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    Warner Home Video Celebrates Four Decades of Visionary Filmmaker on May 31


    A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray™

    Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection

    9-Film Blu-ray Collection Includes Blu-ray Debuts, Premium Packaging, New Bonus Features & Hard Cover Book

    Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection

    9-Film DVD Collection includes 40-Page Book


    Burbank, Calif., February 14, 2011 – Stanley Kubrick was one of the great filmmakers of our time and his profound influence on motion pictures continues to this day. His 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell, portrayed an oppressive lawless society where man was reduced to little more than a machine. This was a powerful film made by a director at the height of his artistry and its impact generated worldwide controversy.


    On May 31, Warner Home Video will honor Kubrick with A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray ($34.99 SRP). The two-disc release includes two newly-produced bonus features: Turning Like Clockwork, a 25 minute documentary about the film’s “Ultra-violence” and its cultural impact, and a short documentary where Malcolm McDowell reminiscences on closely working with legendary director Stanley Kubrick. This two disc Edition will also include the feature-length documentaries: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O Lucky Malcolm! The 40th Anniversary Edition will be packaged in a 40-page Blu-ray Book with rare photos, production notes and more.

    A Clockwork Orange introduced into popular culture the concept of “ultra-violence,” as singing-, tap-dancing-, derby-topped hooligan Alex (McDowell) has a “good time” – at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Kubrick’s future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess’ novel. 40 years later, the world is a different place but the film’s power still entices, shocks and mesmerizes today.


    A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition is also available On Demand and for Download from iTunes™, including bonus iTunes™ extra content. Additionally,Lolita, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut will be available On Demand and for Download.


    On the same day, continuing the celebration, WHV will release the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection on Blu-ray ($148.95 SRP) -- an unprecedented 9-film, 10-disc collection, which contains every film the director made since1960. The collection features the film and bonus content from A Clockwork Orange 40thAnniversary Edition, the Blu-ray debuts of Lolita and Barry Lyndon, as well as the feature films Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. The Blu-ray collection will be elegantly boxed in new book-style premium packaging and will include a 40-page hard-cover book that explores the breadth of genres and themes in Kubrick’s work. The same group of films will be available on DVD in Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection ($74.92 SRP), which includes a 40-page soft-cover book.


    About Stanley Kubrick

    Recognized as one of the most accomplished, innovative, and influential directors in film history, Stanley Kubrick was a perfectionist who maintained complete artistic control and privacy during the shooting, and even the subsequent marketing of his movies. Many of Kubrick’s acclaimed works were received as controversial and provocative, yet still regarded as brilliant and visionary. Kubrick’s films earned 19 Oscar® nominations including three for Best Picture (Dr. Strangelove/1964, A Clockwork Orange/1971 and Barry Lyndon/1975) and

    four for Directing (Dr. Strangelove/1964, 2001: A Space Odyssey/1968, A Clockwork Orange/1971 and Barry Lyndon/1975). In 1960 under the direction of Stanley Kubrick, Spartacus won four Oscars® (Actor in a Supporting Role, Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design). In 1968 Stanley Kubrick won the Oscar® for Special Visual Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey.


    Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928 in New York City and grew up in the Bronx where his father was a physician. At the age of 13, Kubrick became interested in photography and began to self-teach himself the art of photography. Prior to graduating high school, Kubrick had sold two picture stories and a photograph of a news vendor noting in all of their headlines the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a sad image of him. Look selected the photograph for a series about FDR as the final picture of the series. Look shortly thereafter hired him as an apprentice photographer and within six months at age 17, he became one of their youngest-ever staff photographers.


    After creating a photo story on boxer Walter Cartier for the magazine, Kubrick then directed an impressive, gritty short documentary film, Day of the Fight (1950), based on his pictorial titled “Prize Fighter.”


    Paths of Glory (1957), starring Kirk Douglas and set in World War I, was one of the most uncompromising anti-war films in movie history. Douglas subsequently hired Kubrick to direct Spartacus (1960), the most intelligent of the then “epic” films. It was the only film on which Kubrick did not have absolute control. All of Kubrick’s subsequent films are presented in these two new collections (see below for film details).


