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


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#1 of 34 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 24 2013 - 03:27 AM

 



AFTER 50 YEARS, CLEOPATRA RULES AGAIN: ON BLU-RAY MAY 21

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Sizzle on Screen in this Hallowed Classic
Arriving on Blu-ray for the First time

50th Anniversary Collection Features Never-Before-Seen Missing Footage!

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 1, 2013) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is proud to announce that the four-time Academy Award® winning* classic CLEOPATRA, will be released on Blu-ray Disc for the first time May 21 in a special golden anniversary edition and is available for pre-order at major retailers.

In honor of the iconic film’s 50th anniversary, the 243-minute premiere version of CLEOPATRAhas been meticulously restored and presented on Blu-ray for a stunning high definition in-home viewing experience. Artfully packaged with a full-color book featuring rare images from the making of the film, the 2-disc Blu-ray edition is packed with dazzling bonus materials featuring never-before-seen exclusive content including Cleopatra’s lost footage, commentary from Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more. Additionally, fans can watch footage from the film’s original theatrical premieres in both New York and Los Angeles.

To kick-off a global celebration commemorating the film and its special edition Blu-ray release, Richard Burton will receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, Friday, March 1. Burton’s star will be placed next to Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s, honoring one of the most famous theatrical relationships and greatest love stories in history. The campaign for Burton’s star was spearheaded by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to celebrate the actor’s heritage.

Directed by Academy Award winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film was the highest grossing film of 1963, bringing in more than $24 million in its initial release. The film cost an unprecedented $42 million to make (equivalent to over $300 million today) and nearly bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox. In addition to elaborate sets and costumes, production delays and the relocation of principal filming from London to Rome added to the skyrocketing budget. A very public love affair between Taylor and Burton that blossomed during the three-year production meant that there was as much romance and intrigue off-screen as on-screen. The film later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture.*

The opulence and grandeur of this epic spectacle has never been more glorious, as it comes to Blu-ray for the very first time. This 2-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition includes a collectible book that provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this legendary film.

Elizabeth Taylor stars as Cleopatra, the glamorous and cunning queen of Egypt. To secure her hold on power, she seduces the rulers of Rome, only to meet her match in Mark Antony, played by Richard Burton. Their passionate romance could decide the fate of the world’s greatest empires.

 

CLEOPATRA Blu-ray Features:

Disc 1
  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

Disc 2
  Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood
  The Fourth Star of Cleopatra
  Fox Movietone News
    Archival Footage of the New York Premiere
    Archival Footage of the Hollywood Premiere
  Commentary with Chris Mankieqicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky
  Theatrical Trailers

* Best Art Direction (won); Best Cinematography (won); Best Costume Design (won); Best Visual Effects (won); Best Picture (nominated); Best Actor (Rex Harrison) (nominated); Best Film Editing (nominated); Best Original Score (nominated); Best Sound Mixing (nominated)

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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 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 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 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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#6 of 34 Charles Smith

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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 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?


Yeah, that's normal Amazon practice.  Many releases appear on the website 

weeks prior to an actual press release, which we have not received yet.  


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#8 of 34 Andrew Budgell

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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/

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Posted February 28 2013 - 05:14 PM

I actually sprung for the Digibook on this one.



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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 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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#16 of 34 Andrew Budgell

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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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