Cleopatra [50th Anniversary] [Blu-ray] [1963]

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  • Release Date: 05/28/2013
  • Rating: G
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (286 out of 294)

Special Features


  • Disc 1 - Commentary with Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky
  • Cleopatra Through the Ages: A Cultural History
  • Cleopatra's Missing Footage
  • The Cleopatra Papers: A Private Correspondence
  • Disc 2 - Cleopatra (part 2) Continued Film Commentary
  • Cleopatra: The Film that Changed Hollywood
  • The Fourth Star of Cleopatra
  • Fox Movietone News: Archival Footage of the New York Premiere
  • Archival Footage of the Hollywood Premiere

Synopsis


Cleopatra
In 1963, this colossal and opulent $60 million spectacular was epic in every sense of the word -- an epic investment, an epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip, and, ultimately, an epic flop that nearly dragged 20th Century Fox down the Nile along with Cleopatra's barge. Handsomely mounted by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who replaced Rouben Mamoulian as director after six days of shooting), the drama follows the eighteen tumultuous years that led to the founding of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) meets up with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and plans to lure Caesar to her boudoir in order to forge an alliance with Rome so that she may hold on to her Egyptian empire. When Caesar is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate, Cleopatra is left without an ally, and Egypt is up for grabs. When Roman general Mark Antony (Richard Burton) comes along, she seduces him in order to make him over into her new protector. But, under the charms of Cleopatra, Mark Antony is reduced from a an awesome and dominating general to a sniveling, drunken wimp. At the Battle of Actium, Mark Antony is defeated and Cleopatra withdraws her troops, dooming Mark Antony and his army. With Egypt in peril, Antony and Cleopatra, the doomed lovers, meet each other for the last time, as the enemy forces close in. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Elizabeth Taylor - Cleopatra
  • Richard Burton
    Richard Burton - Marc Antony
  • Rex Harrison
    Rex Harrison - Julius Caesar
  • Pamela Brown
    Pamela Brown - High Priestess
  • Roddy McDowall
    Roddy McDowall - Octavian



Customer rating

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98%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blu-ray makes "Cleopatra" a stunning epic film.

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    Epicmoviefan1
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    The addition of Blu-ray technology to the legendary 1963 epic "Cleopatra" makes it seem like a brand-new film that one is seeing for the very first time. Every scene appears fresh and improved in this long-awaited Blu-ray version. With marvelous crystal-clear sharpness and eye-popping, vibrant colors, we thrill to Cleopatra's coronation, her spectacular entrance into Rome, her shimmering golden barge, and many more memorable scenes. All of these events are depicted in super-bright colors and a razor-sharp focus that seem to jump right off the screen. This is the original version that premiered in New York City and runs 4 hours and 18 minutes, before Fox made its subsequent cuts. The widescreen 16:9 ratio screen allows more action to be seen on both sides of the frame. The Special Features were excellent, with the possible exception of "Cleopatra's Missing Footage." Despite its name, it does not reveal any of the missing footage cut from Joseph Mankiewicz's original six-hour version of the film. Instead, it simply chronicles the attempts to find the missing footage. However, some actual footage of a few missing scenes is briefly shown in one of the other special features. I disagree with those critics who call Liz Taylor's "Cleopatra" a flop. The film won four technical Oscars and features strong acting, historical accuracy, and an intelligent script that is pleasant and poetic to hear. And when one sees all that in the magic of Blu-ray, one is in for four hours of top-quality entertainment. So enjoy "Cleopatra" in Blu-ray today!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Remaster of the 1963 Epic Film

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    BongoBoy
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    This presentation shows how spectacular a mid-20th-century film can be, made with a near studio-killing budget then fully remastered with 21st century technology. Compared to the Netflix stream I'd seen a month ago, I found the blu-ray disc presentation was just a little bit cleaner in video quality, much better in audio quality. The script can be a bit plodding at times and the acting a bit heavy handed, but this is a visual masterpiece, especially when you consider that, in the days before video capture and computer-generated imagery, everything you see was built by human hands. This excellent remaster preserves the film-like quality of the 1963 original, enhanced with crystal clear images and rich colors. The golden costume accessories, props and set elements really gleam, especially with a little extra contrast adjustment on your TV. Beautiful.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cleo, BABY!

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    LuvDisneyatTimes
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    It's interesting to note that when Cleopatra's sarcophagus was found - hieroglyphics were still a mystery. So, some Bozo thought "What a cool box, Dude!" and emptied its contents down a sewer. Later (too late) it was discovered that the Bozo flushed Cleopatra! This motion picture was one I saw as a boy and I was mesmerized by how huge, yet personal, it's effect was on me. We could talk about it's place in Cinematic History, or Elizabeth Taylor (or her purple eyes) and Richard Burton, but to what avail? In the end ANY film's worth is measured simply by it's effect on the individual. So, is this beautiful 2-Disc, 50th Anniversary Edition worth the pittance asked? DUH!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cleopatra Blu is Gold

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    Penslinger
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    Finally, Fox brings back the original running time in all its glory. On the plus side; lush cinematography that is exemplified by the Blu-ray presentation. Costumes and set design are amazing for its day. And, the sound is rich with a wonderful theatrical quality. The down side; it nearly borders on the boring after Rex Harrison makes his exit. But this cinematic spectacle is about as large as they get and an interesting showcase in film history. Every dollar is there on the screen, but one cannot help but wonder if it was used properly and to its full effect. Well worth watching and a must for lovers of film classics.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A cast of thousands, real not computer generated

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    kukuinut
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    Probably the most epic of costumers from the past, "CLEOPATRA" cost a fortune but the sets are magnificent. This movie demands to be seen in BluRay format. One always wonders how much of the storylines in historical movies are based on real life, and how much has been created to give more depth to the characters. If it's this enjoyable to the eyes, who cares. The lines are sometimes stilted, artificial if you will, but the acting is still pretty good. A few of Cleo's outfits were risque for the 60's, and leave little to the imagination.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Classic film. Beautifully done.

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    Clintonious
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    I love some of the old classics but they are not for everyone. This film almost broke the production company that put it out. Compared to the films of today it's hard to imagine. I loved it. Kind of a simple story. Looks almost like a stage play where some of the action takes place off screen. Acting is great. If you like epic films like this, great, but I'm not sure if todays audiences would like its charms.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic Blu ray

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    Nav1
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    If you want to see a movie that was big budget (even bigger than Ben Hur), and see sets built to awe the audiences (no CGI here), then this movie is for you. No expense was spared when making this movie, at least until the end. And don't worry, it still has a good ending. The accompanying disc that details the making of the movie is as good as the movie itself. I bought the Digi-book edition because I like the way they can sit on a table and look like a small hardback book.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classy Epic

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    CultureVulture
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    This restoration on Blu-ray is magnificent. The photography, costumes, amd sets have never looked better. The many extras about the making of this troubled, overbudgeted epic. are worth every penny. BestBuy has the best price anywhere. A must for those who like to hear great actors like Burton and Harrison speaking intelligent dialogue. The rest of the cast is very good including Taylor who holds her own against these stage trained actors.

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