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Blu-ray Review: 'Spartacus - The Complete Series'

9/23/2014 8:20am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'Spartacus - The Complete Series'
Ready to don sword and sandals for four seasons of hi-def glory? Then follow us as we dissect the new to Blu-ray thirty-nine episode set "Spartacus - The Complete Set" available now from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. We review the streets of Rome and beyond!

Title: "Spartacus - The Complete Series"

Grade: 4

Cast: Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Liam McIntyre

Director: Various

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 2173 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment



Grade: 4

The Show: Taking quite a large step forward...

5 TV Shows For Your 'Game Of Thrones' Withdrawal

7/9/2014 6:00pm EDT
5 TV Shows For Your 'Game Of Thrones' Withdrawal
Admit it, you have Game of Thrones withdrawal. It's OK, we're not judging you here at Starpulse, mainly because we're in the same boat! We miss Game of Thrones as much as you do, and the idea of waiting for season 5 when it airs sometime around April 2015, well, is tearing us up inside. After four years of investing our time, patience, love, hate and endless fan chatter about the characters of Game of Thrones, to have them snatched away from us yet again is genuinely cruel.

However, there is hope! While you may have to wait just under a year until you get your Game of Thrones fix, there ...

Andy Whitfield's Death United 'Spartacus' Cast, Who Want To 'Do Him Proud'

10/28/2011 5:00pm EDT
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The death of cancer-stricken actor Andy Whitfield inspired the cast and crew of "Spartacus: Vengeance" to "pull together" and "do him proud" as they filmed the second season of the gladiator series, according to his replacement Liam McIntyre.

McIntyre stepped into Whitfield's shoes earlier this year for the second season of the TV show after the "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" star was forced to quit the show to undergo treatment for cancer.

He lost his battle against non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in September and McIntyre admits everyone working on the series was devastated to hear of the Brit...

'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield, 39, Dies Of Cancer

9/12/2011 8:01am EDT
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Actor Andy Whitfield has died after losing his battle with cancer. He was 39.

The "Spartacus: Blood And Sand" star passed away at home in Sydney, Australia on Sunday after succumbing to non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, according to his manager Sam Maydew.

His devastated wife Vashti paid tribute to the star, calling him a "beautiful young warrior" who died on a "sunny Sydney morning" in the "arms of his loving wife."

The British-born actor moved Down Under in 1999 and was a virtual unknown when he landed the lead in the gladiator TV drama series, which became a huge hit.

He was preparing to shoot a...

Check Out 'Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena' On DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 13

9/11/2011 7:20am EDT
Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing the Starz original series "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 13.

In the "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" prequel, the House of Batiatus has towered above the city of Capua for many years. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" explores its deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he carried with him.

Loyalties will be tested, lives shattered, and battles waged.

Lucy Lawless Joining No Ordinary Family

1/28/2011 2:44pm EST
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Xena and Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Lucy Lawless has landed a recurring role on No Ordinary Family , TVLine reports.

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Q&A: Lucy Lawless Dishes On Sexy 'Spartacus' Scenes, Hurt 'Xena' Fans & More

1/28/2011 12:00pm EST
It’s been nearly a decade since 41-year-old actress Lucy Lawless starred as a leather-loving heroine, but that’s ancient history. After "Xena: Warrior Princess" came to an end in 2001, the New Zealand icon continued her adventures in Hollywood, doing everything from minor television roles to showing off her singing pipes on “Celebrity Duets.”

Fortunately, Lawless has made a triumphant comeback as Lucretia in Starz’s television series, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena." While Lawless did co-star in the previous "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" as the sinfully seductive wife of a gladiator trainer,...

Aussie Actor Liam McIntyre To Replace Andy Whitfield In 'Spartacus'

1/18/2011 9:06am EST
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Aussie actor Liam Mcintyre has been picked to replace cancer-stricken Andy Whitfield as the new TV "Spartacus."

Whitfield was forced to quit the sequel to the hit series "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" in September after learning his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned - just months after doctors gave him the all-clear in June.

TV executives initially considered calling off the show due to Whitfield's health setback, but then decided to recast the lead role of gladiator slave Spartacus.

"Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller was an early choice but now McIntyre has been announced as the new lead...

Lucy Lawless Hates Filming Sex Scenes

1/7/2011 8:37am EST
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Lucy Lawless recently talked about the full-frontal sex scenes in racy TV drama "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena."

She said, "It's miserable when you have to do a sex scene. Unless you're a porn star or unless you're jacked up on's impossible to do these things and feel good about it... but you are wearing a merkin...It's a pubic wig and somebody sits there and handknits, like, these little wigs, a hair bikini."

Lucy insists her husband has no problems with her full frontal nudity and explicit sex scenes because he's a producer of the show. She appears completely naked in man...

Lucy Lawless' Husband Encourages Her Racy 'Spartacus' Scenes

1/6/2011 9:55pm EST
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TV star Lucy Lawless insists her husband has no problems with her full frontal nudity and explicit sex scenes in racy drama Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena (The six-episode prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand) - because he's a producer of the show.

The former Xena: Warrior Princess star appears completely naked in many scenes as Roman socialite Lucretia, but her husband Robert Tapert just cheers her on.

She admits he even encourages her to disrobe and get on with it - rather than complain about her modesty.

Lawless tells Access Hollywood Live, "He's a funny guy... He just says, 'This is a ...

Starz May Replace Andy Whitfield In 'Spartacus' As He Undergoes Cancer Treatment

9/27/2010 11:36am EDT
Starz is exploring its option to recast the lead role in "Spartacus."

With star Andy Whitfield unexpectedly having to resume treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, sources say the network has begun talks with casting directors about possibly finding another actor to take over the show, THR's Live Feed reports.

Though the actor would most likely play Spartacus, another, much less likely, possibility involves re-shaping the series around a new central character. If no suitable candidate is found, Starz and producers may opt to delay or cancel production

The decision to audition other actors was...

Lucy Lawless Must Lose 10 Ugly Pounds For 'Naked-ish' Role In 'Spartacus'

7/23/2010 12:00pm EDT
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Lucy Lawless faces a race to lose 10 unwanted pounds in a week, so she can feel comfortable baring all on camera for the "Spartacus" prequel.

The New Zealand star was such a hit as scheming Lucretia in the TV epic that she and her onscreen husband John Hannah, who both died in a finale massacre, have been brought back to life for a short series, hastily created to allow "Spartacus" star Andy Whitfield to fully recover from a cancer battle.

But Lawless admits she over-indulged during a recent European vacation, and now she's looking for ways to lose the weight fast.

She says, "I went with...

New Zealanders Won't See Lucy Lawless Naked

7/23/2010 8:31am EDT
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Fans of voluptuous Lucy Lawless in the actress' native New Zealand have yet to see the star in all her glory because naked scenes in her hit TV epic "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" were censored in her homeland.

The "Xena: Warrior Princess" star stripped off for her first full-frontal scenes in the gritty ancient Rome saga, in which she played sex-loving high society schemer Lucretia.

But fans back home in New Zealand never got the chance to see their favorite daughter naked.

She says, "There's a PG version (in New Zealand)."

See more photos of Lucy here!

Characters On 'Spartacus' To Be Brought Back From The Dead

5/12/2010 8:38am EDT
John Hannah and Lucy Lawless have been brought back from the dead for a prequel to hit cable series "Spartacus: Blood And Sand."

The TV couple were slaughtered in the bloody finale to the ancient Roman drama, which aired last month, but they'll revive their scheming characters Batiatus and Lucretia in a six-episode prequel.

The project comes as the show's slave star Andy Whitfield battles cancer. The actor, who played the title character, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year.

See more photos of Lucy here!

Andy Whitfield Of 'Spartacus: Blood And Sand' Diagnosed With Cancer

3/10/2010 2:18pm EST
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"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" star Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with cancer. During a routine check-up before beginning work on the second season of the Starz show, a doctor noticed the first stages of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Since the cancer was found so early, both the actor and his doctors are confident they will be able to treat and beat the disease.

He says, "I'm receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me."

Production of the second season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" has since been put on hold.

Andy Whitfield Pict...