From 6 May 2008 HBO Video re-launches its epic drama of power, betrayal and romance at a credit crunch friendly price. ROME the award-winning co-production between HBO and the BBC will be available for a lower price and repackaged in a new slim case. This is a must-have purchase opportunity for all history enthusiasts and fans of historical dramas to add to their collections.A compelling blend of history, action, sex and drama, this is a no-expense-spared journey back in time to ancient ROME. A huge smash hit when originally broadcast, the series had 4 million viewers and can currently be seen on the Discovery Channel.ROME was created by John Milius, William Macdonald and Bruno Heller. The series was shot throughout Italy and boasts the largest standing film set in the world, comprising five acres of backlot and six soundstages at the world-famous Cinecittà Studios. The series features an all-star British and American line-up including James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Lindsay Duncan, Tobias Menzies, Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson and Lyndsey Marshal.Half a century before the dawn of Christianity, Rome has become the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people — epicentre of a sprawling empire. Founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, the Republic was created to prevent any one man from seizing absolute control. It is a society where soldiers can rise up from provincial commoners to become national heroes, even leaders of the Republic.But as the ruling class became extravagantly wealthy, the foundations have crumbled, eaten away by corruption and excess, and the old values of Spartan discipline and social unity have given way to a great chasm between the classes.A richly layered look at history and the building of an empire, 'Rome' sets the stage for modern politics — infighting, corruption, party lines and the struggle to define collective values. An intimate drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, and husbands and wives, 'Rome' chronicles the epic times that saw the fall of a Republic and the creation of an empire.Rome

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