Company: Columbia/TriStar.
Date: 16th October  2000.
Subject: Gladiator December Release.


The Ultimate DVD Double Disc Hits Shelves at the Height of Christmas Shopping – A Colloseum of Special Effects with Dolby Digital and DTS Audio Tracks


“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

Gladiator, the almighty Australian box office epic of the year hits DVD in full blood-curdling glory. Described as the most incredible film that renowned director, Ridley Scott, has ever made; it’s star is to Australia even more magnanimous – the heroic Russell Crowe.

Such is the technological wizardry and astonishing special effects of this film, with its exhilarating battle spectacles on an extraordinary scale, Gladiator absolutely begs for DVD’s widescreen, supreme surround sound and pure picture quality.

The critically acclaimed action-packed epic that revives the passion and glory of Rome through its groundbreaking technological mastery is utterly perfect for DVD.  In celebration of this Columbia TriStar is releasing Gladiator as a Deluxe Two Disc DVD set with more than nine hours of spectacular digital features.

The Gladiator DVD is designed as the ultimate collector’s item - its special features are astronomical. Gladiator’s battle scene effects were acclaimed the world over; it was therefore imperative that the DVD offer viewers the chance to fully understand exactly how they were created. A 50-minute documentary on the ‘The Bloodsport of a Gladiator’; 25 minutes on ‘The Making of Gladiator’; ‘The Treasure Chest’ a video montage of deleted footage; and deleted scenes are just a sample of the hours of effects these two little discs hold – let alone the DVD experience of simply watching the film in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS sound.

As famous as the dramatic effects is the eminent cast and director of Gladiator and this DVD gives a rare insight in to the brilliance of their minds; an audio-commentary with the crew and Ridley Scott, interview with Hans Zimmer and talent profiles.

The battle through the extra features on the Gladiator DVD doesn’t end there; also featured on the disc is Spencer Treat Clark’s (Lucius) Production Journal: 100 pages of photos and journal entries, storyboard comparisons from the original concept through to the completed scene, an extensive photo gallery with awesome shots from the battle scenes, production notes and the original movie trailer.

Follow Scott’s mind and take yourself on a journey of a lifetime with the DVD of the millennium - through “what may have been the most important period of the last 2000 years, if not in all recorded history: the apex and the beginning of the decline of the greatest military and political power the world has ever known”.

Gladiator Deluxe Collector’s Edition is a two-disc set and will be available from all major retail outlets from December 6, 2000.