New Release: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Blu-ray and DVD

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Dustin Clare goes Roman in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Starz original TV series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 13, 2011.

It’s about time, because we’re hungry for the over-the-top violence and sexual escapades — not to mention the drama and violence — that sold us on Starz’s wildly popular first go-round of the show, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

A prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Gods of the Arena consists of six episodes set in Ancient Rome and focusing on the House of Batiatus (the gladiator training school — a “family” business — located in Capua, a city in Southern Italy) as it rises in the glow of its infamous, blood-thirsty champion Gannicus (Dustin Clare, Underbelly). It’s during these times that a young Batiatus (John Hannah, The Mummy) and his calculating wife Lucretia (Lucy Lawless, TV’s Xena: Warrior Princess) scheme to overthrow the family patriarch and take control, ensuring that the school’s gladiators are in the highest demand.

Joining Spartacus: Blood and Sand’s returning stars Hannah, Lawless and Peter Mensah (300) are new cast members Clare, Jaime Murray (TV’s Dexter) and Marisa Ramirez (TV’s General Hospital).

The Blu-ray has a list price of $49.99 and the DVD at $39.98.

Both versions include these special features:

  • extended scenes
  • alternate endings
  • and “content too risque for cable TV” — Seriously?! What could be more risque than what was already shown?

Here’s the trailer, which offers a whole lot of the sex and violence we were talking about before:


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