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International Trailer. — of Sparta's best warriors Are no match for this year's biggest movies. International trailer shows even more non-PC clips from. This item:Meet The Spartans (Rated Edition) by Sean Maguire DVD $ . The main subject of mockery is , the visual-effects laden Greek warrior movie. Meet the Spartans, an exceedingly vulgar campy spoof of the swords-and- sandals bloodfest , did just that, topping the charts in its theatrical debut based primarily on word of mouth blasting the movie. Set-Top Trivia Game; Behind-The-Scenes; Tour The Set With Ike Barinholtz; Theatrical Trailers.
Pictures has great respect for Elliot, our longtime collaborator, and is pleased to have amicably resolved this matter. The official website was launched by Warner Bros. The "conceptual art" and Zack Snyder's production blog were the initial attractions of the site. In Januarythe studio launched a MySpace page for the film. A second trailer, which was attached to Apocalyptowas released in theaters on December 8, and online the day before.
Interactive Entertainment announced its intention to make a PlayStation Portable game, March to Glorybased on the film. Collision Studios worked with Warner Bros. On July 21,Warner Bros. This new Blu-ray Disc is encased in a page Digibook and includes all the extras from the original release as well as some new ones. These features include a Picture-in-Picture feature entitled The Complete A Comprehensive Immersion, which enables the viewer to view the film in three different perspectives.
This release also includes a digital copy. TNT agreed to a three-year deal instead of the more typical five-year deal. The Meltdown for the biggest opening weekend in the month of March and for a Spring release. Jurassic Park but higher than Transformers. Once you make a great movie, word can spread very quickly.
While it received a standing ovation at the public premiere,  it was panned at a press screening hours earlier, where many attendees left during the showing and those who remained booed at the end.
The site's critical consensus reads, "A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.
Scott of The New York Times describes as "about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid," while criticizing its color scheme and suggesting that its plot includes racist undertones; Scott also poked fun at the buffed bodies of the actors portraying the Spartans, declaring that the Persian characters are "pioneers in the art of face-piercing", but that the Spartans had access to "superior health clubs and electrolysis facilities". Comic Book Resources ' Mark Cronan found the film compelling, leaving him "with a feeling of power, from having been witness to something grand.
The historical consensus, both among ancient chroniclers and current scholars, was that Thermopylae was a clear Greek defeat; the Persian invasion would be pushed back in later ground and naval battles. The Spartans' use of the narrow terrain, in those particular circumstances, is a military tactic known as " defeat in detail ".
Paul CartledgeProfessor of Greek History at Cambridge Universityadvised the filmmakers on the pronunciation of Greek names, and said they "made good use" of his published work on Sparta. He praises the film for its portrayal of "the Spartans' heroic code", and of "the key role played by women in backing up, indeed reinforcing, the male martial code of heroic honour", while expressing reservations about its "'West' goodies vs 'East' baddies polarization".
He suggests that the film's moral universe would have seemed "as bizarre to ancient Greeks as it does to modern historians". He remarks that SimonidesAeschylusand Herodotus viewed Thermopylae as a battle against "Eastern centralism and collective serfdom", which opposed "the idea of the free citizen of an autonomous polis ". Some passages from the Classical authors AeschylusDiodorusHerodotus and Plutarch are split over the movie to give it an authentic flavor.
Aeschylus becomes a major source when the battle with the "monstrous human herd" of the Persians is narrated in the film.
Diodorus' statement about Greek valor to preserve their liberty is inserted in the film, but his mention of Persian valor is omitted. Herodotus' fanciful numbers are used to populate the Persian army, and Plutarch's discussion of Greek women, specifically Spartan women, is inserted wrongly in the dialogue between the " misogynist " Persian ambassador and the Spartan king. Classical sources are certainly used, but exactly in all the wrong places, or quite naively.
The Athenians were fighting a sea battle during this. It's about the romanticizing of the Spartan 'ideal', a process that began even in ancient times, was promoted by the Romans, and has survived over time while less and less resembling the actual historical Sparta.
It's just in the visualization that it's crazy… I've shown this movie to world-class historians who have said it's amazing. They can't believe it's as accurate as it is. That's what I say when people say it's historically inaccurate". He also describes the film's narrator, Dilios, as "a guy who knows how not to wreck a good story with truth".
I took those chest plates and leather skirts off of them for a reason. I wanted these guys to move and I wanted 'em to look good. I knocked their helmets off a fair amount, partly so you can recognize who the characters are. Spartans, in full regalia, were almost indistinguishable except at a very close angle. Another liberty I took was, they all had plumes, but I only gave a plume to Leonidas, to make him stand out and identify him as a king. I was looking for more an evocation than a history lesson.
