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Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1

Studio: Private
Category:  Feature film , Foreign , Straight
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Flash's ratings for Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1:
Overall Rating 4.5 stars
Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1 overall rating 4.5 stars
Female Looks Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1 Female looks rating 5 stars
Male Looks Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1 Male looks rating 5 stars
Sex Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1 Sex rating 4 stars
Plot/Acting Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1 Plot/Acting rating 4.5 stars
Extras Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1 DVD Extras rating 5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Private Gold 54: Gladiator 1 A/V Quality rating 4.5 stars
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Reviewed by Flash  on  11/20/2002

The Private Gladiator

A disc review by Flash
Release Specs:

Distributor: Private (Gold)
Edition Details: Standard
MSRP: $39.95
DVD Release Date: August 2002

Movie Specs:

Genres: Feature Film, Foreign
A.K.A.: Gladiator, Gladiator 1, The Private Gladiator 1, The Private Gladiator: Episode 1
Run Time: 120 minutes
Rated: XXX
Release Year: 2002
Director: Antonio Adamo
Written by: Barbara Brown
Cast: Toni Ribas, Rita Faltoyano, Frank Gun, Mandy Bright, David Perry, Mike Foster, Nick Lang, Choky Ice, Petra Short, Barby, Tina, Tiffany, Diane, Lara, Pocahontas, Thsanka, Cindy, Dorothy, Tina Samperi, Steve Holmes, Alberto Rey, Bob Terminator, Claudio Villa, Diether Von Stein, Karl Ben, Tommaso Pampalini

      Disc Specs:

Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (dubbed), French 2.0 Stereo (dubbed), German 2.0 Stereo (dubbed), Spanish 2.0 Stereo (dubbed), Italian 2.0 Stereo (dubbed)
Subtitles: Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese, Polish
Video: Full Screen, 1.33:1
Video Format: NTSC
Regional Code: 0 (All)
Discs: 1 RSDL DVD 9 (SS, DL), 1 DVD 5 (SS, SL)
Special Features: Other Titles, Trailer, Teaser Trailer, Cast Profiles, Interview with Antonio Adamo, Storyboards, Blooper’s Reel, Set Design, The Empire of the Senses: The Making of Gladiator, Behind the Scenes, Gladiator 1 Photobook, Gladiator 2 Photobook, Gladiator 3 Photobook, Behind the Scenes Photobook

menu screen Synopsis:
Roman General Maximus (Toni Ribas) is enslaved by Commodus (Frank Gun) after his father Marcus Aurelius is murdered since he was going to proclaim Maximus, and not Commodus, was going to be named Caesar. Most of the film is told through flashbacks. Loosely follows the mainstream film Gladiator from Dreamworks.

The main audio track is an English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround dubbed track which is something I've been waiting for Private to use for quite a while. The sound on the track is full and rich although it barely, if ever, hit the .1 LFE. The music sounds great in the mix though. The dubbing used by Private on this disc is a true dubbed track, which is preferred by some but not by others. I'll go into more detail on this later. There are also dubbed 2.0 Stereo tracks for French, German, Spanish and Italian with subtitles for Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese and Polish.

screen shot The Private Gladiator is presented in the full screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1, which could be the original aspect ratio although Private often film their movies in a widescreen ratio of between 1.77:1 and 1.85:1 so the film might be cropped. The video quality, as we have come to expect from Private is great. The picture is crisp and clear with the colors perfectly balanced. There is a fine grain throughout the film, but it shouldn't bother any viewer unless they have an incredibly large television. In some scenes the image is soft, but that appears to have been done on purpose to indicate a flashback. There are no artifacts or video glitches anywhere to be found on the print.

Special Features:
Private has loaded this set with extras.  On disc one, the only extra is also the only one that doesn’t relate to the feature film, which are the trailers for Lust Treasures 6, Anal Intruders, Sex in a Frame, Sticky and Triple X Files 12.

screen shot On disc two is where all the fun begins. Up first we have the English language trailer for The Private Gladiator series which makes the film look like a mainstream film release and the English language teaser trailer. There is the Empire of the Senses: The Making of Gladiator which is an in depth making of the film feature that is available in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. There is another Behind the Scenes feature which delves into different aspects of the making of the film.

There is an english-subtitled interview with Antonio Adamo where he talks about how he made the film. There is a blooper reel which contains flubs, fuck-ups and fun. There is a feature called set design that contains rough sketch drawings on the pre-production set design. There are the story boards from the early design phases of the film.

