Dec 222018
 

Antony and Cleopatra is a well done historical-drama especially considering it was Charlton Heston’s directorial debut and under major financial constraints, but Heston does a fine job despite being a bit too old while Hildegard Neil was at least a delight as Cleopatra.

 

 

Antony and Cleopatra
— The Limited Edition Series —

(1972)

Genre(s): Drama, Historical, Romance
Twilight Time | NR – 148 min. – $29.95 | November 20, 2018

Date Published: 12/22/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Charlton Heston
Writer(s): William Shakespeare (play); Charlton Heston (screenplay)
Cast: Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter, John Castle, Fernando Rey, Carmen Sevilla
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 43.5 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Charlton Heston plays the titular role of Antony, a man torn between grand plans for Rome and his passion for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra (HILDEGARD NEIL).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


This comes with an 8-page booklet. More than the usual of late from Twilight Time, there’s an Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo; an old The Making of Antony and Cleopatra (32:29) with filmmaker Fraser C. Heston; and the Original Theatrical Trailer (4:08).

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5, AUDIO – 3.0/5


Twilight Time releases Antony and Cleopatra onto Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer likely given by the studio (Outsider Pictures). As such, the picture quality is on the average side. Colors are decent enough but detail can be on the softer side of things but otherwise it is a clean picture.

The included DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track meanwhile was serviceable enough with clear dialogue, however, I did notice some hisses, though nothing too bad that it ruined the viewing.


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, Antony and Cleopatra is a well done historical-drama especially considering it was Charlton Heston’s directorial debut and under major financial constraints (the booklet says it had a $2.5M budget, equivalent to about $15M today), but Heston does a fine job despite being a bit too old while Hildegard Neil was at least a delight as Cleopatra (doesn’t hold a candle though to Elizabeth Taylor). This Blu-ray release from Twilight Time has acceptable video and audio transfers and comes with an okay selection of bonus material.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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