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'Revolt Of The Slaves: Limited Edition Collection'
(Bario Moreno, Fernando Rey, Gino Cervi, Lang Jeffries, Rhonda Fleming, et al / DVD / NR / (1960) 2016 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: During the later years of the Roman Empire, the daughter of a wealthy patrician falls in love with a Christian slave.

DVD Verdict: 'Revolt of the Slaves' is loosely based on a famous novel called Fabiola written by Cardinal Wiseman in the 1850s. It strays drastically from the original story, keeping some of the same characters (in particular the martyrs Sebastian and Agnes), and some of the same scenes, but downplaying martyrdom as a whole, and trying to make a movie that could be called "Vibio saves the Christians."

The "Vibio" character is not part of the Fabiola story. He is introduced as a slave who is also a Christian, but he isn't about to be a martyr. He rescues Christians a number of times throughout the movie. Action scenes are everywhere in this movie, and every one of them is added--none are from the book.

I loved the book Fabiola, and I found this to be a deconstruction of it, not only in story but in philosophy. The screenwriters had some sympathy for the Christians, and portrayed them somewhat positively, but wanted to make them safe and happy in this world. If you know anything about the Diocletian persecution, Christians were anything but safe in those days.

Faith is present in some of the characters, and it comes in handy, but physical combat seems to be the preferred mode of doing business. This movie had potential, but it was just Hercules vs. the pagan Romans come the final act(s), sorry. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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