Video: Fifteen minutes of “300″

posted at 1:39 pm on March 7, 2007 by Allahpundit

People were talking about it last night in the “Terminator” thread so I figured I’d throw you a bone. Some guy harvested nine and a half minutes’ worth of clips from around the web, stitched them together, and uploaded them to YouTube this morning…

…meanwhile, another five minutes turned up on ThatVideoSite. I don’t think any of the footage here is duplicated in the clip above, but I didn’t watch them all the way through to make sure. Click the image to watch.
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Most everyone here’s going to see it, I assume. I probably won’t just because I rarely go to the movies; the last flick I caught was “Land of the Dead,” I think, and as anti-Bush propaganda goes, it was only marginally more subtle than Captain America comics are these days. VDH has seen it and likes it, though, so there’s that. I don’t know. A realistic movie about Thermopylae would be fascinating but this one’s based on a comic book, and it looks it. Way too many guys making this face:

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That’s the same face from the Nestea commercials.

James on March 7, 2007 at 1:44 PM

So Al Gore is based on a comic book too? Who knew!

Queasy on March 7, 2007 at 1:48 PM

I rarely go to the movies; the last flick I caught was “Land of the Dead,”

That was okay. Zombies moved too slow, though.

Slublog on March 7, 2007 at 1:48 PM

I guess this is the year of the movie based on obscure comic books, Ghost Rider (#1 on release), Silver Surfer/Fantastic 4, 300.

What’s next; Green Hornet, Dare-Devil 2, The Flash?

Neo on March 7, 2007 at 1:52 PM

Dare-Devil 2

Whoa…let’s not get out of control here.

Slublog on March 7, 2007 at 1:54 PM

Saw this last night, thought it was pretty damned good. Well worth a couple of bucks for a couple hours of entertainment.

Citizen Duck on March 7, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Dare-Devil 2
Whoa…let’s not get out of control here.

You never know. They are making a sequel to the Hulk….
Daredevil is such an awesome character, I cant believe they made such a crappy movie..

JVelez on March 7, 2007 at 2:01 PM

…I rarely go to the movies…

…since Ace moved to Boston.

harrison on March 7, 2007 at 2:03 PM

Admit it. You’re part of a conspiracy to prevent us from getting any useful work done today.

Just admit it.

thirteen28 on March 7, 2007 at 2:04 PM

A fascist state has never looked so good.

Nonfactor on March 7, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Admit it. You’re part of a conspiracy to prevent us from getting any useful work done today.

Just admit it.

thirteen28 on March 7, 2007 at 2:04 PM

Copy That! I was just thinking……. “how am I going to pull THIS off?”

PinkyBigglesworth on March 7, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Damn. I might have to shirk off work on Friday…

nailinmyeye on March 7, 2007 at 2:30 PM

I’ve seen it and here is my mini-review. (Complete review, Friday.) It is generally good, if extremely graphic, and completely reduces great history to stylized cinema for the masses.

Debbie Schlussel on March 7, 2007 at 2:31 PM

well, Marvel is working on the following movies:
Power man and Iron Fist
Dr. Strange
Capt America
Thor
The falcon

and a few others I have blocked out of my mind.
Was Sparta Fascist? Seemed to be a lot more like a democracy then a fascist state.

Wyrd on March 7, 2007 at 2:32 PM

and as anti-Bush propaganda goes, it was only marginally more subtle than Captain America comics are these days.

From what I read, this political overtones was just some stupid reporter reading into it and not any intentional propaganda.

p0s3r on March 7, 2007 at 2:35 PM

Was that Howard Dean’s “Yearghhh” that I heard as Leonidas kicked the fellow into the well???

BJ* on March 7, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Damn. I might have to shirk off work on Friday…

nailinmyeye on March 7, 2007 at 2:30 PM

You say that like it is something out of the ordinary.

hehe

ej_pez on March 7, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Is it me, or did the Persian emmisar go Howie Dean on the way down the well?

