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It was inevitable that Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut would be the most misunderstood film of 1999. Kubrick died four months prior to its release, and there was no end to speculation how much he would have tinkered with the picture, changed it, "fixed" it. We'll never know. But even without the haunting enigma of the director's death--and its eerie echo/anticipation in the scene when Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) visits the deathbed of one of his patients--Eyes Wide Shut would have perplexed and polarized viewers and reviewers. After all, virtually every movie of Kubrick's post-U.S. career had; only 1964's Dr. Strangelove opened to something approaching consensus. Quite apart from the author's tinkering, Kubrick's movies themselves always seemed to change--partly because they changed us, changed the world and the ways we experienced and understood it. And we may expect Eyes Wide Shut to do the same. Unlike Kubrick himself, it has time.
So consider, as we settle in to live with this long, advisedly slow, mesmerizing film, how challenging and ambiguous its narrative strategy is. The source is an Arthur Schnitzler novella titled Traumnovelle (or "Dream Story"), and it's a moot question how much of Eyes Wide Shut itself is dream, from the blue shadows frosting the Harfords' bedroom to the backstage replica of New York's Greenwich Village that Kubrick built in England. Its major movement is an imaginative night-journey (even the daylight parts of it) taken by a man reeling from his wife's teasing confession of fantasized infidelity, and toward the end there is a token gesture of the couple waking to reality and, perhaps, a new, chastened maturity. Yet on some level--visually, psychologically, logically--every scene shimmers with unreality. Is everything in the movie a dream? And if so, who is dreaming it at any given moment, and why?
Don't settle for easy answers. Kubrick's ultimate odyssey beckons. And now the dream is yours. --Richard T. Jameson
An interesting story well told. Very insightful on things as human beings do not konw until we come face to face with reality.Published 1 day ago by Ntuuse
The crazy thing about this movie is that sex parties like that really go on among the elites. I think we would all be shocked as to who participates in these gatherings. Read morePublished 11 days ago by a loyal customer
Extremely slow. There was a lot of hype about this back in the day but I never got to see it. My wife and I watched and were very disappointing. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Eric Mattocks
So much more entertaining when you really read between the lines!Published 14 days ago by Larry Thomas
Kidman is at her best in this movie. Cruise... well he's just the same as in almost every one of his other movies.Published 14 days ago by Larry C. Lawson
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Kubrick's "intention" was to avoid panning & scanning in the TV versions by shooting in full frame. However, the films were composed for theatrical release, and thus the widescreen ratio is preferred. Basically they were shot... Read More
Sep 15, 2007 by Eric Schmidt | See all 10 posts
Yes, WB made a mistake on the 2-disc edition. However it's for the better since the version I got in the newly remastered Stanley Kubrick box set contains the unrated cut only.
That's fine by me since if I ever wanted to see the other cut I can pop in the VHS tape that I used to record the movie... Read More
Aug 8, 2009 by Mark Baum | See all 9 posts
|Confused about EWS Blu Ray||
Feb 20, 2010 by James Remsen Jr. | See all 2 posts
|Blue Ray Censorship....||
"Adult" material is already out on Blu-ray & HD DVD. Both formats have several title available. Unfortunately you are misinformed. Your censoring comment is false.
Oct 27, 2007 by Pepsi | See all 5 posts
|Does this edition contain the unrated european version?||
Just received this version in the mail and am happy to report it is indeed the Unrated version. A great relief because I thought the out-of-stock one labeled as "unrated" was the only unrated version, but apparantly this one is as well.
Dec 30, 2008 by David | See all 4 posts
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