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Stanley Kubrick: Essential Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O724M2
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This set although Essential is excellent, but with one (& it is only one gripe-Spartacus is in its "older" 4x3 Ratio on a 2:35:1 Ratio movie, also making that dvd largely redundant framing on Dvd even three years ago.
That issue aside, Any Kubrick set is worth having as he produced some amazing films: Dr Strangelove. Brilliant, Warped and still relevant.
2001-a near future that never was but should have been and Clockwork orange, again all to relevant, and eerily prophetic, The maligned Barry Lyndon, the USA version of the shining (25 minutes longer) and still scary, Full metal jacket look Iooking at Vietnam but also still anticipating further close quarter fighting and his largely misunderstood EWS. Intriguing and dreamlike all. Amazing.
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This US edition contains two films - Spartacus and Dr Strangelove - that are not included in the UK/European edition.
A fantastic set that shows why Kubrick is rightly regarded as the greatest filmmaker working in the English language in the 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of films 13 Jun. 2012
By Jred22 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Stanley Kubrick is one of the greatest film directors of all time. Every movie in this collection is a great film. Each one looks fantastic on blu ray. Although Lolita and Dr. Strangelove are in black and white so the quality isn't as obvious as the color films but it is still clear and crisp. 2001: A Space Odyssey still looks cutting edge. It's hard to believe they were able to achieve such great special effects in 1968. Nine years later they couldn't even make Star Wars special effects look as good. If you are a Stanley Kubrick fan you have to have this collection. It includes all but three of his films I believe. I read some reviews about the discs being difficult to pull from the sleeves and how it might result in scratches to the discs. I will say they are in the sleeves pretty good but I don't think it will result in scratching. You have to grip the disc with your fingers to pull it out and that will result in some smudging but so far my discs have not been scratched. I really don't see that as the deal breaker anyway. It's a good collection of films that look great in HD. I would definitely recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars arguably one of the greatest filmakers of the 20th century 26 Dec. 2014
By tones capone - Published on Amazon.com
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"Genius is the fire that lights itself." That could very well describe the mystique of, and the body of work from, Stanley Kubrick, arguably one of the greatest filmakers of the 20th century. This collection represents 9 of his works, from 'Lolita' to 'Eyes wide Shut', released after his sudden death in March 1999. Although other directors have a larger number of films to their credit, it only took 13 directions to go in for Kubrick to cement his legacy in the annals of movie history. From my perspective, two flicks stand out to define his greatness: 'Spartacus' and '2001: a Space Odyssey'. To do something no one else has done before, and for everyone to pull from that influence since, is a testament to his courage and perfectionism. He once demanded an astonishing 75-plus takes for one scene in 'The Shining'. Needless to say, Shelley Duvall was not happy after that week of shooting in the cold. But the actors who were fortunate enough to work on one of his films became major stars because of their apearances, from James Earl Jones in 'Dr. Strangelove', to Malcolm McDowell in 'A Clockwork Orange', to R. Lee Ermey and Vincent D'Onofrio in 'Full Metal Jacket', and Lelee Sobieski in 'Eyes Wide Shut'. Kirk Douglas was so fond of his talent, he made sure he got to work with him twice. The bonus disc "a Life In Pictures" provides a great overview of his legacy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection 3 April 2013
By Tom S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have 4 favorite film directors of all time, and Stanley Kubrick is one of them. These 9 films are among the most stylish, visually stunning, intelligent movies ever, and watching them is always a pleasure. This package contains newly restored copies of all of them, and they look great in DVD and/or Blu-Ray. I saw everything from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on in theaters when they were first released, so you have an idea of how long I've admired them. And the bonus documentary about the obsessive/compulsive, difficult-but-generous genius who made them is fascinating.

Other reviewers here quibble about the physical packaging of the discs, but I don't have a problem with it--if you're careful with them, you'll be fine. They also argue that some of the aspect ratios are wrong, but I wouldn't know about that--they all look fine to me. As for the films themselves--well, we're all going to have favorites and others we don't like so much, and that's true for me. But even my least favorite film here is better than most other movies.

