Cleopatra

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  1. Everett Stallings

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    It's up for pre-order @ Amazon U.K. reg. B. Ships 01/30/12. I wonder when it will be released in USA.
     
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    It's been up for pre-order for over a month now from all online retailers in the UK (I ordered it from Amazon). I believe the date, probably a world-wide release on that date. It looks like they just jumped the gun in the UK. I'm sure Fox will announce it soon, it's a long way off, two & a half months.
     
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    Blu-ray.com said a North American date was forthcoming. I can't wait! :D
     
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    I'm wondering if the 2+ hour documentary which was included on the DVD version of is going to be included. It should be a standalone disc, much like Behind the Planet of the Apes.
     
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    Hi Jason, the UK special features listing indicates that it will be on the Blu-ray edition. There's also supposed to be a feature called "Cleopatra's missing footage". Can't wait to see what THAT includes! Hopefully the uncut opening scene of Taylor/Cleopatra in exile with her army. Clips of that are shown in the documentary. Special Features: * Cleopatra Through The Ages: A Cultural History * Cleopatra's missing footage * Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman * Commentary with Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky * The Cleopatra Papers: A Private Correspondence * Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood * The Fourth Star of Cleopatra * Archival footage of the New York premiere * Archival footage of the Hollywood premiere * Theatrical trailers
     
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    That's awesome, Andrew. That doc is quite amazing and worth the purchase even without the film.
     
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    Completely agree, Jason! Here's hoping we get our announcement over here soon. I think Fox has been announcing Blu-rays about a month and a half before they street... Maybe they're waiting for the hammer to go down on the Elizabeth Taylor auction at Christie's in NYC? I've already got my ticket for the exhibit and can't wait!:D
     
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    Is the commentary from the current dvd? I feel like I should know this, but who is the 4th Star of Cleopatra?
     
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    The commentary should be the same one from the DVD since it involves the same people.

    "The Fourth Star of Cleopatra" (1963 featurette), a nine-minute Movietone News promotional short. The short talks about the how big of an epic the film is and the costumes and sets.



    I am really looking forward to this and hope Fox does it with the care it deserves.
     
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    I just found out about this thread. Does anyone here know if the lost footage exists? Martin Landau made an intriguing comment that it was found in his commentary recorded on the DVD. Whilst I suspect that Zanuck may have trashed the footage after he edited it, and it's truly lostfor all time, some stills and the script exists, enough so that an Internet based reconstruction was possible, via this link: http://taylortribute.com/Elizabeth%20Taylor%20-%20Restored%20Cleopatra%20Main%20Page.html An excerpt from page four by Mr. Harris: http://taylortribute.com/Elizabeth%20Taylor%20-%20Restored%20Cleopatra%20page%2004.html
    Mr. Harris was kind enough to reply to my off topic inquiry on the My Fair Lady Thread. He wrote: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/315932/a-few-words-about-my-fair-lady-in-blu-ray/270#post_3872482
    And there's another thread here on Cleopatra: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/53033/would-you-buy-a-cleopatra-directors-cut http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/53033/would-you-buy-a-cleopatra-directors-cut#post_515417
    Can this U.K. Blu-ray play on U.S. equipment? Thanks!
     
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    We won't know that until it comes out. I've already placed my order with Amazon UK and I'll let you know in due time - if no-one beats me to the punch.
     
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    No it will not play on USA players,it's region B we are A.
     
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    You can't know that until the disc is released. Even discs that are explicitly labelled as region "B" are sometimes region "A" compatible.
     
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    We have also recently found that some US players will play them anyway, by pressing "stop" at the error message and then "menu". Whether that applies to all Region B discs, I have no idea. It worked for me on a Masters of Cinema release.
     
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    ...but it doesn't work for all machines, BTW. Extras are passing through the BBFC right now - 'Cleopatra's missing footage' is around 7½ minutes.
     
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    I was hoping for something around the 2 hour mark.:D
     
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    I hope we get an announcement on this side of the pond next Monday. That's the day Dame E's jewelry, couture, and memorabilia will go up on the auction block at Christie's. I went to NYC for the first preview on Saturday and it was complete pandemonium! There will never be another Elizabeth Taylor....
     
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    Because I bought Ben-Hur from Amazon UK, I got an email informing me of other movies I might like: El Cid, Guns of Navarone*, Bridge on the River Kwai*, Quo Vadis*, West Side Story*, Fall of the Roman Empire, Cleopatra. The movies with an asterisk are identified in the email as region free. That seems to be a hint that Cleo is not region free.
     
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    Cover art up now at Amazon Uk
     
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    I'm sure it will be region free, Fox seems to have given up region locking their catalogue releases. But anyway, you won't have to import it, it's unthinkable that Fox wouldn't release it in the US, & remember they haven't made any announcements about it yet.
     

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