One of the all-time great TV epics of our lifetime comes to an end as Spartacus: War of the Damned comes to DVD and Blu-ray 29th April 2013. Also released the same day is The Spartacus Collection featuring all four epic series.
This final season of the most ambitious historical drama series ever made thrills with an unequalled blend of action and lust wielded by awe-inspiring characters in such ruthless fashion as to leave one riddled with suspense and excitement building to a climax that only Spartacus would dare deliver.
Stars Liam McIntyre (The Pacific), Manu Bennett (The Hobbit; 30 Days of Night), Peter Mensah (True Blood; 300), Dustin Clare (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena) and Anna Hutchinson (The Cabin in the Woods).
Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron, continue to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, Spartacus is more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic. Following Ashur’s death, Naevia and Crixus fight as one. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war with Rome.
The Roman Senate turns to Marcus Crassus, a wealthy, strategic politician, for aid. He respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistakes Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion. The epic conclusion of a legendary journey, Spartacus: War of the Damned will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before.
When this arrived I had not previously seen the series before hand but I instantly fell into the story and was dragged into the world of the Spartans. The costumes are all very true to the time and there are some great memorable scenes, a barrage of blood, guts and gore over-exaggerated even to give off that brutal massacred effect.
The story-line is superb with great in-depth plot and good strategy to how the series eventually plays out, one thing that did bother me slightly was the dialogue, the true to life swear words that wouldn’t of been around in those days with Spartans swearing like modern day troopers spoil it for me slightly, but at the same time gave it that unique edge and brought it into modern day times. It could be taken as a positive or a negative but after the first episode you get used to it.
The series also contains plenty of female nudity for which me personally was not complaining, it helped the story to flow and also kept a historical aspect of the series in tact.
My first viewing of Spartacus was a positive one, the battle scenes are superb, the acting plays along nicely and the storyline is ever evolving and you are constantly wanting to view episode after episode. I thoroughly recommend Spartacus series 3 for all seasoned veterans and newbies alike.