After theatrical film versions - one of which stands among the top Oscar winners of all time - this generation gets its own retelling of the classic Lew Wallace story. Joseph Morgan ("The Vampire Diaries") has the title role as the slave-turned-gladiator who must battle a former friend (Stephen Campbell Moore).
Emily VanCamp ("Revenge") and Kristin Kreuk ("Beauty and the Beast") are the female leads in the drama recently televised by Ovation; Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"), Ray Winstone and Ben Cross ("Banshee") also appear. DVD extra: "making-of" documentary. *** (Not rated: AS, V)
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