SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA
$39.99 (DVD), $49.99 (Blu-ray), Starz
The illness (and eventual death) of Blood and Sand lead Andy Whitfield forced producers to create this six-episode prequel, in which Gannicus emerges as the first champion of Capua and the House of Batiatus comes to power. It’s got loads of barely clad beefcake and even a gay romance between gladiators Barca (Antonio Te Maioha) and Auctus (Josef Brown), who are as ferocious in bed as they are in the arena. And we love Lucy Lawless even more as Lucretia than as goody-goody warrior princess Xena.