Excerpt: love the great epic 60s classic film cleopatra it is a great movie and looks stunning and very vivid and clear on blu ray in HD and great cinematography and elizabeth taylor is great as cleopatra love it
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.) I was not, however, as impressed with the Blu-ray audio quality due to some problems with muffled dialog, although for the most part the surround sound is thrilling.
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. For history buffs this would be a treat despite of some exaggerations with the facts.
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. Many visual subtleties come through that I haven't noticed before.
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. If you like movies like Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments, which are also slow and talky at times, then you should give this a try imho. But if you hate old epic movies don't bother, as this one certainly won't change your mind.
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! Fans will love this but for others beware, constipation on a grand scale pretty much guaranteed! Rent at best as I am pretty sure most will not want to sit through this twice!
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. The image is as fantastic as in Ben-Hur and the sound is simply perfect. Plus it's an original, restored version - closest to the first director's vision - with plenty of bonus materials.
Excerpt: Yes, the movie is flawed, and as a film, it's nowhere near as involving as Ben-Hur, or Spartacus, El Cid or The Ten Commandments. Full disclosure: my wife and I watched it over 2 nights. But it is truly a spectacle, the likes of which no one will ever make again, and some of the sequences and images take your breath away. Per the special features, the movie if made today would cost between $300-$400 million.
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! The three leads Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison (Oscar nominated role) and Richard Burton (possibly the greatest actor to ever live without ever getting an Oscar) were all excellent as Cleopatra, Julius Cesar and Mark Anthony.
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.