Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents. I'll admit that on some base level I enjoy the preposterous level of excessive violence and impossible sexual situations. We met at Spartacus: Gods of the Arena panel at Comic-Con years ago. It was always going to be a tough task to fill the shoes of Andy Whitfield, but this season really allowed McIntyre to embody the character to great effect. No matter how over-the-top the sound design is, at least the presentation of it is as clear as a bell. Culling Rome of their disgruntled slave population, the ranks of Spartacus' military of swelled. All the information on discs explains more than you will ever need for extra information.
The excess that lives in the script bleeds over into the sound design. The show's overly verbose dialogue is presented clearly. It's a fitting and fast finale, one that doesn't necessarily push the envelope any further and often feels indistinguishable from previous seasons -- notably -- on a purely superficial level, but there's enough in the way of unexpected dramatic thrills and character moments to make War of the Damned a worthy final chapter in the blood-soaked and sex-filled story of Spartacus and his rebellion re-imagined for modern television. War of the Damned plays out just as it should and, basically, as expected, both in a historical context as well as within the series' established parameters. It always took itself seriously enough, but not too seriously that it became self-important. The rocky road of the series, in part due to the untimely death of original lead actor Andy Whitfield from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, perhaps helped it reach the pinnacle that is the final season. Yes, the sex scenes are overblown Old World versions of Penthouse letters, but there's an interestingly satisfying aspect to the show.
Remember just a several years ago how you knew it was Halloween season because there was a Saw film released theatrically that month of October? Enter the third season…Liam knocked it out of the ballpark. But when the battles rage into motion, that is when the audio is really able to show off. For the week of September 3rd, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are releasing Now You See Me, Louis Leterrier's surprise hit about bank-robbing magicians. That is, until he realizes that leading a group of violent thugs thirsty for Roman blood isn't an easy task. It is incredibly well acted, written to be compelling in all the right ways, very satisfying from an epic action standpoint, and closed off in a way that is just about perfect.
He's laying waste to the Roman countryside and defeating any Roman army that dare stand in his way. There are also instances where darker backgrounds harbor noticeably heavier amount of noise. The show's music is outrageously laden with low-end drum beats, which accompany the litany of blood-soaked action scenes. DeKnight and his team being comfortable enough with the approach, yet still happy to push the limits of this series. The Thracians had been persuaded by Claudius Glaber to serve as auxiliaries in the Roman legions in a campaign against the Getae, who had often plundered Thracian lands. In that case, know you're getting more the same — great audio and video presentations. And one cannot ask for much more of a satisfying end to a rather short-lived but fan-favorite program.
These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Overview - Spartacus: War of the Damned takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber, with Spartacus Liam McIntyre and his men having amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. I wish the featurettes were more substantial, but that is a minor quibble for a Blu-ray set this solid. The show looks and sounds great, with the edition of extended episodes and audio commentaries. It certainly had its detractors, and I can see why. Detail is strong, close-ups reveal great amounts of texture, the splattering blood pops with wonderful saturation, and shadow detail is beautifully nuanced and detailed.
I don't even seek it out before the Blu-rays come out. So I mentioned up above the many links I could share with you in regards to how we not only reviewed, but also promoted and discussed the Spartacus series editorially here on the site. After all that went down onscreen…dammit the history books! Crassus accepts an invitation to help quell the rebellion. Starz has, again, produced a near-perfect video presentation of its most beloved show. Three 3 Second Prize Winners: Spartacus: Morituri by Mark Morris.
What little video noise is apparent looks almost like a natural layer of grain, not harsh and electronic. Spartacus has always been one-half drama and one-half spectacle. All screen captures should be regarded only as an approximation of the full capabilities of the Blu-ray format. The violent set pieces are memorable and wince inducing in some cases, thanks to some impressive visual effects work. Sure, its dialogue is frustratingly devoid of pronouns and prepositions. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him.
Of course the heavy use of the color red, when it comes to the stylized blood being thrown around, makes its presence quite clear as well, but fortunately the Blu-ray is set to handle these aspects and deliver a gorgeous picture overall. But even as Crassus begins to make headway against Spartacus, and cracks appear in the slave alliance, Crassus must battle infighting amongst his own, mainly from the ambitions of his son Tiberius Christian Antidormi and Julius Caesar Todd Lasance. However after Glaber reneges on the deal and switches his attentions from the Getae to attack Mithridates in Asia Minor, the Thracians feel betrayed and mutiny. So for fans of the show, this is the kind of end you wanted and this final season provides more than solid entertainment. I did not want to take a break.
It knows exactly what it is and revels in it. Both parts play in harmony, though not always equal harmony; the sex and violence always feels like the dominant force, but not necessarily to the detriment of the program. Anyone knows when the next season coming out? This is final season of Spartacus, the fourth overall season if you count the Gods of the Arena prequel season. There are a few times that the added scrutiny of 1080p calls unwanted attention to the hokier green screen effects. This release also includes a Spanish language option, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.