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4.0 out of 5 stars Extra value for completists,
This review is from: Fear and Desire (1953) [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)I was lucky enough to see this in the cinema this weekend, and before the film all three of Kubrick's short films were shown - and a projection error revealed that they were all being screened directly from this disc. While the American release saw only The Seafarers as a special feature we also get Day of the Fight and Flying Padre. After Day of the Fight the projector wasn't blocked off quickly enough and it flicked back to the disc menu, it was clearly this release of the film.
As for the restoration, it's absolutely wonderful, the detail is magnificent and a real surprise for a film of this age and budget, it looked great on the big screen. Whilst far from a Kubrick classic there's still a lot to be interested in here, and Kubrick's eye for photography serves him very well. The acting and script leave a lot to be desired, though there are some interesting ideas toyed with, if the rumours of Kubrick trying to track down and destroy prints are true then you can see why, his next film was streets ahead of this.
I'm very keen to get my hands on the release, but I certainly enjoyed what I've seen of it so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Kubrick for the faithfull,
However, the film itself is rather dull in places and-as James Naremore says in the booklet included-if it wasn't made by the great Stanley Kubrick it would probably have been-rightfully-forgotten a long time ago. It has hints of inspiration and some good performances by some of the cast (and not so good from some others) but you can literally see Stanley learning his craft as you watch. Indeed I consider his next piece, Killer's Kiss to be his first film and this more like the product of some board (thou never the less quite talented) students looking for a project to pass the time. Killer's Kiss-unlike Fear and Desire-is a very promising piece, despite its faults, and I notice throughout hints of almost all Kubrick's later movies from Full Metal Jacket to 2001.
As for the documentaries, Day Of The Fight and Flying Padre are entertaining enough, they are informative, well put together and to the point. The Seafarers has a tendency to ramble on and I feel it is a little too keen to make us love the SIU-even if I didn't know already, I think I would have guessed that this was a subject Kubrick was employed to make a documentary about as opposed to choosing the subject himself-but still has some nice moments.
All in all I would recommend this to the Kubrick completest like me, but to the casual Kubrick fan I wouldn't go out of your way.
5.0 out of 5 stars A enlighjting experience,
This review is from: Fear and Desire (1953) [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)A great and enlighting experience to watch Stanley Kubricks first masterpiece. This edition is above par with some extras, including Kubricks short-movies.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for Kubrick fan,
This review is from: Fear and Desire (1953) [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)A complete package with every hard to find Kubrick short in it other than the full lenght movie. This is really great and you may want this if you are s Kubrick fan. Wonderful.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
Good job for the short film too, even though not at the level of the movie
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick's first film a twilight zoneish experience,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Honest Version of Fear and Desire,
This review is from: Fear and Desire (1953) [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)With the Kodak Eastman Theater in demise and the LOC retaining the rights, Fear and Desire will come onto the market with a proper restoration. I can not wait!
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