Masada – The Complete Epic Mini-Series
- Actors: Peter O’Toole, Peter Strauss, Barbara Carrera, Alan Feinstein, Giulia Pagano
- Producers: Jennings Lang, Richard Irving
- Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: NR Not Rated
- Studio: Koch Vision
- DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
Editorial Reviews In first century A.D., Flavius Silva (Peter O’Toole), commander in RomanPalestine, leads his forces in combat against the remaining Jewish Zealots whohave taken refuge in the seemingly impregnable fortress of Masada. There, theengineering and military might of Rome faces the passion and ingenuity ofEleazar Ben Yair (Peter Strauss) and his people. Based on the novel “TheAntagonists” by Ernest K. Gann, this epic, 4-part mini-series was shot onlocation in Israel. “A victory? What have we won?” laments a breathtaking Peter O’Toole as theRoman warrior Flavius Silva. “We’ve won a rock in the middle of a wasteland,on the shores of a poisoned sea.” Thus does _Masada_, the epic 1981 miniseriesabout a horrific battle in ancient Palestine, echo the terrible toll of war ingeneral, and of the brutal conflicts in today’s Middle East in particular._Masada_, from the golden age of miniseries (_Roots_, _Shogun_), is atransportive viewing event–shot on location, and apparently no expensespared. The film retells (with some dramatic license) the true story of an uprising inPalestine of a ragtag band of Jews, in a fortress called Masada, who refuse tosurrender to the governing Romans. O’Toole, as Flavius Silva, is the brilliantcommander who, over the course of several years of trying, and failing, tobreach Masada, comes to regard the leader of his foes, Eleazar ben Yair (thecharismatic Peter Strauss), with a certain amount of respect and awe. If leftto Flavius, he might have simply leave the holdout fortress and return to theItaly he so longs for; but the Roman emperor demands victory–at any cost. The performances are uniformly crisp and believable; the direction by BorisSagal, economical; the screenplay, sharp and incisive. David Warner, who wonan Emmy for his performance, plays the brutal Roman henchman Falco withseething determination. The location shooting is nothing short of spectacular.There is sorrow in the story of _Masada_, but an uplifting message in theability of true believers to create their own destiny. _–A.T. Hurley_
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