [10:22]
13. Betrayed [12:24]
14. Battalions At The Ready [19:17]
15. Revealing The Rebel [30:52]
16. At The Gates Of Rome [9:11]

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Spartacus 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Just replacing my VCR version with a DVD, it's a classic.
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A compelling story of epic proportions. The plot is relentless, propelled by a astounding screenplay. Kubrick draws some of the greatest performances of the cast, and fills the screen with images that fascinate throughout. Well paced for a movie of this magnitude.
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Spartacus is another great movie about a roman slave purchased to fight. It has a great script and storyboard.It is about a gladiator who escapes with his fellow gladiatoral friends who form an army. They wander around Italy battling and conquering anyone who stands against them. Overall, It's a great classic!
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'Those who are about to die salute you!' was the traditional gladiator salute to audiences prior to commencing their spectacle of death. In this historical movie, Stanley Kubrik brings the audience into another epoch were life was nasty, brutish, and short for virtually everyone: especially for slaves and gladiators. The all-star cast of Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov, more than makes up for Kirk Douglas' frequent forced acting. The love story could have been shorter and more interesting it covered Spartacus' actual historic lover instead; a wild woman who claimed to be a prophetess and practiced sorcery. The movie, being based on Howard Fast's novel, has a strong Communist undertone to it accentuated by Alex North's brilliant score. If one listen's carefully, many elements of the music are borrowed from the Internationale which was the Soviet national anthem. The film itself skews the social and cultural norms of ancient Rome to present a class conflict theme and plot structure that fits Fast's original communist message; the Romans are portrayes as corrupt MCarthyists/capitalists against the poor but dignified slaves/Bolsheviks sacrificing all their labor for their commarades. The truth is that most of Spartacus' followers were exactly the gang of thieves and brigands that Kirk Douglass doesn't want them to be in the movie; more interested in quick plunder and mayhem than fighting for a desperate cause that no one at the time cared for anyway. Spartacus himself, given his overwhelming familiarity with legionary tactics, was (as historical sources suggest) probably a former auxillary or legionnaire who was condemned to slavery. The movie also wants to suggest that slavery was a product of pagan ignorance that needed the salvation of Christianity to see its cruelty. The legitimacy of slavery (spoils of war mostly) was the dominant world view in antiquity. Actually, early Christians were even more ardent believers of slavery than their pagan counterparts: believing that it was an immutable condition imposed by God. The truth is that slavery was mainly a product of agrarian economics and its end had more to do with the politics of capitalist industrialism than religious beliefs alone: the U.S. Civil War perfectly demonstrates that fact. Much of the dialogue in the movie is exquisite; following exactly the type of intellectual wit and humor that the Romans cherished. The worst dialogue and acting seems to come from the method actors in the movie (Douglass, Curtis, and Simmons.) Kubrick's rendition of the battle is extremely well done and the movie is worth watching or owning for that scene alone. The legionary formations and tactics were meticulously researched even though the campaign against Spartacus depicted in the movie wasn't accurate. Actually, contrary to what is depicted in the movie, Crassus had confined the gladiator army near Rhegium by building a pallisade of several miles from north to south, sea to sea. It was only by desperation and attrition that Spartacus was able to break through and attempt a final push back north. Unlike the movie, there's no historical reference to suggest that the 'I'm Spartacus!' event ever occurred. All historical sources conclude that Spartacus was cut to pieces in the heat of battle. The character of Marcus Licinius Crassus played is brilliantly played Olivier but the movie again takes great poetic license to support its theme of class conflict. A patrician noble, Crassus was richest man in Rome who boasted that no man was rich unless he could maintain his own legions. Although he was extremely ambitious, he had no dictatorial aspirations as suggested in the movie. Crassus was a traditional republican politician whose politics were essentially no different than those of his nemesis in the movie, Graccus, played by Charles Laughton. The movie falsely portrays Crassus as a hard-line optimate to the likes of Cato Uticensis or Sulla which he was not