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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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VIDEO:

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)

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‘Cleopatra’ comes with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track, which is as majestic as the video.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Cleopatra Dec 22 2012
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'ai reçu le DVD en quelques jours parce qu'il me parvenait de Toronto ON. J'aime le DVD de Cléopatra mais regrette ne pas avoir commander la version "fullscreen"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Qu'on ne voit jamais à la télé June 19 2014
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Un grand classique qui ne passe jamais à la télé. Excellent, 4 h et à un très bon prix. À voir et à revoir.
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A true epic done so well ... a must see for all Taylor and Burton fans....best of the classic movies I've seen
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3.0 out of 5 stars Movies Nov. 26 2013
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Quick, Prompt, GREAT value another fine addition to my collection, AMAZON.CA is the best place to shop for this product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long but rewarding visit to the past Nov. 18 2013
By FilmFan2010 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This film is over 4 hours long. Probably too long. However, if time budget is not an issue it is a very enjoyable watch. You can tell the film cost a lot of money to make - great settings, great costume. Rex Harrison, British accent aside, played one of the most credible roles of Julius Caesar. Taylor and Burton did well too, and your never got tired of watching the young Liz. An epic film by all measures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth taylor was a great actors Sept. 2 2013
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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.
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