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Quo Vadis [Blu-ray]
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"Welcome to Nero's House of Women" greets a concubine to a slave girl, Lygia (Deborah Kerr). Later this self-same greeter reveals that she, too, like Lygia, is really a fellow Christian neophyte. And it's that mixture of tawdry Hollywood sex and a strong Christian message that makes this film an enjoyable "gentiles and gladiators" flick. Marcus Vinicius returns home after conquering the Britons to find that Rome is infected with a crazy new sect called Christians and that his beloved emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov, roly-poly and wicked) has become increasingly wacky. Marcus tries his centurion wiles on Lygia, and she's smitten, but she's also a Christian convert and begs Marcus not to force her to choose between him and her god. The Christians have a tough go of it, with martyrdom in the Coliseum as punishment for belonging to the new religion in town. Though three hours long, director Mervyn LeRoy's film always has something going on. It could help you enjoyably kill any rainy Sunday afternoon. --Keith Simanton

Customer Reviews:

  • The Old Fashioned Way
    Watching an epic like QUO VADIS really makes you marvel at the sheer scale of such films -- and why, in that form -- they will never been seen again. GLADITOR, with it's CGI, would probably have cost five or six times as much had it been done with real sets and thousands of extras. The actual making of this movie is, in itself, an incredible epic of a film long delayed but when finally realized, a crowning achievement. Robert Taylor probably gives one of his best performances here along with Deborah Kerr (whom I've always loved since her films with Stewart Granger) and a really over the top performance by Peter Ustinov. A great edition and addition to any home video library! ...more info
  • Wonderful
    I recieved this item with the most prompt service ever. Thankyou so much. I waited a long time for this Movie.
    (\o/)\o/ angel hugz
    Pastor Kim
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  • Quo Vadis
    Excellant 1950's epic, loved the sets and actors were great. A classic worth collecting as computer generated movies today just don't match the REAL casts of hundreds in a scene and the lavish costumes and sets used in these grand displays portrayed. Love the movie and hope others will enjoy who have never seen it....more info
  • A long time ago, before CGI....
    If you want to see what the film industry was capable of in the early 1950s, then forget the miscasting of Robert Taylor and concentrate on the superb performance by Sir Peter Ustinov. That, and the incredible score by Miklʫs Rʫzsa, alone make the price of this DVD worthwhile. Only in Ben-Hur did the maestro outdo himself, and many echos from Quo Vadis are present in the 1959 Wyler epic. The plot may be slightly inane and certain scenes are over-the-top, but the lush photography and superb music make it all worth your 175 minutes.
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  • The Old Fashioned Way
    Watching an epic like QUO VADIS really makes you marvel at the sheer scale of such films -- and why, in that form -- they will never been seen again. GLADITOR, with it's CGI, would probably have cost five or six times as much had it been done with real sets and thousands of extras. The actual making of this movie is, in itself, an incredible epic of a film long delayed but when finally realized, a crowning achievement. Robert Taylor probably gives one of his best performances here along with Deborah Kerr (whom I've always loved since her films with Stewart Granger) and a really over the top performance by Peter Ustinov. A great edition and addition to any home video library! ...more info
  • Quo Vadis
    The "Quo Vadis" film (i just finished watching it awhile ago) will help good student historical viewers on their Church history/ Roman history and it could challenge some spiritual and faith issues. This is one of the great film for all seasons. ...more info
  • robert taylor is the man
    my dads favourite epic, i watched it when i was very young and i was told that buddy baer is in it, he is lygias servant and protector, he is the brother of the great boxer max baer, peter ustinov is the greatest ever nero, robert taylor is just fantastic as a roman, this dvd has a great cover and is full of extras, get this classic now, lovely print and a great sunday afternoon movie, miss kerr is so sexy too, wow, going to watch this again now, thanks to my dad i got to see these at an early age, now i can relive my child hood all over again, buy, buy, dave flattop...more info
  • The french version
    Well I just received The french version of Quo Vadis.The Discs are the same as the American Version, but the two Folios of Glossy Pictures are Great. You get about 30 Pictures of Lobby pictures, Posters, behind the scenes, The Souvenier Program from the Road Show and the best is a cast posed picture on the Set. Why couldn't the American Version have done that....more info
  • Classic Beauty
    This is a magnificent film, a true work of art, profound, beautiful and pleasing in plot and content. I would rate this film as an all time masterpiece, certainly not to be missed. I would also note that this film embodies "legendary" acting, there would be no need for spectacle, as the acting and plot suffice, although it does contain a spectacle for the eyes....more info
  • classic collection
    Amazon has provided with many classics this is one of them.
    Not as the best but still rates high...more info
  • 'Quo Vadis' DVD Extras
    A little while ago today I just got the 2-disc DVD and gave it a quick look over. It's been a LONG wait. The agony is over. Now the pleasure begins!

    No need to say much about this epic masterpiece itself. Just DVD stuff here, quick & dirty.

    First off, Miklos Rozsa's Overture and Exit music are returned to their rightful places. They do not disappoint. Finally, things are intact. I am relieved that there are people at WB who care about such vital details and can make them happen.

    The 'Making Of' featurette is very welcome to fans like me, but even at about 45 minutes, it seems short. I would rather have seen more production clips and photos than seeing the faces of the interviewees, but they were all credible and respectful. I was delighted to see how much director Mervyn LeRoy was acknowledged and appreciated - at last. John Huston is one of the greats, but I agree that he would have been wrong for 'QV'. LeRoy, long underappreciated as a director, really pulled off a stupendous achievement, which is obvious. There should have been more info on producer Sam Zimbalist. No mention of cameramen Surtees and Skall, or much about the art direction, though there was a good bit about FX artist Peter Ellenshaw. Liz Taylor's cameo isn't mentioned, either. On the whole though, an excellent documentary on a subject where anything at all is welcome.

    Haven't heard F.X. Feeney's commentary during the picture yet, but in the documentary, he seems a decent pick.

    One of the points made was that with DeMille's 'Samson and Delilah', 'QV' launched the '50s-'60s epic film cycle. I would add Henry King's 'David and Bathsheba', also from '51, in the mix. Not as spectacular, but just as meaningful. And its score, by Alfred Newman, is just as important and influential as Rozsa's for 'QV'.

    The original trailers (2 of them) are classy and exciting, to say the least. MGM went all out. In the main trailer, the approach is almost scholarly. No trace of kitsch.

    I have always wondered why MGM never inserted an intermission. Approximately the final third is on Disc 2, so viewers can fake an intermission, (though without Rozsa accompaniment!). I read somewhere that because of the high resolution of the restoration, the coding takes up more DVD space, but it could be because there wasn't enough extra stuff to make a second disc indispensable, so they stretched it over two anyway.

    But what the heck - I'm just ecstatic to see this magnificent picture returned to glory, and that there are a lot of people who care about it. Thank you WB Home Video!

    Only tech reservation: the first sequences look a bit washed out, but maybe it's just my monitor. Have yet to mount it on TV.
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  • Wonderful
    I recieved this item with the most prompt service ever. Thankyou so much. I waited a long time for this Movie.
    (\o/)\o/ angel hugz
    Pastor Kim
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