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Cleopatra Blu-ray

United Kingdom
50th Anniversary Edition 20th Century Fox | 1963 | 251 min | Rated BBFC: PG | Jan 30, 2012

Cleopatra (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.22:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.20:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 4.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
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Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Icelandic… (more)

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.9 of 54.9
Audio 4.8 of 54.8
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
Based on 9 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Romance43%
History36%
Period29%
Epic21%
Biography18%

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Cleopatra

 (1963)

Cleopatra Blu-ray comes close to perfection with top scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.

For more about Cleopatra and the Cleopatra Blu-ray release, see Cleopatra Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Carroll O'Connor, Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau
Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Darryl F. Zanuck

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Cleopatra Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.22:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of 20th Century Fox-UK.

The high-definition transfer is enormously impressive. Detail, clarity, and especially image depth easily rival those of the outstanding Blu-ray release of William Wyler's Ben-Hur, which Warner Brothers produced last year. The massive panoramic scenes also look incredibly fluid (if you have the ability to project your Blu-rays on large screens, prepare to be overwhelmed by the stunning visuals). Also, even though there have been some concerns about the color grading of the new high-definition transfer, in my opinion both color saturation and color balance are very convincing.

There are absolutely no traces of problematic denoising or sharpening corrections. Unsurprisingly, when blown through a digital projector Cleopatra very much looks like film, boasting organic qualities that are typically extremely easy to appreciate if an older film has undergone a meticulous restoration and lab technicians have not tried to 'modernize' it. The high-definition transfer is also free of annoying flecks, scratches, and debris. All in all, this is breathtakingly beautiful presentation of a legendary film, which I am convinced will appear on many Top 10 lists at the end of 2012. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no problematic PAL or 1080/50i content preceding the disc's main menu).


Cleopatra Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There are six audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 4.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Catalan DTS 5.1, and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1. For the record, 20th Century Fox-UK have provided optional English SDH, Spanish, French, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Hebrew, Icelandic, Simplified Mandarin, and Portuguese (Continental) subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.

The Blu-ray disc does not come with a booklet clarifying where the audio was remastered and how, but the final result is indeed very impressive. The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 boasts a wide range of nuanced dynamics that give the film the type of depth it rightfully deserves (check out the following two sequences: Cleopatra's reception in Rome and Octavian's arrival in Alexandria). Alex North's epic score also gets a tremendous boost. The brass section, in particular, sounds great. I would also like to specifically point out that during the Overture the strings are far richer and crisper than they are on the old R1 3DVD set 20th Century Fox produced. The dialog is clean, stable and exceptionally easy to follow. There is absolutely no background hiss whatsoever.



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Cleopatra Blu-ray, News and Updates



Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Available for Pre-Order - February 15, 2013

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is yet to officially announce and detail its upcoming 50th Anniversary Blu-ray editions of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's legendary Cleopatra, but Amazon already has them available for pre-order. Early retail information indicates that ...

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra Heading to Blu-ray - September 30, 2011

The UK branch of 20th Century Fox Entertainment has revealed that it will release Joseph L. Mankiewicz's legendary Cleopatra (1963), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The exact technical specs, supplemental features, and region coding status for this ...


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