it has been four hundred years since the founding of the Republic, and in that time Rome has grown into a mighty power. But military might, and subjugated lands don’t mean everything is happy at home. While Gaius Julius Caesar has been off subduing Gaul, the senators back home have been growing more discontented. And while at first his co-ruler of Rome, Pompey, isn’t willing to oppose him, slowly he comes around until conflict is inevitable.

But Rome is much more than a history lesson, though all attempts have been made to ensure that this show is as historically accurate as possible, because the writers and creators have made the central story revolve around two ordinary men, soldiers Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus.

The show itself is fantastic. It looks fantastic, set design, costumes, weapons. All look authentic. And the actors are even better, each and everyone seems so suited to their characters, I’ve reviewed most of the episodes already, so I won’t repeat myself.

The DVD has a number of special features. One flashes up historical facts as you watch the episode, giving you wonderful information, such as the name of some sexual positions. There are also a number of commentaries. These were interesting, but not spectacular, and in certain cases it would have probably been a lot better had they had two people do the commentary, rather than having just the one person.

There is also a bonus disc of documentaries, and again, they are all entertaining and informative. But nothing I’d really be bothered to watch twice. Still, the actual episodes themselves are great, and even without any extras at all, it would still be worth buying.

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4 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    One of my friends raved about this show when it was on so I'll have to get around to Netflixing it one of these days.

  2. Fence says:

    It is worth raving about Carl. Plenty of blood, guts and violence, so maybe not family viewing :)

  3. NineMoons says:

    Truly fantastic series. Gripped me from the start.

    I forgot to get the discs back off you t'other night Fencicle. Now you'll have em til after I come back from Rhodes. Grr.

    Speaking of Rhodes, Beloved got scary email from travel agent saying problem with hotel – overbooked so they're moving us!! GRRRRR. I was fit to murder them but calmed down when it turned out the new one is nicer. As long as the pictures etc aren't misleading. Anyway, for a few minutes, I transformed into terrifying NineMoons, virago and shredder of travel agents. Then I calmed down.

  4. Carl V. says:

    Thanks Fence…my friend was good enough to point out that this wasn't something I would want my 14 year old watching. :)