Cleopatra [75th Anniversary Edition] [With Collectible Photo Cards] [DVD] [1934]

  • SKU: 9250865
  • Release Date: 04/07/2009
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features


    • Claudette Colbert: Queen of the Silver Screen
    • Cecil B. DeMille: Hollywood's Epic Director
    • Forbidden Film: The Production Code Era
    • Feature commentary with filmmaker F.X. Feeney

    Synopsis


    Cleopatra
    Film historian William K. Everson once observed that the secret to the success of Cecil B. DeMille's 1934 Cleopatra is that DeMille subtly reshaped the known historical events into a contemporary "gold-digger makes good" scenario. Exhibiting the same determination with which Barbara Stanwyck sleeps her way to the top in 1933's Baby Face, Queen Cleopatra (Claudette Colbert) uses her feminine wiles to become sole ruler of Egypt. By turns kittenish and cold-blooded, Cleopatra wraps such otherwise responsible Roman worthies as Julius Caesar (Warren William, who wittily plays his role like one of his standard ruthless business executives) and Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon) around her well-manicured little finger. To emphasize the "contemporary" nature of the film, DeMille adds little modernistic touches throughout: The architecture of Egypt and Rome has a distinctly art-deco look; a matron at a social gathering clucks "Poor Calpurnia...well, the wife is always the last to know"; and, after Caesar's funeral, Mark Anthony is chided by an associate for "all that 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen' business!" Cleopatra's barge scene and her suicide from the bite of a snake marked two of the most memorable sequences in DeMille's career. Remarkably, for all the enormous sets and elaborate costumes, Cleopatra came in at a budget of $750,000 -- almost $40 million less than the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor remake. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Claudette Colbert
      Claudette Colbert - Cleopatra
    • Warren William
      Warren William - Julius Caesar
    • Henry Wilcoxon
      Henry Wilcoxon - Marc Antony
    • Gertrude Michael
      Gertrude Michael - Calpurnia
    • Joseph Schildkraut
      Joseph Schildkraut - King Herod



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As good as film-making gets

      Posted
      Zach
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      For film-lovers of all ages and shapes, this is a no-brainer buy. Claudette Colbert IS Cleopatra, anchoring a movie packed with the kind of organic visual splendor that makes today’s boring CGI look seriously lame. And you get it with a blu-ray transfer that makes it look like the film was made yesterday!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing, over the top film!

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      rascal7
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      Great film by DeMille with all the over the top sets and thousands of extras! The over acting is incredible but great fun as well. Just a wonderful representation of Studio excess!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic

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      Fa7m4n
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      Must see or have classic, black and white original Cleopatra, well done. If you like the latter version with Elizabeth Taylor, you will love this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Gem

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      MKelly
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      I love BestBuy for their selections of classic movies! This one did not disappoint! Love it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Has Never Looked Better

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      ALD13
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      What a gorgeous restoration of a DeMille classic. A must buy for fans of classic Hollywood movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic movie

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      Poopsiedoop
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      Unbelievable sets and great directing and acting....

      I would recommend this to a friend


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