New York : Burbank, CA : Home Box Office ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, 
6 videodiscs (ca. 720 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in ISBN/ISSN:
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Originally broadcast on HBO during the 2005-2006 season
Contains all 12 episodes from the first season
Special features: Eight revealing audio commentaries with cast and crew; "All roads lead to Rome" interactive onscreen guide prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp; Shot-x-shot: Gladiator - a closer look at the thrilling episode 11 fight sequence; Shot-x-shot: Caesar's triumph - detailing the production of the epic episode 10 triumph scene; "The rise of Rome": behind-the-scenes featurette on sets, wardrobe and actors' boot camp; "When in Rome" featurette on the culture of Ancient Rome; "Friends, Romans, countrymen": introduction to the characters of 'Rome'; Photo gallery with over 50 never-before-scene images; Eight page Roman character guide booklet featuring names, profiles, relationships and other key information
Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kenneth Cranham, James Purefoy, Ciarán Hinds, Lindsay Duncan, Tobias Menzies, Kerry Condon, Karl Johnson, Indira Varma, David Bamber
Shot on location in Rome and around Italy, this epic series portrays a vibrant and gritty Rome, as well as the historical events surrounding the fall of the republic and the rise of the empire. Includes an entire disc devoted solely to extras
DVD, region 1, widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
English, French or Spanish dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
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HBO's "Rome" is perhaps one of the best historical TV shows there ever was and one of the best HBO has ever produced.
Set during the first century B.C., this TV show tells the tale of two Romans serving in the army, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pollo. Vorenus in a strict, humorless and hard-working centurion, expecting his troops to obey him and is a loyal citizen of Rome. Pollo is muscular, carefree, party-loving, and womanizing, yet he is also a faithful, trustworthy friend, loyal companion, and overall lovable character. These two military men serve in Julius Caesar's army and live during a time of turmoil in Rome.
Originally planned as a TV miniseries, "Rome" became an actual TV show. This TV show is mostly fictional, but it incorporates historical characters like Caesar, Pompey, Cato, Mark Anthony, and Atia, the most of Octavian, soon to become Rome's first emperor, Augustus. It is a time when the Roman Republic is corrupt, and high-ranking Romans like Julius Caesar and Pompey fight for power. The historical events in Rome are told thru the eyes of Vorenus and Pollo.
The script is intelligent and realistic, with some profanity, violence, and decadence. Unlike most portrayals of Rome, which tend to be clean and sanitize things, this is a graphic portrayal of Ancient Rome, complete with drunkards, brawlers, womanizers, prostitutes, adulterers, fornication, and loads of sexual acts. This TV series do not attempt to hide the dirty aspects of the Roman Empire. Rather, it is a honest depiction of the Empire, portraying its decadence and wickedness.
As for the production, one word - great! The sets are huge and realistic, with the viewer feeling as if he/she is in the middle of the scene. The costumes, too, are realistic and accurate. The sets, props, and costumes, etc. show signs of research. The actors and actresses did a great job, too, portraying their characters realistically.
Overall, this is a great series.
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