The news about Andy Whitfield's health and having to pull out of season two was a big bummer and that it also casts a dark cloud over the future of the series isn't very cheery either. So it's not easy to work up a big "Woo hoo! Spartacus: Blood and Sand giveaway!"
This is made more annoying by the recent weekend's "non news" (but everyone following Ausiello's lead) of the show's producer saying that one of two things would happen: the show would either close down or they'd recast the lead.
Sadly, from the moment they announced Andy Whitfield wasn't participating in season two, those were always the only two options!
But with at least the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and who knows what else to come, season 1 should be celebrated regardless. I know there are a lot of Andy Whitfield and Lucy Lawless fans out there. But I really enjoyed the performance of John Hannah as Batiatus and of Viva Bianca as Ilythia.
Anyway, we're giving away one (sorry, only one) DVD or Blu-ray of Spartacus: Blood and Sand The Complete First Season. Only available to people in the United States, sorry international readers!
How to enter:
1. go to our Facebook page
2. if you haven't done so already, "like it"
3. type a wall message saying I am Spartacus! (example below)
I'll select one winner randomly. Contest ends next Sunday, October 3, 2010. Can't wait? You can buy on Amazon or at your local retailer already. Below is the press release with more info on the boxed set.
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT UNLEASHES
SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND
The Complete First Season
ON DVD AND BLU-RAY SEPTEMBER 21ST
Four-Disc Set Contains All 13 Episodes, Armored In
High-End Collectible Packaging and Armed With Bonus Features
Four Director's Cut Extended Episodes Blu-ray Exclusive
"A Bloody Good Time." - The Washington Post
Beverly Hills, CA; May 19, 2010 - "SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND," the monumental Starz Original series comes home when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the critical and audience smash as an heroic four-disc DVD and Blu-ray September 21st. SRP is $59.97 for the DVD, with $79.97 for the Blu-ray. Both the "SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - The Complete First Season" DVD and Blu-ray are clad in high-end collectible, book-style packaging.
Executive produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, "SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - The Complete First Season" on DVD and Blu-ray promises to take fans even deeper into the deadly brutality of gladiator games and the decadent machinations of Roman society with hours of bonus features delving behind the scenes into the making of a modern epic, including interviews and commentaries from the actors and filmmakers, augmented with rare production footage exploring the series' ground-breaking visual effects, production and costume design.
Enhanced digital effects have been added to several of the episodes, and as a Blu-ray exclusive, four episodes have been personally selected as "Directors' Cut Extended Episodes," featuring content too risqué, even for cable TV!
"SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND," the most highly anticipated original series in the history of Starz Entertainment, premiered on January 22, 2010 and was an instant hit with viewers and critics. The Miami Herald called it "compulsively watchable," while the Associated Press remarked that the series "grabs you with visual pizzazz." Entertainment Weekly declared it "the not-at-all guilty pleasure of the season," while US Weekly gave it "3.5 out of 4 stars." With a renowned international cast including John Hannah (the Mummy films), Peter Mensah (300), Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), Nick E. Tarabay ("Crash") and Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess"), and a star-making turn by UK-born and Australia-based Andy Whitfield in the title role, "SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND" literally re-wrote the book for television series.
"SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND" was inspired by the actual slave of the Roman Republic, who in 73 BC led a slave revolt that grew to more than 120,000 fighters. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus (Whitfield), a Thracian warrior captured by Romans, is enslaved into a gladiator training school owned by Batiatus (Hannah) and his wife Lucretia (Lawless). He is forced to fight daily for his life against deadly foes, under the brutal whip of trainer Doctore (Mensah). He is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test him and his masters.
Against all odds, Spartacus' rebellious instincts, his intense love for his wife Sura (Erin Cummings) and his powerful fighting skills drive him to win a series of near-impossible battles - setting in motion a revolution against the tyranny of Rome. To survive, he must become more than a man, more than a gladiator. He must become a legend.
The legions of "SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND" fans who have been anticipating the second season, were excited to learn earlier this month that Starz will air a six-part prequel in early 2011 that tells the story of the gladiator school before Spartacus arrives. It will focus on Batiatus and Lucretia, as well as some new characters that will be introduced.
The bonus features on "SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - The Complete First Season" are anything but spartan. Hours of featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, audio commentaries, interviews, and outtakes will get the "thumbs up" from the casual Thracian to the die-hard Roman!
DVD and Blu-ray bonus features:
- Gladiator Camp
- History Rewritten
- Make-up Effects
- The Hole
- and more!
- Audio Commentaries
- Episodes with Enhanced Digital Effects
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage
Exclusive Blu-ray bonus feature:
- Four "Directors' Cut Extended Episodes" personally selected by Executive Producer Rob Tapert
About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children's entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray formats. It is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of the theatrical titles from Overture Films. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.
About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz and Encore brands with approximately 17.1 million and 31.1 million subscribers, respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies and new original series every month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: LSTZA), a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.
SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - The Complete First Season DVD
Street Date: September 21, 2010
Run Time: 640 Minutes
Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: 5.1 Surround