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Uniform Title Spartacus (Motion picture : 1960)
Title Spartacus [videorecording] / Universal International ; Bryna Productions, Inc. presents ; screenplay by Dalton Trumbo ; produced by Edward Lewis ; directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Publication Info. [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2001]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library DVD    SPA    DUE 07-30-19
 PAS Central Library DVD    SPA    Available
Description 2 videodiscs (196 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Physical Medium 4 3/4 in. stamping rda
Description NTSC rda
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Series Criterion collection ; 105
Criterion collection ; 105.
System Details DVD, widescreen (2.2:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround (disc 1 only), Dolby digital surround (disc 1 only), Dolby digital stereo (disc 2 only), Dolby digital mono (disc 2 only).
Language In English; optional English SDH (Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing).
Cast Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis.
Credits Director of photography, Russell Metty ; editor, Robert Lawrence ; music, Alex North ; restored by Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz.
Note Based on the novel: Spartacus / by Howard Fast.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1960.
Summary A dramatized account of the slave uprising led by laborer-turned-gladiator Spartacus, against the combined forces of the late Roman Republic. After escaping from a gladiator training ground, Spartacus convinces his fellow escapees to join him in an attempt to free all Roman slaves, and becomes the head of a massive revolt that threatens to overwhelm the power of Rome.
Note Container insert includes production and release notes by film scholar Stephen Farber.
Special features (disc 1): optional audio commentaries by Kirk Douglas, Peter Ustinov, Howard Fast, Edward Lewis, Robert A. Harris, Saul Bass; optional audio commentary and scene analysis from the notes of Dalton Trumbo as read by Michael McConnohie; additional Alex North score compositions and notes; restoration demonstration (3 min.).
Audience MPAA rating: PG-13.
Note Special features (disc 2): Deleted scenes and script text (8 min.); behind-the-scenes "gladiatorial school" footage (5 min.); "Spartacus via newsreel" footage (5 min.); Jean Simmons promotional tv interview (4 min.); Peter Ustinov promotional tv interview (3 min.); 1992 video interview with Peter Ustinov (25 min.); "The Hollywood ten" documentary (1950, 15 min.); "Spartacus and the blacklist" historical notes; "Dalton Trumbo" biographical notes; "American Legion letter" text protesting the film; "MPAA responds" text of MPAA script review; "Saul Bass storyboards" gallery; production stills gallery; lobby cards gallery; posters and print ads gallery; Dell promotional comic book; original theatrical trailer (3 min.); "Kubrick and Spartacus" career notes and gallery; Stanley Kubrick production sketches.
Awards Academy Award winner, 1961: Best Supporting Actor (Peter Ustinov) ; Best Art Direction, Color (Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom ; Set Decoration: Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron) ; Best Cinematography, Color (Russell Metty) ; Best Costume Design, Color (Valles, Bill Thomas)
Contents Disc 1: 1991 fully restored version ; audio commentaries by Kirk Douglas, Peter Ustinov, Howard Fast, Edward Lewis, Robert A. Harris, Saul Bass ; scene analysis by Dalton Trumbo ; additional Alex North score compositions ; restoration demonstration -- Disc 2: Rare deleted scenes ; vintage newsreel footage ; 1960 promotional interviews with Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov ; 1992 video interview with Peter Ustinov ; behind-the-scenes "gladiatorial school" footage ; the 1960 documentary The Hollywood ten, plus archival documents about the blacklist ; original storyboards by Saul Bass ; production stills ; sketches by director Stanley Kubrick ; original theatrical trailer.
Access Performance rights: HOME: home use only.
Subject Spartacus, -71 B.C. -- Drama.
Fast, Howard, 1914-2003 -- Film adaptations.
Rome -- History -- Servile Wars, 135-71 B.C. -- Drama.
Revolutionaries -- Rome -- Drama.
Gladiators -- Rome -- Drama.
Genre/Form Biographical films.
Historical films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Kubrick, Stanley, film director.
Lewis, Edward (Motion picture producer), film producer.
Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976, screenwriter.
Douglas, Kirk, 1916- actor, film producer.
Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989, actor.
Simmons, Jean, 1929-2010, actor.
Laughton, Charles, 1899-1962, actor.
Ustinov, Peter, actor.
Gavin, John, 1931-2018, actor.
Curtis, Tony, 1925-2010, actor.
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Fast, Howard, 1914-2003. Spartacus.
Universal Pictures (Firm), presenter.
Bryna Productions, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Added Title Hollywood ten.
Hollywood 10.
ISBN 1559409150
Standard No. 715515011723
Music No. CC1568D Criterion Collection

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