Anyone who is seriously interested in the art of moviemaking must see these films. There's never been another director like him--he's one of the artists who caused critics to coin the word "visionary" to describe him. I really recommend this excellent boxed set. (PS: My other 3 fave directors are Hitchcock, Kurosawa, and Lean.) Enjoy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Broken packaging 6 Jun. 2014
By BlackRockExplorer - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this and returned it several times due to a flaw in the cases. It did not ship with nice slimline jewel cases - it was some weird plastic arrangement on the inside that arrived broken. I gave up returning it because they kept being broken - I would have retuirned it again but I gave up - one arrived where I could close the case all the way so it looks fine until you open it... I wouldn't buy this one unless they say they have changed the way the discs are stored in the case.

All that being said, if the case were not broken, (and not obviously prone to breakage) the presentation would be pretty cool.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some quibbles; otherwise a great set 13 April 2012
By maelje - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Overall, the appearance of these films befit the greatness of a director known for his stunning visual style: The transfers are crisp, bright but not saturated, revealing in terms of the nearly garish color schemes Stanley Kubrick chose for some films, especially "A Clockwork Orange."

I compared these transfers to my two previous Kubrick collections, both of which were issued on DVD. On those earlier sets, even Kubrick's later films could suffer terribly. Case in point: The print of "Eyes Wide Shut" used for the 2001-released box was truly wretched -- dark, smudgy, surprisingly grainy. And of course that version still included the infamous CGI figures in the orgy scenes, but my understanding was that was what Kubrick wanted at the time.

There isn't a brad transfer on this new blu-ray set. As for the continuing argument over Kubrick aspect ratios, I think it should be a non-issue by now. HD and widescreen TVs and playback devices were not common home-theater features at the time of Kubrick's death. They're ubiquitous now, and I am convinced Kubrick would be appreciative of the wider aspects. Even a moderately priced, properly calibrated home theater system now can approximate the cinema experience, thanks to blu-ray's superior visuals and sound quality.

Now the quibbles:

1. If you're going to put out a set that includes nine films from a director who only ever released 12 (not counting the withdrawn "Fear and Desire"), why not just go ahead and do them all? Including "Killer's Kiss," "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory," along with the films here plus the included "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures" bio would have made for a total of 13 movies, 12 of them stunning and one, the biopic, admirable. Fortunately, though, the re-releases of "Paths of Glory" and "The Killing" were given over to Criterion, which did a GREAT job -- Criterion even included a transfer of "Killer's Kiss" on the release of "The Killing." Thus, at this writing, all of Kubrick's films are available in high definition, which is as it should be.

2. I've read numerous comments here about the packaging, pro and con, and I am going to have to come down on the con side. The cardboard slots for the discs are simply too tight (the opposite of most box sets, where the discs can shift around during shipping). Getting each disc out required a great deal of care. For fear of scratching them over time, I took mine out permanently and stored them in individual aftermarket sleeves. It may look klunky on the shelves, but it protects this investment.

3. I found the "O Lucky Malcolm" documentary to be rather annoying and tiresome. Part of the problem is Malcolm McDowell himself. He's a great actor, no doubt, and Alex in "A Clockwork Orange" is his greatest role. I knew McDowell could be abrasive, and have no problem with that, but in this documentary he comes off as very self-aggrandizing. This was directed by Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and sometimes executive producer. Harlan also directed the "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures" documentary, which remains part of this box set, and that film truly was moving and magical. Given a choice of a full-length actor bio for this box, I would have gone instead with the mysterious Keir Dullea from "2001" or the elegant James Mason from "Lolita."

Again, these are minor objections to this set. I believe Kubrick to be the greatest filmmaker of the cinema's first century. I find I can view his films over and over and over again, finding nuances I had not considered before. It takes greatness to make art to which we are compelled to return, time and again. This set is a document of the man's genius.
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