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Barry Lyndon [Italian Edition]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2015
A great, classical Kubrick masterpiece. Blu-ray version OK, but doesn't seem to be digitally remastered. A wonderful musical score, and some damned fine acting.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2004
Kubrick's take on Thackeray's book is beyond words. The astonishing genious of the director is evident in the meticulous planning of every god damned shot as well as in the seemingly frozen narrative and staging of the characters who nontheless reveal emotion in a way unsurpassed yet in the screen. Every individual shot is a work of art in its own right, coming straight from the vision of a Gainsborough or a Hogarth. Let it suffice to say that it is the best film I have ever seen, truly.
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Worth watching if only for Stan's amazing use of candle lit interiors (he used very wide aperture lenses from NASA and adapted them for movie use), and his wonderful eye for detail. The story is convoluted and concerns an Irish adventurer and his relationship with himself, his money or lack of it, and his son and stepson. Forget the narrative and wallow in the sensuousness of the sets and costumes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2009
This movie is so beautifully shot that it makes you want to weep. Stanley Kubrick was the master auteur and the film is worth watching for the cinematography alone. It has never been equalled.

The story is a reworking of Thackeray's 'The Luck of Barry Lyndon', and chronicles the rise from genteel poverty of Redmond Barry, an Irish adventurer and rake, and his subsequent fall from grace. Ryan O'Neal plays the part of Barry admirable, though perhaps his Irish accent is a little comic-book. A minor quibble, which in no way detracts from the movie. Marissa Berenson provides a sterling performance as The Countess Lyndon, whom Redmond seduces, marries and subsequently abuses.

Supporting roles are provided by a whole plethora of acting talent, such as Leonard Rossiter (Capt Quinn), Patrick Magee (Chevalier de Balibari) and Hardy Kruger (Capt Potzdorf). Michael Hordern provides a beautifully ironic narration.

For some reason the movie flopped in America, though it did quite well in Europe. I suspect this is because Americans prefer a little more pace in their movies.

Whether or not you like costume drama, this movie is a must-have. I've lost count of the times I've watched it over the years, and I still find it enjoyable.
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on 26 September 2013
This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. It is so different from other Cubrik works that it received very bad reviews when screened first. Forget all this and watch Barry Lyndon with open mind. I bet you will agree with me that it is a true classic.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2009
I really like this film for two reasons.
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I am Irish and I like anything that gives me a glimpse into Irish life, past or present. It is a very sad film and the characters are so believable and you are drawn in to the film like as if you were there.

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I like this film a lot because my dad who passed away in 1980 is featured in this film as an extra. He is in a scene doing some irish dancing with some others behind one of the other stars i.e. Leonard Rossiter. It is really strange to see his image after all these years. It is a link in some way to a life I once had.
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on 27 March 2011
Loved the music themes used in this film. Slow scenes are beautifully framed and to a very high quality of production. Strong story line keeps your attention. Rossiter performance is unique. Overall a great movie by Kubrick.
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on 17 February 2013
A beautiful film with an engaging story, some superb photography and marvellous music. I missed it first time around but glad to have seen it now. It is a delightful film. The US import plays well on UK machines.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2014
Stanley Kubrick was amazingly gifted and thorough. While many directors simply focused their attention on the actors He perfected on screen his total created visions. 2001: A SPACE ODESSEY will always be in my mind the greatest film ever made, one outstanding reason for this is its stunning visual effects. Likewise BARRY LYNDON makes the viewer gasp in awe at its artistic beauty, where scene after scene hovers in the mind like some great classical work of art. As with 2001 much of the movie moves at a distinct leisurely pace, befitting a true work of art. Just watch it calmly and wallow in its richness. This is mesmerising art.
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