Spartacus, Gods of the Arena

Spartacus, Gods of the Arena

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DVD - 2011
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The House of Batiatus has towered above the city of Capua for many years. Explore its deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he carried with him.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2011
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (335 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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mrkus
Aug 10, 2017

Really loved this show. By far one of the best Spartacus films,, lots of brutality of course...it was Rome!! Facinating, awesome!

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Buddy_Garriott60
Feb 19, 2015

For the simple minded obviously, hated this tremendously. How could anyone stand to be near any of these people is beyond speaking about, the stench would knock you down! It never ceases to amaze me how when someone is killed on our streets here in America, or in their homes, etc., people are primed to stand against such violence and put the criminal in jail, yet Americans have no qualms watching this violence in the movies, on television or on the video games they play. Americans have become desensitized by what is in front of them, and apathetic to it.

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Bimz_78
Apr 13, 2014

Very good T.V series....From HBO....Wicked gruesome fighting scenes and sex ones of course....Lucy Lawless is supurb and plays a great diabolical wife who stands by her man.......great actors in all........

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jurban1983
Jul 29, 2013

THIS SHOW IS AWESOME!!

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astrocreepy
Feb 13, 2013

Great prequel! If you have seen Spartacus you know what you are getting if not heed the R rating. Lucy Lawless is amazing as always & John Hanna steals every scene. The House of Batatius rules.

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docjnsuss
Feb 01, 2013

Spartacus, Gods of the Arena is a prequel to the Spartacus seasons one and two. Before Spartacus arrived at the House of Batiatus there was a power struggle between father and son. There was also plenty of bad blood among the gladiators that trained there. The six episodes chronicle the events that brought the House of Batiatus to greater glory in Capua. The series is full of blood and guts as well as graphic sex scenes.

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Basileus
Jul 11, 2012

This season is actually better than the first one. Maybe because I know not to expect a classic and just accept it for what it is. The series is basically a graphic novel. The violence, while bloody, is cartoonish. Lot's of nudity and sex. The plotline isn't that bad, which is the same as last seasons (Batatius wants the best gladiator to be the best lanista in Capua), but without the overshadowing dread of the upcoming revolt by Spartacus. One good thing about this series is the proction designer did a great job of creating a roman city as it really was and not how we imagine it: dangerous and very dirty. Even the rich seem to have a coat of grime on them. Not for everyone but some will enjoy it.

Mee2 Jun 02, 2012

Too much sex, cursing and blood, too little good acting!

kevfarley Feb 21, 2012

I liked it as much as Season One ,..which I loved ! And I only wish the six-episode series had been longer.
( However, history buffs should beware that this T.V. series is entertainment for OUR modern sensibilities. Many Roman men indentured themselves into this 'sport' as a free career choice. And 90 % of all the combats did NOT result in death, because that would have been too expensive. And sex was more commonly accepted, and not such a big voyeristic deal ! )

EuSei Feb 03, 2012

Like the second season, this is one of the most violent, bloody and sexually charged I have ever watched—and inaccurate. There is the way they portray blood spraying from wounds, when in reality it would come out in pulsating streams—due to that thing called “the heart,” that THROBS inside us! What about that public bathroom opened to the street? In fact they had doors! The bedrooms in the movie were also amusing; Roman cubiculae were generally quite small and most didn’t have windows. As for gladiators, they did not commonly fight to death. They were a commodity and as such, cared for and even paid. Yes, the new recruits might be kept in shackles, but that until they started fighting. Some gladiators, like our modern pop stars, were very popular and pampered. They had access to a medici (doctor) and their wounds very well tended. The doctor (trainer) was specialized and only trained one modality, so the movie, again, failed to correctly portray it. And, hey, what of Spartacus—after all, the series was named after him, right? This little known character in History, doesn’t even have his name mentioned! Lots and lots of profanity and all kinds of sexual activities: rape, anal sex, bacchanalia, threesome, oral sex—a little bit for every twisted sexual taste! Though, I realize, the makers missed bestiality… Maybe this is something they are keeping for the next season? Well, animal lovers will have to wait and see. There is so much violence, sex, profanity and blood that if these scenes were removed, the series would be reduced to, say, 30% of its total.

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EuSei Feb 03, 2012

Sexual Content: All kinds.

EuSei Feb 03, 2012

Violence: Extreme violence.

EuSei Feb 03, 2012

Coarse Language: Lots of profanity.

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