Paramount Details 'Gladiator' Blu-ray Specs and Box Art

Posted Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM PDT by

Paramount says 'Gladiator' will make its way to Blu-ray in September.

The Academy Award-winning Russell Crowe epic will hit high-definition on September 1. Just like 'Braveheart,' 'Gladiator' will be part of Paramount's premium Blu-ray Sapphire Series line.

The 2-disc set will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and over two hours of new content including:

• Audio Commentary—Two separate commentaries accompany the original theatrical version and extended version of the film.

• The Scrolls of Knowledge—The original trivia track has been newly enhanced with focus points allowing viewers to access a series of new behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring key scenes and how they relate to the historical accuracy depicted in the film. The extended version of the film also includes a deleted scene marker.

• Visions from Elysium: Topic Marker—Viewers can tag moments of interest throughout either version of the film, allowing them to create “shopping lists” of topics to learn more about. Thanks to the Blu-ray player’s memory, the topics will automatically be loaded when Disc 2 is inserted, giving viewers immediate access to featurettes and galleries of interest.

• Strength and Honor: Creating The World of Gladiator—The definitive documentary on the origin, production and impact of the Oscar®-winning classic. The documentary includes an all-new Enhanced Viewing Mode allowing viewers access to additional interviews and behind-the-scenes material.

• The Making of Gladiator—HBO First Look special.

• Gladiator Games: The Roman Bloodsport—Learning Channel special.

• Hans Zimmer: Scoring Gladiator—An exploration of the rousing soundtrack.

• My Gladiator Journal—Personal diary of the young actor who played Lucius.

• Image & Design—Featurettes and galleries covering the production design, storyboards, costumes and more.

• Abandoned Sequences & Deleted Scenes.

• VFX Explorations: Germania & Rome—Shot deconstruction with the visual effects artists.

We also have a preview of the cover art for the release:

Suggested list price has been set at $39.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'Gladiator' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under September 1.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Gladiator (Blu-ray)
Braveheart (Blu-ray)
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