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Starz set to spill Spartacus: Blood and Sand in January

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 5th 2009 11:01AM
Blood and Sand will have everyone saying, "I am Spartacus!"

Okay. No, I'm not. But if Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand is any good, it could reintroduce a new generation of fans to the legend of a slave taking on an empire. The original Stanley Kubrick-directed classic is an immortal part of entertainment history, but it's one of those films that you don't see on TV much in the age of DVDs.

According to a network release, Starz will premiere their take on Spartacus in 13 one-hour episodes kicking off Friday, January 22nd at 10 p.m. If you see previews for the series and get flashbacks to 300, you're not imagining things. It's clear the producers tapped into that stylized, graphic novel style for the show's visuals.

Shot in New Zealand, the show employs CGI, digital imaging tricks and other cinematic effects to sweeten the show's look.

Lucy Lawless (Xena, Battlestar Galactica) and John Hannah (The Mummy, Rebus) lead the costumed cast as muscled men grunt and slash their way through action-packed battle sequences.

My only problem with the upcoming series is its subtitle. Blood and Sand? It sounds like a rejected pitch for a Baywatch spinoff or a Monty Python spoof of Lawrence of Arabia. Still, they're going ahead with it.

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I want to see this, but I don't have Starz. I wonder if it'll be on Netflix Watch Instantly like their other stuff.

December 05 2009 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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