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WHV Press Release: Director's Series: Stanley Kubrick (DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray)


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#1 of 27 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 03 2007 - 03:41 AM

WARNER HOME VIDEO DIRECTOR’S SERIES
STANLEY KUBRICK

2001: A Space Odyssey Special Edition ~ A Clockwork Orange Special Edition ~ Eyes Wide Shut Special Edition ~ The Shining Special Edition ~
Full Metal Jacket Deluxe Edition And A Life in Pictures

Films, Remastered and in Widescreen, Debut on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-Ray with Hours of New and Rare Features October 23

Burbank, Calif. August 6, 2007 – On October 23, Warner Home Video will launch the first in their new series featuring influential films from some of history’s greatest directors. Warner Home Video Director’s Series: Stanley Kubrick is a new six-film, 10-disc widescreen and newly-remastered collection that includes Special Editions of 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket Deluxe Edition, along with the full-length documentary, A Life in Pictures.

2001: A Space Odyssey has been newly remastered; A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket, also remastered, debut in their original widescreen theatrical aspect ratios. All releases have been created in collaboration with, and approved by, the estate of Stanley Kubrick. The collection sells for $79.92 SRP on DVD. Single discs will be available at various prices (see below for details). The films are also available on HD and BD as singles ($28.99 SRP).

The films in the Warner Home Video Director’s Series: Stanley Kubrick also represented landmarks for such stars as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Malcolm McDowell, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matthew Modine and others. Enhanced with hours of insightful and in-depth special features these Special Editions include commentaries, documentaries, rare interviews with Stanley Kubrick and special new featurettes that offer a rare look into the mind of the master filmmaker. The 10 Disc set also includes the bonus documentary A Life in Pictures, narrated by Tom Cruise, which details Kubrick’s early life, at work and at home, with candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family.

The Eyes Wide Shut Special Edition includes both the Rated and Unrated versions, along with the all-new featurette “Lost Kubrick: The Films That Never Were.” Separate from this Collection, other Kubrick titles available from WHV include Barry Lyndon and Lolita.

About the Films

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy AwardÒ-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 and Best Screenplay. 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.

DVD Special Features:
Disc One
· Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
· Theatrical trailer

Disc Two
· Channel 4 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 Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future
· 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork
· Look: Stanley Kubrick!
· Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick
· Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Stomping, whopping, stealing, singing, tap-dancing, violating. Derby-topped hooligan Alex (Malcolm 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. Controversial when first released, the film garnered three Academy Award nominations – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Its power still entices, shocks and mesmerizes today.

DVD Special Features:
Disc One
· Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
· Theatrical trailer

Disc Two
· Channel 4 documentary: Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange
· New featurette: Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange
· Career profile: O Lucky Malcolm!
· Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.

DVD Special Features:
Disc One
· Scene specific commentary by Sydney Pollack and historian Peter Loewenberg
· Theatrical trailer and TV spots

Disc Two
· Channel 4 documentary: The Last Movie: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut
· Lost Kubrick: The Unfinished Films of Stanley Kubrick
· Kubrick’s 1998 DGA D.W Griffith Award acceptance speech
· Interview gallery featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Steven Spielberg
· Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.

DVD Special Features:
· Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Jay Cocks
· New Featurette: Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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).

DVD Special Features:
Disc One
· Commentary by Garrett Brown and John Baxter
· Theatrical trailer

Disc Two
· Documentary The Making of the Shining, with optional commentary by Vivian Kubrick
· Three new featurettes: View from The Overlook: Crafting the Shining, The Visions of Stanley Kubrick, and Wendy Carlos, Composer
· Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stanley Kubrick – A Life in Pictures
Produced and directed by longtime Kubrick associate Jan Harlan, this full-length documentary includes footage and personal photographs made available by Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife of more than 42 years. The film paints a surprisingly accessible portrait of Kubrick, giving a strikingly different view of the man and what influenced him as a filmmaker. Among the long list of actors, friends and colleagues paying tribute are Woody Allen, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Shelley Duvall, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Christiane Kubrick, Paul Mazursky, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Modine, Jack Nicholson, Alan Parker, Sydney Pollack, Richard Schickel, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Douglas Trumbull and Sir Peter Ustinov.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
Redmond Barry 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, fighting in the Seven Years War in Europe, Barry deserts from the British army, joins the Prussian army, gets promoted to the rank of a spy, then becomes pupil to a Chevalier and con artist/gambler. Barry then lies, dupes, duels and seduces his way up the social ladder and enters into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon, takes the name of Barry Lyndon, settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams, then slowly falls

