Cleopatra (50th Anniversary) (2-DVD)

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz  Rated: G: General Audiences
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Cleopatra (50th Anniversary) (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 4 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio Commentary by Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Your Roman generals become divine so quickly!"
  - Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) to Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison)
"Without you this isn't a world I want to live in--much less conquer."
  - Cleopatra to Marc Antony (Richard Burton)
"You have a way of mixing politics and passion."
  - Julius Caesar to Cleopatra

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1963 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1963 - Best Cinematography: Leon Shamroy
Academy Awards 1963 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1963 - Best Special Visual Effects

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 04/13/2001
"...[A] gaudy-gorgeous pageant..."
Total Film - 07/08/2013
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a monument to pre-CGI pageantry, it doesn't get much bigger than this."

Plot Synopsis:

CLEOPATRA is a lengthy, sprawling, spectacular love story, helmed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, depicting Cleopatra's manipulation of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save the Egyptian empire. The lavish, stunning production stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in legendary on- (as well as off-) screen performances.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Ancient World | Big Battles | Epic | Essential Cinema | Love Triangle | Period Piece | Recommended | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Rouben Mamoulian was the original director of CLEOPATRA, but Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who directed Elizabeth Taylor in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, took over after numerous delays.
  • At the time of its completion, CLEOPATRA was the longest film in history at 4 hours and 3 minutes; it was cut by 21 minutes for its release. It was also the ninth biggest moneymaker of all time in the domestic market, even before its premiere, and the most expensive film made (before TITANIC in 1997), largely as a result of overruns caused by Taylor and Richard Burton's tempestuous relationship on- and offscreen.
  • A 1934 version of CLEOPATRA was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Claudette Colbert in the title role.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 6,162
  • UPC: 024543864400
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