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TCFHE Press Release: Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition Blu-ray)


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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 24 2013 - 03:27 AM

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CLEOPATRA BLU-RAY: (Catalog # 2277459)
Screen Format: 16:9
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA
  French 5.1 DTS
  Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
  Castilian 5.1 DTS
  Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Castilian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Hebrew, Icelandic and Mandarin
U.S. Rating: PG
Total Run Time 561 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes





 

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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted February 24 2013 - 09:28 AM

I went ahead and pre-ordered the digibook because the price suddenly dropped down to $18.99 this morning. I just hope the transfer is better than we've heard about overseas copies (mostly complaints about the color). Maybe...just maybe...Fox took so long to get it to the U.S. because they were busy preparing a color-corrected version for domestic release?? We can only hope. By the way, does anyone know the release date? Amazon doesn't say.
 

 


#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted February 24 2013 - 12:44 PM

Is the digibook the only difference between the two releases?
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Posted February 24 2013 - 04:17 PM

Is the digibook the only difference between the two releases?
Probably, but there hasn't been a press release yet. I'm sure I sound like a broken record by this point, I'd love it included the few deleted scenes that have turned up (our first glimpse of Cleopatra divining the future, Cleopatra in her camp, and the trims from the Entry Into Rome sequence), as well the Pinewood footage and screen/costume tests. I don't know why Fox is sitting on this material... Maybe they're saving it for a re-release when the Cleopatra film based on the Stacy Schiff biography is released, with Angelina Jolie rumoured to play the title role.

#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted February 25 2013 - 06:32 AM

Interested to hear what the specs are - already have the UK version so will probably wait for some reviews to see if there's a difference.
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Posted February 25 2013 - 06:55 AM

This is up for pre-order with still no hint of release date?  (Sorry if I missed anything about that.)

#7 of 34 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 26 2013 - 11:11 PM

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This is up for pre-order with still no hint of release date?


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Posted February 28 2013 - 05:07 PM

This article says the Blu-ray will be released May 7th. Bonus features are identical to the UK/Europe/Asia releases. http://www.wearemovi...f-fame-march-1/

#9 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted February 28 2013 - 05:14 PM

I actually sprung for the Digibook on this one.

#10 of 34 OFFLINE   OliverK

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Posted February 28 2013 - 09:07 PM

This article says the Blu-ray will be released May 7th. Bonus features are identical to the UK/Europe/Asia releases. http://www.wearemovi...f-fame-march-1/
Not a good sign, I fear that everything including the cold anemic colors and the exaggerated sharpening will be the same. One can always hope I guess...

#11 of 34 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 01 2013 - 04:46 AM

Updated with official press release

 

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Posted March 01 2013 - 05:24 AM

Total Run Time 561 minutes? Must include all the extras on the discs.

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Posted March 01 2013 - 05:45 AM

Total Run Time 561 minutes? Must include all the extras on the discs.
Your right for in the body of the announcement it says its the 243 minute Premire version
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Posted March 01 2013 - 11:54 AM

"includes Lost footage" Are these the deleted scenes?
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Posted March 01 2013 - 01:47 PM

Theres a doc that was on the UK BD that talks about the lost footage and how they tried to find it, and there are moments of clips in the long documentary as well, but really nothing major. Perhaps some collector somewhere has the missing material but aside from that miracle I doubt we'll ever see it all. Of all the films with missing material, this is the one I most pray for a Metropolis type miracle for. The extra 90 minutes-2 hours would elevate this to a really great film, instead of what it is now, a film with some wonderful scenes, dialogue and performance that has many logical holes and gaps. I would bet that the 6 hour version would feel shorter to watch than the 4...
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Posted March 01 2013 - 01:59 PM

As I've said in other "Cleopatra" threads, some scenes have turned up: - The original first glimpse of Cleopatra, veiled and divining the future - Cleopatra in her camp - Trims from the Entrance into Rome The latter two are shown briefly in the 2hr documentary. The film is never going to be restored (although there are rumours of a 6 hour black and white work print in the hands of a collector), so I don't understand why Fox is just sitting on this material and not including it like Sony did with the balcony scene from "Lawrence". If anyone wants a comprehensive look at the deleted scenes, check out my friend's site: http://taylortribute... Main Page.html

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Posted March 01 2013 - 02:00 PM

Yeah, there's nothing new here that's not on the UK release. Unless the picture has been improved or they fixed the intermission, both of which I doubt.

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Posted March 01 2013 - 04:48 PM

and not everyone hates the color and feels the intermission is a problem...
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Posted March 01 2013 - 07:45 PM

and not everyone hates the color and feels the intermission is a problem...
To be honest, I don't have a big problem with the colours either. I do think it looks cool and golds are more on the silver side, but I think it's one of the most beautiful Blu-rays in my collection. I've loved this film since I was a kid and owned the VHS and 5 Star Collection DVD. The Blu-ray is a revelation in comparison. Here's RAH's "A few words about... Cleopatra": http://www.hometheat...a-uk-in-blu-ray

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Posted March 01 2013 - 08:39 PM

and not everyone hates the color and feels the intermission is a problem...
I don't have a problem with the colour either, although admittedly I don't remember exactly what it looked like originally but placing the Entr'acte at the end of Part 1 is definitely wrong and an incorrect representation of the original showing of the film. The Entr'acte for roadshow presentations always led seamlessly into the beginning of Part 2 of the film. In having to switch discs to play Part 2, the Blu-ray makes it impossible to view the film as it was heard and seen theatrically. Of course that may not matter to some but for those who saw these films in their original presentations it's an annoyance which could so easily have been done right - if only the people doing the mastering had more knowledge about roadshows. I will also hazard a prediction that Fox will not have made any changes from the version previously released in Europe.




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