The best result I can hope for is that if the movie excites someone, they'll go explore the histories themselves. Because the histories are endlessly fascinating. Kaveh Farrokh in a paper entitled "The Movie: Separating Fact from Fiction"  notes that the film falsely portrays "the Greco-Persian Wars in binary terms: He highlights three points regarding the contribution of the Achaemenid Empire to the creation of democracy and human rights.
This was the first time in history that a world power had guaranteed the survival of the Jewish people, religion, customs and culture. Snyder relates that there was "a huge sensitivity about East versus West with the studio.
The New York Post 's Kyle Smith wrote that the film would have pleased " Adolf 's boys,"  and Slate 's Dana Stevens compares the film to The Eternal Jew"as a textbook example of how race-baiting fantasy and nationalist myth can serve as an incitement to total war.
Newsday critic Gene Seymour, on the other hand, stated that such reactions are misguided, writing that "the movie's just too darned silly to withstand any ideological theorizing. They were the biggest slave owners in Greece.
But at the same time, Spartan women had an unusual level of rights. We do what we were trained to do Is doing what children do best. Your son starts the agoge next year. That is always a difficult time for a Spartan mother. Yes, it will be hard. You will speak before the council in two days' time. My husband does not have two days. Think of the two days as a gift. Theron wants what you control.
It's his voice you must silence. Make him your ally You are wise as you are kind. You should keep a better eye on him if he's to be king one day. Be unfortunate if anything were to happen to him. Or to his beautiful mother. Our Greek comrades are begging for a crack at the Persians, sire. I've got something I think they can handle. Tell Daxos that I want him The Persians are approaching.
Too small for an attack. If they assassinate me, all of Sparta goes to war. Pray they're that stupid. You must be Xerxes. Let us reason together. It would be a regrettable waste We've been sharing our culture with you all morning. Yours is a fascinating tribe.
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Even now you are defiant It isn't wise to stand against me, Leonidas. Imagine what a horrible fate awaits my enemies And I would die for any one of mine. You Greeks take pride in your logic. I suggest you employ it. Consider the beautiful land you so vigorously defend. Picture it reduced to ash at my whim. Consider the fate of your women. Clearly you don't know our women. I might as well have marched them up here, judging by what I've seen.
You have many slaves, Xerxes It won't be long before they fear my spears It's not the lash they fear But I am a generous god. I can make you rich beyond all measure. I will make you warlord of all Greece. You will carry my battle standard to the heart of Europa. O king of kings. Such an offer only a madman would refuse.
The idea of kneeling, it's You see, slaughtering all those men of yours has Well, it's left a nasty cramp in my leg There will be no glory in your sacrifice.
I will erase even the memory of Sparta from the histories. Every piece of Greek parchment shall be burned. Every Greek historian and every scribe shall have their eyes put out Why, uttering the very name of Sparta or Leonidas will be punishable by death.
The world will never know you existed at all. The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant. That few stood against many. And before this battle was over You fought well today Maybe if I'm injured, you'll be able to keep up with me. Perhaps I was so far ahead you couldn't see me. More likely offering your backside to the Thespians. Pile those Persians high. For unless I miss my guess They have served the dark will of Persian kings for years.
Frank Miller Movie vs. Spartans History - Battle of Thermopylae
Eyes as dark as night. Teeth filed to fangs.
The personal guard to King Xerxes himself. The Persian warrior elite. The deadliest fighting force in all of Asia: The god-king has betrayed a fatal flaw: Easy to taunt, easy to trick.
Before wounds and weariness have taken their toll Xerxes has taken the bait. We put their name to the test. Show the Spartans what we can do. They shout and curse They make a wondrous mess of things. Brave amateurs, they do their part.
They fail our king's test. And a man who fancies himself a god And our honored dead. Whom will Xerxes dare to send next? There's nothing that can stop us now!
Even the king allows himself to hope for more than glory. Such mad hope, but there it is: We can hold the Hot Gates. Those behind cry, "Forward! One hundred nations descend upon us, the armies of all Asia. Funneled into this narrow corridor, their numbers count for nothing. They fall by the hundreds. We send the severed bodies and the fragile hearts back to Xerxes' feet. King Xerxes is displeased with his generals.
Xerxes dispatches his monsters from half the world away. Not now, I'm a little busy. And upon seeing the headless body of his own young son He goes wild, blood-drunk. The captain's cries of pain at the loss of his son It takes three men to restrain him and bring him back to our own.
The day is ours. No songs are sung. Your gods were cruel to shape you so, friend Ephialtes. But I am kind. Everything you could ever desire I will grant you. For I am kind.
