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Barry Lyndon (1975)

Ryan O'Neal , Marisa Berenson , Stanley Kubrick  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Steven Berkoff
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Bernard Williams, Jan Harlan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2001
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ATQ9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,547 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Barry Lyndon" on IMDb

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In 1975 the world was at Stanley Kubrick's feet. His films Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange, released in the previous dozen years, had provoked rapture and consternation--not merely in the film community, but in the culture at large. On the basis of that smashing hat trick, Kubrick was almost certainly the most famous film director of his generation, and absolutely the one most likely to rewire the collective mind of the movie audience. And what did this radical, at-least-20-years-ahead-of-his-time filmmaker give the world in 1975? A stately, three-hour costume drama based on an obscure Thackeray novel from 1844. A picaresque story about an Irish lad (Ryan O'Neal, then a major star) who climbs his way into high society, Barry Lyndon bewildered some critics (Pauline Kael called it "an ice-pack of a movie") and did only middling business with patient audiences. The film was clearly a technical advance, with its unique camerawork (incorporating the use of prototype Zeiss lenses capable of filming by actual candlelight) and sumptuous production design. But its hero is a distinctly underwhelming, even unsympathetic fellow, and Kubrick does not try to engage the audience's emotions in anything like the usual way.

Why, then, is Barry Lyndon a masterpiece? Because it uncannily captures the shape and rhythm of a human life in a way few other films have; because Kubrick's command of design and landscape is never decorative but always apiece with his hero's journey; and because every last detail counts. Even the film's chilly style is thawed by the warm narration of the great English actor Michael Hordern and the Irish songs of the Chieftains. Poor Barry's life doesn't matter much in the end, yet the care Kubrick brings to the telling of it is perhaps the director's most compassionate gesture toward that most peculiar species of animal called man. And the final, wry title card provides the perfect Kubrickian sendoff--a sentiment that is even more poignant since Kubrick's premature death. --Robert Horton

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Barry LyndonIn 1975 the world was at Stanley Kubrick's feet. His films Dr.Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange, released in the previous dozen years, had provoked rapture and consternation--not merely in the film community, but in the culture at large. On the basis of that smashing hat trick, Kubrick was almost certainly the most famous film director of his generation, and absolutely the one most likely to rewire the collective mind of the movie audience. And what did this radical, at-least-20-years-ahead-of-his-time filmmaker give the world in 1975? A stately, three-hour costume drama based on an obscure Thackeray novel from 1844. A picaresque story about an Irish lad (Ryan O'Neal, then a major star) who climbs his way into high society, Barry Lyndon bewildered some critics (Pauline Kael called it "an ice-pack of a movie") and did only middling business with patient audiences. The film was clearly a technical advance, with its un

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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Kubrick Masterpiece August 7, 2004
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I am an unabashed Kubrick fan. I was initiated into his work with "A Clockwork Orange" when I was 16 and went from there. Why is it that "Barry Lyndon" has in my mind surpassed other more revered works. You can cite the magnificent technical attributes of the film(cinematography,art direction, costume design,music), however, a technically proficient movie is not necessarily a moving experience. I would have to say that what elevates this movie is the screenplay and the acting. Kubrick does a great job moving the story from Redmond Barry's youth to his downfall among the English aristocracy. Kubrick has also gathered a great cast of actors here in supporting roles(Parick Magee, Leonard Rossiter, Marie Kean, Godfrey Quigley, Steven Berkof, etc.). What cannot be overlooked is the performance of Ryan O'Neal. If some find him wooden or off-putting should consider that he is essentially playing an unsympathetic rogue. It is a daring performance and O'Neal is utterly convincing whether playing a headstrong teenager or a cold manipulator. One gripe about the DVDs in the Kubrick Collection: with the exception of "The Shining", the only extras on these discs are trailers.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick's greatest masterpiece August 27, 2004
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Jack Warner is said to have once told an underling not to bring him any movies about people who write with feather pens. The mogul believed that costume epics were dull and plodding, guaranteed to test the patience of most audiences.

When Stanley Kubrick delivered his film "Barry Lyndon" to Warner Bros. in 1975, the studio's namesake was long gone, and that was probably for the best since he may have chosen not to release what is the ultimate feather pen movie and also Kubrick's greatest masterpiece. If asked to do the impossible and name the best film ever made, I wouldn't hesitate to give my vote to "Barry Lyndon."

Plodding? Yes. Dull? To those who demand rapid fire editing, it may be the dullest movie ever. For those who appreciate fine literature and fine art, "Barry Lyndon" is an absolute feast, visually, aurally, and dramatically. Based on an obscure novel by William Thackeray, it's the story of an Irish lad climbing the ranks of English society, alienating everyone in his path.

As Redmond Barry, Ryan O' Neal's Irish brogue comes and goes, but despite that inconsistency, he acquits himself well. Also worth noting is Michael Hordern's narrator, often seeming to express disapproval for the main character as he perceptively surveys his exploits.

