Film Art and Cinematography : Why is Cleopatra so heavily distorted??

Why is Cleopatra so heavily distorted??

The entire film looks like doors and walls are about to cave in, of course that is the effect of a wide eyed lens but I have never seen this in any other movie like ever. The image also trembles, I download the blu ray and the edges of the image and the backgrounds actually tremble, I have no idea why.
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