Kid from Brooklyn on March 7, 2007 at 2:51 PM

sounded like it, BJ.

Kid from Brooklyn on March 7, 2007 at 2:52 PM

America, warts and all, is Sparta.

Kid from Brooklyn on March 7, 2007 at 2:52 PM

A fascist state has never looked so good.

Nonfactor on March 7, 2007 at 2:06 PM

WTF?

PinkyBigglesworth on March 7, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Imagine Sean Connery in the starring role…

“This…is…Shpartah!”

Yeah, it looks good. Probably great in IMAX. A little Jet Li action with the arrows, too. And these actors had to spend tons of time in the gym before and during filming.

DS seems right, when she basically said it’s “stylized history for the masses”.

JetBoy on March 7, 2007 at 3:23 PM

I’ve seen it and here is my mini-review. (Complete review, Friday.) It is generally good, if extremely graphic, and completely reduces great history to stylized cinema for the masses.

Debbie Schlussel on March 7, 2007 at 2:31 PM

As others have said before me, if you want the history, read a book or watch a documentary.

Just looking at the previews, I seriously doubt the producers had any pretenses of historical accuracy. They basically wanted to make a cool movie and used a historical event as their starting point.

thirteen28 on March 7, 2007 at 3:30 PM

1) Why would anyone kick someone down a well, unless the dead body was hauled out right away, otherwise bad water.
2) Sparta was combination oligarcy/democracy. Google “Spartan Government.”
3) If I remember my history, Spartan men were tough fighting men, but mostly sodomitish. I think Lykourgos had something to do with this warrior/poofter ethic, but I can’t be certain of it
4) America isn’t Sparta; it is Spain circa AD 711.

archon2001 on March 7, 2007 at 3:37 PM

I listened to it a couple of times, and it sure is hell sounds like Howard Dean’s scream. Kinda funny.

CT on March 7, 2007 at 3:56 PM

I guess this is the year of the movie based on obscure comic books, Ghost Rider (#1 on release), Silver Surfer/Fantastic 4, 300.

What’s next; Green Hornet, Dare-Devil 2, The Flash?

Neo on March 7, 2007 at 1:52 PM

Well, I think it’s good they’re taking obscure comics/stories and turning them into movies. These plots and storylines are things people aren’t quite familiar with so it will seem new and “fresh” to the screen.

The Flash isn’t obscure either, he’s an A-Lister! lol! I Imagine Sean Connery in the starring role…

“This…is…Shpartah!”

JetBoy on March 7, 2007 at 3:23 PM

That’s so great =P I seriously laughed out loud at that.

emmaline1138 on March 7, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Wow AP, you read our comments? No wonder you don’t have time to go to the movies.

budorob on March 7, 2007 at 4:10 PM

And how does Gerard Butler keep a straight face while talking like that? lol

emmaline1138 on March 7, 2007 at 4:24 PM

America is like Sparta but with a bigger carbon footprint.

benrand on March 7, 2007 at 4:27 PM

1) Why would anyone kick someone down a well, unless the dead body was hauled out right away, otherwise bad water.

According to Herodotus, Xerxes did not send heralds to collect earth and water from Athens or Sparta because of what happened before when Darius had sent messengers for the same purpose. The Athenians had thrown them into a pit, while the Spartans threw them into a well and told them to get the earth and water themselves.

VerbumSap on March 7, 2007 at 4:40 PM

Hmm, I’m off today, maybe I’ll watch my DVD of “300 Spartans”, the 60′s version of this movie. I’d love to go see the new one, but with all of this ‘global warming’ goin’ on, I might freeze to death on the way.

Tony737 on March 7, 2007 at 4:42 PM

I Imagine Sean Connery in the starring role…

Yes, and Christopher Walken as Xerxes…

Decoy256 on March 7, 2007 at 4:43 PM

I smell Lord of the Rings dollarz.

