Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray review


Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Sizzle on Screen in this Hallowed Classic 
Arriving on Blu-ray for the First time

50th Anniversary Collection Features Never-Before-Seen Missing Footage!

In honor of the iconic film’s 50th anniversary, the 243-minute premiere version of CLEOPATRA has been meticulously restored and presented on Blu-ray for a stunning high definition in-home viewing experience. Artfully packaged with a full-color book featuring rare images from the making of the film, the 2-disc Blu-ray  edition is packed with dazzling bonus materials featuring never-before-seen exclusive content including Cleopatra’s lost footage, commentary from Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more. Additionally, fans can watch footage from the film’s original theatrical premieres in both New York and Los Angeles.

To kick-off a global celebration commemorating the film and its special edition Blu-ray release, Richard Burton will receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, March 1. Burton’s star will be placed next to Elizabeth Taylor’s, honoring one of the most famous theatrical relationships and greatest love stories in history. The campaign for Burton’s star was spearheaded by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to celebrate the actor’s heritage.  Only one posthumous star is awarded each year, making this event a true honor for Burton’s family and fans. 

Directed by Academy Award winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film was the highest grossing film of 1963, bringing in more than $24 million in its initial release. The film cost an unprecedented $42 million to make (equivalent to over $300 million today) and nearly bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox.  In addition to elaborate sets and costumes, production delays and the relocation of principal filming from London to Rome added to the skyrocketing budget.  A very public love affair between Taylor and Burton that blossomed during the three-year production meant that there was as much romance and intrigue off-screen as on-screen.  The film later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture.*

The opulence and grandeur of this epic spectacle has never been more glorious, as it comes to Blu-ray for the very first time. This 2-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition includes a collectible book that provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this legendary film.

Elizabeth Taylor stars as Cleopatra, the glamorous and cunning queen of Egypt. To secure her hold on power, she seduces the rulers of Rome, only to meet her match in Mark Antony, played by Richard Burton. Their passionate romance could decide the fate of the world’s greatest empires. 

CLEOPATRA Blu-ray Features:

Disc 1
Cleopatra Through The Ages: A Cultural History
Cleopatra’s Missing Footage
Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman
Commentary with Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky 
The Cleopatra Papers: A Private Correspondence 

Disc 2
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood
The Fourth Star of Cleopatra
Fox Movietone News
Archival Footage of the New York Premiere
Archival Footage of the Hollywood Premiere
Commentary with Chris Mankieqicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky
Theatrical Trailers


This Blu-ray is great even though there isn't much they can do to convert it to HD since this movie is 50 years old .  The  picture is fantastic and this movie almost doesn't look like it is 50 . The sound quality is fantastic as well. I was very surprised at the quality.

I remember watching this movie when i was a child but I do not remember it being so long. It is 243 minutes long!!   Good thing I had nothing important to do this morning.  For such an old movie this is such a great classic that I know I will be watching again in the future.  

Have you even seen this movie?  

I give this 4 out of 5

You can now purchase Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray wherever movies are sold.

*The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.*

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