Cleopatra - 75th Anniversary Edition (1934)
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Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra, one of the most spectacular motion pictures ever to hit the silver screen, is now available in a new 75th Anniversary Edition DVD. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, the historical epic stars Claudette Colbert as the cunning Queen of the Nile who, wielding her beauty like a weapon, lures Roman leaders Julius Caesar (Warren William) and Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon) into her web of royal deception and betrayal. Featuring a digitally remastered picture and all-new bonus features, Cleopatra 75th Anniversary Edition is a stunning tribute to one of the most breathtaking motion pictures ever made.
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After getting over the shock of the accents and costumes and gesticulations, it was fun to watch Cleo vamping Anthony. You felt like saying, "Look out Anthony!" And the battle scenes must have taken the lions share of the budget. So try to make it past the beginning and you may wonder why it is over so soon.
I was compelled to write this review on the Ides of March.
I found Claudette Colbert to be an excellent Cleopatra and while she is most famous for portraying sophisticated modern women in "Cleopatra" and her other epic production from that time, "The Sign of the Cross" she captures beautifully the feel of that far off time in history. Claudette was an extremely capable actress equally adept at performing in comedy, drama and spectacle. Here she has a role of a lifetime and it is one of the roles she is justly remembered most for.
Contrary to what a lot of reviewers always state I find Cecil B DeMille's work wonderful to watch. I guess being a history buff I just love the times most of his productions are set in.I think that a great deal of thought and care has gone into all his productions...no more obvious than in his 1934 version of "Cleopatra"
The film positvely glows with one exotic scene after another. Cleopatra's seduction of Marc Antony on her barge has to be seen to be believed!! Surely the queen's real barge was never so lavish!! Her entry into Rome as part of Ceasar's entourage while well done can't possibly compare to the incredibly lavish entry scene in Elizabeth Taylor's version unfortunately.
As a history exercise it stays close to what real history says happened but never once does the entertainment let up. The settings , costumnes, music used are pure DeMille and are thus a sight for the eye.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
When this movie first came out Claudette Colbert was one of the bigest names in pictures .
She could act and looked realy hot wile doing it. Read more
The movie looks really great and is generally well acted. Cleopatra is as strong as ever. The DVD itself has some interesting extras. The commentary and featuretes are nice. Read morePublished on June 14 2011 by James Powell
I have loved this film for years. Claudette Colbert is excellent in her interpretation of Cleopatra. Read morePublished on July 15 2009 by Jean Thivierge
Even though this is a old movie it is the best of all the cleo movies. I have watched it over & over & will do so again. If you like the older movies you will love this onePublished on Oct. 29 2003
no one could make entertaining junk like cecil b. demille. this movie sure is junk and it sure is entertaining. claudette colbert in slinky costumes alone makes it worthwhile. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003
I originally had to watch this for a University class, but after seeing it I couldn't stop raving about it! Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by Heather A. Spares
Claudette Colbert isn't really an actress you'd expect to find playing the Queen of the Nile, but she and her co-stars make the 1930s film version a lot more entertaining than the... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
Visually stunning - Colbert included! One of De Mille's best - if not THE best - sound films, in GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE. Read morePublished on June 19 2001