With the massive army of the Persian empire sweeping across the land, crushing all who oppose it, Spartan King Leonidas (Butler) assembles a defense rather than bow to the foreign Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). When his fearless lot of 300 Spartan soldiers fall to the hostile forces of King Xerxes, it prompts a reaction from the Greeks that will shape the concept of modern democracy. Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. (Stacey Pendry)
The highly stylized, anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD looks very similar to what I remember from its theatrical presentation, with a grainy, gritty look and a muted color palette. When looking at the picture, it is not in any way inspiring, which makes judging it difficult, since it was exactly the look the filmmakers were after. Still, I remembered much better detail. Minor source element artifacts appear from time to time. (Danny Richelieu)
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