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Osamu Tezuka's Cleopatra Blu-ray

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About Osamu Tezuka's Cleopatra Blu-ray

Osamu Tezuka's Cleopatra is an anime film directed by Eiichi Yamamoto and Osamu Tezuka.

From the far-flung future, to the year 47 B.C.

In a distant future where the threat of alien invasion looms, a trio of explorers make a startling discovery: the solution to their plight is buried somewhere in the affairs of Cleopatra, the woman who would be Queen of Egypt in Julius Caesar's time. These stalwart travelers cast their minds back thousands of years, to a time when the Roman Dictator Caesar manages tenuous alliances that stretch from Iberia to Galatia. But Marcus Antonius and Octavian plot to kill Caesar; their secret weapon is Cleopatra, willful and seductive sister of the Pharaoh Ptolemy. The time travelers soon become swept up in intrigue, inhabiting the bodies of a young girl, a strapping gladiator, and a randy leopard. Will they find their answers? Will Caesar navigate the lethal, comically absurd politics of the time, and unite the ancient world under his thumb? Or will the enigmatic, sexy Cleopatra be the one to change the course of history.

Special features: Theatrical trailer, commentary with Helen McCarthy, Art Gallery.


  • Publisher: DISCOTEK
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Themes: Historical
  • Age Rating: 17+
  • Run Time: 110
  • Year Created: 1970
  • Release Date: 10/27/2020
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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4 star rating out of 5

A 5-Star Release for A 2-Star Film

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Discotek Media’s release of Cleopatra is the best thing about it. Relatively sparse compared to their release of A Thousand & One Nights, the film itself is presented with a high quality restoration typical of Discotek’s releases. The highlight of the extra features is a commentary by Helen McCarthy, which is highly informative and well-presented. Aside from a standard art gallery, the trailer for the film is included, which is of some interest, as it includes a scene cut from the complete film.

Cleopatra is a jumbled, plodding, at times even offensive mess. Its attempts at experimentation constantly go awry,its characters are a mix of flat and inconsistent, and the visual style is mostly unappealing. I do admire some sequences, and like most train wrecks the sheer mess of it all can at times be enjoyable. But outside of those with an interest in the history of anime and those looking for a subject for bad movie night, I can’t recommend Cleopatra.