|Eyes Wide Shut [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 01/29/2008
It was inevitable that Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut would be the most misunderstood film of 1999. Kubrick died four months prior to its release, and there was no end to speculation how much he would have tinkered with the picture, changed it, "fixed" it. We'll never know. But even without the haunting enigma of the director's death--and its eerie echo/anticipation in the scene when Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) visits the deathbed of one of his patients--Eyes Wide Shut would have perplexed and polarized viewers and reviewers. After all, virtually every movie of Kubrick's post-U.S. career had; only 1964's Dr. Strangelove opened to something approaching consensus. Quite apart from the author's tinkering, Kubrick's movies themselves always seemed to change--partly because they changed us, changed the world and the ways we experienced and understood it. And we may expect Eyes Wide Shut to do the same. Unlike Kubrick himself, it has time.
So consider, as we settle in to live with this long, advisedly slow, mesmerizing film, how challenging and ambiguous its narrative strategy is. The source is an Arthur Schnitzler novella titled Traumnovelle (or "Dream Story"), and it's a moot question how much of Eyes Wide Shut itself is dream, from the blue shadows frosting the Harfords' bedroom to the backstage replica of New York's Greenwich Village that Kubrick built in England. Its major movement is an imaginative night-journey (even the daylight parts of it) taken by a man reeling from his wife's teasing confession of fantasized infidelity, and toward the end there is a token gesture of the couple waking to reality and, perhaps, a new, chastened maturity. Yet on some level--visually, psychologically, logically--every scene shimmers with unreality. Is everything in the movie a dream? And if so, who is dreaming it at any given moment, and why?
Don't settle for easy answers. Kubrick's ultimate odyssey beckons. And now the dream is yours. --Richard T. Jameson
- Not 2 versions of the movie
IF it is true and there really aren't 2 versions of the movie it is kind of false advertising. For the shear visuals and atmosphere this is one of his best. Perhaps by mentioning the packaging doesn't match the content there will be a revision to this. ...more info
- Separating the cult from the occultic.
I have seen this movie twice. First in it's original NC-17, Uncut version than mistakenly in the R Rated format. I could immediately see and notice from the movie's beginning until the end , see the differences between the two. The Uncut version by far is the best. You view the R version and will miss this movie's true occultic display.
In saying so, I ordered this movie once with two additional replacements because I recieved the R version each time. The first movie I opened and in viewing the main menu noticed immediately that the DVD is not RATING selectable as the box cover denotes.
***This movie is only SELECTABLE in different ratings as specifically chosen when purchased.
***Meaning you get one version or the other not both.
Amazon has change this movie's descriptions and ratings twice because of this.
First from NC-17 to Unrated.
Second by adding the erroneous following ill-correcting footnote.
(NOTE: The version of Eyes Wide Shut on this DVD is the unrated version, not the R-rated version. The packaging may incorrectly state that the R-rated version is included.)
*** This will unfortunately make those whom have not seen Mr. Kubrick's uncut version into falsely making a bad purchase. I will try to purchased the uncut version when Amazon finally fixes this distribution error....more info
- Much meaning here
Please be forewarned that these are spoliers since I am interested in maybe speaking to some detractors about some positive aspects of this movie that people may have overlooked.
Remember towards the end when it was mentioned by Pollack's character that the infamous night was much deeper down the rabbit hole than Cruises character could fathom derived from his hitherto background and life experience, and that he had basically gotten in over his head? Specifically that there were elite dynastic family names associated with the mysterious event which, if divulged to him would keep him up at night in a bad way... That is to say there just might be people who engage in rituals and symbolic activities as part of some cult for lack of a better, more sophisticated word which to the average joe are incomprehensible and otherworldly and to be simply cast off as so much weird stuff done by "weird" people - since naturally to us 9-5'ers we are certainly compartmentalized and in a secluded world - just as they are in theirs and therefore we cannot relate to each other - ever. And their fluff and nonsense may empirically be judged as such - objectively to us logical observers - especially pragmatic, non-superstitious types it comes off as "pretentious" and meaningless behavior. Yet I think to these "sophistos" and "culturos", with their impecable lineages thrive and live off of theater of life and grandiosity and pomposity.. the important point is it means something to them! Even if for just a time until they grow weary and bored and move onto something else - somewhere else. For ask yourself, once you have all the wealth and authority (I prefer this semantically over power) and your mind is rotting bored out of your decayed skull as a result of having done it all, owned it all, seen it all, etc, your activities become ostensibly more bizarre and perverse as some might call it and you just might engage in behavior which is out of touch with the rest of society.
Is it not possible that those ultra wealthy few that live among us but could never be us and conversely would say the same to you, that they would not want to mingle with the unwashed masses? Yes those 99.99999999% of us that are mere plebeians and must work normal jobs and are far too busy and underpriveleged and poor (economically) and unconnected to indulge in such far out scenes of lost time, and lost profane ritual. This is the crux of the matter and why some have a problem with the movie - they cannot make sense of the orgy scene...and why in hell should they?
So do not second guess Kubrick as saying he had created so many masterpieces in his time yet somehow inexplicably his last movie would be worthless and without meaning and merit. I believe Kubrick
was shining a light here - remember he had lived and had seen and heard many things from his lofty vantage point and was trying to show the rest of us something that lays dark and forbidden behind ornate locked gates. A world, among many other worlds within this earth that goes unnoticed and unknown except to those who were born to know and the priviliged whom might intersect it.
