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Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection (2011)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Limited Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O724M2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

SPARTACUS (1960) Special Features: • Production Notes • Cast/Filmmaker Bios • Theatrical Trailer • Languages: English & Français • Subtitles: English & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

LOLITA (1962) Special Features: • Production Notes • Theatrical Trailer • Languages & Subtitles: English & Français (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) Special Features: • Featurette The Art of Stanley Kubrick from Short Films to Strangelove • Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove • Original Split-Screen Interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott • Original Advertising Gallery • Talent Files • Production Notes • Theatrical Trailers • Languages & Subtitles: English , Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) Special Features: • Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood • Theatrical Trailer • Languages: English & Français • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) Special Features: • Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Historian Nick Redman • Theatrical Trailer • Languages: English & Français • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

BARRY LYNDON (1975) Special Features: • Production Notes • Theatrical Trailer • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

THE SHINING (1980) Special Features: • Commentary by Steadicam Inventor/Operator Garrett Brown and Historian John Baxter • Theatrical Trailer • Languages & Subtitles: English, Français (Dubbed in Quebec) & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

FULL METAL JACKET (1987) Special Features: • Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Critic/Screenwriter Jay Cocks • Featurette Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil • Theatrical Trailer • Languages & Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).

BONUS DISC: STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES • Subtitles: English, Français & Español.

Editorial Reviews

9 Groundbreaking Movies. 10 Discs. One Visionary Moviemaker. SPARTACUS (1960) The genre-defining epic tale of a bold gladiator (Kirk Douglas) who leads a triumphant Roman slave revolt. LOLITA (1962) Academic Humbert Humbert (James Mason) is obsessed with a blithe teen (Sue Lyon) in a dark comedy from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) “Accidental” nuclear apocalypse, anyone? Peter Sellers heads the cast of one of the most blazingly hilarious movies of all time. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) “The most awesome, beautiful and mentally stimulating science-fiction film of all time” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic). A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) Future world neo-punk Malcolm McDowell becomes the guinea pig for a government cure of his tendency toward “the old ultraviolence.” BARRY LYNDON (1975) The visually spellbinding tale of an 18th-century Irish rogue’s (Ryan O’Neal) climb to wealth and privilege. THE SHINING (1980) In a macabre masterpiece adapted from Stephen King’s novel, Jack Nicholson falls prey to forces haunting a snowbound mountain resort. FULL METAL JACKET (1987) Marine recruits endure basic training under a leather-lunged D.I., then plunge into the hell of Vietnam. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) A wife’s admission of unfulfilled longing plunges a Manhattan doctor into a bizarre erotic odyssey. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star.

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186 of 198 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging, aspect ratios FINE; movies GREAT June 7, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I won't review the films themselves. I have done so elsewhere, and if you are reading this, you probably are a Kubrick fan, anyway. My set arrived yesterday and I have spent some quality time with it, though I have obviously not had a chance to watch every disk all the way through, yet.

On one user's negative review with respect to the "destructive" packaging: all I can say is, if you stop and think about it before wailing on the disks trying to get them out of their sleeves, you'll be FINE. The sleeves, are indeed, engineered to keep the disks in, so they don't fall on the floor if you tip the package the wrong way. A moment's thought will tell you that a thumb on the label side of the disk, a forefinger on the edge, and some firm but gentle pulling while rotating a little is all you need to get the disks out without a hint of damage. The sleeve will release its grip and all will be well. Believe me, you'll be glad for the snugness of the fit when you realize how well it protects the disks when you're not watching them.

On the continuing Aspect Ratio controversy: I could be wrong about this, but I think the esteemed Mr. Kubrick would be fine with the 16x9 cropping of The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. It's true that Kubrick initially only wanted videos of his films released "full frame", i.e. with the whole negative image showing unmasked, because he hated pan-scan, and thought letterboxing distracting. After Barry Lyndon, he shot 35mm without a hard matte, but composed for 1.85:1 precisely because he knew some theaters would project it 1.85:1 while others would go for 1.66:1, and still others would have their own "custom" aspect ratio - i.e.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
I was able to get the discs out easily without damage. They stick slightly but i just used my shirt and wedged them out. no scratches and no finger prints. They play fine. i did put them in jewel cases so i don"t have to worry about someone else having trouble. i wouldn't let the negative reviews turn you off to this box. They made it sound a lot worse than it is.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Kubrick and it's Blu-ray August 20, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
While, as other noted reviewers have expressed, yes, most of the Blu-ray's in this set have been available previously. But altogether at once, including Dr. Strangelove, Spartacus, Lolita (first time on Blu), and Barry Lyndon (also first time on Blu), along with the new 40th anniversary edition of A Clockwork Orange? Yes, I'd say it's safe to venture that this set is worth the seemingly steep price. Because yes, at first glance, it seems like a lot of money until you realize the value at hand.

