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Rome - The Complete First Season

Drama, Military & War, and Television movie directed by Allen Coulter, Michael Apted, and Timothy Van Patten

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One of the best TV show!

  • Apr 1, 2008
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I missed Rome when it was first showing on HBO, and I am glad I waited for the DVD release, since each episode is so good, I end up finished the whole season in a few sittings.

The first season focuses on the events in the late Roman repulic and leading up to Julius Caesar's Assassination, it's not the usual TV/movie about Rome that just show the grandiose vista and battles, it more focuses on the political intrigue, and the transformation of Rome from the viewpoint of two main characters Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo.  It interweaves history and fiction, and how these two characters came to affect the outcome of Roman history.

I think one of the show's greatest strength is that it showed not only the rich and famous in the Roman society, but also the life of commoners, it add a lot of human factors to the show and make it more relatable.  I highly recommend this show to anybody who has even the slightest interest in Rome or just love a good drama.
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January 28, 2009
This was pretty good alright. I polished it off in a couple of sittings too. Good story and full frontal male in the same place.
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review by . May 31, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Superb acting, incredible sets, very well written.     Cons: It only went for two seasons. DANG.     The Bottom Line: One of the best history shows I've ever seen. Some situations are very mature and not suited for children.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I'm a natural sucker for a show like this. I'm an art history nerd who was HBO lonely after Carnivale ended.      …
review by . September 05, 2006
This is a geat production. As other reviews have noted, the actors and acting are first rate, the production values are superb, and the soundtrack alarmingly lifelike at times. So if you love eye candy, great sound, incredible drama, and wonderful sets and costumes, by all means buy it. I salute all the talents and crafts that came together to create it. On a decent home theater with a well-calibrated plasma or other monitor, this will truly knock your socks off.    What I find …
review by . August 08, 2006
HBO takes risks, thank goodness, and this series ROME is a fine example of how far a television project can go toward the movie industry and still maintain interest when broken into weekly installments. There may be a number of quibbles from Latin scholars and historians as to the veracity of it all, but ROME is not a documentary: ROME is a novel played out in Grand Guignol fashion with a sterling cast and a creative production crew.    The action takes place in 52 BC and allows …
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I was originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and I moved to the united states when I was 16 years old. I lived in Champaign, Illinois for 6 years before moving to California and have been here since.   … more
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A generously budgeted show jointly produced by HBO and the BBC, ROME takes viewers back to 52 BC for a chance to relive the reign of Julius Caesar. The first season revolves around the lives of two Roman soldiers, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), who win favor with Caesar (Ciaran Hinds) by defeating a mutinous plot from the devious Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham). This affords the two men a gateway into the lives of Rome's ruling classes, and so the season unfolds, with intricately woven plots, fine acting, and stunning recreations of the ancient city, to provide a thoroughly engrossing television show. Details have been painstakingly pored over to ensure accuracy, so both history buffs and viewers less versed in the ways of Caesar should find something to enjoy here. This release contains the entire first season of the show.
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Release Date: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Warner Home Video (August 15, 2006)
Runtime: 619 minutes
Studio: Hbo Home Video
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