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USA drama 1960 color 196 min.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
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3 discs, catalog # CC1298L

Kubrick once said, "The feel of the experience is the important thing, not the ability to verbalize it." One of the few unquestioned masters still at work, Stanley Kubrick has put Criterion through its paces in six editions. A painstaking perfectionist, he has taught us as much about the feel of a great transfer--with his sense of cool precision and his obsession with technical detail--as he has taught audiences worldwide about their own fears, dreams, and desires.

"Cheers to Criterion for a three-disc Spartacus that earns the word definitive." -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Based on Howard Fast's historical novel of a Roman slave revolt and directed by Stanley Kubrick, this intelligent epic features spectacular sets and action sequences, as well as a very muscular Kirk Douglas in the title role. Other members of the star-studded cast include Peter Ustinov as a greedy slave dealer and Laurence Olivier as Crassus, the fascist nobleman who takes a fancy to Spartacus' slave girl lover.

Criterion's edition features:

  • Video interview with Academy Award winner Peter Ustinov
  • Commentary by producer/star Kirk Douglas, novelist Howard Fast, producer Edward Lewis, production designer Saul Bass, and film restorer Bob Harris
  • Bass' original storyboards and titles
  • Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's scene-by-scene analysis
  • Deleted scenes analysis
  • Additional musical compositions by Alex North
  • Newsreel footage of the film's premiere, archival interviews, and other illuminating memorabilia and documents
  • The original theatrical trailer

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