Ridley Scott directs this drama starring Joaquin Phoenix and Russell Crowe. After the death of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), Commodus (Phoenix) betrays the Emperor's beloved General Maximus (Crowe) and takes the throne for himself. Maximus is sold as a slave and then trained as a gladiator, keeping himself strong with thoughts of revenge. Eventually he is taken to the Colosseum, where he prepares to fight in a contest presided over by the corrupt Commodus. Will he suffer the ultimate humiliation and die for the entertainment of his enemy or will he survive the rigors of the arena and find a way of exacting his revenge?
Ridley Scott takes an age-old formula and utilises it remarkably well, enhancing but never over-doing it with digital effects that help raise the ruins of the Colosseum and capture the magnificence and casual brutality of the culture. This remastered Blu Ray looks and sounds brilliant and the second disc has enough features to keep any fan of the movie happy. This is a must own Blu Ray, recommended with a 9 out of 10