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Kubrick collections

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by RAMBOZOTHECLOWN, Nov 12, 2013.

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  1. RAMBOZOTHECLOWN

    RAMBOZOTHECLOWN Active Member

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    So I have been eyeballing the Kubrick collection, and I definitely want to get it, but I am a bit confused. There are two different sets one with seven films and one with ten. I can't seem to find the 10 film collection on blu ray. Has it been released on blu ray, or just the 7 film set?
     
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    Here's the history of Kubrick boxes in Region A (the US):

    The original Stanley Kubrick Collection from Warner was in a white box and had 8 films: Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut. That set was widely criticized for problematic PQ, among other things.

    A few years later Warner released the 2nd Stanley Kubrick Collection (in a blue box this time) with improved PQ. This one had the same 8 films with a bonus disc featuring the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures.

    The above two were DVD only.

    Once the Blu-ray era hit, Warner triple-dipped with Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection. This box has the 8 films mentioned above, and for the first time adds Spartacus to the mix for a total of 9 films. The Life In Pictures documentary is also included. This box is available on both DVD & Blu-ray. It is the most complete Kubrick box released to date. If you count the documentary, this is probably the 10 film set you referred to.

    The 7 film set you are referring to is the Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection. It appears to be similar to the Essential Collection above except it drops the two non-Warner films (Spartacus & Dr. Strangelove) - I assume Warner's rights to distribute these expired.

    All of the above are available on Amazon, although the Visionary Filmmaker Collection is not currently in stock.
     
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    Craig, thanks for clearing this up for me. I definitely want The essential collection, and now I know what to Google. Appreciate your assistance.
     
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    "Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection" (that's the official title) Blu-ray box is OOP, I believe. I remember that it was on sale on Amazon at some point so I ordered it. It actually seems that many times some of these sets go OOP after the sale (NOT always!) - they probably clear the remaining stock.
     
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    Oops! You're right - the "Essential Collection" is the DVD version; "Limited Edition Collection" refers to the Blu version. And while I also believe you're correct about it being OOP, it is available on Amazon (with Prime) from third-party sellers.
     
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    Yeah, I started looking around, and noticed that The Essential collection is a little spendy. I guess The Visionary Film Maker collection it is and then buy the two omitted films separate. It will save me at least $75.00. Unless I can find a set of yhe other for dirt cheap.
     
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    Of course you can get it from Ebay, Amazon.com marketplace etc, but it's still technically OOP. :)

    You can get the similar box set from e.g. UK where it's called "Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection". It's pretty cheap also:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stanley-Kubrick-Visionary-Filmmaker-Collection/dp/B004MW57KA/
    It's missing "Spartacus" and "Dr. Strangelove" from the US set, though.
     
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    I got the UK collection and am very happy with it.

    I also had no problem removing the disks.
     
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    I was wondering about that. Amazon lists it as an August 2000 release, by which time I expect that Eyes Wide Shut would have been out on DVD.
     

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