Sunday, January 24, 2010


So the long awaited historical series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" has premiered this weekend. Did you watch it? Did you like it? I hear it's a total gore fest, and should be called "Blood and Sex" :), instead. But it's visually really stunning and promises a lot of fun in front of TV.

Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand". Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.
Starring Australian actor, Andy Whitfield (McLeod's Daughters) as Spartacus, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Lucretia, John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and A Funeral) as Batiatus and Craig Parker (Lord of the Rings, Legend of the Seeker), this unique mix of live action, graphic novel effects and brutal battle sequences is set to make "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" an epic television event.


  1. Spartacus sounds like a great epic but I fear it will be quite of those movies I cring all the way through.

  2. ^ It's a new series, not a film.

    I watched the first episode off Netflix, they offer streaming on everything Starz airs. I can't say I was impressed, it's another Gladiator rip-off with mediocre acting and gobs of CGI. All the outside shots are bad CGI, all the bloody decapitations are horrible CGI. We'll see if it gets any better.

  3. yes, SPARTACUS is a new series, not a film. All new BEN HUR is awaiting us in a form of TV film, or a mini series, this Easter, as you've already read in HOLLYWOOD SPY.

    Yep, I heard that CGI for the outside sets isn't as good as expected.

  4. Haven't seen it. I still haven't seen Avatar. But don't hate me. I'll catch it tomorrow at the IMAX.

    Stephen Tremp

  5. Valja li? Jel gledao neko?

  6. yu, aman zaman, sto mu vukova sa Ontarija, otkud tebe??? :)

    We shall not hate you, Stephen, this time, but you will have to show us the tickets tomorrow when you come back from cinema ;)

  7. stoooooooooo
    nisam vise dobrodosao :P

  8. pa gorila na vratima te je vec zaboravila, pa se nadam da te nije propustio kroz svoje "nezne" ruke :))

    A sto se tice serije Lusi Loules se u nekoliko scena skida full naked, je l' ti to dovoljno? :)

  9. pa brinem ako je to sve sto imaju da ponude :)

  10. mislim, da nece biti losa serija, ako ne ocekujes previse. Ja jedino ocekujem super setove, kostime, puno golotinje i zanimljivu koreografiju fajt scena.

  11. Nisam bas video Lusi da se skida u ovoj seriji, iako joj to nije strano. Dez ju je mozda pobrkao sa jednom mnogo mladjom glumicom.

    I've just grazed through first episode. And I'm disappointed, even with my low expectations. This looks really cheap. Not necessarily cheap in production, but more in general sense. It's like someone (director, producers) put together all the things they (again, director and producers) liked, or thought would be cool, or something like that. Maybe they thought they were making an ultimate adult TV series? Or perhaps they just hoped to get good ratings with a show full of cheap thrills, and not much else. Either way, it doesn't matter. The end result is the same, horrific.
    I don't watch many of adult orientated TV shows (haven't seen Tudors). I've only seen True Blood in these recent years. But I know violence, swearing, nudity, and shady characters don't necessarily make a good adult TV series. There has to be something beyond those things. True Blood has it. Spartacus, on the other hand, can only dream of it.
    It's not all bad in this series. It has good photography (if you don't mind artificial background), good enough shots (both wide and close), nice costumes and make-up, and decent action choreography (if you are a slow-motion aficionado). Also, the thing I liked the most, some lovely scene transitions.
    Pity this series didn't stick to its strengths, but had to overdo everything. Too much adult stuff, too much artificial scenery (especially with outdoor and "nature" scenes), using SGI and special effects that you can't handle (amoung else, that horrible overhead shot of the arena)... The list goes on.
    The last straw was that final battle in the arena. That looked ridiculous by any standards. I should know, I've seen enough of low-grade action movies. That famous "rising from floor to win the match", and those buckets of red paint were laughable. It didn't even matter if it was a simple blunt strike to the head, or some massive dismemberment. The amount of spilled "blood" was incredible.
    Like I've said, I've seen some pretty bad action scenes, and now Spartacus can compete with the "best" of them.

  12. nijesam je pobrkao, skida se dok prica sa svojim muzem o politici ;)

    A i kasnije ima jedna scena u kojoj njih dvoje krecu u krevet na seks, ali pre toga u sobu ulaze dve devojke da ih pripreme tako sto jedna oralno zadovolji njega, a druga rukom zadovolji nju, pri cemu je Lusi pokrivena samo providnim muslinom.

  13. Bice da nisam dovoljno detaljno gledao prvu epizodu. Izvinjavam se. :)
    Medjutim, dovoljno sam video da mi se serija (nazalost) ne svidi.

    Nista zato, cekam sledecu sezonu True Blood, a mozda cu baciti pogled i na Bordzije kad ih budu snimili.
    Ali naravno pre svega, cekam Game of Thrones. Tu ce biti i kostima, i akcije, i spletki, a mozda i malo fantastike. Ne verujem da ce me ta serija razocarati. Jedino ako neki glumci budu drugaciji od onoga kakvim sam ih zamisljao u knjizi. To se nazalost nekad tesko moze izbeci.

  14. Oh, pa do BORDZIJA ima vise od godinu dana. Prvo TUDOROVI (doslo mi je da pobijem pola STINKA koji je seriju emitovao kao TJUDORS????? ) treba da se zavrse od aprila. GAME OF THRONES isto ide tek naredne godine. Ove godine imamo samo jos BENA HURA ali to je mini serija, koja ce ici za Uskrs na ABC ili tako nesto, nisam siguran ovako napamet.
    Ja sam zavrsio MERLINA drugi ciklus i CRANFORD REVISITED, pa cu sada SEEKERA drugi ciklus i SPARTAKA, a cekam i drugi ciklus BEING HUMAN.

  15. odgledao. Nisam skroz razocaran. Pilot se trudi da ga shvatimo ozbiljno i to mu je najveca mana. Svidja mi se vizuelni stil koji podseca na anime.

  16. Premijera je navodno razbila STARZove rekorde, jer je prvu epizodu odgledalo tacno milion ljudi u Americi, sto je veliki uspeh jer je u pitanju kablovski, pay-kanal :)