Also included are the more standard Private DVD extras there are cast profiles for Barby, Cindy, Diane, Kike, Dorothy Black, Lara, Mandy Bright, Petra Short, Pocahontas, Rita Faltoyano, Tiffany, Tina and Tina T which contains info on the actresses and a Private Magazine and DVD filmography. There are the production notes for episode one. And there are four different photobooks, all of which you have to flip through the pictures. There are photobooks containing pictures from the sex scenes for Gladiator 1, Gladiator 2 and Gladiator 3 and a Backstage photobook containing non-sexual stills from the trilogy.

screen shot DVD-ROM Special Features:
As for the DVD-ROM extras, Private has only included their standard extras and they appear only on disc one. There is the DVD Catalog, which gives you the new releases for August 2002, and information on all of the past Private DVD releases with screen shots. And they have included the PC Bonus, which are three wallpaper designs for your desktop with a Gladiator theme.

There are six chapters available from the main menu for The Private Gladiator, one for each of the sex scenes. The chapters are identified by a video clip from the sex scene that they go to. There is a time code for the feature film, so time searching is available.

General Review:
The Private Gladiator has been released in two different versions for DVD, the Gold Collector’s Limited Edition set and this, the standard Gold release. The film boasts an impressive budget and contains something I thought I would never see in an adult film, stuntmen. Unlike Penthouse’s much earlier costly film Caligula, which was a mainstream film posing as an adult film, The Private Gladiator is an adult film posing as a mainstream film.

screen shot The technical aspects of the film are often above average for an adult film. The set work is outstanding. The props, many of which were bought from Dreamworks, and costumes are well picked and appropriately used. Often the lighting in the film is well-done, but some scenes are over lit, for instance the first sex scene. It's not enough to ruin the film but those scenes look fake. There are other examples of excellent lighting in the film, for instance the sunset lighting at the end of the film. The make-up job is decent, although most of it looks fake. Then again, a really bloody wound would probably ruin the erotic qualities of the film. The audio special effects are very well done although the special effects in the film could have used some work, for instance, the fire during the battle scenes looked wrong. Although there are some technical issues in the film, if they are enough to bother you and ruin your viewing experience, then you shouldn't be watching porn to begin with.

The cast is good looking with not an unattractive woman, or man for that matter, in the film. The cast interacts well with each other. The sex scenes are very good although the female talent often looks at the camera which some viewers won't like. The sex is far nastier than what most couples viewers are looking for, but the more adventurous of them will probably find this film rewarding. The sexual themes in the film are oral, vaginal and anal sex with lesbianism, titty fucking and DP. For viewers who care, there were no condoms used in the film.

screen shot The music used for the plot portions of the film is excellent and really creates a good mood for the film. Unfortunately, the music used for the sex scenes is your typical adult film music, which detracted slightly from the scenes. The movie is beautifully filmed and shows why Private is one of the leading adult film companies.

Private has given The Private Gladiator a true dubbed track where the original dialog has been removed and replaced with new dialog in the selected language. Some viewers hate this kind of dubbing and others like it, I being from the latter. The argument for both sides is good though. On one side, when dubbing is made for adult films, the voice talents picked aren't of the highest caliber. On the other side, the other way Private has made dubbed tracks is to leave in the original dialog and then give a voice over narration to let the viewer know what is happening, which often leaves out much of what is said. It would have been nice to have an option to listen to the original language track and have English subtitles, but I have heard that often in Private's films there is no original language track as their cast hails from all over and often don't speak a common language. This appears to be the case here where none of the language tracks appears to be the original. Private should definitely look into getting some better voice talents though.

screen shot Viewers who follow the plot in adult films should be warned that The Private Gladiator is one of Private's epic adult film trilogies, so the story in the film never comes to any sort of conclusion. A lot of effort went into all aspects of this film and disc, and it shows. This film is very impressive for an adult film, although it is not the mainstream/adult film crossover that Private was hoping for.

Parting Thoughts:
Although The Private Gladiator falls short of the adult/mainstream crossover film that Private wishes the film was, the film is still a very well done film. Viewers who like nastier sex with a plot should enjoy this film whereas viewers who like tame sex or can't stand a plot will want to skip this film.  If you aren’t interested in the deluxe packaging and collectible booklet the come with the Limited Edition release, this is the edition of The Private Gladiator for you as all the rest of the material is included in this release.

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