Savage on March 7, 2007 at 5:05 PM

Yes, and Christopher Walken as Xerxes…

Decoy256

Simpsons-style…

“Scootch closer, Spartans…And don’t make me warn you again…about the scoothcing…”

JetBoy on March 7, 2007 at 5:12 PM

4) America isn’t Sparta; it is Spain circa AD 711.

Lan Astaslem.

Kid from Brooklyn on March 7, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Uh, Anti-Bush propaganda? I guess each individual can have their own interpretation, but methinks the undertones are just the opposite.

Patriot33 on March 7, 2007 at 6:02 PM

4) America isn’t Sparta; it is Spain circa AD 711.

That raises the question: who is Charles Martel? I vote John Bolton’s mustache.

spmat on March 7, 2007 at 6:07 PM

I didn’t know that Xerxes was the Goa’uld Apophis.

eeyore on March 7, 2007 at 6:21 PM

I’ll stick with my DVD of the original “300 Spartans”. (I might go to the theater 1 – 2 maybe 3 times a year).

Zorro on March 7, 2007 at 6:43 PM

As I wrote in my mini-review, “300″ is definitely NOT anti-Bush. It has nothing to do with Bush. If you read that into it, you’re really stretching. But, if anything, it’s about fighting for liberty at all cost–ie., to the death. And it’s overall a good and entertaining–if extremely bloody and gory–movie.

Debbie Schlussel on March 7, 2007 at 7:35 PM

Was Sparta Fascist? Seemed to be a lot more like a democracy then a fascist state.

Wyrd on March 7, 2007 at 2:32 PM

Of course Sparta was not Fascist, they were fighting as FREE men. This shows us that Nonfactor does not know the definition of Fascist. Sparta had a Constitutional system and was much closer to being a Republic rather than totalitarian, which fascist states always are.

Maxx on March 7, 2007 at 7:52 PM

And it’s overall a good and entertaining–if extremely bloody and gory–movie.

You’ve said the magic words.

I’m there.

Slublog on March 7, 2007 at 8:10 PM

Debbie Schlussel on March 7, 2007 at 7:35 PM

Debbie… I think Allah was talking about “Land of the Dead” (the last movie he went to see) being anti-Bush…

Maxx on March 7, 2007 at 8:10 PM

Yes, and Christopher Walken as Xerxes…

Decoy256

I really like Christopher Walken, he’s one of my favorite actors, I have no idea what his politics are. If he’s another Lib… don’t tell me… I don’t want to know.

Maxx on March 7, 2007 at 8:13 PM

It is based on a comic book but it’s a Frank Miller comic and he’s one of the best writers around. I’ll probably go see it.

Benaiah on March 7, 2007 at 9:05 PM

Sparta was more like Atlanta in 1855, with the area’s original inhabitants, the Helots, as their pickaninnies (who kept revolting for their own freedom… so much for that much-vaunted Spartan “freedom”… which was of the “for the good ole boys only” variety… with buy children being taken by the State at 7 and raised like Hitlerjungen).

But you shouldn’t confuse a good simple story idea – valorous death in the face of overwhelming odds- with the facts.

The Persians were worse, and Sparta produced some courageous men who wanted to avoid being absorbed into that giant alien tyranny, liking their own, little, local brand better.

I’ll rent “Spartacus” and see a real struggle for liberty.

Woody Strode beats the hell out of any CGI anyday.

profitsbeard on March 7, 2007 at 10:08 PM

I think, as AP suggested, an accurate portrayal of “Thermopylae would be fascinating but this one’s based on a comic book, and it looks it”.

That said, it looks interesting and I’ll probably buy the DVD.

Ugly on March 7, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Of course Sparta was not Fascist, they were fighting as FREE men. This shows us that Nonfactor does not know the definition of Fascist. Sparta had a Constitutional system and was much closer to being a Republic rather than totalitarian, which fascist states always are.

