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Cleopatra 75th Anniversary Edition (Universal Backlot Series) (1934)

Claudette Colbert , Warren William , Cecil B. DeMille  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith
  • Directors: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cleopatra 75th Anniversary Edition (Universal Backlot Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Claudette Colbert: Queen of the Silver Screen
  • Cecil B. DeMille: Hollywood's Epic Director
  • Forbidden Film: The Production Code Era
  • Feature Commentary with Filmmaker F.X. Feeney
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra, one of the most spectacular motion pictures ever to hit the silver screen, is now available in a new 75th Anniversary Edition DVD. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, the historical epic stars Claudette Colbert as the cunning Queen of the Nile who, wielding her beauty like a weapon, lures Roman leaders Julius Caesar (Warren William) and Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon) into her web of royal deception and betrayal. Featuring a digitally remastered picture and all-new bonus features, Cleopatra 75th Anniversary Edition is a stunning tribute to one of the most breathtaking motion pictures ever made.

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    67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great version of a sensational story April 18, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    Firstly I must say that even though the approach they take is very different I really love and appreciate BOTH versions of "Cleopatra". It seems to be inevitable that the two are endlessly compared as to their general worth but in reality they are very different while essentially telling the same story.
    I found Claudette Colbert to be an excellent Cleopatra and while she is most famous for portraying sophisticated modern women in "Cleopatra" and her other epic production from that time, "The Sign of the Cross" she captures beautifully the feel of that far off time in history. Claudette was an extremely capable actress equally adept at performing in comedy, drama and spectacle. Here she has a role of a lifetime and it is one of the roles she is justly remembered most for.
    Contrary to what a lot of reviewers always state I find Cecil B DeMille's work wonderful to watch. I guess being a history buff I just love the times most of his productions are set in.I think that a great deal of thought and care has gone into all his more obvious than in his 1934 version of "Cleopatra"
    The film positvely glows with one exotic scene after another. Cleopatra's seduction of Marc Antony on her barge has to be seen to be believed!! Surely the queen's real barge was never so lavish!! Her entry into Rome as part of Ceasar's entourage while well done can't possibly compare to the incredibly lavish entry scene in Elizabeth Taylor's version unfortunately.
    As a history exercise it stays close to what real history says happened but never once does the entertainment let up. The settings , costumnes, music used are pure DeMille and are thus a sight for the eye.
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    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Cleopatra for all time... March 28, 2007
    Format:VHS Tape
    After reading the reviews left by other AMAZON folk, I must admit that I am happy to (still) be able to view a cinematic work, using the frame of reference of its (own) time rather than that of the twenty-first century... even though this monument remains thoroughly watch-able today. I regard this film as neither Kamp(sic) nor Kitsch.

    To me, whenever a film, of any era, comes close to "opera" , I am won-over... completely; I use "opera" in the sense of spectacle transcending its storyline to become something larger than itself... and this film soars.

    Although of a film acting-tradition "of the grand gesture", most of the performances are thoroughly winning... and Henry Wilcoxen is simply STUNNING as Marc Antony... in all senses of that word. Miss Colbert equally triumphs as the young queen, wise beyond her years... "pulling-out all the stops" to secure her position as ruler of Egypt.

    As another reviewer attests... that "royal barge" seduction scene, in which Cleopatra secures the devotion of Marc Antony is truly breathtaking... the most beautiful... and effortless "abduction" ever; the poor beguiled Roman wakes-up in Eqypt! This one, single, magically-crafted scene, on its own, warrants seeing this film.

    As movie viewers, part of the experience must be acceptance and self-surrender. We must not impose our personal twenty-first century sophistication upon what we are viewing. Instead, we must accept any film on its own terms, understanding the era in which it was conceived, so much as we might be able. To do otherwise will almost invariably diminish the cinematic experience; we must allow a film to "wash over" us. In defense of C.B.deMille, I must cite that so many of the scenes...
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    40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film But Surprising Uneven Print May 16, 2009
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I have been looking forward to this film on dvd for some time. unfortunately
    the print isn't especially in mint condition. i recently bought the Pre-Code
    Hollywood set also from Universal Home Video and films in this set looked
    much better. this is particulary surprising since the films in the boxed
    set are older than CLEOPATRA. With all the digital technology available
    today the 75th Anniversary Edition of Demille's 1934 Oscar winning film
    could have looked a hell of a lot better.
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But A Missed Opportunity April 9, 2009
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    The 75th Anniversary edition of Demille's Cleopatra is good. The Picture isn't any better than the previous one in the box set from a few years back. This could have been remastered in HD, and perhaps it will someday-------the "new way" in DVD entertainment is to re-issue and re-issue a film with a few new extra each time.
    What baffles me the most is that the famous ten minute short "The Hollywood You Never See" which is a behind the scenes look at the filming Cleopatra with DeMille, Colbert and other members of the cast and crew wasn't an extra. It's quite interesting.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lavish DeMille Spectacular January 22, 2012
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    First and foremost, Cecil B. DeMille was a showman and although his films don't stand up to close scrutiny, they were almost always entertaining! This film is another in a long line of lavish, gaudy, and campy spectaculars. At this point, I doubt that if historians were able to give us a real and honest account of the life of Cleopatra, it would pale compared to the myth that Hollywood has projected throughout the years!
    Claudette Colbert portrays her with just the right amount of aplomb to make the character interesting, even though much of the dialogue is enough to give you a case of the giggles! I'm sure there were audiences at the time of it's initial release that thought the script was campy, long before "Campy" was in our dictionary. Henry Wilcoxon, who would become a DeMille regular, plays Marc Antony. Henry was not that good of an actor, and he has two facial expressions in this, stern, and not so stern. But he and Colbert looked good together, and I guess that was what DeMille wanted.
    I gave it 4 stars because this movie is so much fun, and despite it's flaws, it's immensely watchable! And yes, the film definitely shows it's age, but that's also part of the fun. So if you're viewing it for Claudette, or for the spectacle, you're going to be entertained either way!

    P.S. The print is in good condition considering it's age!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Snake Charmer
    Long before anyone had heard of the name "Liz Taylor", legendary director Cecil B. DeMille (say his name with respect) decided to do his own take on the age-old tale of... Read more
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    Published 3 months ago by joseph hafif
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best film of hers as far as I am concerned ...
    Claudette Colbert fan from her 1930 years. Best film of hers as far as I am concerned although the story line is a bit stretched in places, plus the always showing some historical... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by MetalMX
    5.0 out of 5 stars What a Movie
    Like many people, I have seen the more recent movie about Cleopatra starring Liz Taylor. This version I found to be a better story line and with great acting. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Alan E. Neutzel
    5.0 out of 5 stars a movie must
    This is a must for any movie buff, Claudette Colbert fan or just a fun historical movie. Lavish sets, even more lavish costumes and good acting. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by K. M. Kloberdans
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old but GOOD
    I have to admit here that I am something of a fan of the films of Cecil B De Mille. Having said that I loved this film, Cleopatra. Read more
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    You can always count on Hollywood back in the time when making movies was like art you make part very carefully to make sure it wright. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS 1930's FILM...
    This film, while dated and at times a little over glitzy, think 1930's fashions...big, lavish costumes, jewels..ultra-handsome, smooth and sensual male actors. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable comparison
    I was very happy to see this being available. To be able to see someone else in the starring roles other than Liz and Richard was a treat for me. Read more
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