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Cleopatra (3 Discs)

Released on 15 April 2002

Featuring: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor & Rex Harrison

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

3.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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Possibly the most alluring, mysterious and powerful woman of all time, Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) changed the course of history when two of the most powerful men in Rome fell in love with her. Rex Harrison is Julius Caesar, who wins the Egyptian throne for Cleopatra, marries her and provides her with a child, Caesarean. Upon returning to his native country, Caesar is crowned Dictator of Rome, but his desperate desire for even greater power causes a worried Roman Senate to fatally conspire against him on the Ides of March.

Several years later, Marc Antony (Richard Burton), previously Caesar's right-hand man, is now a general in charge of all Eastern provinces. Financial troubles cause him to turn to Cleopatra for help and she soon seduces him, setting in motion another all-consuming affair. However, for the new Dictator of Rome, Octavian (Roddy McDowall), Antony is now all that stands in the way of his absolute rule of the Empire. Octavian and the Senate declare war on Egypt, paving the way for a great battle between these two ancient superpowers. This three disc edition of Cleopatra presents the epic big budget film on two discs, with the third disc packed with extras.
  • Audio commentary from the sons of the director Chris and Tom Mankiewicz, star Martin Landau and producer Jack Prodsky
  • Documentary: 'Cleopatra - The Film That Changed Hollywood' (120 mins)
  • Featurette: 'The Fourth Star Of Cleopatra'
  • Movietone News Archive footage of New York and Hollywood premieres
  • Original Theatrical U.S. and international trailers
  • 5 stills galleries
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access
  • Please note: This film is spread over two discs

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Ambitious and opulent, but finally flawed epic. The sets and costumes are stunning, while there are even good lines of dialogue and standout performances from Rex Harrison and Roddy McDowall. But the film is dull in places. The presentation on DVD though, cannot be faulted. The best extra is the 2 hour documentary which is better than the film.

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ActorsRichard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Andrew Keir, Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall, Robert Stephens, Francesca Annis, Gregoire Aslan, Martin Benson, Michael Hordern, Carroll O'Connor & Desmond Llewelyn
DirectorJoseph L. Mankiewicz
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Czech ; Danish ; Finnish ; Hebrew ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Swedish
Duration4 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.