I never watched this show when it was on television originally, but I did make a habit of watching whatever reruns I could find of the original.  It’s a great show and it’s wholly enjoyable.  They rebooted it last year and brought out basically the same show that was updated just a little bit.  Yet, as exciting and enjoyable as the remake was, nothing can really quite compete with the joy and glory of the cheesy original.  Now you can relive the first season on DVD today!

Starting this July 14th, now available on DVD from Shout Factory, MGM Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the first season of the show that made gladiators cool again.  American Gladiators – The Original Series – The Battle Begins is ready to blast right out of your television screen and fill your living room with bright colored spandex, zooming challenges and tons of fun.  Bring home this fantastic television series today!

This show was before the craze of reality television and starred real people competing in feats of strength and athletic ability with spandex wearing gladiators.  They were chiseled and highly capable athletes with names like Blaze, Gemini, Gold, Lace, Laser, Malibu, Nitro, Sunny, Titan and Zap.  Two teams, one male and one female would face off against the gladiators in all sorts of test, each one of them being highly enjoyable for the viewing public.  Some of the contestants in this first original season were actor Billy Wirth, fitness expert Cheryl Ann Silich and Olympic hopeful Wendy Brown.

The special features included in this three DVD boxed set are a special booklet about the different gladiators, an interview with actor and contestant Billy Wirth and an optional audio commentary from gladiators Dan “Nitro” Clark, Ray “Zap” Hollitt and Jim “Laser” Starr.

As I alluded to earlier, I love the original version of this show.  When you think about it, this is a fantastic idea for a television show.  You take ordinary people and have them face off against people at peak physical condition and see if any of the underdogs have what it takes to win it all.  You roll around in a huge ball, you get tennis balls shot at you, you climb up a wall, you go through an insane obstacle course.  All of it sounds like immense fun and I can only imagine just how enjoyable it would be to be a contestant on that show.  Now you can pretend you’re facing off against Blaze whenever you want when you bring home this great DVD boxed set today!

Bring home this American treasure today!

This DVD boxed set is available at Amazon.com.

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