SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SANDSeries Starz' brutal, bloody, sex-drenched gladiator society looks even more gloriously savage on disc - especially Blu-ray, showcasing every bead of sweat (and the graphic-novel goal of juxtaposing human detail with computer-generated backgrounds).

Extras Nine backstage featurettes (great one about green screen filming), commentaries, while Blu-ray adds extended scenes, pop-up historical text ("Karl Marx called Spartacus his hero"), movie IQ online database.

List price $60 DVD / $80 Blu-ray, Starz


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