Spartacus, Gods of the Arena

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DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Spartacus, Gods of the Arena
The House of Batiatus has towered above the city of Capua for many years. Explore its deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he carried with him.

Publisher: [Beverly Hills, CA] : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2011]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (335 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 19, 2015

For the simple minded obviously, hated this tremendously. How could anyone stand to be near any of these people is beyond speaking about, the stench would knock you down! It never ceases to amaze me how when someone is killed on our streets here in America, or in their homes, etc., people are primed to stand against such violence and put the criminal in jail, yet Americans have no qualms watching this violence in the movies, on television or on the video games they play. Americans have become desensitized by what is in front of them, and apathetic to it.

Apr 13, 2014
  • Bimz_78 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good T.V series....From HBO....Wicked gruesome fighting scenes and sex ones of course....Lucy Lawless is supurb and plays a great diabolical wife who stands by her man.......great actors in all........

Jul 29, 2013
  • jurban1983 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Feb 13, 2013
  • astrocreepy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great prequel! If you have seen Spartacus you know what you are getting if not heed the R rating. Lucy Lawless is amazing as always & John Hanna steals every scene. The House of Batatius rules.

Feb 03, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Spartacus, Gods of the Arena is a prequel to the Spartacus seasons one and two. Before Spartacus arrived at the House of Batiatus there was a power struggle between father and son. There was also plenty of bad blood among the gladiators that trained there. The six episodes chronicle the events that brought the House of Batiatus to greater glory in Capua. The series is full of blood and guts as well as graphic sex scenes.

Jul 11, 2012
  • Basileus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This season is actually better than the first one. Maybe because I know not to expect a classic and just accept it for what it is. The series is basically a graphic novel. The violence, while bloody, is cartoonish. Lot's of nudity and sex. The plotline isn't that bad, which is the same as last seasons (Batatius wants the best gladiator to be the best lanista in Capua), but without the overshadowing dread of the upcoming revolt by Spartacus. One good thing about this series is the proction designer did a great job of creating a roman city as it really was and not how we imagine it: dangerous and very dirty. Even the rich seem to have a coat of grime on them. Not for everyone but some will enjoy it.

Jun 02, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Too much sex, cursing and blood, too little good acting!

Feb 21, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked it as much as Season One ,..which I loved ! And I only wish the six-episode series had been longer.
( However, history buffs should beware that this T.V. series is entertainment for OUR modern sensibilities. Many Roman men indentured themselves into this 'sport' as a free career choice. And 90 % of all the combats did NOT result in death, because that would have been too expensive. And sex was more commonly accepted, and not such a big voyeristic deal ! )

Feb 03, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Like the second season, this is one of the most violent, bloody and sexually charged I have ever watched—and inaccurate. There is the way they portray blood spraying from wounds, when in reality it would come out in pulsating streams—due to that thing called “the heart,” that THROBS inside us! What about that public bathroom opened to the street? In fact they had doors! The bedrooms in the movie were also amusing; Roman cubiculae were generally quite small and most didn’t have windows. As for gladiators, they did not commonly fight to death. They were a commodity and as such, cared for and even paid. Yes, the new recruits might be kept in shackles, but that until they started fighting. Some gladiators, like our modern pop stars, were very popular and pampered. They had access to a medici (doctor) and their wounds very well tended. The doctor (trainer) was specialized and only trained one modality, so the movie, again, failed to correctly portray it. And, hey, what of Spartacus—after all, the series was named after him, right? This little known character in History, doesn’t even have his name mentioned! Lots and lots of profanity and all kinds of sexual activities: rape, anal sex, bacchanalia, threesome, oral sex—a little bit for every twisted sexual taste! Though, I realize, the makers missed bestiality… Maybe this is something they are keeping for the next season? Well, animal lovers will have to wait and see. There is so much violence, sex, profanity and blood that if these scenes were removed, the series would be reduced to, say, 30% of its total.

Jan 23, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good and I would watch it again, but not as good as season one. Seemed to try to overcompensate for the loss of Spartacus with more gore and sex. Still top notch action and a decent enough plotline. The acting is pretty much on par with season one, but not as much a call for it. I did like the new character Gannicus, but this season just seemed to be lacking heart.

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Aug 22, 2013
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Feb 03, 2012
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Feb 03, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: All kinds.

Feb 03, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Extreme violence.

Feb 03, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of profanity.


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