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Cleopatra (Five Star Collection) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
This epic masterpiece has never been more glorious. Meticulously restored with a stunningly vivid picture and breath-taking 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: Nomination: Walter Wanger for Best Picture. Nomination for Rex Harrison for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Academy Awards® for Leon Shamroy for Best Cinematography for Color. Academy Awards® for John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith, Hilyard Brown, Herman A. Blumenthal, Elven Webb, Maurice Pelling, and Boris Juraga for Art Direction. Academy Awards® for Walter M. Scott, Paul S. Fox, and Ray Moyer for Set Decoration. Academy Awards® for Best Art Direction and Set Decoration and Color. Academy Awards® for Irene Sharaff, Vittorio Nino Novarese, and Renie for Best Costume Design and Color. Nominations for James Corcoran at Twentieth Century Fox Sound Department and Fred Hynes at Todd-AO Sound Department for Best Sound Mixing. Nominations for Dorothy Spencer. Academy Awards® for Emil Kosa, Jr. for Best Special Effects. Nominations for Alex North for Best Music and Score (Substantially Original).Read more ›
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I never much cared for this classic example of 50-60's big, looooong and lumbering over-lit roadshow colour epics...But the sets are pretty awesome. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Joker-scar
It doesn't deserve the bad reputation. The last great studio epic viewed in hindsight is captivating viewing.Published 1 month ago by Gary Stewart
A magnificent movie with the superstars that could not have been better.Published 2 months ago by Andrew
Magnificent production and the viewer can easily see why the costs were so high especially back in the 1960s. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lloyd Baluk
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