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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Action Adventure
Reviewed In Issue 44 (Dec 2000) Of Widescreen Review®
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, David Schofield, John Shrapnel, Tomas Arana, Ralph Moeller, Spencer Treat Clark, David Hemings & Tommy Flanagan
Aging Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Harris) knows that his life is drawing to a close, and makes the decision to name his powerful and trusted general Maximus (Crowe) as his successor to rule the empire
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits stunning quality, with scenes shot with different stylized qualities. Some scenes are cold with monochromatic, harshly contrasted gradients of blues to pure blacks. Other scenes utilize rich golds for a warmer appearance. Contrast and shadow dilineation are nicely rendered, with excellent visula information in the darker scenes. Throughout the color scheme, hues are nicely balanced. Images are sharp, with fine facial, costume and background details. Other scenes are somewhat
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