Cleopatra Comes Back on the Big Screen
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating a theatre circuit in the United States, announces that the Twentieth Century Fox epic Cleopatra will return to the big screen to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
Tickets are on sale now online and at 75 participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres for the May 22 return of this cinematic event.
“The queen of the Egyptian Empire has never looked this good,” stated Ted Cooper, senior VP of Film for Regal Entertainment Group. “Fox has meticulously restored Cleopatra with a stunningly vivid picture and breathtaking sound to bring this cinema classic back to theatres like never before.”
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Twentieth Century Fox has meticulously restored the 243-minute original theatrical version of Cleopatra to commemorate the film’s 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.
Regal will present Cleopatra at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for one day only on Wednesday, May 22. Tickets are available now by visiting a participating theatre box office, using the Regal Mobile App or purchasing online: www.REGmovies.com/Cleopatra.
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In 51 BC, Cleopatra became queen of the Egyptian Empire: the wealthiest and most revered kingdom the world has ever known. More than 2,000 years later Twentieth Century Fox Studios set out to tell her epic story in what would become, at the time, the most ambitious and lavish moviemaking endeavour in Hollywood history.
Elizabeth Taylor signed a one million dollar contract to play the title role of Cleopatra, becoming the first female star to command such a sum for one picture. Elaborate sets and costumes, production delays and the relocation of principal filming from London to Rome added to the skyrocketing budget.
Directed by Academy Award winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film took home four Academy Awards and was one of the highest grossing films of 1963 earning more than $57 million in its initial release.
Cleopatra infamously cost an unprecedented $42 million to make (equivalent to over $300 million today) and was racked with scandal as the onscreen love affair between Cleopatra (Taylor) and Mark Antony (Burton) spilled over into real life during the three-year production in Rome. Burton celebrated his great love for Ms. Taylor with exquisite gifts from Bulgari.
On May 28, Cleopatra will make its Blu-ray debut in a 2-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition packaged with a full-color book featuring rare images that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this film.
The Blu-ray is packed with bonus materials featuring never-before-seen exclusive content including Cleopatra’s lost footage, commentary from Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more. Additionally, fans can watch footage from the film’s original theatrical premieres in both New York and Los Angeles.