But value aside, the transfers are mostly fantastic, especially the transfer on my favorite of Kubrick's films, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The colors are crisp and the details are fantastic, especially the black and white on Lolita. I am so glad that this film had finally achieved a release on Blu Ray.

My only complaint is the lack of new features on the previously released discs and the lack of ANY FEATURES on Lolita and Barry Lyndon. Fans have been waiting years for these releases and we now only get half of a release (the other half should have contained a commentary by an expert AT LEAST). But the transfers are fantastic, making it a satisfying purchase.

Overall, I am especially happy with this release, save for the complaints that I have previously listed. I'd give the box set a four out of five.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of films June 12, 2012
By Jred22
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Stanley Kubrick is one of the greatest film directors of all time. Every movie in this collection is a great film. Each one looks fantastic on blu ray. Although Lolita and Dr. Strangelove are in black and white so the quality isn't as obvious as the color films but it is still clear and crisp. 2001: A Space Odyssey still looks cutting edge. It's hard to believe they were able to achieve such great special effects in 1968. Nine years later they couldn't even make Star Wars special effects look as good. If you are a Stanley Kubrick fan you have to have this collection. It includes all but three of his films I believe. I read some reviews about the discs being difficult to pull from the sleeves and how it might result in scratches to the discs. I will say they are in the sleeves pretty good but I don't think it will result in scratching. You have to grip the disc with your fingers to pull it out and that will result in some smudging but so far my discs have not been scratched. I really don't see that as the deal breaker anyway. It's a good collection of films that look great in HD. I would definitely recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In need of new transfers. October 3, 2012
By crank
Damn near all of these films are low bitrate encodes from the HDDVD years, below 20Mbps FFS, and that is just not going to cut it with me on premium bluray releases. This format is easily capable of 35Mbps on 2 hours releases and there is just no damn reason not to do this.

I have never bought a Kubrick film on Bluray because inevitably these will be released in more definitive volumes at a later date. Without the higher bitrate the films simply are not going to look close to optimal on large screens although they are decent. I think most of these films speak for themselves. None are bad films. My favorites are 2001, The Shining, and EWS. Haven't seen Lolita in some time although that one might have had a decent transfer. It's funny because instead of pumping up the bitrate for Clockwork on the 40th release they clipped a doc and then added another doc and called it a day with the exact same transfer. For shame.

If these were state of the art transfers this set would be a 10 out of 5.

If you are going to charge a premium then for the love of the lord don't throw in your HDDVD transfers from half a decade ago.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Only missing a couple.
Very very good collection of Mr Kubricks work - you will need to look for the other classics elsewhere. Excellent value for money.
Published 6 days ago by Peter Mcmillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quality of item as represented and great shipping
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey L Howdyshell
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't miss for Kubrick fans
Kubrick was a genius. These are his movies. Only downside surprise is that most of the films are not widescreen, not sure why.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Huber
2.0 out of 5 stars Broken packaging
I ordered this and returned it several times due to a flaw in the cases. It did not ship with nice slimline jewel cases - it was some weird plastic arrangement on the inside that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BlackRockExplorer
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
A master director and what a wonderful collection! Every single film in this package is a jewel that i watch over and over again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. J. Jove
4.0 out of 5 stars KUBRIK RULES
What more can I say? Nine of Stanley Kubrick's best films in one, affordable package. Thrills and chills galore !
Published 5 months ago by Ed in WA State
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanley Kubrick
My son loved this gift! The content was great and it was in perfect condition. I recommend this item to any one.
Published 6 months ago by lpooler
5.0 out of 5 stars all the Classic of Kubrick
Here is a good collection for any fan. the acting is the best the directing the BEST! Lots of hours of entertainment form the master himself.
Published 7 months ago by J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies at a great price!
So much Kubrick for, like, 25 bucks. Crazy! The disks are color coded and they play well and it's Kubrick. I wish it included all of his earlier stuff, but ok. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Max Patrick Blum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection...
Great collection of must have movies when you're in the mood for something off-beat. Definitely an edgy quality to the films.
Published 8 months ago by W.K.S.
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Just reviewed the entire DVD Kubrick collection. The product info on AMAZON originally provided aspect ratios, which is why I was so excited to get this collection, since only 2001 and Spartacus were availabe in their original theatrical aspect ratios on DVD. The AMAZON product information has... Read More
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