Eyes Wide Shut-Special Edition (Blu-ray)

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Stanley Kubrick's daring last film is many things. It is a compelling psychosexual journey. A haunting dreamscape. A riveting tale of suspense. A major milestone in the careers of stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. And "a worthy final chapter to a great director's career" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times).

Cruise plays Dr. William Hartford, who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage - and may even ensnare him in a lurid murder mystery - after his wife's (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Graceful tracking shots, controlled pacing, rich colors, startling images: bravura traits that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone's eyes wide open.

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Studio Warner
SKU 205115552
UPC 085391156871
UPC 14 00085391156871
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/23/2007
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Cast & Crew
Arthur Schnitzler - Based On Novel By
Frederic Raphael - Screenplay
Jan Harlan - Executive Producer
Jocelyn Pook - Original Music By
John Fenner - Art Director
Larry Smith - Cinematographer
Leelee Sobieski - Actor
Leslie Tomkins - Production Designer
Nicole Kidman - Actor
Nigel Galt - Editor
Roy Walker - Production Designer
Stanley Kubrick - Producer
Stanley Kubrick - Director
Stanley Kubrick - Screenplay
Sydney Pollack - Actor
Tom Cruise - Actor
Awards
Nominee (2000) Golden Globe, Jocelyn Pook, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner (1999) Venice Film Festival, Stanley Kubrick, Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review If Eyes Wide Shut was to be placed into a genre, the label would be "psychological thriller" (although such pigeonholing does a great disservice to the movie). The second half is characterized by building tension, and the suspense isn't completely dissipated when "the truth" is revealed...As usual, there are a series of unforgettable sequences. In addition to the orgy, there's Bill's strange and comical late-night trip to a costume store run by a suspicious fellow...Another memorable moment occurs when Bill and Alice begin making love in front of a mirror...For those who view cinema as something more substantive than an evening's diversion, the release of Eyes Wide Shut is an event...Stanley Kubrick's final directorial effort will reward a majority of his loyalists with a sense of satisfaction. In terms of power and effect, Eyes Wide Shut approaches (but does not surpass) Kubrick's vintage work - it is thought-provoking and unsettling. Impressions and images linger long after the projector has finished weaving its peculiar magic...
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Stanley Kubrick's ``Eyes Wide Shut'' is like an erotic daydream about chances missed and opportunities avoided. For its hero, who spends two nights wandering in the sexual underworld, it's all foreplay. He never actually has sex, but he dances close, and holds his hand in the flame. Why does he do this? The easy answer is that his wife has made him jealous. Another possibility is that the story she tells inflames his rather torpid imagination...The film pays extraordinary attention to the supporting actors, even cheating camera angles to give them the emphasis on two-shots; in several scenes, Cruise is like the straight man...It is hard to believe [Kubrick] would have accepted the digital hocus-pocus. ``Eyes Wide Shut'' should have been released as he made it, either ``unrated'' or NC-17. For adult audiences, it creates a mesmerizing daydream of sexual fantasy. The final scene, in the toy store, strikes me as conventional moralizing--an obligatory happy resolution of all problems--but the deep mystery of the film remains.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Quotes
Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times Kubrick left one more brilliantly provocative tour de force as his epitaph.
Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail ...towers above most of the movies out there, immersing the viewer in a web of emotional complexity...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A spellbinder: provocatively conceived, gorgeously shot and masterfully executed.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club ...a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways.
Peter Brunette, Film.com As the late Stanley Kubrick's swansong, it fills the bill magnificently.

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