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Asterix and Cleopatra

Asterix  |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Asterix
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: East West Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HY3NMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. English language version.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, Poor Quality DVD February 1, 2007
I was delighted to find Asterix and Cleopatra on DVD. My brothers and I came across half of it on the Disney channel years and years ago, and it is one of our favorite childhood memories. Out of all the Asterix movies, this is our favorite! It has the best songs, and Obelix finally gets to have some magic potion!

However, the sound quality is very poor on this disc--you have to turn up the tv really loud to hear it! However, at the moment it is the only way to watch Asterix and Cleopatra. If it ever gets re-released in a higher quality edition, I will definitely buy it again.
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I caught this delightfully energetic and amazingly visually sumptuous 1969 70 minute film on YouTube. Although "Asterix" is a French-themed comic by Goscinny and Urdezo, I watched "Asterix and Cleopatra" (hereafter "A & C") in English. I'm not sure if the film was dubbed or originally shot in English, but there is a wry hint that it is dubbing at the beginning of the film which explains that since most of the film is situated in Egypt and Egyptians speak in hieroglyphics, the English dubbing may not synchronize with the mouth movements. At any rate, I thought the dubbing (if any) was rather satisfactory.

First, let's get to the plot. Julius Caesar is visiting Cleopatra at her palace and criticizes her kingdom's soft decadence. The outraged queen bets Caesar that her people have the will and know-how to construct a summer palace within 3 months. She tasks the inept architect Edifis with the challenge and the constant fear that if he fails, he will be fed to the crocodiles. In desperation, Edifis flees to Gaul to enlist the help of the diminutive but crafty Asterix, his rotund, pugnacious pal Obelix (and his tiny but devoted dog Dogmatix), and the druid Getafix and his super-strength potion. With their help and the potion, the Egyptian workers now have the power to erect blocks and pillars at astounding speed. But opposing Edifis, Asterix, and company are Edifis's jealously bitter and devious rival Artifis and his servile helper Crucut, who attempt to sabotage the construction. Also standing in our heroes' way is Julius himself, who uses his invincible army to try to stop the building and this win the bet. Can our heroes help Cleopatra win the bet and avoid imprisonment (and death by crocodile)?
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a nose!!! January 10, 2014
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I have 2 of the Asterix comic novels, ASTERIX THE GAUL and ASTERIX AND CLEOPATRA and this animated feature, which was the first one made of Goscinny and Uderzo's european comic hero is a delight! I first watched this movie on You Tube! One can figure that Goscinny and Uderzo are fans of Segar's Popeye since Asterix the Gaul goes on sea trip adventures and has enormous strength like the funny sailorman Popeye! The overseas animaters look like they were influenced by Max Fleischer's animation of Popeye, since there is good comic exaggeration in the fight scenes! Especially when Asterix and Obelix fight the pirates and Obelix bounces one of the pirates off his stomach to Asterix who punches him back to Obelix's big belly! Soon the pirate ship is sunk and the lead pirate was still confused and in shock about the outcome!

The verbal humour is in the names, Asterix, Getafix the Druid with his potions, Chief Vitalstatistix, Cacofonix the bad musician etc.! Asterix also benifits from the magic potion that gives him enormous strength like Popeye's spinach. When Edifis the egyptian archectect needs to get a palace contructed for Julius Caesar the egyptian slaves gulped down the magic potion and they then stacked the huge stones to form the walls like they were as light as a feather! The action happens in time to the music and the songs are fun while moving the plot along. Evil archectect Artifis and his bald henchman Krucut ( those funny punny names again) scheme to stop the palace's constuction so Edifis will be thown to the crocodiles by Cleopatra! Their song, done to a fun jazzy beat as Artifis sang the recipe for poisonous arsonic cake is both catchy and funny!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you are looking for... November 27, 2010
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The audio is terrible, none of it is in French, the drawings are pedestrian and racist. I would not recommend this product to anyone who enjoys the Asterix stories.
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