The real star of the film is Kubrick and his production team who recreate the 17th century in a way that makes the viewer truly appreciate what life must have been like at the time. Watching the women, most notably the beautiful Marisa Berenson, sashaying about in glamourous dresses, one wonders how they could endure the apparent discomfort of such cumbersome clothing. It's no wonder they took so many baths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray "Barry Lyndon" Finally Announced October 25, 2007
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In 1975, one European reviewer wrote: "One collapses in one's seat and is propelled in a state of drunken euphoria." That's just how I felt about it, going back to experience "Barry Lyndon" over and over again at the Los Angeles Cinerama Dome theater in 1975-76. So I give the movie 5 stars. But for the standard 3x4 DVD (1:1.33 aspect ratio), only 3.
Having recently watched the 16x9 Hi-Def Blu-Ray discs of "Eyes Wide Shut" and "A Clockwork Orange" (after having watched the old standard DVDs a number of times), I can say that Hi-Def makes an important difference with Kubrick's movies -- not just because they are gorgeously photographed, but because the richness of the images conveys so much essential, visceral meaning that even a slightly degraded picture (i.e., standard DVD) actually impairs the work's emotional fullness, clarity and expressiveness. So much of "Barry Lyndon" consists of pure image and music, and so many of the images are meant to intoxicate, that the film needs to be seen in the best possible technical presentation.
Short of a new 35mm print, a 16x9 Blu-Ray disc displayed on a big 1080 set in the dark, uninterrupted, is the way to watch all of Kubrick, perhaps especially "Barry Lyndon." Now, finally, Warners Brothers Home Entertainment will release "Barry Lyndon" in Hi-Def on Blu-Ray disc on May 31, 2011. Yes, that means you have to buy it again, but if Warners' Hi-Def releases of their other Kubrick films are any indication, it will be worth it. With any luck, this Hi-Def release should accelerate the recent critical rehabilitation of this tragically under-appreciated masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stanley Kubrick at his prime! March 19, 2005
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I am another who considers this film to be perhaps the finest cinematic feature ever produced. I have a few other contenders in my mind, but "Barry Lyndon" continues to grow more and more in my affection and incredulity. I have watched it, I don't know how many times. The DVD brings out it's sharpness, and I love going straight to my favorite scenes when I need an aesthetic pick-me-up. This is Kubrick at his prime, filmed after the scorching he received from the controversy over "Clockwork," and after the disappointment he suffered from realizing that his dream of "Napoleon" would not come to fruition [and oh, what a great loss to all of us it was that he never had the chance to make that movie! One can only imagine how Kubrick would have filled out the character of the Great Provocateur and how that movie would have informed history!]. In "Barry Lyndon," the chastened Kubrick comes roaring back from those two disappointments in all his strength and artistic genius--Kubrick the perfectionist doing the butterfly and backstroke in luscious irony. Yes it's long, yes it's slow--of course it is, it's as slow as the universe, and equally amazing. Every moment is fraught with the crispness of life moving forward and the irony of human ambition. I admit, when I first saw it in 1976 in 70mm at the theater, I was dismayed with it's seeming tediousness, but I was 18 then and I am nearing 50 now, and I think I've learned that the eye and the senses have to look and look and look again--and that's what the eye does with this movie, it looks with Kubrick, and listens with Kubrick, and delights with the master in the presence of his masterpiece. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a classic, it's a great classic, you should watch this. I purchased a copy of this film after seeing it off netflix because it was so great that I had to have a copy to... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Wquilliam
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
This movie is gorgeous to see. And to imagine that it was made quite a while ago, it just blows my mind. But again, anything coming from Kubric is just perfection.
Published 23 days ago by Gil
5.0 out of 5 stars I could watch this movie over and over
A real classic! Ryan O'Neal is handsome and ever so charming in this role. Totally fun and enjoyable to watch!
Published 25 days ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanley Kubrick's greatest achievement.
A film that was technically ahead of its time, Barry Lyndon was Stanley Kubrick’s desire to take the audience back in time to 1700’s Britain. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Like going to an art museum
Watching this movie is similar to walking thru the finest art museums of Europe. Every frame will seem hauntingly familiar, as though you had seen a painting, somewhere, that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars I was not disappointed in this one.
It seems every time I see a Kubrick film again I see much that I missed previously. Also, this comes in a nice case and both the video & audio quality was very good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites
Learning to appreciate "Barry Lyndon" was like learning to appreciate single-malt Scotch for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JRH
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Quality film of a quality story well shot and well acted ,great costuming probably the best thing Ryan o'neal has ever done,surrounded by a brilliant cast it will make you laugh... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DOUGLAS R BROWN
4.0 out of 5 stars Kubricks Best Work
I truly believe this is Kubrick's best work. It seems like every second of every scene was given extreme attention and detail. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matty J. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great Blu-Ray
Finally.... after two terrible DVD releases, "Barry Lyndon" gets the treatment it deserves. This film isn't to everyone's taste. Read more
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Barry Lyndon on Blu?
As Warner Brothers has evidently abdicated their responsibility, maybe Criterion Collection would take on the High Definition transfer and BluRay release of "Barry Lyndon." CC's website offers an opportunity to suggest titles for them to consider. I suggest fans of this masterpiece... Read more
Apr 23, 2010 by M. Hickey |  See all 14 posts
subtitles?
No. Although there is a fair amount of dialogue in other languages (German, French), "Barry Lyndon" has never had subtitles for this dialogue, including the original theatrical release. One can generally comprehend what is being said from the context, tone of voice and performance.
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Theatrical trailer & list of awards/nominations. My copy lists Production Notes on the back, but there is none to be found.
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