Lolita (1962)
Humbert 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.
2001: A Space Odyssey Special Edition
Catalog #: 79191
$26.99 SRP
HD Catalog #: 64817
BD Catalog #: 64816
$28.99 SRP
141 minutes –Rated G

A Clockwork Orange Special Edition
Catalog #: 80672
$26.99 SRP
HD Catalog #: 118691
BD Catalog #: 118681
$28.99 SRP
136 minutes –Rated R

Eyes Wide Shut Special Edition
Catalog #: 80673
$26.99 SRP
HD Catalog #: 118692
BD Catalog #: 118684
$28.99 SRP
159 minutes –Rated R

Full Metal Jacket Deluxe Edition
HD Catalog #: 118694
BD Catalog #: 118687
$28.99 SRP
116 minutes –Rated R
Note: Not available as a single on DVD – only HD and BD.


The Shining Special Edition
Catalog #: 72210
$20.97 SRP
HD Catalog #: 118695
BD Catalog #: 118689
$28.99 SRP
136 minutes –Rated R

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
Catalog #: 118759
142 minutes- Not Rated
$19.97 SRP
Note: Not available on HD and BD.
Lolita
Catalog #: 64866
153 minutes- Not Rated
$19.97 SRP

Barry Lyndon
Catalog #: 120017
183 minutes- PG
$19.97 SRP

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#2 of 27 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted August 03 2007 - 05:14 AM

Wow! Posted Image And only a couple of months to go [bites fist].

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2001: A Space Odyssey has been newly remastered

oooh! Yes. Almost makes me want to move to HD this decade, almost. Posted Image

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#3 of 27 OFFLINE   Ken_McAlinden

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Posted August 04 2007 - 04:37 PM

Other than indicating that "Eyes Wide Shut" will be in its "R-rated" cut, this looks to be a very nice set.

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#4 of 27 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted August 04 2007 - 05:52 PM

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Other than indicating that "Eyes Wide Shut" will be in its "R-rated" cut, this looks to be a very nice set.

Regards,

"The Eyes Wide Shut Special Edition includes both the Rated and Unrated versions"

#5 of 27 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted August 04 2007 - 06:20 PM

No alternate ending for THE SHINING but everything still looks good. I guess this thing is lost for good.

Does anyone know what happened to that Vivian Kubrick documentary she made for FMJ?

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Posted August 05 2007 - 12:18 AM

Count me in for "Eyes Wide Shut", "The Shining" and "Full Metal Jacket". I'm really looking forward to these, especially with EWS and FMJ being remastered in widescreen for the first time! I know Kubrick intended these films to be full frame, but just the same, I want to see these the way they were shown theatrically. Posted Image
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Posted August 05 2007 - 06:48 AM

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I'm really looking forward to these, especially with EWS and FMJ being remastered in widescreen for the first time! I know Kubrick intended these films to be full frame, but just the same, I want to see these the way they were shown theatrically. Posted Image
Kubrick intended these films to be full frame (1.33:1) on 4x3 televisions. He died before Widescreen TVs ever became popular. I'm sure he'd want the theatrical aspect ratios to be presented on 16x9 TVs properly.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted August 05 2007 - 03:15 PM

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He died before Widescreen TVs ever became popular.

But he was alive when theater screens were widescreen.

Earlier this year I watched THE SHINING at the theater and I'm going to keep the older DVD because at 1.85:1, it just looks wrong to me. I watched EWS three times in the theater when it came out and to me the DVD looked better.

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Posted August 05 2007 - 06:01 PM

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"The Eyes Wide Shut Special Edition includes both the Rated and Unrated versions"
Whoops! That was a significant paragraph I missed! Posted Image

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Posted August 05 2007 - 07:21 PM

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But he was alive when theater screens were widescreen.

And these three films were projected at 1.85:1, no? He only made the open matte compromise, as far as I understand it, because he didn't like the aesthetics of his 1.85:1 films on 4x3 TVs. Eliminate that factor and you have what makes the most sense - 1.85:1 films in 1.85:1 on 16x9 TVs.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#11 of 27 OFFLINE   Josh Steinberg

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Posted August 06 2007 - 02:29 AM

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Earlier this year I watched THE SHINING at the theater and I'm going to keep the older DVD because at 1.85:1, it just looks wrong to me. I watched EWS three times in the theater when it came out and to me the DVD looked better.

