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This review is from: Stanley Kubrick Triple Feature (2001: A Space Odyssey / A Clockwork Orange / The Shining) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Stanley Kubrick can be a tough director to love -- he had a cold and clinical approach to filmmaking, and his long shots often put people off. He was a true auteur though, and his influence can be seen in modern filmmaking today (Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson are some high-profile examples). This Blu-Ray collection is a nice sampler of Kubrick's work: it contains some of his best work, and it's an ideal purchase for anyone interested in understanding why Stanley Kubrick is such a heralded name in cinema.
This Blu-Ray collection include three of Stanley Kubrick's most influential films: 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining. The Blu-Ray editions of these movies are a greatly marked improvement of many of the DVD transfers that were published in the 90's and 00's. From what I can tell, these transfers seem to be the exact same ones that you would see if you bought these Blu-Rays standalone. Great news, right? Buying this collection means you can save some money without sacrificing the high-definition quality that seems to come with a lot of these multi-pack movie collections. These movies contain the same special features as their standalone counterparts as well.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a gorgeous and groundbreaking film that documents the loneliness, terror, and emptiness of space. 2001 follows a group of astronauts that venture into space once a mysterious obelisk appears on a distant moon. It turns out that potential alien contact might be the least of the astronauts' worries: someone (or something) else onboard the ship represents an even greater threat. This might be the least accessible of the three movies: it's pretty long, and many of the shots used don't contain dialog (or action) for several minutes at a time. It's a great movie to get lost in, but it's not exactly Saturday-night-popcorn material. Still, it's a must-watch for film-buffs.
A Clockwork Orange follows Alex DeLarge, a sociopath in a near-future Britain. DeLarge is a hedonistic and selfish creature that spends time torturing others for his own amusement. Once he's caught, he's forced into rehabilitation -- based on Anthony Burgess's novel, the movie deals with themes like morality, free will, and intention. A Clockwork Orange was much more shocking when it first debuted decades ago in theaters; today, some of the violence that is put on display might appear tame by today's standards.
The Shining is an adaptation of Stephen King's novel: Jack Torrance is looking for a burst of creative inspiration so he takes a job as a groundskeeper at a remote inn in Colorado. Torrance is in charge of watching over the hotel in its offseason -- he brings his family along to the hotel, and it isn't long until strange and mysterious things start happening to the abandoned, deserted inn. The Shining is easily my favorite horror movie of all time, and quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. Like 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, it's beautifully shot and staged, and Jack Nicholson's lead performance is worth the price of admission alone.
So who is this triple feature for? I would recommend this Blu-Ray pack to anyone looking to learn more about Stanley Kubrick, and budding film-buffs in particular. All three of these movies are classics and are worth seeing by anyone willing to get lost in a film for a few hours.