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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Reviewed In Issue 49 (June 2001) Of Widescreen Review®
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh, Andrew Keir, Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall, Robert Stephens, Francesca Annis, Gregoire Anlas, Martin Benson, Herbert Berghof, John Cairney, Isabelle Cooley, John Doucette, Andrew Faulds, Michael Gwynn, Michael Hordern, Carroll O
The Five Star Collection Cleopatra disc, with that seizure-inducing shimmery rainbow cover, consists of three discs: The 249-minute movie itself takes up two, dual-layer discs, and a third disc houses the extras which consist of a new documentary, a 1960s featurette, Movietone News Premier
Note that the exit music was inadvertently left off of the end of the movie. Fox will reissue, and those with the original sets may exchange them through Fox. Call 888 223 2369 to arrange a replacement copy.
Based upon histories by Plutarch, Suetonius, Appian, other ancient sources, and The Life And Times Of Cleopatra by C.M. Franzero, the bigger-than-life story of Cleopatra comes to DVD in a big three-disc set. Taking over five years to make at a cost of sixty million and nearly sending its studio, 20th Century Fox, into bankruptcy, the story revolves around the history of Queen Cleopatra (Taylor), who, after being exiled from the palace by her weirdo brother Ptolemy (O
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD features a THX digitally mastered picture that exhibits nicely saturated colors that are well defined overall, though some scenes appear a bit smeared. The obvious sets make for a slightly flat appearance. Edge enhancement can be quite prominent at times, but many scenes are smooth and free from the distraction. Pixelization occasionally makes its way into the picture; and fine details on some of the guards
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