To each his own. I saw the movie in its theatrical 1.85:1 ratio for the first time earlier this year, and I thought it looked fantastic -- I had always thought there was too much room at the top and bottom of the frame, and the 1.85:1 presentation was practically a revelation. I've read before that when this was being edited, the editing machines were masked to 1.85:1 indicating that this might have been Kubrick's original preference for the film - whether that's indeed the case can probably be argued forever, but I'm happy that I'll soon have a DVD that represents the original theatrical release.

The beauty in all of this is that we still have the earlier release of the film, so viewers can choose whichever version they prefer to see. There's no right or wrong answer here.

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Posted August 06 2007 - 04:27 AM

A director shoots for the theater, especially in 1980 when there was really no home video and TV rarely ran movies, especially R-rated uncut ones. Many films are shot open-matte, but rarely is the unseen portions ever intended to be seen, even on television, its just a technical process for shooting films. The only reason Kubrick wanted his films on home video to be open matte was because there was no widescreen televisions and he felt that watching a widescreen film on a then-standard 19" CRT 4X3 display would do more harm, so knowing that his films were open-matte he realised he could present them full-screen without cropping them. But they were made for 1:85. Nobody shot for the television in 1979 because the only place you would ever see a film was on the big screen. Its a real treat to finally get these films the way they were meant to be seen.

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Posted August 06 2007 - 05:49 AM

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I've read before that when this was being edited, the editing machines were masked to 1.85:1 indicating that this might have been Kubrick's original preference for the film
I read that, too. Right here.

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Posted August 06 2007 - 07:43 AM

Thanks Ron - Must Viddey Again!

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Posted August 06 2007 - 08:02 AM

I don't think there's much point in rehashing the aspect ratio debate yet AGAIN over these titles.

I also don't see much point in buying them until I get on the high def bandwagon. I've seen all of these so many times that it is unlikely they'll be screened more than once or twice over the next few years anyway, and if I really need to see them, I have 2 or more versions already.

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Posted August 06 2007 - 08:14 AM

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I don't think there's much point in rehashing the aspect ratio debate yet AGAIN over these titles.

Agree - The 8 disk Kubrick Collection was end of story on the subject (for the Kubrick family at least)
People will continue to add their opinions forever in spite of this. I have no problem with the films in their current state, but will probably go for the new set.

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Posted August 06 2007 - 12:51 PM

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Agree - The 8 disk Kubrick Collection was end of story on the subject (for the Kubrick family at least)
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Exactly but conspiracy theorists still believe they are lying about the matter, although it seems this release confirms that they weren't lying about Kubrick destroying all the alternate footage to a couple of the films. Also shows that they weren't lying about his shorts and first feature being released. This would be the "ultimate" set if they were going to release these items.

These internet also calls off the rumor that Kubrick was a recluse since it seems many folks on the internet were able to talk with him and get his opinions on widescreen sets, how he wanted his films shown and so on. Posted Image

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Posted August 06 2007 - 01:59 PM

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Full Metal Jacket Deluxe Edition
HD Catalog #: 118694
BD Catalog #: 118687
$28.99 SRP
116 minutes –Rated R
Note: Not available as a single on DVD – only HD and BD.
anyone care to explain what this means? oh, and why did they single out this film? guess this will be another ebay purchase

btw, this film has been available in widescreen for sometime now on hd-dvd. why does the press release act as if this has not been the case?

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The Shining and Full Metal Jacket, also remastered, debut in their original widescreen theatrical aspect ratios


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Posted August 06 2007 - 04:42 PM

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He died before Widescreen TVs ever became popular.
But he was alive when theater screens were widescreen.

And his films were matted to 1.85:1 on those screens, weren't they?
 

 


#20 of 27 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted August 06 2007 - 09:55 PM

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And his films were matted to 1.85:1 on those screens, weren't they?

This is the thing that always gets me about the "proper aspect ratio" theories. Since theater screens were wide, and since Kubrick's films were shown that way largely out of necessity in accomodating theaters, does this mean necessarily that Kubrick PREFERRED his work to be shown 1.85? Which presentation, then, is the "proper" OAR?


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