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  • Actors: Billy Zane, Timothy Dalton, Rupert Graves, Leonor Varela, John Bowe
  • Directors: Franc Roddam
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DVNUWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,530 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire made-for-television mini-series starring Timothy Dalton as Julius Caesar and Billy Zane as Marc Anthony. The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra (Leonor Varela) at first works her seductive charms on the Roman leader, Julius Caesar, and then switches to Marc Anthony just as Caesar is murdered. But when Rome declares war on Egypt, Cleopatra realises she has not got enough power to prevent an invasion and eventually kills herself

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "exleym9m6" on 16 Oct. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I gave this film four stars because aspects of it were fantastic. The film as a whole was extremely good but when we break down the actual different aspects we arrive at a different conclusion. The acting for example is not brilliant, it is generally competent but in places it slips quite majestically. The special effects also leave a lot to be desired but the sets, costumes and dialogues are simply stunning. The costume in this film is particularly breathtaking and the sets are easily their equals. This film deals with issues that were not in the original, including the murder of Cleopatra's sister Arsinoe on the orders of Cleopatra. This film however lacks the power of the original 1963 Cleopatra simply because Leonor Varela lacks the same talent as Elizabeth Taylor. Obviously picked for her looks Varela often makes the character lifeless and wooden, devoid of the femiminity that attracted me so much to the original Cleopatra. In all it is an entertaining film but for your money I would buy the 1963 version, it may not be as historically accurate with regard to costume but it is in all a much better quality of film and one which can be enjoyed countless times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
Egypt would have been doomed sooner! I was quite looking forward to a couple of hours relaxation with this dvd. However, I soon found myself squirming in my seat and almost unable to look away - a reaction best reserved for horror movies! Okay, it was lush and opulent, sort of, but apart from pretty scenery had little to recommend it. Tim Dalton was good as Caesar, in fairness, but then he is a competent actor even at his worst. Billy Zane was very charming and disarming, so then, a regular performance from him. There was zero chemistry between Zane and Leonor Varela, who played the title role - and butchered it! Okay, she is playing Cleopatra at a very young age, which she more or less conveyed. But she did not have the magnetism or gravitas to play someone who was a powerful ruler and astute politician that Cleo was. The best performances came from the supporting actors, especially those in 'blink & you'll miss 'em' roles, including Omid Djalili as a crooked storemaster - nice comic turn and a welcome relief from all the (nonexistent) sexual tension. The script was also a let down. The death scene harks back to the Shakespearian idea that Cleo applied the asp to her bosom, but, having been taken a direct hit to the heart, she lasts for quite a few minutes making a long and rather silly speech. Even I can't suspend belief that far! Nil Pointes.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Buddha on 20 Mar. 2004
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Less campy (and less embarrassing) than the famous Liz Taylor epic yet not quite as sexy as the Claudette Colbert version, this Cleopatra is still highly enjoyable - so long as you are not a stickler for historical accuracy. Originally a television mini-series, its three hour length is easily digested in a single viewing. The pace and visual splendour keep you interested as the comic book-style script unfolds. The settings - Morocco for the exteriors, Shepperton Studios for the interiors - and well researched costumes offer a never ending feast for the eyes. Some interesting twists are added to the overly familiar storyline - the inclusion of Cleopatra's sister, for instance. A nice mixture of soap opera and sword and sandal epic to be enjoyed with an open mind and lots of popcorn.
The acting is surprisingly good although Billy Zane is a weird choice for Marc Antony. But timothy Dalton relishes his role as Julius Caesar, tossing off dialogue as if it were Shakespeare and dominating every scene he's in. equally good is Rupert Graves as Octavius whose multi-layered performance becomes more impressive as the film progresses. Of course, the key role is Cleopatra herself and Leonor Varela takes a pretty good stab at eclipsing memories of Liz. She is certainly more the right age and has the prerequisite exotic looks (I will confess to being fascinated by her nipples throughout). Just when you think her acting is running the risk of leaving splinters in her co-stars, she explodes with a sudden dramatic intensity and you begin to believe that this spoiled little girl could be the Queen of Egypt. I found this film the perfect way to pass a few hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Feb. 2013
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Given its origin as a TV miniseries, spliced into a single narrative, I was prepared to cut this DVD some slack. I can forgive ropey effects and slow pacing if the story's told well. This late 90s re-telling of the classic tale, however, is no more than a pulp romance which somehow attracted a couple of big names. Though the early relationship between Cleopatra (Leonor Varela) and Caesar (Timothy Dalton) shows promise, the characters are so broadly drawn that they become irritating.
The great trials of Egypt and Rome, dramatised throughout history by writers like Shakespeare, are reduced to soap opera. This is evident in how major events like Caesar's betrayal are treated as mere plot points. An English teacher of mine once told me about a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar he attended: during Caesar's last scene a boy in the audience fainted. The scene here, which comes halfway through, would be lucky to provoke a yawn. Thirty minutes before the end of this three hour film I was fiddling with the DVD remote when I accidentally turned it off. I couldn't be bothered to turn it back on.
Based on the novel Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George, the story follows Egypt's last pharaoh as she defeats her treacherous siblings, seduces Caesar, falls pregnant, causes upset in Rome then fights to protect her child and throne. Billy Zane plays Marc Antony, her second conquest, while other figures like Brutus (Sean Pertwee), Octavius (Rupert Graves) and Calpurnia (Caroline Langrishe) play small roles. Brutus' story arc feels deliberately muted; he's introduced as Caesar's nemesis, so the betrayal means nothing. Calpurnia has only two or three lines that I recall, maybe four, and Octavius, who becomes the film's villain after Brutus' exit, is a one-dimensional brattish coward.
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