Prepare for some DVD brilliance in August!

HBO's chronicle of the fall of a republic and the rise of an empire comes to a close as the second and final season of Rome is released on DVD. The year is 44 B.C. and Julius Caesar has just been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar's demise, egos clash and a power struggle over the future of Rome begins to unfurl. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power by aligning himself with Atia, but comes to blows with her cunning son Octavian, who has been anointed in Caesar's will as his only son and heir. Meanwhile Titus Pullo attempts to help his friend Lucius Vorenus out of the darkness that has engulfed his being in the wake of personal tragedy. Once again, the fates of these two mismatched soldiers seem inexorably tied to the fate of Rome itself. Rome: The Complete Second Season, out on DVD from HBO Video on August 7, is a five-disc collector's set which brings ancient Rome to life in intensely personal terms, capturing the human drama behind the familiar textbook facts.

Rome: The Complete Second Season is packed with exciting bonus materials including:

- "All Roads Lead to Rome" - Interactive onscreen guide prepared by the series' co-producer/historical consultant Jonathan Stamp.

- "A Tale of 2 Romes" - Ancient Rome was two different cities for two different classes. See how the patricians and the plebs differed in all matters, from jobs to recreation to religion.

- "The Making of Rome, Season II" - Take a tour of the production of the epic series, from costumes to sets to special effects, plus a detailed look at the Battle of Philippi.

- "The Rise of Octavian: Rome's First Emperor" - The larger-than life story of the cunning boy who became the most powerful man in Rome.

- "Antony & Cleopatra" - A revealing look at one of the most famous love affairs of all time.

- Five Audio Commentaries:

1) Episode 1: Bruno Heller (co-creator/executive producer) and Jonathan Stamp (co-producer/historical consultant)

2) Episode 7: John Maybury (director, The Jacket) and Lindsay Duncan (Servilia)

3) Episode 8: Carl Franklin (director, Devil in a Blue Dress) and John Melfi (executive producer)

4) Episode 10: Bruno Heller (co-creator/executive producer) and Jonathan Stamp (co-producer/historical consultant)

Technical Specs:

- Rating: TVMA

- Runtime: Approx. 600 Minutes

Cinemark Movie Club
Evan Jacobs