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VENGEANCE is the follow up to the popular cable series
SPARTACUS’ first season epic, BLOOD & SAND and the prequel, GODS OF THE
ARENA. Unfortunately after the first
season aired, the character of Spartacus himself, played brilliantly by relative
newcomer Andy Whitfield, developed cancer and had to take an immediate hiatus
from the show. To buy Andy some much
needed recovery time Starz went forth with GODS OF THE ARENA, a six-part
prequel that was designed to push back the second season production with hopes
that Andy would heal and rejoin the cast.
Sadly Andy announced the he was officially dropping out of the second
season and shortly thereafter, passed away. The role of Spartacus was then
bestowed upon Aussie actor Liam McIntyre.
The big hook of the
SPARTACUS series for Fango fans is the endless bloodshed, and SPARTACUS:
VENGEANCE is no exception. It immediately picks up after the nail-biting cliff
hanger of season one, the gladiator raid on the House of Batiatus and his Ludus. Spartacus, Crixus, fellow gladiators and
freed slaves continue to pursue Gaius Claudius Glaber (played sinisterly by
Craig Parker from LOTR: THE TWO TOWERS) all across Rome in pursuit of vengeance
for lost loved ones and the freeing of other slaves. In typical gladiator fashion, much blood is
spilled and many lives are lost.
The season explodes in a climatic showdown as Gaius and his
Centurions wage a ruthless campaign against the rag tag band of gladiators,
barbarians and freed slaves lead by Spartacus, Crixus, Gannicus and their old
mentor Doctore wonderfully essayed by
Peter Mensah (TRUE BLOOD: SEASON 5).
Also in the mix is manipulating and calculating Lucretia (Lucy Lawless)
who plots and schemes within the shadows; her allegiances are to herself and
she plays those in her way like pawns in a game of chess. With more fluids...
Like BLOOD AND SAND and GODS OF THE ARENA, VENGEANCE is
explosive, indeed gruesome and sexually charged fun; a smorgasbord of
debauchery and mayhem. The Blu-ray and
DVD versions of season two offer up more of the same decadence. Both versions are packed with an arsenal of
bonus features, enough to make any fan of the series salivate like rabid arena
spectator. This includes incredible features like “The Making Of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE,”
“Behind The Camera: Directing The Rebellion,” “On Set With Liam McIntyre,” as
well as bloopers, “The Legend Of Spartacus,” “Burning Down The House: The VFX
Of Episode 205” and so much more. There
are slight differences between the Blu-ray and DVD versions...Blu-ray delivers
the 1080p grandeur and exclusive audio commentaries and extended episodes not
featured on the DVD edition. The DVD has
an exclusive DVD-ROM featuring Chapter One of the new book SPARTACUS: SWORDS
AND ASHES. Both sets are thorough in scope and a necessity for any worthy fan.
Want more bloody, erotic SPARTACUS fun? Check back with
FANGO for future web and print
interviews with the cast and the hard working VFX team as they, um,
slave away on season three’s installment SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED coming
January 2013. Stay tuned…
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