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5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. BLUERAY BEST OVERALL, May 30, 2013
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This review is from: Cleopatra [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I did a side by side comparison of the UK all region and the new US version. Here are a few of the improvements.

The CLARITY in the US version is like looking through a plate glass window. Not just in selected scenes, but through the entire movie. You'll know in the first 30 seconds of the pop up menu as it roams through a few scans until you hit the play button.

Example#1 the blue dress that Liz is wearing on the barge as she stands under a canopy, now shows the PATTERN of the dress better than before.

Example#2 the slaves that carry Liz down off the black sphinx had SILVER colored paint that looked like lighting bolts got COLOR CORRECTED and now show the true color of GOLD lightning bolts that MATCH the GOLD BRACELETS, that match the GOLD throne Liz sits on that match the gold dress THAT LIZ WEARS. All previous disks don't have it right with the silver color.

Example #3 On the barge that meet Marc Anthony, at the banquet, Liz shows up wearing a sheer white gown on all the old disks.The new US disk now color corrected, shows the there is a lovely pale pink of the most delicate shade and the white sheer is actually a overlay kind of see through cape?( Sorry I do not know what it is called in fashion lingo.

Example#4 in a battle scene, where the roman legions make what is called "the turtle" formation ( Men on the inside, shields and spears on the outside) You see amazing clarity on the designs on the shields. And this is in a scene filmed IN LOW LIGHT!

Example#5 in the entry into Rome - The African dancers have straw fringes on their arms and legs. The GREEN color now pops in new clarity, To be fair the old disks showed some color ,but not like this.

ODD? because of this new clarity, I noticed that there are TWO white pyramids in the background. You see the first after the semi nude lady dances. then a group of females appears with gold colored wings and behind that is the pyramid with the pigeons getting released. After Liz bows to Cesar, the camera cuts to a background shout of the arch of Titus? look quick and notice TWO of the identical pyramids. To me this suggests that something was cut from the entrance procession. because you never see the second pyramid enter and you see BOTH at EACH SIDE of the arch. Hummmmmmmmmmmm makes me wonder what else was cut from the procession. Was it not enough time?

PS: I'm writing this from memory so if there are a few misstatements I invite corrections. Just don't be so G.D. haughty in your comments. Oh, and don't bother pointing out grammar or spelling.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2013 8:54:58 PM PDT
Hey, I really appreciated you comments! Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2013 10:20:56 PM PDT
thanks thomas -
There is an interesting controversy over Want Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH. IF YOU CARE TO TAKE A LOOK.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 8:53:32 AM PDT
Kendrik Lau says:
Something was cut from the procession, which included a giant slithering cobra contraption/vehicle and snake-dancers.

In any case, the case for severe editing can be seen in some places...most memorably when Marc Antony returned to Cleopatra after his marriage of convenience to Octavia.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 5:42:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2014 5:54:08 PM PDT
Hi Mr. Phillips, I think you are correct in the "ODD" comment. While my bluray is lent out to my best friend, I have the FOX 5 Star DVD edition and just played it to view what you are talking about. Very true, you do not see the second white pyramid come in during the procession. Right after the pigeons are released from the first white pyramid, it has a scene with the people running toward the procession. The next scene has (it seems) the first pyramid in place on one side, presumably the left with people still running. Then, they go to Roman Soldiers with Trumpets on a staircase, followed by Egyptians on white horses in full dress blowing their golden trumpets. Next, Caesar is shown with Marc Antony and (Roddy McDowell) as they watch followed by a scene of the Roman Senators. The "Wives" are next, then back to the soldiers on white horseback with trumpets. The following scene is the one in which the two white pyramids are in place, side by side as the Black Sphinx is being rolled in by the Egyptians. Hey, I have a funny question on the entrance of that Sphinx. It appears that it BARELY makes it through on either side! What did they do, measure it? haha One last thing, the black Egyptians that carry Cleopatra down the golden steps do appear to have golden paint on their bodies. At least it shows that on this dvd edition. I watched this on a 40" Sony 1080p LED TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 1:39:06 PM PDT
thanks Leland for the comments. you've got a good eye!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 1:40:56 PM PDT
WOW! i'd really love to have seen even sketch book drawings to that.
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