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Eyes Wide Shut (Unrated Edition) [HD DVD] (1999)

Tom Cruise , Nicole Kidman , Stanley Kubrick  |  Unrated |  HD DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,065 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Schnitzler, Frederic Raphael
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Brian W. Cook, Jan Harlan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,065 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2J0VK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eyes Wide Shut (Unrated Edition) [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Rated and Unrated versions
  • 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

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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


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556 of 605 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1999's future classic--"It's not about sex" January 31, 2000
Format:DVD
1999 was one of the greatest years in recent memory for film. Yet Eyes Wide Shut is all but absent from the end-of-the-year awards ceremonies and most critics lists.
The first thing to bear in mind are that this film was hyped way beyond necessity. As if the general public had any interest in the "Kubrick" listed below "Cruise" and "Kidman". To them this was just another Big Actor's next Big Movie. Passing it off like a "real Hollywood couple gets busy on the big screen" heightened expectations for something Kubrick wasn't trying to achieve. It suffered the same audience reaction as The Phantom Menace, and made only a fraction of the money.
Critics seemed to be lining up to take potshots at this film. Why? Recent history shows us that all of Kubrick's films from 2001 onward have been attacked critically, and subsequently hailed as classic years later. The same is true of most of Orson Welles' work. Few critics took the time to see this movie more than once before spewing their venom. A filmmaker like Kubrick is not going for direct emotional contact with the audience. He is aiming far deeper, asking the viewer to reflect on not only the images, but the themes, and the emotional investments of the characters. The subtlety is not something common in today's films, and something critics apparently can't process quick enough to meet a press deadline.
For all those complain that the film isn't sexy or erotic enough are missing the point completely. It's not about sex. It's about many other things, some of which linger in the background, some that aren't noticeable on the initial viewing. Kubrick raises questions about our institution of marriage, the nature of faith, commitment, temptation.
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186 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good News, Kubrick and Blu-Ray Fans October 30, 2007
Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
Kubrick's final effort is also his greatest masterpiece: a humane and expressionistic fable, endlessly complex and guardedly optimistic.
A few notes about the Blu-Ray disc of "Eyes Wide Shut:"
The Blu-Ray is the unrated version of the film, meaning it does not have those CGI figures added to the orgy scenes to obscure the simulated sex. (The CGI figures were added in order to secure a U.S. theatrical release rating of "R," without Kubrick's input; their only purpose was censorship. The version released on Blu-Ray, which was released theatrically in Europe but until now has not been available in the U.S., restores those shots to the way Kubrick filmed them.)
The Blu-Ray disc contains all of the special features from the standard-definition DVD in the boxed DVD set, and they are interesting enough. The aspect-ratio of the Blu-Ray is 16x9, which is a vast improvement over the old 3x4 DVD, as 16x9 is much closer to the theatrical aspect-ratio for which the film's shots were composed. The High-Definition film transfer is beautiful, pristine, the images luminous and rich. For a film as beautifully photographed as this, in which the texture of the image conveys essential, visceral meaning, the difference between High-Definition and Standard Def might make the difference between fully receiving the film and not.
If you've gone Hi Def and are thinking of buying this to replace your old standard-def 3x4 DVD, by all means do so. Short of a new 35mm print of the unrated version, this Blu-Ray disc -- displayed on a big 1080 set in a dark room, uninterrupted -- is how this challenging and ultimately thrilling film should be seen, and seen again.
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142 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage is always under siege August 24, 2004
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Eyes Wide Shut is not the self-indulgent, opaque film that I had been led by some reviewers to expect. It is clear and focused with an important and worthy theme. Kubrick is exploring the nature of human sexuality in light of recent conclusions derived from evolutionary biology. The theme can be stated simply: "marriage is a fortress continually under siege." To be able to use Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as his married couple, who not so incidentally were actually married to one another at the time, was quite a coup since it lent accessibility and immediacy to his theme. We are able to catch glimpses of what their married life might have been like and to see that marriage played out against the temptations of a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Indeed with their subsequent separation, Kubrick's theme is ironically supported.

Cruise plays Dr. Bill Harford, an attractive, high status, confident male who has always deceived himself about his sexual nature and the nature of women and especially the nature of his wife, Alice. They go to a party and act out some "teasing themselves" roles, as they have undoubtedly done before. Nothing comes of it since they are circumspect people. But the next night Alice decides to strip away her husband's smug confidence about her nature and expose to him the truth about feminine sexuality, and so tells him a little story about how she was moved to abandonment by just a glance from a man in uniform. Her expression is so vivid and powerful that Bill, stunned and shocked, begins to imagine this event that never took place, an event Alice has assured him, might well have taken place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie. Love Kidman
Published 4 days ago by joel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
movey wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. Other then that a great seller he was
Published 5 days ago by lostone1413
3.0 out of 5 stars So I have wasted $25 on a worthless DVD that sits unwatched on ...
Haven't seen it yet. The DVD from Amazon had a note saying my. Blu ray player needs a software upgrade. But my player says all upgrades are in. Read more
Published 6 days ago by dan gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you outstanding product.
Thank you outstanding product.
Published 8 days ago by GJM
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
Cinematography was good. I've never been a Tom Cruise fan but Nicole Kidman carried him through this intriguing story.
Published 11 days ago by Rosamond Haupt
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinister sensuality
In this review I discuss the movie but also have a bit of fun placing it in a broader cultural and historical context. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Magellan
5.0 out of 5 stars but it's an amazing piece of film
Amazingly detailed cinematography. Every scene has some kind of worthwhile imagery. Don't expect a sexy movie, but it's an amazing piece of film.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-obsessed rich jerks. Who cares?
What the hell was Kubrick thinking hiring these two one-dimensional walking bags of vanity for a story like this? Read more
Published 20 days ago by Literary Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie for the fantasy world, maybe not so much for the real...
An amazing look into what really could be the ultra rich and their twisted fantasies. Also the consequences of the American family ties and what fantacies could do to them. Read more
Published 20 days ago by markmark
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie
Published 21 days ago by Mario
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Censored.
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/Open_matte

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
Unrated.
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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