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Spartacus (The Criterion Collection)

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  • Spartacus [Criterion Collection]

The Criterion Collection released Spartacus to DVD on April 24, 2001. Stanley Kubrick directed the film starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, and Jean Simmons.

‘Spartacus’ Criterion Synopsis

Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends—including Kirk Douglas as the indomitable gladiator that led a Roman slave revolt—in the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era. The assured acting, lush Technicolor cinematography, bold costumes, and visceral fight sequences won Spartacus four Oscars; the blend of politics and sexual suggestion scandalized audiences. Today Kubrick’s controversial classic, the first film to openly defy Hollywood’s blacklist, remains a landmark of cinematic artistry and history.

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Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET

  • Stunning new 16×9 transfer of the 1991 fully restored Super Technirama 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
  • 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
  • Additional Alex North score compositions
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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Universal Pictures released Spartacus on November 17, 1960. Stanley Kubrick directed the film starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, and Jean Simmons.

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