Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review & Giveaway

In honor of the iconic film’s 50th anniversary, the 243-minute premiere version of CLEOPATRA has been meticulously restored and presented on Blu-ray for a stunning high definition in-home viewing experience. Artfully packaged with a full-color book featuring rare images from the making of the film, the 2-disc Blu-ray edition is packed with dazzling bonus materials featuring never-before-seen exclusive content including Cleopatra’s lost footage, commentary from Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

Directed by Academy Award winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film was the highest grossing film of 1963, bringing in more than $24 million in its initial release. The film cost an unprecedented $42 million to make (equivalent to over $300 million today) and nearly bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox. In addition to elaborate sets and costumes, production delays and the relocation of principal filming from London to Rome added to the skyrocketing budget. A very public love affair between Taylor and Burton that blossomed during the three-year production meant that there was as much romance and intrigue off-screen as on-screen. The film later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture.

The opulence and grandeur of this epic spectacle has never been more glorious, as it comes to Blu-ray for the very first time. This 2-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition includes a collectible book that provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this legendary film.

I remember watching Cleopatra for the first time at my best friend's house. We had to have been around nine or ten years old. Watching it back then was great. I loved every bit of it and it also made me a huge fan of Elizabeth Taylor. When I had the opportunity to watch it and review the blu-ray copy I was more than thrilled. Not only would I be watching one of my favorite movies I loved as a kid, but this time it would be with better quality, picture and sound and that it was. This blu-ray for the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra was all that I expected and more. Not only did I enjoy watching it again, but as did my mother in law.

This is such a great movie that I'm looking forward to watching again and hopefully with my daughter when she's a bit older and can understand and follow the story. Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Edition is now out in stores for purchase!

Just Us Girls is partnering with Fox. Two readers of Just Us Girls will have the opportunity to win their very own copy of Cleopatra on Blu-ray! 

For a chance to win a copy of CLEOPATRA 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray answer the following queastion:

Elizabeth Taylor had a very public love affair with what Cleopatra co-star?

a) Chris Mankiewicz   
b) Martin Landau  
c) Richard Burton

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Cleopatra at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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