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Stanley Kubrick Visionary Filmmaker Collection [Blu-ray]
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|Contributor||Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Winters, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Stanley Kubrick, Tom Cruise, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell See more|
|Runtime||21 hours and 15 minutes|
The Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection is a blistering treat for anyone with a deep, longing love of the movies. It’s a pack that brings together seven films from the late, great Stanley Kubrick, spread across eight discs. The quality of the films in question speak for themselves. There’s the 40th anniversary edition of the groundbreaking A Clockwork Orange to kick things off, and other high profile classics include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut and Full Metal Jacket. Yet boxsets such as these also, by their nature, champion the films that haven’t had such levels of appreciation. Thus, to get a glistening release of the likes of Lolita and Barry Lyndon is a massive bonus in itself, and goes a long way to justify the price of the set. Some films here get more generous extra features than others, which is a shame, and there’s still quite possibly the definitive Stanley Kubrick boxset yet to be made. However, the Visionary Filmmaker Collection is still a terrific package, bringing together a clutch of important films from a genuine cinematic one-off. Quite, quite brilliant.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.89 x 5.75 x 2.4 inches; 0.01 Ounces
- Item model number : 5051892045308
- Director : Stanley Kubrick
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Import
- Run time : 21 hours and 15 minutes
- Release date : July 12, 2011
- Actors : James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Ryan O'Neal, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise
- Dubbed: : Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese
- Subtitles: : English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Finnish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B004MW57KA
- Number of discs : 8
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #1,177 in Drama Blu-ray Discs
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This set is exquisite! It is by no means a complete Kubrick collection, but for the price (when I purchased it was $28.87) it is very worthwhile. Anyone who loves Kubrick doesn’t need a boring essay upon the greatness of the movies themselves…that is self-evident. My focus is to give you a few technical details and let you know what you’re buying if you invest in this box.
This is a European Import. The great news is that the discs are Region Free. I had no issues playing them on my American Blu-Ray players, and the disc art features cool Euro art and detail!
There is nothing special really about the box. Each disc is pressed onto its own plastic insert. No booklets or nice additions, but the box is fairly sturdy.
Lolita (1962) – Ratio: 1.66.1 Widescreen. This is the original theatrical size.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – 2.35.1 Cinerama Widescreen; the original size. This is the only film Kubrick ever made in the full Panavision format. Supposedly because he hated the cropped look that it received for television, and that’s where he assumed most people watched his movies.
A Clockwork Orange (1971) – 1.66.1 Widescreen. This is the original theatrical size.
Barry Lyndon (1975) – This 2011 Blu-Ray is at: 1.78.1. This is not the correct ratio. It should be at 1.66.1. You’ll have to get the Criterion Blu-Ray to get this one right.
The Shining (1980) International Version – Ratio: 1.78.1. This is incorrect; The Shining was shown internationally at 1.66.1 and in America at 1.85.1. So far there is no release of either of these ratios. Even more irritating is that the Open Matte 1.33.1 version is on DVD, but not HI-DEF Blu-Ray. The Open Matte is very probably the version Kubrick preferred. Also…you’ll want to know that this is the International Cut which only runs two hours! That was fine with me because every other edition that I own is the American Cut which runs approximately forty-five minutes longer.
Full Metal Jacket (1987) – 1.78.1 incorrect ratio. The original is 1.66.1. As far as I know, all the Blu-Rays of this are in 1.78.1.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) International Version – 1.78.1 incorrect ratio. Should be 1.66.1. All the Blu-Ray releases that I am aware of are this ratio.
But this is however the superior 159 minute International Cut! It is far better, and has uncensored nude scenes. Much of the American print has fake computer-generated gimmickry rather than the actual real nude parts.
I do believe that all featurettes included are on previous releases. Disc 8 includes the doc ‘Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures’, which first appeared on the 2001 DVD box set.
My conclusion is that this is good set to buy, especially if you don’t own these films or all of them already. Obviously you’d want the longer version of The Shining to accompany this. As much as I love Kubrick’s works, I would buy practically anything that comes out! But I want you guys to have the facts before you invest the money.
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The description says there are 8 disks. Isn't anyone curious to know what movies are included? I couldn't find a simple, all-inclusive list anywhere. Here is a list, for the benefit of other customers:
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
Eyes Wide Shut
That's seven movies. The last disk contains a biopic of Kubrick and a shorter one of Malcolm McDowell.
In my opinion, the pictures and sound of the disks is first-rate, as one would expect of Blu-ray. There are many special features and each movie offers a remarkably large choice of spoken languages and subtitle languages. The price for all this is very reasonable, in my opinion. I noticed the criticisms of the cuts in "The Shining." All I can say is the cuts didn't bother me.
Warner Brothers has used a bizarre method of labelling these disks, that I hope their competitors will not copy. When you look at one of these disks you will see a picture and some writing, most of it in foreign languages. What you will not see, until you put on your reading glasses and look very closely, is the name of the movie. The largest writing on the "Lolita" disk is typical: "No recomendada menores 13 anos." I think that means "Not recommended for children under 13 years old" in some Romance language. The picture is intended to evoke the movie. For example, a spaceship appears on the "2001" disk. Despite this annoyance I'd say this set of movies is a very good bargain.
This collection also seems to contain all the bonus material that each individual disk contains on its own. Nothing was sacrificed to make this a set. Although I'm not a technician, all the films look quite beautiful and sound fantastic. While I wouldn't call LOLITA a "later film," this collection starts with LOLITA, and then has 2001 and all the films he made after that (after 1968). And what a great price!
The set also includes an extra disk, with STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES, which is a long and super-complete documentary reviewing his life and his work. I think it's one of the best films made about a filmmaker that I've seen.
To complete your Kubrick collection, in addition to this set, you should get the Criterion editions of SPARTACUS and THE KILLING. The later also includes his second feature, KILLER'S KISS, which I'm rather fond of -- made for cheap, it seems, but with great cinematography of New York, reminiscent of the photographs Kubrick took for LOOK Magazine during his career as a photographer. FEAR and DESIRE is available as a separate disk, and so is the other quintessential Kubrick film, DR. STRANGELOVE.
I highly recommend this set as a good set of transfers and extra features, and at a very good price.