    Kubrick immigrated to England in 1961, where he found more autonomy and greater control as a filmmaker. Stanley Kubrick died peacefully at his home in England Sunday, March 7, 1999. He is survived by a wife and three daughters and has left the cinema with an enduring legacy.

    More About A Clockwork Orange 40TH Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray

    Causing major controversy when first released, the film garnered four Academy Award® nominations – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Screenplay – and is #4 on AFI’s Top 10 List of Best Science Fiction films of All Time.


    Disc 1:

    · Feature Film

    · New Bonus Features

    o Malcolm McDowell Looks Back: Malcolm McDowell reflects on his experience working with legendary director Stanley Kubrick on one of the seminal films of the 1970s

    o Turning like Clockwork Considers the Film’s Ultra-violence and its Cultural Impact

    · Plus

    o Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman

    o Documentary Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange

    o Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange

    o Theatrical Trailer



    Disc 2:

    · Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (Produced and directed by Jan Harlan the brother of Christiane Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick's widow). Kubrick’s career comes into sharp focus in this compelling documentary narrated by Tom Cruise. Fascinating footage glimpses Kubrick in his early years, at work on film sets and at home, augmented by candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family.


    · O Lucky Malcolm! Documentary about the life and career of actor Malcolm McDowell produced and directed by Jan Harlan.




    About The Other Films in the Collection

    Bonus features are included in the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection.

    The Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection on DVD includes the films only.


    Spartacus (1960)

    This genre-defining epic is the legendary tale of a bold gladiator (Kirk Douglas) who led a triumphant Roman slave revolt. Filmed in glorious Technicolor, the action-packed spectacle won four Academy Awards® including Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Cinematography Costume Design and Art Direction. This is the first time the film has been included in a Warner Bros. Kubrick Collection.


    Lolita (1962) NEW ON BLU-RAY!

    Humbert, a divorced British professor of French literature, travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte Haze, his widowed and sexually famished landlady, whom he marries in order that he might pursue the woman's 14-year-old flirtatious daughter, Lolita, with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love, but whose affections shall be thwarted by a devious trickster named Clare Quilty.


    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

    The cold war satire is a chilling dark comedy about a psychotic Air Force General unleashing an ingenious, foolproof and irrevocable scheme sending bombers to attack Russia, as the U.S. President works with the Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world. The film stars Peter Sellers, in multiple roles, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden.


    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning achievement (Special Visual Effects) is an allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man and a compelling drama of man vs. machine. Featuring a stunning meld of music and motion, the film was also Oscar®-nominated for Best Director, Art Direction and Writing. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits the prehistoric age-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality.


    Special Features:

    · Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood

    · Documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth

    · Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001

    · Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001

    · 2001: A Space OdysseyA Look Behind the Future and What Is Out There?

    · 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork

    · Look: Stanley Kubrick!

    · Audio-Only Bonus: 1966 Kubrick Interview Conducted by Jeremy Bernstein



    Barry Lyndon (1975) NEW ON BLU-RAY!

    Redmond Barry (Ryan O’Neal) is a young, roguish Irishman who's determined, in any way, to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army and fighting in Europe’s Seven Years War, Barry deserts, then joins the Prussian army, gets promoted to the rank of a spy, and becomes a pupil to a Chevalier and con artist/gambler. Barry then lies, dupes, duels and seduces his way up the social ladder, entering into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon. He takes the name of Barry Lyndon, settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams, before eventually falling into ruin.


    The Shining (1980)

    From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. The Shining is the director’s epic tale of a man in a snowbound hotel descending into murderous delusions. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson (“Heeeere’s Johnny!”) stars as Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd).


