Barry Lyndon 1975

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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's position in 18th Century aristocracy.

Starring:
Patrick Magee,Andre Morrell
Runtime:
2 hours, 57 minutes

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Barry Lyndon

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Stanley Kubrick
Starring Patrick Magee, Andre Morrell
Supporting actors Gay Hamilton, Marisa Berenson, Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Philip Stone, Hardy Kruger, Steven Berkoff
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Nicholson on 18 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
It really annoys me when critics say Kubrick was cold and inhuman in the treatment of his characters.This film made after the infamous Clockwork Orange has heart rending scenes of human frailty and oppertunism gone wrong. The tale of an eighteenth century irish rouge and his often inept efforts at social advancement This makes a change from recent costume dramas being that it is told from a male perspective and his journey into becoming a social chameleon, which ultimatley ends in tragedy.
There is as always in Kubrick films faultless detail and slow deleberate camera movements and of course the ground breaking cinemaphotography wich use's natural light. Kubrick's great unmade Napoleon was to be made the year before which was scuppered by the release of Waterloo and you can get a hint of what he would have done in the Napolionic battle scenes here. In my opinion his most moving film with great performances and unforgettable music. By the way will someone please release the soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IP on 27 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
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The beauty, the depth, and the mystery of this film are unsurpassable - what Kubrick was doing with light is just a miracle. Special lenses were designed to shoot interiors and exteriors in natural light. In one scene Barry (Ryan O'Neil) was having a dinner with a German woman who was feeding her baby and the candle light made the whole scene look like a Caravaggio's painting. This is just one of many scenes. Each of them is perfection and harmony. Costumes and sets were crafted in the era's design. Age of Enlightenment with its gallantry, wars, and duels, had been recreated in the film with the precision of the celebrated landscape and portrait masters of the period such as Thomas Gainsborough; Sir Joshua Reynolds, founder of the Royal Academy of Arts; George Romney to name just a few. If nothing else, watching BL is pure aesthetic delight - and there is one man who responsible for it, Stanley Kubrick. If ever divine film was made, "Barry Lyndon" was it and Kubrick could've quoted the Bible - "God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good".

I've read the comments and articles that call "Barry Lyndon" cold, slow, boring, "the collection of pretty pictures', "flawed" masterpiece, and the most ridiculous one, "glittering ornament with a hollow center". I simply can't understand it. "Barry Lyndon" is the most compelling and compassionate realization of the inevitable finality of everything in this world which was presented by the visionary director with elegant sensual melancholy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janis Livens on 31 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Barry Lyndon is probably the most overlooked and underrated Stanley Kubrick film. I think because it's not as provocative as Lolita, Dr. Strangelove or Clockwork Orange. And it doesn't feature unforgettable performances like in The Shining or Full Metal Jacket or the emotionally powerful moments like in Paths Of Glory. Barry Lyndon is not for everyone. It's a very slow moving period piece. With very beautiful cinematography, amazing art direction, great costumes and all around perfect atmosphere. The whole film looks like painting. The music is relaxing and sets the mood for the film. Visually Barry Lyndon is unmatched. I have yet to see a period piece that even comes close to the beauty and elegance of this film. The story of Barry Lyndon focuses on Redmond Barry, a young Irishman who starts as a poor country boy and ends up being a noble. It's more or less a rags to riches story. It's slow but interesting enough with some great twists and turns. Ryan O'Neal is very good in the lead role and gives great subtle performance. All the actors give good performances but the real star of the film the setting itself. Overall Barry Lyndon is not for every one. But if you are interested in Stanley Kubrick or historical dramas this film is for you.

This DVD comes with no real extras to speak off. There is only a trailer. That's just lazy! At least put a commentary track on it or making of featurette. The film presented in 1.59:1 aspect ratio(Not widescreen). It's strange because I have seen this film in widescreen.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2001
Format: DVD
Ryan O Neal stars in the title role of this historical epic about the adventures of a gentlemanly rogue travelling the battlefields and parlours of 18th century Europe. Determined to make for himself the life of a nobleman through seduction, gambling and duelling in this methodical film showing the rhythm and life of the period. Director Stanley Kubrick brings his usual eye for detail to this underrated drama, which boasts some very spectacular locations and great cinematography by John Alcott who won an Oscar for his work.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Barry Lyndon is a magnificent, sweeping epic. Tracing an Irish adventurers progress across 18th century Europe, it is a roller coaster ride, full of action. Ryan O'Neal plays the "hero" who (depending on your perspective) could be described as a loveable rougue, or something far less polite! The film charts his journey to greatness, his inability to control himself, and his inevitable fall from glory.
The costumes, settings and atmosphere created by the movie are superb, as is the classical soundtrack. It is far more exciting then most costume dramas screened on terrestrial tv. It is a long film, but it is an astonishingly beautiful and haunting masterpiece by the late, great Stanley Kubrick.
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