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Fear and Desire [Blu-ray]
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An existential war film that is often compared with Kubrick's PATHS OF GLORY (1957) among three Kubrick films selected for the Library's National Film Registry-and FULL METAL JACKET (1987), FEAR AND DESIRE follows a squad of soldiers who have crash-landed behind enemy lines and must work their way downriver to rejoin their unit.
In the process, they encounter a peasant girl (Virginia Leith) and tie her to a tree, where she is tormented by a mentally unbalanced soldier (future director Paul Mazursky). Before making their escape, the soldiers determine the location of an enemy base and formulate a plot to assassinate its commanding officer.
Independently financed, and shot by a skeleton crew - with Kubrick controlling almost every aspect of production - FEAR AND DESIRE was conceived as a European-style art film, cloaked in the guise of a Hollywood war picture. Kubrick described the film to distributor Joseph Burstyn as allegorical and poetic. ''A drama of 'man', lost in a hostile world-deprived of material and spiritual foundations-seeking his way to an understanding of himself, and of life around him.''
Beautifully restored and remastered in HD from an original camera negative and thanks to the preservation efforts of the Library of Congress, Kino Lorber is proud to share with the world FEAR AND DESIRE, fresh from the 24-year-old mind of the man who would become the most influential filmmaker of his generation.
BONUS FEATURE: ''The Seafarers'', A short subject film, restored and remastered in HD (for the first time) by the The Museum of Modern Art & The Film Foundation.
A literate, unhackneyed war drama, outstanding for its fresh camera treatment and poetic dialogue. --Variety
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 960
- Director : Stanley Kubrick
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 1 minute
- Release date : October 23, 2012
- Actors : Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Steve Coit, Virginia Leith
- Studio : Kino Lorber films
- ASIN : B007K8ILUQ
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It was definitely ambitious, however, and everyone has to start somewhere, and I give Kubrick full credit for this first attempt. It is definitely of interest for that reason ... but it is just not very satisfying. The dialogue and characters are not believable, and with a few exceptions, the acting is weak overall. Virginia Leith is very good in her debut. Paul Mazursky seems to have come straight from an early-50's "method acting" class, however, he is so self-indulgent, self-conscious and over-the-top.
The composer, Gerald Fried -- whose first feature this also was -- told me that Kubrick tried to buy up all prints of this film to destroy them. And I have to say, the best thing about this film is Fried's music. Mr. Fried told me that Walter Winchell even said the same at the time of its release! Now THERE was a film debut to note.
The story goes that Stanley worked to buy back and destroy every print except the one in his archives. I know that there was a print in collection in NYC but that might as well have been a world away from me.
The Kino restoration is crisp and striking. The only drawback is the complete lack of special features.
Now my collection is complete... It was sad,sir, to realize watching this film that it was the LAST time I would see new Kubrick work.
Many have tried to be Stanley (there have been many pretenders - Spielberg's A.I. and Minority Report, STARZ attempt at Spartacus, attempts at Napoleon...) but there will never be another Stanley Kubrick. And there will never be another chance to see new work from the master.
Hopefully later there will be a blu-ray with special features. But for now, this Kino Restoration is amazing.
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Da der Film nie richtig veröffentlicht wurde, gibt es keine offizielle deutsche Sprachfassung. Diese hier auf der DVD vorhandene Synchronisation stammt aus den 90er Jahren und passt so richtig nicht zu dem Film. Wenn man die Stimmen mit den Originalstimmen vergleicht, und der Originalton sich wirklich in das Filmgeschehen einbindet, so entspricht die deutsche Sprachfassung zum Teil nicht mehr einigen Handlungsabläufen. Leider gibt es keine deutschen Untertitel.
Trotzdem bin ich froh, dass WGF überhaupt den Film in guter Bildqualität auf DVD veröffentlicht hat. Dafür gebührt dem Herausgeber auch mein Dank!
Fazit: Für Stanley Kubrick-Filminteressenten,-Fans-und-Sammler ein Muss!
well, you get the idea. The man produced brilliant films ... this is not one of them.
Comme le dit l’auteur : « Ces soldats n'ont pas d'autre pays que l'esprit ». Les « militaires » (je mets volontairement entre guillemets ce terme car il s’agit plus d’un film sur le subconscient que d’un film de guerre) agissent tels des numéros manipulables, dans un décor sylvestre où l’on se tait , et qui finit par leur dévoiler leur vérité intérieure, aussi folle ou/et révélatrice soit-elle: révélation sur leur condition dérisoire et sans importance.
Un film pour Kubrickophiles : je doute que les autres puissent en être convaincus.