Gladiator

(2000)

In the final days of Marcus Aurelius' reign, the aging emperor arouses his son Commodus' anger when he makes known his wish that Maximus be his successor. Power-hungry Commodus kills his father and orders the death of Maximus. But the latter flees and hides his identity by becoming slave and a gladiator. Eventually, Maximus journeys back to Rome to confront his arch-rival.

‘Gladiator’ Gets a Blu-ray Upgrade on September 1st

You can bring another Best Picture winner home in a new Blu-ray series this September. Gladiator will be released on Blu-ray on September 1, the second title to be released in the new Sapphire Series from Paramount Home Entertainment. We don't have pricing details yet, but take a look at the special features and cover art below. The film stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi and Djimon Hounsou.

In the final days of Marcus Aurelius' reign, the aging emperor arouses his son Commodus' anger when he makes known his wish that Maximus be his successor. Power-hungry Commodus kills his father and orders the death of Maximus. But the latter flees and hides his identity by becoming slave and a gladiator. Eventually, Maximus journeys back to Rome to confront his arch-rival.

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Gladiator II in the works?

Gladiator 2:E! Online has picked up rumblings about a potential story for the sequel to the epic Gladiator.A Chip off the Old Maximus: Gladiator 2, anyone? Word has it that the sequel to the Oscar-winning Roman Wrestlemania flick will pick up the story 20 years after the heroic death of Maximus (Russell Crowe). Director Ridley Scott will focus not on Crowe but on the current life of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and her son, Commodus' nephew Cassius (David Hemmings). Perhaps (I say perhaps), Cassius has decided to become a gladiator himself. There is talk the young man's career may be guided by the ever-present black Guy Friday, Djimon Hounsou, reprising his Gladiator role.

Will audiences really turn out for "seconds" without the star-power of Russel Crowe to light the way?

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