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LAST STAND OF THE 300

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: 300 Spartans, The Colossal Persion Military, various other ancient people!
Director: David W. Padrusch
Video: 1:85:1 Widescreen Format
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Studio: A&E
Features: See Review
Length: 91 Minutes
Release Date: July 31, 2007

Film ***

Come take a walk with A&E through the legendary battle of Thermopylae and watch as 300 Spartans, some of the greatest fighters the world has ever known, take a stand against Xerxes the Great's mighty Persian army, which by the way numbered somewhere around 2.5 Million...YIKES!

The Spartans were led into battle by King Leonidas after he visited an Oracle at Delphi and was instructed to take his troops and move on out. 

Now despite how Hollywood might portray this historical event on the big screen, the Spartans were not totally alone in their fight against the Persians.  Along with King Leonidas' 300 tough as nails Spartans, there were 700 Thespians, and 6000 Greek allies that joined in the battle at Thermopylae.  However, no matter which way you cut it, the 700 Thespians and 6000 Greeks couldn't have stood for more than a day without the Spartans holding the line.

This DVD takes you behind the battle lines and into the heart of the action with battle simulations, and CGI recreations of events that historians say took place during this epic battle.

Something I learned, and that often gets pushed aside when the battle of Thermopylae comes up, is that a Naval battle that took place out on the high seas at the same time that Leonidas' troops were battling it out in that rugged mountain pass. 200 Athenian Naval ships under the guidance of their leader Themistocles, took on thousands of allied Persian ships during the first day of battle and prevailed much like the Spartans did at the pass of Thermopylae.

I have always thought that A&E has a unique talent for taking historical information and making if fun and exciting.  When I was in school, it would have never occurred to me that history could be fun, but A&E DVDs like this one bring history to life in a way that entertains and draws the viewer right into the past with a smile and a battle cry.

I could go on and on about this great battle and ruin it for you (well, for those of you like me who never took an interest in history until now), or I could tell you to pop in this DVD, and let history unfold right before your eyes.  Yeah, I like that second option best!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this DVD will undoubtedly triple that!  Grab your copy of Last Stand Of The 300 before it marches off the shelves!

Video ***

This DVD is presented in a very nice looking 1.85:1 Widescreen format.  The print was clean, and all colors were crisp and vivid.  The animated battle scenes and CGI Graphics were all especially nice looking.  The colors in the animated portion balanced well against the rest of the documentary (historical interviews included).

Audio **

Audio quality fluctuated a bit when flowing between spoken dialogue and battle scenes.  Find a level that you are comfortable with during one of the battle scenes and everything should work out fine.

Features (zero stars)

 

They Spartans and Persians were so busy fighting that they didn't have time to stop and provide commentary for extra features.

Summary:

The feature film 300 was absolutely spectacular when it comes to special effects, and rippling muscles!  However, when it comes to actual historical knowledge this documentary packs a bigger punch than anything the Greeks threw at the Persians!

Your education (and DVD collection) will be forever incomplete if you don't make your stand now, and grab Last Stand Of The 300 today!

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