|Starring:||Barbara Carrera, Peter O'Toole, Giulia Pagano, Anthony Quayle, Denis Quilley|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
Masada - Disc 1
|12 Disc 1|
Masada - Disc 2
|12 Disc 2|
|Run time:||6 hours 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Jan 2009|
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HorrendousBy a customer from Bangor , 23 Jan 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]my memory of this being on TV 28 years ago has definately faded. the background sound track is bl**dy awful and the picture quality is terrible. couldn last more than half an hour into it.
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Much better than expectedBy Gray2 (222 reviews) , 29 May 2013When the disk arrived I wasn't sure I was in the mood for something so serious, educational and historical. Plus, 'adventure' movies aren't really my thing. But this was great, and had a lot more to do with the characters and the war of wits than 'adventures' or fighting per se. This is the true, epic, story of the motley group of Jews, Essenes, etc. who set up camp on Masada while the Roman army tried to defeat them from below - and it's really brought to life here. It's divided into four parts (two per disk) each of about 90 minutes - and parts 2-4 each start with a helpful summary of the action so far, which (as it uses a voice-over) is often easier to follow than the story had been first time round! But in essence there's nothing complicated about the plot because there are only two 'sides'. It may seem obvious to 'support' the Jews because they're the underdogs, but the main actor Peter O'Toole plays the leader of the Romans, and his very reluctance to be part of this battle (and desire to get home to Europe!) means the viewer has some sympathy for him too. I was relieved that the characters all speak English - so no need to follow subtitles - and this didn't seem at all strange until the occasion when one character switched into American English (saying 'preesentation' for 'presentation') and when the rabbis switched into Shakespearean English to quote the Psalms! My final point: what great stirring music!!
Know the story first!By TheBlade (3 reviews) , 21 Apr 2011For me this was excellent as I had just returned from a trip to Masada. But for anyone who was less primed than I was it must seem never-ending
Romans v Jews in ancient IsraelBy MikeLaughton (113 reviews) from Oakham,England , 13 Apr 2011Great soundtrack with a rousing theme, this made for TV movie is similar to the Hollywood epics of the 1960s.
It tells the story of the legendary fortress of Masada where Jewish rebels took their own lives rather than be captured alive by the Romans.
Unfortunately a miscast Peter O'Toole looks a bit ridiculous with funny red breeches under his centurion's costume but otherwise the acting is top class.
The film is a bit over long. The story could have been told more effectively in a shorter running time but this is still a class act.
BARBARA CARRERA AT HER BESTBy a customer from TUNBRIDGE WELLS, ENGLAND , 09 Jan 2011Superbly well-written and compulsive historical drama set in Judea in 70 AD; featuring superb acting talent. As usual with these Roman Empire dramas the Romans are played by British actors and the heroines & heroes by (Jewish-)Americans; making the distinction between the antagonists at least vocally, if not visually, obvious; given the differing acting styles.
The writer has clearly done his research on this one and historians will love it as well as those looking for sheer entertainment. The wealth of period detail is fantastic and is truly well-integrated into the plotting; without making it feel like a dry-as-dust history lesson. There is even a good deal of subtle humor at the expense of both sides in this military campaign as their odd religious beliefs are gently ridiculed.
Where this mini-series really scores is in its astute political sense that has much to say about similar, present-day (2011) situations Afghanistan, Iraq & Somalia.
enjoyBy a customer from kent , 06 Jan 2011excellent -go there if you can