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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown, George Cole
  • Directors: Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian
  • Writers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Appian, Ben Hecht, Carlo Mario Franzero, Plutarch
  • Format: Widescreen, Subtitled, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: Oct. 16 2001
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059HAQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,399 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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This 1963 extravaganza, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, is certainly an epic historical drama with all the elements: elaborate sets, intricate costuming, name actors, a factual basis, and an overlong script (just over four hours). But the acting is well performed and the backdrops are lush, making this a film worth seeing. Elizabeth Taylor is Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen who seduces Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) in a political move to hold onto her empire. When Caesar is killed in the Roman Senate, Cleopatra looks to Marc Antony (Richard Burton) for his support, practically enslaving him with her wiles. Taylor is dramatic in her role, at times overly serious, but stunning nonetheless as the woman described as "well versed in the natural sciences and mathematics. She speaks seven languages proficiently. Were she not a woman one would consider her to be an intellectual." While the film does seem to drag at moments, it deserves the four Oscars it won for cinematography, art direction-set direction, costumes, and special effects. Don't confuse this Cleopatra with the 1934 version directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Claudette Colbert. --Jenny Brown

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave on July 13 2003
Format: DVD
I think Cleopatra is the best movie ever made, it is also the most expensive movie ever made costing twice more than Titanic in today's money, but it just didn't make it to the screen. Intended to be two movies, Caesar and Cleopatra & Antony and Cleopatra, three hours each. But partly because of the attention of the famous Taylor-Burton affair, Darryl F. Zanuck shamelessly ruined Cleopatra from its 6-hour two movies into ONE 3 hour 14 minute movie, which is the TV version, which is Horrible! But luckily, the 4-hour version, this DVD version, survived the brutal cutting of the film. This movie is the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. The sets, clothes, props, and music... they are just FLAWLESS! As many people know, Rex Harrison as Caesar and Richard Burton as Antony both got nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars, but because the movie was cut to one, they were nominated against each other in the same movie, and more importantly, their best scenes were cut because of the length, so none of them won (but they deserve to), and Roddy McDowell got nominated in the wrong section and his votes were canceled. Martin Landau was going to be nominated as Best Supporting Actor, but after the film was ruined, the Academy Awards dropped him. Elizabeth Taylor's best scenes were cut off that she was so angry she puked at the Premiere.
The Music of the film is the BEST. Till this Day, I don't know why the Oscars didn't give Cleopatra the award. Of course, Oscars didn't give Gone with the Wind, Gladiator, and lots of other film's beautiful scores the Oscar, it's weird.
How do I know about all about Cleopatra? I have ALL the books, interviews, and even the full movie shooting script of this movie, I am the biggest fan!
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Format: Blu-ray
CLEOPATRA [1963] [50th Anniversary Edition] [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] One Of The Grandest Cinematic Spectacles Of All Time!

This epic masterpiece has never been more glorious. Meticulously restored with a stunningly vivid picture and breathtaking sound, the scope and scale of this legendary cinematic treasure is brought to life like never before. This 2-disc 50th Anniversary Edition includes an incredible DigiBook that provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this 4-time Academy Award® Winning Film.

Elizabeth Taylor stars as Cleopatra, the cunning queen of Egypt who seduces the rulers of Rome, only to meet her match with Mark Antony [Richard Burton]. Their passionate romance could decide the fate of the world's greatest empires.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1963 Academy Awards® were as follows: Walter Wanger (Nominated) for Best Picture; Rex Harrison (Nominated) for Best Actor in a Leading Role; Leon Shamroy (Won) for Best Cinematography, Color; John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith, Hilyard Brown, Herman A. Blumenthal, Elven Webb, Maurice Pelling, and Boris Juraga (Art Direction); Walter M. Scott, Paul S. Fox, and Ray Moyer (Set Decoration) (Won) for Best Art Direction and Set Decoration, Color; Irene Sharaff, Vittorio Nino Novarese, and Renie (Won) for Best Costume Design, Color; James Corcoran (Twentieth Century Fox Sound Department) and Fred Hynes (Todd-AO Sound Department) (Nominated) for Best Sound Mixing; Dorothy Spencer (Nominated); Emil Kosa, Jr. (Won) for Best Special Effects and Alex North (Nominated) for Best Music, Score (Substantially Original).
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If "CleoTaylor" had not been so cheap, I wouldn't have bought it. But cheap it was, and despite the millions spent on it, cheap it will always be. It is the best example of how NOT to film a spectacle. Only Rex Harrison makes a true attempt to act, and with his death at midpoint, the movie descends into a public embarrassment for all involved. Liz Taylor had great beauty, but she walks and overacts her way through the movie, stripping the character of any dignity or grace. She is a shrew with emotional outbursts that are truly ugly. Burton must really have been drunk as he staggers through the part, the worst performance of his career, and with Taylor he gave some true stinkers. Reliable actors such as Roddy McDowell are so badly miscast that they do not understand their roles and butcher them one after the other. The spectacles are laughable. Taylor's entrance into Rome is so historically wrong and utterly over the top that it provokes snickers, not awe. The sea battle is too tame, too emotionless, and badly plotted. Almost any child in a bathtub could have done as well with his or her toy boats.
The colour is sumptuous, the costumes nonsense, the sets absurd, the direction a disaster at every point. Face it, beautiful as she was, Liz Taylor only acted well in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" thanks to MGM playing with the script to make it suit her and make a fool out of Paul Newman. The oscar she eventually won was one of Oscars biggest mistakes for she downright awful paired with Eddie Fisher. It is probably her miscasting as Cleopatra, that doomed the film to becoming one of the dumbest films, worst made films, of all time. All the other errors seem to have come from that. Poor Rex Harrison, he didn't deserve this atrocity.
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