‘Cleopatra’ coming to Blu-ray May 28

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that ‘Cleopatra’ will be available on Blu-ray for the first time.

Directed by Academy Award winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film took home four Academy Awards and was the highest grossing film of 1963 earning more than $57 million its initial release.

To commemorate “Cleopatra’s” 50th anniversary and pay tribute to the legacy of its stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has meticulously restored the 243-minute original theatrical version of the movie to commemorate its 50th anniversary. The new digitally restored transfer will receive a world premiere as an official selection of Cannes Classics at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21 in the Sixtieth Anniversary Theater.

The Cannes premiere hosted by Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain will also include Kate Burton, daughter of Richard Burton, and Chris Wilding, son of Elizabeth Taylor, as well as other representatives from the film and families.

A red carpet reception will follow where Bulgari will display several of Elizabeth Taylor’s most treasured pieces from her personal jewelry collection, which are not for sale, and were reacquired at her highly publicized Christie’s auction — many of them for world-record-breaking prices – after she passed away in 2011. The display includes a Bulgari handheld mirror made of gold and turquoise, a present to Ms. Taylor during the filming of “Cleopatra” that can be seen in the movie, as well as original costumes from the film, on loan from Cinecittà Studios in Rome.

“My mother would have been thrilled about this spectacular celebration of “Cleopatra”anniversary by Fox and Bulgari,” said Chris Wilding. “She would have been especially pleased that they are also supporting The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, a cause she cared about deeply.”

“Cleopatra” 50th Anniversary Edition Arrives on Blu-ray May 28 and  is packed with bonus materials featuring exclusive content including Cleopatra’s lost footage, commentary from Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a full-color book featuring rare images that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the legendary film.


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