The Criterion Collection, 2001.
First Printing. Set of 2 DVDs.
Spartacus, the genre-defining epic from director Stanley Kubrick and the first film to openly defy Hollywood’s blacklist, is the legendary tale of a bold gladiator (Kirk Douglas) who led a triumphant Roman slave revolt. The action-packed spectacle won four Academy Awards including Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Featuring a cast of screen legends – among them Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Jean Simmons, John Gavin and Tony Curtis - it is an inspirational account of man's struggle for freedom. Features on the double DVD collection include:
- 16X9 transfer of the 1991 fully restored Super Technorama version
- Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack
- Audio commentary by producer-actor Kirk Douglas, actor Peter Ustinov, novelist Howard Fast, producer Edward Lewis, restoration expert Robert A. Harris, and designer Saul Bass
- Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s scene-by-scene analysis
- Additional Alex North score compositions
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
- Restoration demonstration
- Rare deleted scenes
- Vintage newsreel footage
- 1960 promotional interviews with Jean Simmons and Peter Ustinov
- 1992 video interview with Peter Ustinov
- Behind-the-scenes “gladiatorial school” footage
- The 1960 documentary The Hollywood Ten, plus archival documents about the blacklist
- Original storyboards by Saul Bass
- Hundreds of production stills, lobby cards, posters, print ads, and a comic book
- Sketches by Director Stanley Kubrick
- Original theatrical trailer
2 DVD discs, 196 minutes, color, stereo, 2.2:1 aspect ratio. In case, with a folding booklet featuring an essay by Stephen Farber.
Previously owned and opened and in excellent condition.