He died on March 7 1999. The book states that the screening for Warner Brothers took place 6 days earlier, so, March 1 1999. Obviously it took place in England, and the execs flew in to view it eagerly I'm sure. Cruise and Kidman confirm in interviews that they also attended this screening, as it was then considered the final cut.
I can't find the reference now but I could have sworn I read that the March 1999 EYES WIDE SHUT screening for Cruise, Kidman, and the WB execs took place in New York City, that the print was flown over and accompanied by one of Kubrick's assistants. The purpose of the screening, as I recall, was that Cruise and Kidman had to sign "nudity wavers" before Kubrick could sign off on his final cut. Why are you so certain it occurred in England? *EDIT* Just saw your post above, never mind.
The "Show-West" clip is basically a much longer (and better) version of the "mirror scene". I always thought it should have been released as a red-band trailer for EYES WIDE SHUT, it probably would have doubled the opening weekend box office :-)
But, ahollis was there and says they showed the first hour of the film, so who knows? It could be folks in the audience had to sign non-disclosure agreements at the time so it was never discussed.
Edited by Vincent_P, August 25 2013 - 09:53 AM.