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Eyes Wide Shut: Special Edition (2 Discs)

Released on 03 March 2008

Featuring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman & Madison Eginton

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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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.

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 colours, 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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| | See all Trevklee's reviews (3)

Yes, just to confirm, Kubrick shot his movies from 'The Shining' onwards so that they could be presented in the cinema in 1.85 widescreen, and then released on home video or DVD in fullscreen. In other words, he deliberately shot his movies with practically nothing of interest happening in the top or bottom of the frame, so that you would not miss anything when seeing it on the big screen in 1.85, and would merely see a longer (as opposed to wider) image on video or DVD. Warners have re-released 'Eyes Wide Shut' in 1.85 widescreen but the image, while it appears to be 'cropped', is in fact missing nothing - this is exactly how it would have appeared in the cinema. If you compare this new DVD presentation to the original DVD released in 2000, you will see that in fact there is nothing to miss at the top or bottom of the frame, so cropping makes no difference. Hope that clears it up!! By the way, this movie is a modern classic and one of Kubrick's finest achievements, a movie which, while somewhat flawed and no doubt not to everyone's taste, is so marvellously well-made, and so rich in its own unique and vivid atmosphere, that it's a pretty unforgettable experience. Kubrick apparently regarded it as his 'greatest film ever.'

 Mind Wide Open

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Stanley Kubrick turns his cold, unsentimental camera towards contemporary relationships. Examining the differences between men and women's approach to relationships and sex, openess and honesty, as well as the personal limits set between harmless fantasy and infidelity. Perhaps not Kubrick's best work, but compeling nonetheless and is in turns frequently beautiful, eloquent and disturbing. Overall the pace is almost glacial which at times fits the films mood perfectly and at others is simply frustrating. Cruise and Kidman are sufferable. Perhaps, given the subject matter and the fact that they were still married at the time, cast as more of an experiment than an ideal. Still well worth a watch.

 A MUST for Kubrick fans

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This movie when watching seems a bit slow and like a lot is not happening, but the more you watch it the more compelling it becomes.
Best way to describe it in my opinion would be to say that like most Stanley Kubricks movies, it's more of an experience as opposed to an in your face straight to the point movie. An experience that lingers in the mind long after you have finished watching it.
The story is a strange mix of, Jealousy, deceit, Shadowy groups and unspoken truths.
And is presented in a eerie atmosphere and at times is very tense.
Performance wise Kidman got the plaudits at the time of release, but I found Tom Cruise's understated performance much more effective.
But this is not a Tom Cruise movie, this is very much a Stanley Kubrick movie, and has his trademarks all over it.
A Must Watch.

 Keep your eyes wide open!

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Eyes wide shut is without doubt, a remarkable feat in virtusos film-makng by one of cinema's true greats. The more time passes, one can feel the hole left in cinema by the absence of Stanley Kubrick, an auteur of technical mastery of film, he is one of the true masters of film directing. Over the years he has contributed so much to cinema, in turn shaping the way we view films. Who can forget the voice of Hal in 2001: a space odyssey? The monolith in the desert? The bone turning into a spaceship via one of the greatest jump cuts composed on film? Blood gushing out of the lift doors in The Shining? These images have been seered on our minds. They are iconic images, images that will last throughout celluloid history.

Many regarded Eyes Wide Shut as Kubricks folly when it first came out, a vanity project that backfired. But as time passes, we have come to realise that the opposite is true. Indeed, it is one of my favourite Kubrick films altogether! We have everything that is a trademark of Kubrick, the coldness, the bravura tracking shots, the detail. But what one fails to realise is that his last movie was not only an erotic, psychological masterpiece. There is more to the film than meets the eyes!

Our protagonist (Tom Cruise) goes walkabout one night in New York after an 'argument' with his wife (Nicole Kidman). He encounters some odd characters on his travels. A prostitute who is not all she appears to be, some odd people at a costume shop. He then bumps into an old friend in a jazz club, who gives him a card with a secret password to a private 'party'. He goes there draped in the compulsory costume and enters a gothic, sexually charged dangerous world. This scene is my favourite throughout the film. The music is truly remarkable, it is like a masonic chant that captivates the viewer. I was simply in awe of this music and the scene of people in masks, engaged in all manner of sexual debauchery while others watch. But this is where you need to stay alert because it is not just a 'party' for grown ups, it is a sort of ritual. A sisniter masonic ritual. Our hero is found out and his life in danger, but a woman exchanges her life for his. He leaves but is followed by shadowy men. He wants to look moreinto this matter but is stopped by unseen forces. Towards the end he is given a note with a threat on his life. He goes home to his wife, truly shaken from his experiences and realises the value of his relationship with his wife. Then an immortal line is uttered (which i will not repeat!) that sums up what he has been missing.

On the outside this film seems like one man's sexual awakening, but there are more deeper issues at play. And one needs to keep their eyes wide open to see the true message. Anyhow, this is my thought on what i feel the story really is about; Look at the people present at the party, we see Cruise's doctor friend, people in high positions gathered here. It is a secret society akin to the Illuminati (though they remain nameless in the film). Our hero unwittingly discovers their rituals and his life is in danger henceforth. He is warned by his doctor friend not to be too inquisitive. He is followed by sinister men who keep an eye on him. Finally threatened. This is where the title of the film is most relevant, because even us the viewer watch this film oblivious to the true nature of the story! Our eyes are wide shut. And what this film is aking us is to open our eyes, and see the true meaning of this film. Its not (all) about sexual awakenings ,its also a warning to our everyman Cruise of the dangers of asking too many questions, and a brief insight into the sinister world of secret societies!

In conclusion, Eyes Wide Shut is a masterpiece!

 excellent

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to the person^ above me who was complaining eyes wide shut is not available in widescreen is because MR KUBRICK did not shoot it in widescreen

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ActorsTom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Madison Eginton, Jackie Sawris, Sydney Pollack, Leslie Lowe & Leon Vitali
DirectorStanley Kubrick
Certificate18 years and over
Year1999
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired
Duration2 hours and 39 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.