Visually beautiful, Kubrick's last completed film Eyes Wide Shut
blends the sinister, the sensual and the clinical in a combination that is rather too personal and idiosyncratic to be entirely successful as the final statement about gender and sexuality he intended it to be. Adapted by Frederick Raphael from the Dream Story
of Freud's friend Schnitzler, it shows a young successful couple confront the dangers that lurk beyond monogamy; Nicole Kidman's Alice does little more than fantasise, flirt and dream, but even this causes guilt and pain. Doctor Bill (Tom Cruise) does rather more--he visits a whore, crashes an orgy and continues to ask questions when warned off; if no disaster ensues, and it is possible that two people die as a result, it is only luck that averts it. Much of the best of what is here is to be found in the occasional moments of stillness--Cruise walking through a morgue--or wild comedy--Cruise's attempt to hire a costume in the middle of the night interrupts major shenanigans at the fancy-dress shop. Cruise and Kidman do what they can with material that never means as much as it aspires to and the stand-out performance is Sydney Pollack's, as a worldly wise client.
On the DVD: The DVD is presented in a lavish Dolby Sound that makes the most of the obsessive Ligeti piano piece and Shostakovich waltz that dominate the score and in the 1.33:1 ratio that was Kubrick's considered choice. It has subtitles in English, Arabic, Bulgarian and Rumanian, two TV spots and informative interviews with Kidman and Cruise, as well as with Stephen Spielberg to whom Kubrick had talked at length about his artistic intentions. --Roz Kaveney
"""Kubrick's final, haunting masterpiece. Vivid, brilliant, unforgettable."" - Time. Box-office superstar, Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Tom Cruise and Golden Globe-winner Nicole Kidman star in this erotically charged story of sexual obsession and jealousy. From multiple Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Stanley Kubrick (""2001: A Space Odyssey,"" ""The Shining,"" ""A Clockwork Orange""). Co-starring Oscar-winner Sydney Pollack (""A Civil Action"") and Golden Globe-nominee Thomas Gibson (""Dharma & Greg"").