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300 - Blu-ray DVD / action DVD review
300 Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham
Director: Zack Snyder   Studio: Warner
DVD release: 31 July 2007   Runtime: 116 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: Audio tracks (English - PCM 5.1 Surround, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; French - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround), Subtitles (English, French, Spanish), 1080p High Definition, Commentary, The 300 - Fact or Fiction?, Who Were the Spartans?: The Warriors of 300, Preparing for Battle: The Original Test Footage, Frank Miller Tapes, Making of 300, Making 300 in Images, Webisodes, Deleted Scenes: Introduction by Zack Snyder

Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, with direction and a script from Zack Snyder, 300 stars Gerard Butler (Timeline, Dear Frankie, The Phantom of the Opera) as King Leonidas, ruler of Sparta. Though some dramatic license is taken, the basic story is based on a true events that took place in August 480 BC in Greece at the battle of Thermopylae.

Leonidas and his personal army of three hundred Spartan solidiers take on the invading Persian army of King Xerxes, one million men strong. The intent of the Persians is to enslave the people of Greece and make them part of their empire. Against tremendous odds, Leonidas and his army show tremendous strength and fortitude as they fight valiantly against what seems a quick, certain death.

Forget about acting, or dialogue, or depth of character. This is a high-octane movie about an epic battle, and it doesn't pretend to be anything but that. Sure, there is a lot of barked-out dialogue and one-dimensional characters, but it's a visually stunning action movie filled with blood and gore. If that's what you're into, this delivers in spades.

The cinematography is what separates this from something like Gladiator. The hypersaturated look really accentuates the truth of this being a graphic novel brought to film. The score is effective in creating excitement as the scenes of brutality are shown in full bombast. Another feather in its cap is the flawless integration of CGI with live action. Overall, 300 is, if nothing else, a delicious visual treat. Rent it. Make some popcorn. Sit back, and enjoy.
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reviewed by Bobby Blades
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