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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 9:22 pm 
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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Warner Home Video Director’s Series: Stanley Kubrick on 23rd October 2007. The first in their new series featuring influential films from some of history’s greatest directors, Warner Home Video Director’s Series: Stanley Kubrick is a new six-film, 10-disc widescreen and newly-remastered collection that includes Special Editions of 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, The Shining* and Full Metal Jacket Deluxe Edition, along with the full-length documentary, A Life in Pictures.

2001: A Space Odyssey has been newly remastered; A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket, also remastered, debut in their original widescreen theatrical aspect ratios. All releases have been created in collaboration with, and approved by, the estate of Stanley Kubrick. The collection sells for $79.92 SRP on DVD. Single discs will be available at various prices .The films are also available on both HD formats (details here).

The films in the Warner Home Video Director’s Series: Stanley Kubrick also represented landmarks for such stars as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Malcolm McDowell, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matthew Modine and others. Enhanced with hours of insightful and in-depth special features these Special Editions include commentaries, documentaries, rare interviews with Stanley Kubrick and special new featurettes that offer a rare look into the mind of the master filmmaker. The 10 Disc set also includes the bonus documentary A Life in Pictures, narrated by Tom Cruise, which details Kubrick’s early life, at work and at home, with candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family.

The Eyes Wide Shut Special Edition includes both the Rated and Unrated versions, along with the all-new featurette “Lost Kubrick: The Films That Never Were.” Separate from this Collection, other Kubrick titles available from WHV include Barry Lyndon and Lolita.


About the Films


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - $26.99 SRP
Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award-winning achievement (Special Visual Effects) is an allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man and a compelling drama of man vs. machine. Featuring a stunning meld of music and motion, the film was also Oscar® nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits the prehistoric age-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality.

DVD Special Features:

Disc One
Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
Theatrical trailer

Disc Two
Channel 4 documentary: 2001: The Making of a Myth
Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001
2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future
2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork
Look: Stanley Kubrick!
Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

A Clockwork Orange (1971) - $26.99 SRP
Stomping, whopping, stealing, singing, tap-dancing, violating. Derby-topped hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has a good time – at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Kubrick’s future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess’ novel. Controversial when first released, the film garnered three Academy Award nominations – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Its power still entices, shocks and mesmerizes today.

DVD Special Features:

Disc One
Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
Theatrical trailer

Disc Two
Channel 4 documentary: Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange
New featurette: Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange
Career profile: O Lucky Malcolm!
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) - $26.99 SRP
Kubrick’s daring and controversial last film is a bracing psychosexual journey through a haunting dreamscape, a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage – and may ensnare him in a murder mystery – after his wife’s (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. His graceful tracking shots, rich colors and startling images are some of the bravura traits that show Kubrick as a filmmaker for the ages.

DVD Special Features:

Disc One
Scene specific commentary by Sydney Pollack and historian Peter Loewenberg
Theatrical trailer and TV spots

Disc Two
Channel 4 documentary: The Last Movie: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut
Lost Kubrick: The Unfinished Films of Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick’s 1998 DGA D.W Griffith Award acceptance speech
Interview gallery featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Steven Spielberg
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Full Metal Jacket (1987) - Not available separately.
A superb ensemble falls in for Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. The scathing indictment of a film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay. Joker (Matthew Modine), Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Gomer (Vincent D’Onofrio), Eightball (Dorian Harewood) and Cowboy (Arliss Howard) are some of the Marine recruits experiencing boot-camp hell under the punishing command of the foul-mouthed Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermy). The action is savage, the story unsparing, and the dialogue is spiked with scathing humor.

DVD Special Features:
Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Jay Cocks
New Featurette: Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

The Shining (1980) - $20.97 SRP
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. The Shining is the director’s epic tale of a man in a snowbound hotel descending into murderous delusions. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson (“Heeeere’s Johnny!”) stars as Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd).

DVD Special Features:

Disc One
Commentary by Garrett Brown and John Baxter
Theatrical trailer

Disc Two
Documentary The Making of the Shining, with optional commentary by Vivian Kubrick
Three new featurettes:
View from The Overlook: Crafting the Shining
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick
Wendy Carlos, Composer
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish


** err .... didn't the director want The Shining seen in Academy ratio? I seem to remember a long discussion over this point sometime or other on one of these boards...

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It wasn't directed by Stanley.

The Shining and FMJ dvd's look promising...


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<i>** err .... didn't the director want The Shining seen in Academy ratio? I seem to remember a long discussion over this point sometime or other on one of these boards...</i>

No, it is intended to be shown in 1.85:1 - however it is "protected" for Academy Ratio (1.37:1) for TV showings. This is backed up by people who worked on these films, and also Kubrick's notes and storyboards, as displayed in a very big and expensive book published by Taschen. Kubrick may well have preferred Academy Ratio, but he was also a commercial filmmaker, and almost no UK or US commercial cinemas have been able to show Academy for over forty years.

Kubrick hated black bars, so that was why he authorised The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut to be released on video, laserdisc and DVD full-frame. That's why some people insist to this day that the "proper" ratio of these films is 4:3. Kubrick died before widescreen TVs became widespread, not to mention high-definition TVs, so his preference may well be different today.


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