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Eyes Wide Shut (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1999]

Tom Cruise , Nicole Kidman , Stanley Kubrick    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y2RFGQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

Sexual jolts disrupt Manhattan physician Bill Harford (Tom Cruise)'s equilibrium. At an elegant Christmas party, two models hit on him, he watches a Lothario try to pick up his tipsy wife, he aids a woman sprawled naked in a bathroom after an overdose. The next night, his wife (Nicole Kidman) reveals sexual fantasies with a stranger; a dead patient's daughter throws herself at him; as he walks, brooding, six teen boys hurl homophobic insults at him; a streetwalker takes him to her flat; he interrupts men having a sex party with a girl barely in her teens. His odyssey, which next takes him into a world of wealthy sex play at a masked ball of hedonism, threatens his life, his self-respect, and his marriage.


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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick fans in the United States are FURIOUS. 3 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Here in the USA, petitions have circulated urging Warner Bros. to release the uncensored version of "Eyes Wide Shut" on DVD. They CLAIM the version of the film being marketed in the USA (including digitally-inserted "manikins" that obscure the more explicit scenes) is the version Kubrick intended American audiences to see! Even though the studio may have felt the need to censor the film for American theatrical release, there is no reason why they can't market an uncensored "director's cut" on DVD. Anyone in Europe, the Middle East or Japan who purchases this DVD should consider themselves lucky, because they are getting Stanley Kubrick's artistic vision as it SHOULD be seen. Here in the USA we have to make do with an inferior product, and I for one refuse to buy it.
That having been said ... "Eyes Wide Shut" is an excellent, if somewhat challenging, Kubrick film, and although initial reviews were mixed, I think in retrospect this film will be viewed as one of Kubrick's best 10, 20 years from now. In the years before this film was released, the studio would only say that "Eyes Wide Shut" was a tale about jealousy and sexual obsession. My first reaction was, "Gee, that's like saying 'A Clockwork Orange' is about juvenile delinquency!" But actually "Eyes Wide Shut" does boil down to a tale about jealousy and sexual obsession. After his wife (played by Nicole Kidman) confesses a sexual fantasy while puffing on a joint, Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) retaliates by looking for some sexual fantasies of his own, and he ends up looking in all the wrong places and gets sucked into situations he wishes he hadn't. His wife's final line in this picture, her suggestion to her hapless husband, is a real clincher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one can agree what it is really about 7 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The fact that no critic or viewer can really pin point what this film is actually about speaks volumes for the genius of the man. It is more of an experience that a narative certainly. There is enough visual sumptuousness and tension in the performaces to last many a viewing. Kubrick certainly gives you your moneys worth.
Like Full Metal Jacket before it (as well as 2001), there is no real point to the narative. It is not that it is nebulous in terms of it's linear structure or plot detail, its more that you just never really know how you are supposed to react. This in itself is deeply unsettling. Tom Cruise in the dress hire shop in total confusion as to the mad events that are going on around him is typical of how the viewer can feel. Do I laugh, cry, agree, disagree ?
Full Metal Jacket was able to convey the horrors of war, the brutality of the individual and many other contradictions, without ever pretending that there was anything but the flimsiest plot. Eyes Wide Shut touches enough nerves about all manner issues without ever bothering to pretend that they form a part of the whole. Drugs, Sexual perversion, HIV, transvestism, infidelity, violence, death and all manner of other things come and without ever leaving the viewer thinking that they are being assualted by the issues, or being asked to take a stance.
I can understand why some may find it infuriating, pointless, or just plain dull, simply because it is just so different to just about anything else you would ever see in mainstream cinema.
Okay, it's not his best work, but it acheives levels of greatness that most other directors can only dream of. He may not ever have acheived the hights of Clockwork Orange and 2001 again, but there again who else has in the last 30 years either?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Christmas Tale for Adults 21 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you're expecting a typical Hollywood picture, this isn't the one for you. It's a Kubrick film. Almost all of Kubrick's movies are masterpieces and this is no exception. This is an excellent film, if you understand what Stanley Kubrik was trying to do. Look at the title! This is a dream, but taking place in reality. Sometimes it seems the film doesn't move fast enough. The slow scene where she (Nicole Kidman) and he (Tom Cruise) are in the bedroom smoking hashish is one of the most incredible jobs of acting I've ever seen. And listen to the soundtrack--it's great! I believe that this is by far the best movie Stanley Kubrick ever did and possibly (why not?) the greatest movie ever made.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood masterpiece 10 Sep 2002
Format:DVD
Many critics of this movie complain that it never truly makes a point. After my first viewing, I didn't quite know what to think, other than I had just seen a visual masterpiece where a brilliant filmmaker squeezed every last drop of acting out of several incredibly talented actors. Nicole Kidman proves that she is certainly one of the best around, and Tom Cruise didn't miss once in his portrayal of Dr. Bill. I've seen many negative reviews about Tom Cruise's acting, but I think they are really complaints about Dr. Bill, who often has less depth than a kiddie pool as he alternates between pitiful, dense, and occassionally unlikeable, which is perhaps not what people expected or wanted from Dr. Bill or Cruise. The Dr. Bill you see on screen is entirely necessary to making you believe that he could consciously make so many pathetic choices, one after another, before beginning to realize his own ineptitude, which makes it impossible for me to swallow that any portion of his portrayal was not completely deliberate.
After several subsequent viewings, it became clear to me that this movie is much like life itself: vague, ambiguous, and chock full of important messages buried within an often confusing barrage of distraction. It would be fairly boring (and perhaps even sensory overload) if this movie had the equivalent of blinking neon signs explaining every important message, and the subdued manner of relaying them suits the movie, and its director, perfectly. Kubrick wonderfully balances startling revelation with seemingly intentional wandering that allows the viewer to ponder what they've just witnessed, and the messages are so skillfully woven in the space between that it's no surprise many people don't recognize them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
I love this film , need I say more? It is a dark film but love it.
Published 5 days ago by Valerie Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 5 days ago by philip harris-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The recruitment into evil
The recruitment into evil..
Very mysterious, quite creepy
Kubrick died a week after the premier...
Published 22 days ago by R.Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Still a great film
Published 25 days ago by Adrian rands
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruise is a poor actor , but the film was good
Good film particularly as part of it was filmed 3 miles from where I live . Good story . Doctor could have been more genuine ie carry a bag on visits to patients . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
I purchased this DVD as a replacement for the same film I had in my library on VHS. Good value and excellent service by supplier. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Marcus
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Idea -- Bad Casting
Not that often I agree with the headline Amazon review, but this one is pretty accurate. Compositionally stunning, as you would expect of a Kubrik film, 'Eyes Wide Shut' has an... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike Brecher
4.0 out of 5 stars Eyes wide open
Tom Cruise has been a star of many films which vary in content and subject matter from film to film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr A J Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film
I didn't really understand the premise of the storyline. It seemed to be about physical attraction, lust and the effects of jealousy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. O'neill
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be a scientologist to enjoy!
I brought this more as a fan of Kubrick than of Cruise. It couldn't be worse than war of the worlds I muttered to myself. You know what, I really enjoyed this film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Stanhope
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