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Gladiator: The R2 details are in...

Universal have announced the DVD details for the Region 2 release of Gladiator. Although somewhat overrated in the cinema, I think it's safe to say that the DVD will be on a lot of peoples shopping lists and thankfully it looks like it will be a bit of a corker!

The most exciting piece of news is that this DVD will be the first UK DTS film release - beating Pathé's Chicken Run by just two weeks! The DVD will be released on 21 November as a two-disc set retailing at a reasonable £24.99.

The picture is listed as being 1.85:1 in the press release, but this is likely to be an error and I think it's safe to assume we'll really be getting the full 2.35:1 transfer (UPDATE: Universal's PR people have confirmed that the transfer will in fact be 2.35:1). Of course it's anamorphic so no complaints there and as mentioned above the disc will feature a DTS soundtrack along with the usual Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

There is a good selection of extras and they look something like this:

An audio commentary by Ridley Scott, John Mathieson and Pietro Scalia
Gladiator Games - a 50 minute documentary on the gladiators of Ancient Rome
Making the Music for Gladiator
Making Of Gladiator Featurette
Story Board Comparisons
Production Journal with over 100 pages of photos and journal entries
Production Notes
Theatrical Trailers
Cast and Crew Biographies
20 minutes of Deleted Scenes
Photo Gallery

This is certainly one release I'm looking forward to and it looks like the Region 2 DVD may be slightly better than the Region 1 release in terms of extra features. See here for more on the Region 1 and 4 releases.

Colin Polonowski

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