New Release: Rome Seasons 1 and 2 Blu-ray

Rome Season 1HBO‘s 2005 TV drama Rome returned to Blu-ray in individual season sets on June 7, 2011, through Warner Home Video.

The acclaimed television show, which aired for only two seasons, looks at the civilization 400 years after the founding of the Republic, when Rome was the wealthiest city in the world. Founded on the principles of shared power and personal competition, with no one man allowed to have absolute control, Rome was at a time when those foundations were crumbling from corruption and excess. The series’ drama follows two soldiers (Kevin McKidd of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy and Ray Stevenson of The Other Guys) who unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome.

A multiple award-winner, the historical show won four Emmy Awards its first year (for art direction, costumes, hairstyling and visual effects) and three in its second year (for art direction, cinematography and hairstyling). Rome also was nominated for two Golden Globes, for best drama TV series and the performance of Polly Walker (Clash of the Titans).

Rome was previously released on high-definition Blu-ray, but only as a Complete Series set.

The new Rome: The Complete First Season and Rome: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray sets carry five discs each and were priced at $69.98.

Here are the special features for season 1:

  • eight audio commentaries
  • “Bloodlines” interactive on-screen guide
  • “All Roads Lead to Rome” on-screen guide
  • “Shot x Shot: Gladiator” exploring the episode 11 fight sequence
  • “Shot x Shot: Caesar’s Trimph” detailing the filmming of episode 10’s triumph scene
  • “The Rise of Rome” behind-the-scenes featurette
  • “When in Rome” featurette about the culture of ancient Rome
  • and “Friends, Romans, Countrymen,” an introduction to the characters of Rome.

The second season has these extras:

  • five audio commentaries
  • “Bloodlines” interactive on-screen guide
  • “All Roads Lead to Rome” on-screen guide
  • “A Tale of Two Romes” about the contrasts in Roman society in season two
  • “Antony & Cleopatra” about the famous relationship, from the Parthian War to Cleopatra’s suicide
  • “The Rise of Octavian: Rome’s First Emperor” about how Augustus Caesar came to power
  • and a making-of featurette.

 

Buy or Rent Rome: The Complete First Season
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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.