I, Claudius Collector's Edition

Directed by Herbert Wise, Starring Herbert Wise, John Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Patrick Stewart, Sian Phillips, Margaret Tyzack, Brian Blessed, Sheila White, Stratford Johns, George Baker
Written by Herbert Wise, John Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Patrick Stewart, Sian Phillips, Margaret Tyzack, Brian Blessed, Sheila White, Stratford Johns, George Baker
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I, Claudius (35th Anniversary Edition)

by Herbert Wise
Truly, a masterpiece of theatre

A twelve-episode series commissioned by the BBC in the mid-1970s, I, Claudius is a must-see for fans of powerful dynasties engaging in internecine war to secure their spot at the top of their food chains. Derek Jacobi puts in work as the stuttering and stunted Tiberius Claudius Nero, whose unassuming presence and his enemies underestimation mark him as the ultimate survivor while his more strident relatives attain the glory but have the bad habit of falling victim to assassinations. Jacobi is supported by a veritable Murderer's Row of British talent of stage and screen at that time: John Hurt (recently the War Doctor for you nuWhovians) turns in a comically scary performance as the insane Caligula; BRIAN BLESSED (those all-caps are earned) as the bombastic first emperor Augustus; villainous Praetorian Sejanus is played by Patrick Stewart (with hair!). Sian Phillips, whose portrayal of the Empress Livia (the wife of Augustus) is a standout: the character shares more than the first name of a certain North Jersey crime boss' mom- like Livia Soprano, she is not above using her apron strings as nooses to keep the Empire in power. I, Claudius is highly addictive. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

 
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Emperor Claudius narrates his unlikely assent to power amidst the political intrigue of the Roman Empire.

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
    • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
    • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
    • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
    • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Sold by: HPB Westerville
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  • Publisher: Acorn Media Publishing Inc.
  • UPC: 054961875092
  • Region: Region [unknown]


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  • Fine/Like New (F): Book may have been read. Looks new and has no defects. May show remainder marks. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
Conditions Guide
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