Eyes Wide Shut 1999

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This is a thrilling masterpiece of sexual obsession and marital fidelity. Bill Hartford becomes obsessed with a sexual fantasy that his wife Alice confesses to him. This leads him through a series of potential sexual encounters while his world begins to unravel as he falls into a web of mystery, lies and deceit.

Starring:
Tom Cruise,Nicole Kidman
Runtime:
2 hours, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Stanley Kubrick
Starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
Supporting actors Madison Eginton, Jackie Sawris, Sydney Pollack
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2000
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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2000
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. James on 18 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I just want to make some comments on this Blu-Ray release. I purchased this Blu-Ray recently and was very disappointed with the standard of the transfer and the issue with the ratio of the picture (some loss of the image at the top and bottom). If you already have the DVD of this film do not buy the Blu-Ray because you will see very little difference to the visual or audio quality to that of the DVD. I find this astounding as this film is a Stanley Krubrick film and there is no doubt only the very best filming and audio equipment was used in its production so there are no excuses as to why the Blu-Ray has a DVD quality about it. I am not an expert on the processes involved in producing DVD/Blu-Ray digital files but this Blu-Ray looks to me simply as a upscale of the original DVD file rather than a re-scan at a higher resolution of the original print....

The film itself I give 4 stars (A flawed Masterpiece that is visually stunning, highlighting Stanley Krubrick's mastery of film).

The Blu-Ray transfer I give 1 Star.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2000
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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