Maxx on March 7, 2007 at 7:52 PM

To pretend like the Spartans were even close to a democracy or even a republic is insulting. They had a constitution, true. But above all their government was totalitarian. Unless you don’t consider regulations on all aspects of your life totalitarian.

Nonfactor on March 7, 2007 at 10:50 PM

To tell the truth about X95b10… I am a bit of a nerd. And the word around the nerdery is that this movie is going to be as big as LOTR. Everyone I speak to about upcoming flixs simply salivates over 300. In fact, I’m going to need a minute for myself after that clip. :)

x95b10 on March 7, 2007 at 11:01 PM

Thats ok 95b, us xMPs gotta have our war porn, beer, and 9mpg four door pickups.

Can’t wait to see it myself. This flu has kicked my butt the last few days but that won’t stop me from being a biological agent on the 9th.

Limerick on March 8, 2007 at 12:17 AM

Thats ok 95b, us xMPs gotta have our war porn, beer, and 9mpg four door pickups.

LOL!! I hope you still have your MOPP4 gear on the 9th.

x95b10 on March 8, 2007 at 12:33 AM

Wow. 300 or algebra? Algebra or 300? Decisions, decisions… Oh, wait, I’m frigging BROKE! Looks like algebra after all.

Militant Bibliophile on March 8, 2007 at 3:44 AM

Hey guys, check out the History Channel tonight (Thurs) at 9pm (East). They’re havin’ a one hour special on “300″.

Damn, I hope the hotel I’m gonna be in tonight even *has* the History Channel!

Tony737 on March 8, 2007 at 7:07 AM

Nonfactor on March 7, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Nonfactor, why and since when would free men fight for a Fascist totalitarian state? I read most of what it said about Sparta on Wiki, agreed that they are not always the best source. But what are you reading that called Sparta a Fascist state?

Maxx on March 8, 2007 at 10:29 AM

To pretend like the Spartans were even close to a democracy or even a republic is insulting. They had a constitution, true. But above all their government was totalitarian. Unless you don’t consider regulations on all aspects of your life totalitarian.

Nonfactor on March 7, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Nonfactor…. please accept my sincere apology, I was wrong and you were right. I should have read more closely before opening my pie hole. As I read more completely on Wiki I came across the quote below.

The Spartan government was by many standards considered totalitarian. Laws regulated everything from child birth to beards and the length of males’ hair. —- from Wiki

I still don’t understand why free men would fight voluntarily for a system that enslaved them…. nevertheless the references to Sparta being totalitarian are out there. Very sorry about that…. I will really try not to do that again.

Maxx on March 8, 2007 at 10:49 AM

Still waiting for the sequel to “Howard the Duck!” And when is Kevin Smith going to get off his rear and do “Dogma II -The Young Messiah” and a movie based on “Bluntman and Chronic.” Oh well, we can only hope.

I hoping the topic movie will be as good as the previews. Still, it is a good story to tell around a campfire.

Wuptdo on March 8, 2007 at 2:45 PM

Nonfactor and Maxx….

comeon fellas. You have 2500 years of social, political, religious, cultural, ethical, and scientific evolution packed into your brains. This movie isn’t about ‘oh joyful and enlightened Sparta’, it is about testosterone. Why does everything have to have ‘meaning’? I can’t remember the Roman’s name but he said ‘The enemy dead smell good.’

Limerick on March 8, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Maxx on March 8, 2007 at 10:49 AM

I’m guessing “free” for them meant ‘not being ruled over by a foreign nation.’ And no need to apologize.

Limerick on March 8, 2007 at 2:48 PM

I agree, I’m still going to see the movie and hopefully enjoy it with some friends of mine. I’m trying to finish Gates of Fire by tomorrow night.

Nonfactor on March 8, 2007 at 9:20 PM

We ain’t Sparta. More like Lesbos

Hening on April 14, 2007 at 10:04 PM

Now this was a good thread…………

Seven Percent Solution on June 30, 2009 at 4:51 AM