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Rome: 1st Season - d5-6/6

Director(s): Mikael Salomon, Alan Taylor

Theatrical Release: 2005

Cast: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kenneth Cranham, Lindsay Duncan, Ciaran Hinds

Genre(s): TV, Drama, war, Action, period piece, HBO

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Running Time: 120m.

A generously budgeted show jointly produced by HBO and the BBC, ROME takes viewers back to 52 BC for a chance to relive the reign of Julius Caesar. The first season revolves around the lives of two Roman soldiers, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), who win favor with Caesar (Ciaran Hinds) by defeating a mutinous plot from the devious Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham). This affords the two men a gateway into the lives of Rome's ruling classes, and so the season unfolds, with intricately woven plots, fine acting, and stunning recreations of the ancient city, to provide a thoroughly engrossing television show. Details have been painstakingly pored over to ensure accuracy, so both history buffs and viewers less versed in the ways of Caesar should find something to enjoy here. This release contains the entire first season of the show. (rottentomatoes.com)

Episode 11: The Spoils (Director: Mikael Salomon, Writer: Bruno Heller, Aired: 11/13/2005) - Vorenus sees to it that veteran soldiers receives severance on behalf of Caesar, and is then invited along with Niobe to one of Atia's parties. (tv.com)

Episode 12: Kalends of February (Director: Alan Taylor, Writer: Bruno Heller, Aired: 11/20/2005) - Pullo and Vorenus are now heroes in the eyes of the Roman rank and file because of their arena feats. This causes Caesar to bestow rewards to those he might normally punish. (tv.com)

Bonus Features:

+ "All Roads Lead to Rome" - interactive onscreen guide prepared by the series' historical consultant, Jonathan Stamp

+ "Shot x Shot: Gladiator" - A closer look at the thrilling Episode 11 fight sequence

+ "The Rise of Rome" - Behind-the-scenes featurette on sets, wardrobe, and actors' boot camp

+ "When in Rome" featurette on the culture of ancient Rome

+ Photo gallery with over 50 never-before-seen images.
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