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Warner Home Video Director's Series: Stanley Kubrick Collection (R1) in October

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Warner Home Video Director’s Series: Stanley Kubrick on 23rd October 2007. 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 both HD formats (details here).

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 (these will be repackaged version of the old remastered editions).

About the Films

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - $26.99 SRP
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 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
  • English and French DD5.1 Surround
  • 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) - $26.99 SRP
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) - $26.99 SRP
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
  • Rated and Unrated versions of the Main Feature
  • English and French DD5.1 Surround
  • 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) - Not available separately.
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:
  • English, French and Spanish DD5.1 Surround
  • 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) - $20.97 SRP
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
    • Wendy Carlos, Composer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stanley Kubrick – A Life in Pictures - $19.97 SRP
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.

The following titles are not part of the Director’s Series box-set, and are only available separately priced at $19.97 SRP each.

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.

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