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Cleopatra (Widescreen)

Elizabeth Taylor , Richard Burton , Darryl F. Zanuck , Joseph L. Mankiewicz    Unrated   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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey 20th Century FOX: RESTORE CLEOPATRA! July 13 2003
By Dave
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|Verified Purchase

This 50th Anniversary Edition of ‘Cleopatra’ arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.22:1 encode. Once known as the most beautiful woman in the world, Elizabeth Taylor deserves a breathtaking transfer for her most scandalous role, with the resultant transfer having exceptional clarity, spectacular contrast, perfect color balance, and a sensual lushness that honours both the title character and the actress who portrays her. From the vividly illustrated opening credits to the expansive exteriors and intimate close-ups, this transfer brings ‘Cleopatra’ to brilliant life. The picture, shot in the Todd-AO format and featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by Leon Shamroy, is so sharp, individual faces in the massive crowd sequences are easy to discern. Details in the soldiers' breastplates, the intricate weavings of costumes, Cleopatra's heavily glittered eyelids, complex tapestry designs, and intricate wall etchings are all exquisitely precise. Colours pop beautifully, from the deep reds of carpets and gowns to the lush azure blue of sky and sea, and from the bright gold of Cleopatra's headdress to the array of pastels that comprises much of the women's wardrobe. Blacks are inky and deep. The picture is so crisp, even in medium shot, it's easy to pick out Taylor's scar from the tracheotomy she was forced to undergo during her near-fatal bout with pneumonia in the very early days of shooting. But many news outlets jumped the gun, prematurely reporting that Taylor has passed away. Never Losing her sense of humour, Taylor quipped that she read her obituaries and “they were the best reviews I’d ever gotten.” (5/5)


‘Cleopatra’ comes with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track, which is as majestic as the video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cleo that we all know and love Jan. 14 2007
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Cleo's have come and gone. There have been many films and books depicting Cleo as she really was to great melodramatic Cleo. Three other popular Cleo's were the Claudette Colbert (1934), Vivien Leigh (1945), and Leonor Varela (1999). There were many more variations between those years.

The one Cleo that will always stand out and lets not forget Mark, is the one staring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (1963). I was old enough to enjoy it on the big screen. Rex Harrison made a good Caesar; watch him have a similar attitude in "The Honey Pot" (1967).

Enough time, thought, and money have been put into this production that I am bound to overlook a few of the most important items about this film. The movie is more than just the actors are. The characters are very well portrayed. The set and costumes are dazzling. They really showed up in the scene when Cleopatra enterd Rome. And the navel battle was spectacular.

Every one is going to have a favorite Cleo and find flaws in the others. However this Cleo will always the one others are gauged by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Film About a Powerful Woman April 18 2004
"Cleopatra" is a great film released in 1963 about rise and relationships of the woman herself played by Elizabeth Taylor. This five-time Oscar winning spectacular film gives a rise to audiences of all kinds. Its beauty is never to be forgotten. The hard work and dedication placed onto this film shows greatly. Such film quality answers why it's since become a highly remembered classic. Its brilliant plot follows the emotional path of Cleopatra through her rise in power and her life turbulances. The emotional value stands greatly beyond the spectacular surroundings. This doesn't distract from the many history details expressed. The love themes are romantic as any great love classic. The sense of loss and struggle, namely losing those closest to her and trying to stop the wars from erupting, are greatly present.
All five Oscar wins were won for the spectacular surroundings that continue to amaze audiences after forty-one years: costume design, art direction, special effects, sets, cinematography. Few other films from the classic days was as elaborate as "Cleopatra". The multi-million dollars spent was worth it. The backgrounds are accurate desplictions of the actual Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome. The buildings and the structure styles are amazing. The wardrobes are accurate to the actual styles worn by the characters. The elaborate costumes, namely the ones worn by Cleopatra, are unforgettable. This set a record for most costume changes by an actress for one film, 32, which would take 33 years to break ("Evita", 68). The make-up work blends perfectly with every costume.
Elizabeth Taylor's role as Cleopatra is unforgettable. Her previous research of the subject is present.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an Epic Flim
I thought anything with the great Elizabeth Taylor would be a great movie... well I thought wrong.
This movie was boring. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Laura O'Reilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great classic.
Published 2 months ago by Leonard Tedds
4.0 out of 5 stars Qu'on ne voit jamais à la télé
Un grand classique qui ne passe jamais à la télé. Excellent, 4 h et à un très bon prix. À voir et à revoir.
Published 3 months ago by Robin Arguin
2.0 out of 5 stars not for us
We watched the first half of Cleopatra. That was enough. I will say that for the time this epic was made (1963), the sets were quite good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Taylor is so beautiful as cleopatra...she dominates every...
A true epic done so well ... a must see for all Taylor and Burton fans....best of the classic movies I've seen
Published 8 months ago by diane ohlmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Movies
Quick, Prompt, GREAT value another fine addition to my collection, AMAZON.CA is the best place to shop for this product.
Published 9 months ago by Tiger0005
4.0 out of 5 stars A long but rewarding visit to the past
This film is over 4 hours long. Probably too long. However, if time budget is not an issue it is a very enjoyable watch. Read more
Published 10 months ago by FilmFan2010
4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth taylor was a great actors
I liked the movie very much I like history movies that tells some true facts Richard Burton was a like man but who wasn't.
Published 12 months ago by John Micallef
3.0 out of 5 stars CLEOPATRA
While this is an Oscar winner, the acting, particularly by Taylor and Burton, is very stilted and totally emoting. The story is old and good. The sets and costumes are great.
Published 13 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars something to keep
Of course if you like these beautiful actors, Elizabeth and Richard you have to have this movie. The acting is superb, the scenery and locations , and even the story are... Read more
Published 13 months ago by marianne humphreys
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