    Special Features:

    · Commentary by Steadicam inventor/operator Garrett Brown and historian John Baxter

    · Vivian Kubrick’s Documentary The Making of the Shining with Optional Commentary

    · View from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining

    · The Visions of Stanley Kubrick and Wendy Carlos, Composer


    Full Metal Jacket (1987)

    A superb ensemble falls in for Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. The scathing indictment of a film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Joker (Matthew Modine), Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Gomer (Vincent D’Onofrio), Eightball (Dorian Harewood) and Cowboy (Arliss Howard) are some of the Marine recruits experiencing boot-camp hell under the punishing command of the foul-mouthed Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermy). The action is savage, the story unsparing, and the dialogue is spiked with scathing humor.


    Special Features:

    · Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and critic/screenwriter Jay Cocks

    · Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil

    Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

    Kubrick’s daring and controversial last film is a bracing psychosexual journey through a haunting dreamscape, a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage – and may ensnare him in a murder mystery – after his wife’s (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. His graceful tracking shots, rich colors and startling images are some of the bravura traits that show Kubrick as a filmmaker for the ages.


    Special Features:

    · Three-Part Documentary: The Last Movie: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut

    o The Haven/Mission Control,

    o Artificial Intelligence or The Writer as Robot

    o EWS: A Film by Stanley Kubrick



    · Lost Kubrick: The Unfinished Films of Stanley Kubrick

    · Interview Gallery Featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Steven Spielberg

    · Kubrick’s 1998 Directors Guild of America D.W. Griffith Award Acceptance Speech





    Stanley Kubrick Promotion Releases

    Street Date: May 31, 2011

    Order Due Date: April 26, 2011


    A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Book

    $34.99 SRP

    Catalog # 1000169336

    UPC # 883929157761


    Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection (Blu-ray)

    $148.95 SRP

    Catalog # 1000175414

    UPC # 883929165834


    Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection (DVD)

    $74.92 SRP

    Catalog # 1000175413

    UPC # 883929165827
     
  2. dana martin

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    Finaly, Lolita and Barry Lyndon make their way to Blu, this sounds quite impressive, the Strangelove form Sony is outstanding , but the question is Universal going to redo Spartacus for this?


    and the second question is, is this going to be Blu Ray books in the set, or just ACO?


    Just waiting on Criterion to finish the MGM titles, and holding out hope that Fear and Desire will show up as an extra feature on one.
     
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    I am very excited about Barry Lyndon and Lolita. Thank you, Warners!
     
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    Wow, is the first word that comes to mind. The bonus features for 'A Clockwork Orange' sound wonderful. I'll be able to get rid of my DVD of 'A Life in Pictures'. I wonder if the same transfer will be used for this edition, and for 'Eyes Wide Shut' as well. And then there's the question of 'Spartacus'. Surely a fresh effort will be made for that one.


    Great news indeed, for us Kubrick-heads. It's great to see that the earlier rumors of 'Lolita' and 'Barry Lyndon' for 2011 are bearing fruit.
     
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    Really wish that Criterion had been turned loose on the Blu for Spartacus, Universal did not give it the treatment that it deserved (the first time around). waiting to see if this time is different.
     
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    With the exception of Dr. Stranglove I haven't upgraded any of these to Blu-ray, so this set is pretty much a no-brainer for me. I doubt however that Universal will revisit Spartacus for this. Hopefully I'm wrong.
     
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    Excellent news. Nice of Warner to throw "A Life In Pictures" into the ACO SE (as opposed to making it a box exclusive), so that those who have the current Blu-Rays only have to upgrade that one title (and pick up the long-awaited "Lolita" and "Barry Lyndon" when they are eventually released standalone, of course).


    I'm guessing that Warner made deals with Universal & Sony just to bundle their existing "Spartacus" & "Dr. Strangelove" discs into the box. That's fine for the latter, not so much for the former. I wouldn't get up hopes for any revisit of the "Spartacus" transfer. Think of it from Uni's point of view - what's the incentive to do so?? Don't get me wrong - I hope I'm mistaken. But I wouldn't bet on it.


    I never upgraded my Kubrick HD-DVDs to Blu, so I'm going to go for the box - aka Ku-Brick.
     
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    An "Essential Collection" without his best film (Paths of Glory) rings a bit hollow. Surely if they can spring for Dr. Strangelove and Spartacus they could get that and The Killing.
     
