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Attenzione! Qualora all'avvio del disco non comparisse nel menu l'opzione audio "italiano", consigliamo di settare il lettore DVD o il PC - avendo cura di eseguire l'operazione quando il disco NON e inserito con le seguenti impostazioni: lingua menu: italiano, lingua italiano, sottotitoli: italiano.
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Most of the epic is in the sets and set pieces, most notably Cleopatra's entrance into Rome, the night attack on the palace, and the fateful sea battle. But all is wrapped up in such splendid costumes, accompanied by a wonderful score from Alex North, and a superb supporting cast, that the best thing to do is sit back and immerse yourself in this lost world from two thousand years ago, as recreated by a team of technicians at the top of their game.
PICTURE QUALITY & SOUND ARE PERFECT. SO MUCH TO SEE IN ADDITION TO THE FILM ITSELF SUCH AS GALLERY,
COSTUME PICS, DOCUMENTARY, TRAILERS, ETC. NEARLY 7 HOURS VIEWING! NOW I HAVE ALL FOUR OF THE BIG AND
BEST OF THE ROMAN EPICS NAMELY BEN-HUR, FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND.....SPARTACUS. MANY THANKS!
itself. So, my review is on the film alone. Having said that, this has to be
one of the only movies that was a major hit with audiences, but a box office
flop, as the costs of promotion and over budget nearly broke 20th Century Fox.
Cleopatra did make it's money back by 1972, so it wasn't a complete
There are 4 great Hollywood Roman epics, those being Ben Hur, Spartacus,
The Fall of the Roman Empire, and this film. And Epic is the word I would
use here... Every thing is big! Epic acting, Epic sets Epic music this is
Hollywood at it's most... well, Epic.... Over the years, you can only look
at this movie as a piece of grand art, which it is... But I have to say, the
weakest part of this film, is it's script. A pretty dull script at that has little
in the way of humour, but that is overshadowed by the best thing about
the movie... and that is THE SETS! The film sets are AMAZING... If
the acting and dialogue are a bit wooden, you can't keep your eyes off
the set design. When they say, "they don't make em like that any more"
They are right!... No CGI or modeling here, the Roman and Egyptian
reproductions are in real life size, and are breathtaking... So much has
been said about the production of this film, and I can add little to it, but
only to say, if you have any interest in Roman or Hollywood history, you
have to see this movie before you die...
It truly is a triumph for all the cast and production team with new director Joseph L Mankiewicz that his insistence for Cleopatra's entrance into Rome had to be a spectacle unsurpassed in any film before. It probably is on a par with the chariot race in the Roman arena in Ben Hur but much more colourful and full of grandeur.
If anyone has not seen this film before they are in for a four hour spectacle on such a grand scale the like of which has never be seen since in any production since the making of Cleopatra fifty years ago.
The film itself is gorgeous; the photography in every aspect epic and without digital tricks to conjure this lost world of majesty, cruelty and pre-Christian morality.
Lovely Liz is Cleopatra;a shimmering Goddess in gold and jewels and delicious outfits. She is a very pretty woman and by Isis herself she can act.Just as well because Burton as Anthony is on fire in this movie. He brings it. Poor Martin Landau who shares quite a few long two-handers with him gets blown off the set by Burton's raw intensity.
Only Liz can hold her own with that voice.
The story follows the Shakespearian arc; historical fact or fiction who can say and frankly it matters not.
It's a love story on a grand stage and contains all those elemental ingredients that we seek in our quiet recumbent lives but whose sweet and sour delights we never taste
Well worth the 4 hours or so. There is never a point when you think, Oh God hurry up and die.
Now for the bluray. It's fabulous and well worth the extra few pounds.The cpours and clarity are amazing
I can understand why it was the most expensive picture ever made as it was suppose to be TWO 3 hour long pictures and the sets are UNBELIEVABLE as are the costumes. Thousands of extras in some scenes (before CGI clones were invented), it is reminiscent of the silent era epics only multiplied by ten. There is some great acting, by Harrison, McDowall and even Burton in some scenes as well as other actors. All in all not a bad picture, but loooong, it should have been left as two pictures. Some of the history is not up to snuff but mostly it is good and interesting to see it presented in a palatable fashion. The overemphasis on Cleopatra's seductive powers to me was the draggy parts of the film. I would like to see the original two pictures as Mankiewicz had done them if ever they are found and restored.
The Blu-ray version is great, BEAUTIFUL picture and great sound, well worth the price.
For sheer entertainment value,this film has it all. A fabulous cast;a veritable feast for the eye;an outstanding musical score,who could possibly ask for more!!! There is simply no way today that a film such as this could be made. The cost would bankrupt any studio. My advice is get this restored DVD while you can,and just sit back and wallow in an unbridled joy and delight as History becomes alive with real characters... And incidentally,the price of this DVD on the Amazon website is unbelieveably inexpensive!!!!
Burton's Marc Antony is also a major problem. We have to take his greatness entirely on trust - we see him win no battles, nor does Mankiewicz attempt his own take on his famous oration at Julius Caesar's funeral. What we do see is Burton at his hammiest, flagon of wine constantly in hand, giving us a petulant drunken schoolboy much given to breathy intonations and snorts of outrage. His love scenes with Taylor, the odd well-written exchange aside, strike no sparks but all too-often come across as a camp rehearsal for Virginia Woolf. Still, he does at least get better as he goes along. The same cannot be said for Hume Cronyn, who is simply inept beyond belief here.
Unfortunately, when Harrison dies, so does the film, or very nearly, only showing signs of recovery in the last half hour as Roddy McDowall's superbly realised Octavian takes centre stage. There's still much to admire - the sombre opening, some beautiful writing, North's score, the lavish production design and some fine supporting performances from the likes of Martin Landau and George Cole (yes, George Cole) - but it is definitely a case of taking the rough with the smooth.
This is the uncut four-hour roadshow version, and the restored sequences, among the best in the film, really do make a difference. However, if you're getting it on DVD, be sure to get the three-disc edition for the excellent two-hour documentary on the making of the film not included on the two-disc set.
Fox's Region A, B and C Blu-ray release is even more splendid, offering a beautiful transfer of the four hour versiuon, the two hour documentary, trailers, original newsreel shorts and some new extras as well - a featurette on the futile search for the lost footage and studio correspondance and a profile of the historical Cleopatra among them - though the second disc seems to take an eternity to load.
The booklet included is of great assistance with information such as :
1. Production was shifted from Italy to England when it was found that the Summer Olympics in Rome
were making it impossible to find accomodation for cast and crew.
When in September shooting began English weather made it impossible , rain mud slush fog,
"on a good day, whenever a word was spoken, you could see the vapour coming from the actor's mouths"
2. In October Elizabeth Taylor came down with meningitis, and because she was in almost every scene,
filming came to a standstill.
In March Taylor came down with Pneumonia and an emergancy Tracheotomy had to be done to save her.
3. Taylor and Burton fell in love - though both were married - the press descended like sharks.
4. For the part of Cleopatra Taylor was asked to name her price ... one million dollars.
5. As principal photography was finally wrapped up in the summer of 1962 Skouras resigned as
president of Fox.
4 Academy awards were won , the budget was 2 million dollars it cost 35 million
What we're left with is a glorious monument to human folly (in ancient and modern times) tempered with great acting performances, scriptwriting and amazing set designs which revel in their own luxury with not a pixel of CGI in sight - this three disc presentation lets you appreciate everything that made this film great just that little bit more.