The great Joseph L. Mankiewicz' Cleopatra is finally, a year after it's UK release, arriving on U.S. shores.
And there's an improvement.
Slight, but an improvement.
The entr'acte, which was strangely positioned at the tail of disc one on the UK release, now properly stands at the head of disc two, and comes up automatically.
Aside from that this magnificent epic with 65mm cinematography by Leon Shamroy and classic score by Alex North, seems to be precisely the same as the UK version.
Which to my eyes, is very nice. To those with more modest video panels, it should look superb. In projection, lesser so, as it isn't up to the quality seen in some other large format release, being scanned at a lower resolution. The final result is also far less stellar than one might expect, but nice, still the same.
Audio is also the same as the UK set, in DTS-HD MA, and sounds superb.
While I believe that most people will be thrilled with this particular Cleopatra, I can only look at it, knowing what it could have been.
For the past year, I've been patiently hopeful.
Image - 4
Audio - 5