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    So are BARRY LYNDON and LOLITA box exclusives or are they going to be available separately?
     
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    A collection is seldom, if ever...everything. Many will complain no matter what is left out. I applaud any effort such as this one...they are all too rare. I applaud the first ever BD release of 'Barry Lyndon', and 'Lolita'. We do what we can with what we're given. The business and economics of any particular decision are probably larger than you or I want to engage with.
     
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    This is bad news if someone is just interested in 'Barry Lyndon.' It looks like you have to buy a 9 disc set to get it.
     
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    ^ I would just wait because I bet that Barry Lyndon and Lolita will be out on their own by the end of the year.
     
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    Warner Bros is generally very good about releasing new to DVD content as stand-alones. Most recently, they sold "America, America", "Sea of Grass", and "Keeper of the Flame" as single releases when they were first announced as part of a collector's box set
     
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    I'll be waiting for the individual release of BL. While the extras sound nice, I already have ACO on blu, and since it doesn't appear there is any difference in the transfer (unless I missed it) I can do without the extras, at least for now.
     
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    I already have all of them (including the A Life in Pictures DVD) except for Barry Lyndon and Lolita, so they better be sold separately. I may re-purchase A Clockwork Orange if A Life in Pictures is upgraded to HD, but I suspect it won't because it would necessitate recutting the film. I'm 99% confident that the encode for ACO itself will be the same (which is just fine, IMO).
     
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    I'm in the same boat. The only one I don't have is SPARTACUS and that's because of the lousy Universal transfer.
     
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    Consider me disappointed. This isn't at all what I'd expected from the box set. Granted, it includes some surprises, but I thought they were doing upgrades on all the titles with some new extras and maybe even new transfers. I already own all of Warner's Kubrick titles currently on Blu and was willing to double dip, but I don't know anymore.


    "A Clockwork Orange" adds two new featurettes. The current BD of "A Clockwork Orange" has some notable blocking and compression issues. I see they'll need to author new discs to include those extras, but will they bother to re-encode the film?


    "Lolita" and "Barry Lyndon" finally arrive on BD. But no extras? Would it have been too difficult to conduct some new interviews with the usual stable of Kubrick collaborators like his widow Christiane Kubrick, producer/bother-in-law Jan Harlan, assistant Leon Vitali (who has a prominent role in "Barry Lyndon"), and "Lolita" producer James B. Harris. How about a new interview with Ryan O'Neal, who I believe was the only person who declined to be interviewed for the "A Life in Pictures" documentary? I remember watching an episode of "Charlie Rose" where Harlan mentioned that they'd interviewed Marisa Barenson for the documentary as well, but she unfortunately didn't make the final cut.


    Speaking of the "A Life in Pictures" documentary, will it be in HD here or was it produced in SD?


    Unfortunately, it appears the other films will just be the same old discs from 2007.


    Warners pulled the plug on a new making of documentary for "2001: A Space Odyssey" that Douglas Trumbell was working on. The current BD of the film is fine, but could benefit from a newer transfer and encode. Additionally, one of the documentaries they licensed and included on the disc was cut down from its original version.


    It would have also been nice if they'd included the international cut of "The Shining". The current BD also has some slight color issues (the pink toys) that could have been fixed.


    Interesting that the new set will include barebones editions of "Dr. Strangelove" and "Spartacus". Sony's "Dr. Strangelove" disc is great as is, but as we all know, the Universal's "Spartacus" release could be improved upon.
     
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    Will pass on the set, and wait for Lolita and Barry Lyndon to be sold separately.
     
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    I have never seen A Clockwork Orange, so I will probably get that.


    Then again, I have only seen Spartacus so far.


    Very tempting boxset
     
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    My recollection is that all the family photos and films were presented 1.33:1, but who knows how they were edited together. The film clips were definitely presented in either 1.33:1 (EWS, FMJ, Shining) or Letterboxed within the 4x3 frame. So, yeah, the entire documentary would have to be fully reconstructed to present it in a reasonable HD presentation.
     

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