Embrace me as your king and as your god. Lead my soldiers to the hidden path that enters behind the cursed Spartans I want it all. And one more thing I want a uniform. Unlike the cruel Leonidas, who demanded that you stand Yes, but I did not ask you here for small talk, Theron. You can be sure of that. You never spared words with me. Can I offer you something? I'm sorry to disappoint you, it's only water. I'm told it's been arranged for you to go before the council.
I need your help in winning votes to send the army north to our king. I can see it, the two of us standing together. Our voices as one. But why would I want to do that? It proves you care for a king who right now fights for the very water we drink.
But this is politics, not war. Leonidas is an idealist. I know your kind too well. You send men to slaughter for your own gain. Your husband, our king, has taken of our finest to slaughter. He's broken our laws and left without the council's consent. You're as foolish as Leonidas if you think men don't have a price in this world. All men are not created equal. That's the Spartan code, my little queen.
I admire your passion. But don't think that you I own that chamber I could crush the life out of you right now. You will go before the council, but your words will fall on deaf ears. Leonidas will receive no reinforcements, and if he returns, without my help Do you love your Sparta? Your husband fights for his land and his love. What do you have to offer What does a realist want with his queen? I think you know.
This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I'm not your king. I trust that scratch hasn't made you useless? It's just an eye. The gods saw fit to grace me with a spare. Curses the gods and mourns alone. Undone, I tell you. Our hunchback traitor led Xerxes' lmmortals to the hidden goat path behind us. The Phocians you posted there were scattered without a fight.
By morning, the lmmortals will surround us. The Hot Gates will fall. Have you gone mad? There is no glory to be had now. Only retreat or surrender. Well, that's an easy choice for us, Arcadian. Go spread the word. Let every Greek assembled know the truth of this. Let each among them search his own soul.
And while you're at it, search your own. My men will leave with me. No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan law. And by Spartan law, we will stand and fight A new age has begun.
An age of freedom. And all will know that Spartans I have lived my entire life without regret until now. It's not that my son gave up his life for his country. It's just that I never told him that I loved him the most. That he stood by me with honor. That he was all that was best in me. My heart is broken for your loss.
I have filled my heart But, sire, I am fit and ready for battle. That you are, one of the finest. But you have another talent unlike any other Spartan. You will deliver my final orders to the council Tell them our story.
Make every Greek know what happened here. You'll have a grand tale to tell. A tale of victory. None that need be spoken. Only one looks back. Ready your breakfast and eat hearty May I give the floor now I stand before you not only as your queen. I come to you as a mother. I come to you as a wife. I come to you as a Spartan woman.
I come to you with great humility. I am not here to represent Leonidas. His actions speak louder than my words ever could. I am here for all those voices which cannot be heard. Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons. Three hundred families that bleed for our rights We are at war, gentlemen.
We must send the entire Spartan army to aid our king Send the army for the preservation of liberty. Send it for justice. Send it for law and order. Send it for reason.
But most importantly, send our army for hope.
Hope that a king and his men have not been wasted to the pages of history. That their courage bonds us together. That we are made stronger by their actions We must send them. But it doesn't change the fact that your husband has brought war upon us. Xerxes brought it forth The Persians will not stop This chamber needs no history lesson, my queen.
Then what is the lesson you would like to leave? Shall I begin to enumerate all of them? You speak of honor, duty and glory? But what of adultery?
She is a trickster in true form. Do not play with the members of this sacred chamber, my queen. Just hours ago, you offered yourself to me. Were I a weaker man, I would have her scent on me still. Did you not receive a similar payment, which you took Was he not, by your invitation, asked to come to the king's bedchamber?
The very bed where you attempted to negotiate with me so vigorously? A bribe of the flesh, gentlemen Words escape even the most cunning tongue Remove her from this chamber before she infects us further I am not your queen. Leonidas, my compliments and congratulations. You surely have turned calamity into victory. Despite your insufferable arrogance You will make a mighty ally. Think of your men.
Listen to your fellow Greek. He can attest to the divine one's generosity. Despite your several insults, despite your horrid blasphemies You fight for your lands.
You fight for Sparta. She will be wealthier and more powerful than ever before.
You fight for your kingship. You will be proclaimed warlord of all Greece Leonidas, your victory will be complete It's been more than 30 years since the wolf in the winter cold. And now, as then, it's not fear that grips him A heightened sense of things.
The seaborne breeze coolly kissing the sweat at his chest and neck. The steady breathing of the at his back Every one of them His helmet is stifling. His shield is heavy. May you live forever. His helmet was stifling.
It narrowed his vision, and he must see far. His shield was heavy. It threw him off balance The old ones say we Spartans are descended from Hercules himself. Bold Leonidas gives testament to our bloodline. His roar is long and loud. It's an honor to die at your side. It's an honor to have lived at yours.