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.