Courtesy of the good folks at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, CultureMob is offering a special giveaway for Cleopatra: 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray.  Rather than summarize the plot of this Academy Award-winning epic myself, I’ll leave that job to Fox’s official synopsis.

In honor of the iconic film’s 50th anniversary, the 243-minute premiere version of Cleopatra has been meticulously restored and presented on Blu-ray for a stunning high definition in-home viewing experience.  Artfully packaged with a full-color book featuring rare images from the making of the film, the two-disc Blu-ray edition is packed with dazzling 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. Directed by Academy Award winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film was the highest grossing film of 1963, bringing in more than $24 million in its initial release. The film cost an unprecedented $42 million to make (equivalent to over $300 million today) and nearly bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox.  In addition to elaborate sets and costumes, production delays and the relocation of principal filming from London to Rome added to the skyrocketing budget…The film later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture.

And I have two copies of the Blu-ray to give away.  It’s very simple.  To qualify for the disc, email me at, put “Cleopatra Blu-ray Giveaway” in the email subject line, provide your first and last name, and correctly answer the following question.

  • Elizabeth Taylor had a very public love affair with which of her Cleopatra co-stars?
  • a)  Richard Burton  b) Martin Landau c) Roddy McDowall

I’m going to stop taking entries at 8 PM EST next week on Thursday, June 6th, so get your answers in before then.  Only contestants within the United States and Canada are eligible, and entering the same name under multiple email addresses will get you disqualified.  P.O. box addresses will not be accepted.  If you win the giveaway and send me a P.O. box, you will be disqualified.

Good day, and good luck.

Cleopatra is now available on Blu-ray.  Click HERE for Amazon’s listing.

Culture CultureMob Giveaway: Win CLEOPATRA on Blu-ray