|Original title:||Spartacus: War of the Damned Season 3|
|Genre:||TV series, Adventure, Action|
|Direction:||Mark Beesley, Jesse Warn, John Fawcett u.a.|
|Production country:||USA 2013|
|Running time:||Ca. 524 Min|
|Rated:||From 18 years|
|Number of discs:||4|
|Languages:||German, English, French (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles:||Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Niederländisch|
|Picture format:||16:9 (1,78:1)|
|Bonus:||Features, Extended and Missed Scenes|
|Label:||Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment|
Content: The army of Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) is growing steadily and is slowly but surely becoming a serious threat to the Roman army. After Spartacus and his men have succeeded in driving away the troops of Cossinius (John Wraight) and Furius (Jared Turner), the commanders decide to get help from the powerful Senate member Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells). The wealthy man is to enrich the Roman troops by 10,000 men with his financial support. But Crassus, an ingenious and manipulative strategist, is not content with just making money available for the fight against Spartacus. He wants to be at the forefront when the slaves receive their just punishment. But Spartacus must not only fight against a new enemy, but also against the impending winter. Now we have to secure supplies and find a place to spend the winter. There is a difficult time ahead of Spartacus, Gannicus (Dustin Clare), Crixus (Manu Bennett) and their allies, a time when tensions within the Resistance fighters increase as the all-decisive battle approaches...
"Spartacus: War of the Damned", the third and final season of the successful TV interpretation of the Spartacus legend, offers an absolutely successful finale. Although the fate of the legendary slave and gladiator may be known to many, the makers succeeded in creating a really gripping tension towards the end. On the one hand this is due to the new opponent Marcus Crassus, who is not only ice-cold like many of his predecessors and who is literally dead for his goals. He is also a truly ingenious manipulator and strategist who always seems to be one step ahead of his opponents. This makes Crassus one of the most interesting and best villains of the whole series.
On the other hand, the high level of tension, but also the increasingly dense dramaturgy is due to the fact that the final battle is approaching with big steps and the cohesion within the insurgents is always put to the test. There are hardly any lengths in the last episodes and even the clichéd dialogues remain within absolutely tolerable limits. In addition there is the usual mixture of open-hearted portrayal of sex and excessive blood fountains, which gave the series an 18th release again in the last chapter - but this time in a completely uncut version. This complete package turns the finale of "Spartacus" into an extremely thrilling TV entertainment of the particularly bloody kind.
Additionally, the deliberately overstyled look, the not always particularly profound dialogues and the sometimes somewhat striking way of dealing with sex and violence do not necessarily make the series a great TV art. And even if in certain aspects, such as the reproduction of slave ships, emphasis was placed on authenticity, the viewer should not take historical accuracy so seriously. The bottom line is that "Spartacus: War of the Damned" wants one thing above all: good entertainment and a worthy farewell from the series for the fans. And they did a great job of it. And that's why the furious finale has a clear meaning again: Worth seeing!
Picture + sound: The DVD presents the series in first-class technical quality again in the final season. Thanks to the extremely good overall sharpness, the very clean image shows off even the smallest details perfectly, especially in the brighter moments. The colours (and especially the red) are powerful and the contrasts very well balanced. The sound is in a very lively Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which can convince with some very good surround effects, especially in the fights in the arena, and harmonious ambient noises. In addition, dialogues and music are well coordinated, which is why in the end there is also a deserved "very good" for the technical implementation.
Extras: On the fourth disc, this season again has some nice extras for fans of the series to offer. We start with a review of the first two seasons of the series (ca. 9:10 min.), followed by a look at the training the actors had to complete in order to be able to credibly deliver gladiators in ancient Rome (ca. 3:37 min.). We continue with a "bloody farewell" (ca. 2:43 min.) and a short documentary about the special effects of the last season (ca. 5:08 min.). A feature about the costumes and the sets (ca. 3:55 min.) and an interview with the creative minds behind the series (ca. 6:58 min.) are also still on the program. And last but not least there are ten extended and distant scenes (approx. 30:06 min.), which besides some longer dialogue sequences also have some additional violence and sex scenes to offer. Altogether a decent additional offer. Gut!
Fazit: "Spartacus: War of the Damned" is a more than worthy finale for this very special version of the classic story about the legendary gladiator and freedom fighter Spartacus. Also in the final episodes the blood flows literally and there is again a lot of sex, corruption, betrayal and big battles. And the makers also stick to the visual style in the swan song of the series. The result are ten extremely exciting, stirring and entertaining episodes, which are presented on DVD in very good quality. In addition, the box also offers some extras that could have been a bit more detailed, but which are still a great encore especially for fans. Altogether there is therefore for this unabridged relay box a quite clear: Absolutely recommendable!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp