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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
To tell you the truth, I really didn't think I was going to like this movie.
Like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut clearly evinces Stanley Kubrick's obsession with the visual presentation of his films.
Could it be that they're supposed to make you question things about life, trust, love, sex, marriage, the American Dream?
Stanlry Kubricks strange show of the weirdness of the.......ummmmmmm.....ruling bankers/lawyers and their weirder sex trips.
Thanks for the movie.
Eyes Wide Shut won't make sense unless you are familiar with MKultra and Project Monarch. It gives a look at a satanic group who's ranks are filled with the financial and political... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jason Guadalajara
Before I begin this review I must confess that Kubrick along with Hitchcock is my favorite director all time. Read morePublished 14 days ago by APJR
This film didn't impress me at all. The church's rituals and garb (or lack thereof) were ridiculous-looking. Read morePublished 20 days ago by AvidReader
Tom Cruise is great as always!! His character comes alive and he makes you believe what you see!Published 23 days ago by Sandra Angell
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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
|The new DVD's vs. the old DVD's||
Check this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op
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
|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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