You can see the conflict in his eyes, as Spartacus is forced to make many difficult decisions. First you had to believe that Liam was the new Spartacus, but truly, can anyone ever replace Andy Whitfield in that role? This set is sooo cool, I am waiting for the next season. Liam did not cut it for me. As Crixus and Spartacus disagree over the course of action to take, Rome continues to strike back, under the command of Crassus Simon Merrells. Of course the heavy use of the color red, when it comes to the stylized blood being thrown around, makes its presence quite clear as well, but fortunately the Blu-ray is set to handle these aspects and deliver a gorgeous picture overall. Gannicus is essentially playing the man who never wanted any part of a rebellion, but has it thrust upon him anyway, and Clare is undeniably charismatic throughout the season. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him.
The rear channels are alive with the sounds of battle. War of the Damned, however, doesn't so much rely on ever-new dramatic dynamics -- despite some new characters -- but rather the evolution of old ways through the inclusion of new faces and the updating of old challenges. It's a fitting and fast finale, one that doesn't necessarily push the envelope any further and often feels indistinguishable from previous seasons -- notably -- on a purely superficial level, but there's enough in the way of unexpected dramatic thrills and character moments to make War of the Damned a worthy final chapter in the blood-soaked and sex-filled story of Spartacus and his rebellion re-imagined for modern television. Spread of sounds across the front is good as well, with wide stereo panning and full, clear dialogue in the center channel. Along with McIntyre, the whole season is full of characters that play out in their own stories and arcs that are either carried over from previous seasons or new to the audience, but effective nonetheless.
This show just simply looks excellent. This season kept me and the family on edge and holds no mercy to any fan-favorites. Great Series and a welcome finale to the show. There are also instances where darker backgrounds harbor noticeably heavier amount of noise. This item is top quality just like its predecessors. The rest of the cast…what can I say…D-Y-N-A-M-I-T-E!!! Well, the same principle applies for the Spartacus series. That is a hell of a back story for this final season, dubbed War of the Damned.
With Crixus Manu Bennett , Gannicus Dustin Clare and Agron Dan Feuerriegel as his faithful generals, Spartacus seemed poised to strike at the Roman empire. That's not to say one should watch the show's fourth season to bone up yes, I laughed as I typed that on one's sociological outlook. The extras include audio commentaries on select episodes, extended versions of some episodes, and a host of behind the scenes featurettes. After all that went down onscreen…dammit the history books! While most of Rome fears even the very mention of his name, Marcus Licinius Crassus Simon Merrells isn't fazed. Knives and swords are accompanied with a metallic shiiiiiiing as they fly through the air for no other reason than that's what knives and swords do on film. Perhaps not quite as intense as earlier seasons, but there is plenty around and it is worked into the story a lot more in this final chapter.
As both sides attempt to win battles against each other and within their own people, can either side manage to actually claim victory in such a war of attrition? As expected, the show looks excellent here. As the season moves forward, we watch as Spartacus deals with his army, those closest to him, how he manages his surroundings and supplies against a much grander foe, and other difficulties. However, when the Blu-rays do get released there isn't many shows out there that are more enjoyable to binge-watch. With that said, I am not being hyperbolic at all when I saw that Spartacus may have one of the best series finale episodes ever. I did my best to give the series its due with these Blu-ray reviews.
It was always going to be a tough task to fill the shoes of Andy Whitfield, but this season really allowed McIntyre to embody the character to great effect. I saved the best for last! Performing the action seems more natural for McIntyre this time around as well. Updated daily and in real-time, we track all high-def disc news and release dates, and review the latest disc titles. It gloriously embraces every melodramatic twist and slo-mo foursome. This season retains the series' signatures, excess sex and gratuitous violence, but as always weaves together a rather compelling story of rebellion and the relationships forged, developed, and broken on both sides of the sword. September 4th, 2013 by Aaron Neuwirth Another season of Spartacus has been released on Blu-ray and once again Why So Blu is all over it! What little video noise is apparent looks almost like a natural layer of grain, not harsh and electronic. Remember just a several years ago how you knew it was Halloween season because there was a Saw film released theatrically that month of October? Everything looks really good, with the details, textures, and backgrounds all registering great on screen and matching the epic quality of the series as a whole.
The excess that lives in the script bleeds over into the sound design. This comes from a lot of places, but the main thing to keep in mind is that it can be difficult to tie up so many plot threads, have a fitting sign off for each character, and be satisfying for many. The rocky road of the series, in part due to the untimely death of original lead actor Andy Whitfield from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, perhaps helped it reach the pinnacle that is the final season. All screen captures should be regarded only as an approximation of the full capabilities of the Blu-ray format. As the slaves find their backs against the wall, just as they thought themselves safe and sheltered in a city by the sea they had taken control of, inner conflict between Spartacus and Crixus Manu Bennett , threatens to split the alliance of the newly-freed slaves into two factions, even as their victories against Rome keep mounting.
It's very clear and well defined throughout, with only the occasional softer-looking shot getting in the way of a regularly striking image. He continues serving as second-in-command and works as a compelling character, even after already reaching the full arc of his character in previous seasons. Sure, its dialogue is frustratingly devoid of pronouns and prepositions. War of the Damned is a great way for the series to send itself off. DeKnight's Spartacus television epic has endured significant trials on its way to fame and fortune in the arena of cable ratings, fueled by Internet banter, water cooler discussions, and a whole lot of envelope-pushing.