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Spartacus: Blood and Sand

If there was ever one TV series I wish would be brought back, it has to be Rome. For the two short seasons it was on for, Rome was a masterpiece to watch with the most elaborate sets and costumes, bloody violence, bared breasts, and deceit around every corner. Unfortunately, extremely high production costs doomed a fantastic series that had so much history to tell.

I had flashbacks to that beloved series when I saw the trailer to the upcoming tales about a Roman gladiator who becomes the leader of a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Here’s the synopsis to Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Betrayed by his country. Beaten into slavery. Reborn as a warrior. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a graphic and visceral account of Rome’s most famous gladiator. When he’s separated from the love of his life, Spartacus is forced into the gruesome and bloodthirsty arena, where a grisly death is primetime entertainment. Spartacus must fight for survival, befriend his enemies and play politics in this new world of corruption, violence, sex and fame. He’ll be seduced by power and tormented by vengeance. But his passion will give him the strength to prevail over every obstacle, in this modern and uninhibited tale of death, honor and endurance.

Have a look at the rollicking trailer below and let us know what you think.

Spartacus is played by Australian actor, Andy Whitfield. Lucy Lawless (Battlestar Galactica) plays Lucretia, who along with her husband Batiatus (played by John Hannah), own the slave. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is set to premiere January 22nd, 2010 in the United States, and a second season has already been confirmed. No word if/when it will get to South Africa.

[thanks for the tip, MAVADO]

7 replies on “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”

looks like the coming together of the well written script rome and the ultra violence of 300. should be a cracker :D
you can definitely see the influence of sam raimi coming through :devil:

we will only get this next year (on dstv) most probably, which is a damn shame, because i know a lot people that will go out of their way to download this illegally… think i’ll wait till i can import the box set.

ROME was a masterpiece. My Sunday night staple (and I hardly watch one hour serials anymore) was ROME. I still wonder whether it was really a true reflection of Roman city life, but every cast member was on top of their game. Pity it was 2 seasons, but thankfully they ended it on a high and not written into the ground.

Rome was the business. It’s on my blu-ray wishlist, and the cheapest I can find it is at where the complete series comes to around R616 (including shipping). Pity it’s sold-out though. Locally, it’s set to cost over R1100.

@Macross: Lucy Lawless is fit and all but her gams look tragic (well at least they did in BSG). I hope they get covered up in Spartacus.

The few times I ordered from Amazon, I always got slapped with customs. I think even the tardiest of customs officials will notice the Amazon logo emblazoned all over the parcel.

From what I hear about BRFE on the PS3ZA forums, you can easily drop the dude a mail and ask him to let you know when the out-of-stock items become available again. The site dearly needs a wish-list feature.

If you’re fishing for a reason to get your lady friend watching this, word on the street is that full frontal made nudity is visible from episode #2.