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This box set contains both series of HBO's semi-fictional portrayal of the events between 52BC to 30BC in Rome. The series mainly follows the events surrounding two soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo. Theses two soldiers were part of the 13th legion (although the 11th in reality) we follow their stories as they end their tour in the army and try and transition back into civilian life and then to politics. The casting of these two characters couldn't be better they have the chemistry of friends and they drive along the series with their witty banter with one another.
The other darker side to Rome is the battle for the leadership of Rome. This starts out between Gaius Julius Cæsar and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus then Marcus Junius Brutus representing the senate and Gaius Octavianus but the most entertaining was Gaius Octavianus and Mark Antony.
The best part of Rome isn't the drama or the action it's the offbeat comedy that comes out of nowhere. These comedy moments come from a lot of the characters but some of the most memorable come at the hand of Mark Antony and Atia of the Julii.
The blu-ray version suites this series as it has some very strong visual moments and seeing them in HD does it a bit more justice than the DVD version. It also comes with a multitude of extras including: History based featurettes teaching you everything you could possibly want to know about Rome and also help you point out the inaccuracies in the TV show. Another group of featurettes about the production of the show and an interactive feature showing who's related to who. Also on the disc is a million (well a lot) commentaries to listen to.