Witty, Borderline Campy Epic Biography of Fabled Egyptian Queen
12 August 2013
Excerpt: The quality of the video image is phenomenal and it does justice to what is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular movies ever made. (If this movie is to be believed, Cleopatra really knew how to make an entrance--and an exit.
Excerpt: The epic picture revolves around Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor), Mark Antony (Richard Burton), Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and Octavian (Roddy McDowall). The 243 minute movie was lengthy, extravagant and at times a chore to watch.
Excerpt: This BluRay Book version of Cleopatra is fabulous. The picture quality is remarkable, and seeing the entire movie in widescreen for perhaps the first time in my life was a unique experience. The detail in the picture is sharp and very life-like.
Excerpt: It very long, and there's a lot of talking. But the script is literate and intelligent. This is really two separate 2 hour movies—first one about Caesar and Cleopatra, and then one about Anthony and Cleopatra.
Excerpt: Few epic films came out as bad as Cleopatra! A muddled and dreary story and mostly equally bad acting. Not only did the film have a cast of thousands so did the screen writing by the look of it and it shows!
Excerpt: The film itself is a bit overrated, true - but it's nevertheless an epic classic with plenty of powerful and great moments. However, this blu-ray edition is remarkable in almost every way, especially considering it's not a Criterion, nor any special collectors edition.
Excerpt: We all know the history about this film going way over budget (at the time most expensive movie ever made) and the number one box office hit of 1963 didn't make enough money back for the studio. The set direction and costumes are top notch!
Excerpt: The lost footage of about 2 hours--thrown in the trash by Fox in 1978, as explained in a special feature on the blu-ray--is a tragedy. Still, the film as it remains is a chipped masterpiece. It's visually magnificent, and the performances are all worthy. The PQ is outstanding.
Excerpt: The image and sound quality on this is absolutely lovely. Magnificent is the best way to describe it. However the movie itself is very over rated. Too long, boring and the acting isnt as good as is claimed.
Opulent 1963 Cleopatra Blu-ray with Elizabeth Taylor
25 February 2012
Excerpt: Cleopatra may be the most opulent motion picture of all time and is a testament to Elizabeth Taylor and the other actors and artisans from this pre-computer generated image era. It was a high point for the magnificence of Todd-AO 70mm and the unique richness of Deluxe Color - all beautifully and...