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BLU-RAY REVIEW

Spartacus

Featured In Issue 116, January 2007

Picture2.5
Sound3.5
WSR Score5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
31292
(MPAA Rating):
PG13
(Rating Reason):
(Retail Price):
$29.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (HD-30)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
196
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year):
1960
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
10/24/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Stanley Kubrick
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital+ 5.1
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Winner of four Academy Awards®, Spartacus is an extraordinary collectable of exquisite widescreen visuals and stunning tribute to the passionate art of filmmaking. Based on Howard Fast's 1952 historical novel of a Roman slave revolt, this intelligent and engrossing epic features spectacular sets and action sequences, magnificently photographed in Technicolor's Super Technirama 70.

The only special feature is My Scenes.

The VC-1-encoded 2.18:1 HD DVD can look very good at times, with very sharp details and well-rendered colors. There are times, however, when heavy source element artifacts can dilute the picture quality. Shadow delineation is not very impressive, and the milky blacks make for a very flat image. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally limited to the front three screen channels, with dialogue spread across each of the front three screen channels. Surround envelopment is limited, but fidelity is good. (Danny Richelieu)