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Rome: Season 1

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Released
24 July 2006
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18
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Most approach the problems OF historical drama by emphasizing that, no matter how bizarre the costumes or the language, people don’t change — the same basic emotions have always guided us. This HBO/BBC series acknowledges a different truth; the past is another country, and they do things differently there.

Rome lays bare the oft-overlooked fact that the ancient Roman Republic was a civilisation only in comparison to the Dark Ages. Even the most upstanding figure here engages in animal sacrifice, torture, public shagging and crucifixion.

Our heroes are the honourable Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and the loutish Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), two lowly soldiers who become entangled in Caesar’s rise and the fall of the Republic, while each has their own compelling story — Pullo’s puppyish love of a slave girl, and Lucius’ hesitant attempt to build a marriage with a wife he’s not seen in years.

The historical figures are superbly drawn — Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) as a ruthless politician of Machiavellian skill and towering ego, Marc Antony (James Purefoy) an opportunist playboy, and Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) a blunderer whose best days are behind him.

Another break from tradition is the strong showing by the women and children, in particular teen prodigy and future Emperor Octavian (Max Pirkis), and scheming rivals Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) and Atia (Polly Walker) — not standing demurely on the sidelines, but wading into the blood, sex and stomach-churning Roman medicine.

This is the longer HBO cut of the series, with more detail and context. The extra scene-setting is a useful reminder without slowing the pace much — an improvement on the broadcast version. Not as good-looking as Gladiator, perhaps, but richer in (reasonably accurate) history and texture.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara


Extras

Rome: Season 1 Rome: Season 1
Released: 24 July 2006
An onscreen pop-up option displaying historical factoids, and cast and crew commentaries over eight episodes. Featurettes provide introductions to the characters, behind-the-scenes access, and two scene-dissecting ‘making of’s.

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Posted by sugarwuzhere at 18:24, 06 October 2010 | Report This Post


The Best TV Series In A Long While.

I remember my sister and mum watching it on the BBC, telling me it's good and qutie brutal. So I got the boxset and watched it all the way through with a opened mouth and shocks amore. The perfomances are strong, Ray Stevenson is hot and very talented as Titus Pullo, he can show real emotion and be funny as well. The sets are unbelieveable, this should get awards for effort and brilliant cast listing, I loved it though it can never be Gladiator but I don't care. If you haven't seen it, you bette... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:04, 24 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Rome: Season 1

very good series - four stars, check it out ! ... More

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Posted by Response at 11:43, 17 January 2008 | Report This Post


Rome

The TV series Rome ranges from extreme sex to bloody sequences of violence and animal sacrifice. Rome may seem a little slow and boring to some viewers but it takes a different angle of ancient Rome. This stands with The Sopranos as bieng one of the best Television dramas ever to be made. ... More

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Posted by solid snake at 20:59, 30 August 2007 | Report This Post


Historically accurate, well detailed characters and absorbing plotlines make this show very entertaining. More political intrigue, public sex and bloody hackfests than you can shake a stick at - not for the kids. ... More

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Posted by jomo999 at 13:52, 27 June 2007 | Report This Post


Historically accurate, well detailed characters and absorbing plotlines make this show very entertaining. More political intrigue, public sex and bloody hackfests than you can shake a stick at - not for the kids. ... More

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Posted by jomo999 at 13:52, 27 June 2007 | Report This Post


such meticulous detail is rare in a movie, let alone a whole series. accurate portayal of the rise of Caesar, and rich, rounded characters all add to the magnificence. ... More

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Posted by cameraman at 15:15, 21 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Brilliant

Gets a little repetitive but that's about the only negative point in an otherwise extremely watchable show. ... More

Posted by Apollo Creed at 20:38, 25 February 2007 | Report This Post


Brilliant

Makes Gladiator look like Troy. ... More

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Posted by jcallan at 19:31, 13 February 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Rome dvd boxset

I was considering buying this when it was first released. However, after enjoying it the first time round i think the format would wear off on repeated viewings. To be honest it get's a little repetitive first time round. Better than most of BBC's recent output though. ... More

Posted by BobaJango at 15:53, 05 February 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Rome dvd boxset

I never saw any of this on tv for some reason but I really like the sound of it. Having been to Rome I have gained quite an interest about the place so I reckon this would be quite up my street. I love a good bit if violence and nudity! ... More

Posted by Dready at 21:19, 23 October 2006 | Report This Post


Rome dvd boxset

One of the best television series that caught my attention in recent years. With so much reality television on our screens, it was refreshing to get something like Rome on our stations. Although I admit it would not be everyones cup of tea, Rome would require a tough stomach from viewers for some parts of the series. Acting is good all round, with no outstanding actors take centre stage through the 12 part series, but there are none that are below par either. I thought the part of Caeser, which ... More

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Posted by mr_e2006 at 12:34, 18 August 2006 | Report This Post


Rome dvd boxset

One of the best television series that caught my attention in recent years. With so much reality television on our screens, it was refreshing to get something like Rome on our stations. Although I admit it would not be everyones cup of tea, Rome would require a tough stomach from viewers for some parts of the series. Acting is good all round, with no outstanding actors take centre stage through the 12 part series, but there are none that are below par either. I thought the part of Caeser, which ... More

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