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Cleopatra [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] [1934]

Claudette Colbert , Cecil B. DeMille    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claudette Colbert
  • Directors: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Z0R0F6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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SYNOPSIS: A pre-code film that sneaked onto screens just as the censorious Hays Office began cracking down on Hollywood's racier propositions, Cleopatra is a libertine paean to decadence and depravity that can still send a viewer's mind reeling and pulse thumping - all courtesy of the Golden Age's swampiest psychosexual auteur, Cecil B. DeMille ( The Ten Commandments; The Greatest Show on Earth; The King of Kings).

Claudette Colbert ( It Happened One Night; The Palm Beach Story; Drums Along the Mohawk) presides over the most outrageous spectacle this side of The Scarlet Empress as the eponymous pharaoh queen who speeds from Julius Caesar (Warren William) to Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon), from Egypt to Rome, from war-room to bedroom... The whiff of incense permeates every scene, with each connected to the next in a veritable matrix of whips, blindfolds, and bindings - the crazed arrangement laying bare all the fetish inklings of the moving-picture dream.

Lavishly produced with some of the most inspired waxing-moon photography and unwholesome set-design to come out of the studio system, DeMille's film is an erotic tour-de-force that obliges us to re-examine the appeal of this most popular of Hollywood directors. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Cleopatra for the very first time on Blu-ray, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition.

  • Gorgeous HD transfer of the film officially licensed from Universal and presented in its original aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Lavish booklet featuring the words of Cecil B. DeMille, rare archival imagery, and more!!
  • More features to be announced closer to release date!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Colbert offers up a glorious, glamour-girl performance for DeMille in this trashy, opulent version CLEOPATRA. DeMille panders his audience with the kind of potboiler that generally had them lining up at the movie-palace box-office, and the film is ripe with his brand of heavy-handed entertainment value.
This blu-ray has filmlike accuracy, and is rich with the correct amount of film grain, so those in need of big, old-fashioned, silver-screen glamour certainly will relish this high-definition version of an early DeMille spectacular. US customers who wish to indulge will need a multi-region player because the discs are both region-B (2) encoded.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A radiant Colbert and a model for Burton 19 Feb 2010
DeMille was persuaded to make 'Cleopatra' following the commercial and critical failure of his previous Colbert film ('Four Frightened People'); he was, it seems, advised to go make an historical epic, and make it sexy. This was at a time when the Hays Code was being introduced to cut out any morally questionable film making (no sex, no gory violence, nothing which undermined the virtues of marriage, etc.) The audience could still be titillated by historical epics, however - there was, after all, something uplifting about delivering classics.

'Cleopatra', here, is very much a vehicle for Colbert. She had had a rapid rise to stardom. A former Broadway actress, she benefited from the arrival of the 'talkies' - Hollywood scoured Broadway for stage actors who had commercial looks and voices, who could deliver a story on film. And Colbert made an immediate hit with her very sexy role in DeMille's 'Sign of the Cross'. By the time this film was released, she'd won an Oscar for 'It Happened One Night'. She was distinctly hot property, and she knew it.

Colbert is undoubtedly the star, but the film is sold as Cecil B. DeMille's 'Cleopatra'. DeMille, after all, was a superstar in his own right. This is not Shakespeare's 'Anthony and Cleopatra' or 'Julius Caesar', though it does owe much to these; it is not Shaw's 'Caesar and Cleopatra'. This is a film targeted at an American audience, delivered in American English, without any of the classical allusions or references of Shakespeare, and delivered in a language and style comprehensible to a mass audience.

Stylistically, it is pure 1930's. It may have Egyptian and Roman subjects, but the clothing and set designs, the hairstyles and images are all 1930's interpretations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The glory that was Hollywood 10 Mar 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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De Mille's Cleopatra is much more fun than you'd expect, played as much for deliberately camp comedy as for spectacle and a lot pacier at 104 minutes than the Elizabeth Taylor version. Warren William plays Caesar as De Mille himself, Henry Wilcoxen plays Anthony as an oaf and Claudette Colbert takes centerstage as the kind of vixen who knows which side of the Roman Empire her bread is buttered. At times De Mille's tongue is firmly in his cheek - not least a wonderfully drawn out death scene from Leonard Mudie that wouldn't look out of place in Carry On Cleo or Cleo's spectacular seduction of Tony on that fabled barge - but there's some fine filmmaking here too, not least a great battle montage padded out with footage from the silent Ten Commandments and a fine bit of censor baiting as a foreground hand ostensibly playing the harp seems to almost paw at Colbert's body. It ain't history but it is fun. Nice score from Rudolph Kopp too.

It's worth seeking out the Region 1 NTSC special edition release which, while not overloaded with extra features, does offer a bit more than other editions: audio commentary by F.X. Feeney, featurettes Claudette Colbert - Queen of the Silver Screen, Cecil B. de Mille - Hollywood's Epic Director and Forbidden Film - The Production Code Era (the latter also available on Univeral's Pre-Code Hollywood Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]), reissue trailer introduced with typical flamboyance by De Mille, and slipcase. Eureka's Masters of Cinema Blu-ray/DVD combo includes all the same extras plus a detailed booklet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really beautiful 4 Jun 2014
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Forget Elizabeth Taylor and what's his face, this is the definitive Cleopatra movie for the 20th Century. The restore is beautiful and Claudette Colbert is a treat to watch on screen.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DeMille's Asp Gets a Nod from Me 13 Jun 2013
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I highly recommend this beautifully mounted Blu-ray restoration of one of Cecil's finest efforts. The production values are top-notch in every department: acting, sets, costumes, cinematography and the music score, by the forgotten Rudolph George Kopp. You will enjoy this film, believe me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film in top quality video 29 Aug 2013
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Marvelous picture quality of a very interesting and important fil. Especially the entrance of Cleopatra in Rome is a highlight in cinema history.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 30's egypt 19 July 2010
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slightly overlong with some ott acting by some this is still, by far,streets ahead of the taylor version.some of colberts costumes are very daring for the time with a 30's take on what ancient egyptians would wear(according to hollywood that is) and there are some outrageous scenes that somehow ,god knows how, managed to get past the censor (especially during the big seduction number!).a visual treat and quite a lot better than many of de milles later epics but you do have to set some time aside to watch it.NB if youve ever seen the movie sweet charity,this is the film playing in the background at the disco!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Robert Taub
2.0 out of 5 stars End of Term Schoolgirl Production!
This is really Hollywood Tosh at its most banal!

A review of another film of the same title had a viewer 'squirming in my seat'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by spotty
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as great as its made out to be
The actors and actresses deliver wooden performances and stilted dialogue, and the direction is somewhere between the primary school Christmas play and Carry On Cleo, who would... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kuma
5.0 out of 5 stars DeMille & Colbert
Elizabeth Taylor is maybe the best Cleopatra, but don't wash out Vivien Leigh and... Claudette Colbert. I love het for all times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by André van Riel
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleopatra rules the Nile.
By far the best production of Cleopatra with Claudette Colbert, The only disappointment was a couple of missing scenes from the un cut version.
Published 10 months ago by Mel Staniforth
1.0 out of 5 stars This Disc Only For Region B
I'm in North America and ordered this Blu Ray disc while shopping for CD's. I found it, was quite interested, and looked on both the Canadian and U.S. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Ravas
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the afficionados
DeMille's Cleopatra, in black & white, is as remembered from childhood. The blu-ray transfer is excellent. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John M. Ness
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking good in black & white
Massive historical epics were the lifeblood of studio era Hollywood, and Cecil B. DeMille was perhaps the most famous director producing them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gabor Lux
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