Maybe the convergence of "MK ultra" (look it up, it is declassified CIA record now) and illuminati are referenced ever so obliquely through the much more mundane story of a couple working through some shaky moments in their relationship. Brilliant! ...more info
- Eyes Wide Shut
This was marketed to the masses as an opportunity to see Nicole Kidman naked. It was also an attempt to dispell all the gay rumors about Tom Cruise by putting him in sex scenes which ended up backfiring on them because those scenes were pretty flat as far as being "hot" so it just added fuel to Tom Cruise is gay fire. Even though I would imagine that he probably really is a homosexual I have to be fair to Cruise and say that Kidman doesn't exactly get the flames of lust going for me, she's a beautiful woman no doubt about that, but there is just something cold and icy about her. So you have to consider what he had to work with.
There were also a lot of conspiracy theories and speculation about this film, which is the real reason it interested me. Three days after Stanley Kubrick turned over the final cut of Eyes Wide Shut over to the movie studio the thought to be perfectly healthy Kubrick turned up dead. People in his family initially said that they believed there was foul play involved and then shortly thereafter they mysteriously clammed up on the subject. If you've seen the movie then you know that the story is an overlap of the relationship between Cruise and Kidmans characters, and Secret Societies of the wealthy and well to do. The theory that many have is that Kubrick let out too much about how these groups operate in Eyes Wide Shut and was murdered for it. It is known that the studio totally redited and recut the movie after Kubricks death before they released it. Most of these filmmakers are agents and propagandists for the "illuminated" ones or powers that be or whatever you care to call them so they all are privy to secrets and modus operandi of those people. There is lots of occultic symbology in Kubricks past films. Especially 2001: A Space Odyssey, just find a copy of Bill Coopers radio show where he pointed out the occultic symbology in 2001. But I did see some of that stuff in Eyes Wide Shut, but not as much as one would have thought, which is probably due to the editing process that took place after Kubricks death. There is some symbology that were placed in the backdrops of certain scenes and more than that there was some very cryptic meanings you might be able to decipher out of some of the dialogue that had me raising an eyebrow but I don't know that this is what would have gotten Kubrick killed. I think it has more to do with how he showed how these secret socieities operate. Especially using sexual and other types of blackmail on people how they set people up and how people turn up dead of "overdoses" and "accidents" if they know too much or are thought to be possibly spilling the beans on certain information. Its actually pretty creepy that this was a focal point of the story when you consider what happened to Kubrick.
A few other random thoughts of mine are both Kidman and Cruise are both under heavy mind control in real life through the "Church" of Scientology. The scene where a masked Cruise sneaks into the secret societies ritual is great. So was the music that was used throughout the movie. The scene where Kidman picks an argument with Cruise is unrealistic because that is not how anybody who is getting paranoid on pot acts. It does fit the behavior of a few nasty drunks I've encountered though. Also to give some random Cruise information he is originally from my old hometown of Louisville Kentucky. His real name is Mapother. They are known as an "old money" family around Louisville. There are few well known attorneys and at least one Judge in this family. As far as I know Cruise never comes back to Louisville or has any interest in returning. After spending most of my life there I can relate to that entirley.
- I'M A DOCTOR!
Totally agree with another reviewer that said Tom Cruise was miscast as a doctor - totally unbelievable. I thought both he and Nicole Kidman's acting in this film was laughable. And since when does a doctor go around flipping open his I.D. card like a cop? Over and over again, AND people complying with whatever he wants because "HE'S A DOCTOR!". And what was the point of Nicole Kidman's gratitious nudity? - enough already. That and her rant about her doctor husband squeezing patient's "titties" - just sickening. Maybe this film would have succeded with better acting . . ....more info
- Mix up on title
Got mixed up on video. I was sent HD copy and it took 6 weeks to get here. In the meantime I had purchased another one from another merchant. The original merchant was outstanding in handling the mix up. I will use them again. ...more info
- Good intentions? Poor execution.
The first time I saw Eyes Wide Shut, I focused on the revelation of the perversions of the rich and powerful. They have moved beyond morality. They believe they can get away with anything. Sadly, as we see the financial corruption in plain sight today in our banking and investment world, and their incestuous relationship with Washington -- which is bailing them out with trillions of taxpayer dollars -- it is clear that the oligarchy thinks it can screw the "little people" with impunity. In the sexual realm, there may be no difference, and the film depicts this. People are just pieces of meat, to be used for whatever whim these super-rich elites should desire. I suspect there is more truth to this aspect of Eyes Wide Shut than we would like to believe.
The second time I watched Eyes Wide Shut, I concentrated more on its theme of fidelity, jealousy, interactions within a marriage relationship, and of course the "adventure" Tom Cruise's character has as a result. What is the message here? There is something to be said for the safety and stability of home, though fantasies do intrude and can lead to danger, even destruction.
The concept of the film, to address these issues, was probably a reasonable goal. However, for all the labor expended on crafting this film, all the little details that the film buffs and movie historians will obsess over, all the craft involved in filming and editing, the movie is ultimately a flop.
The dialog is laughably bad at times. Cruise's and even Kidman's acting seems incredibly phony. The overall plot probably would have served as the framework for a good movie, had the script and the performances not been so awful. Even the erotic scenes are not titillating, because of the revolting and bizarre atmosphere in which they are contextualized.
Perhaps worst of all, the couple at the center of this story are not interesting people. Cruise does not in any way appear or act intelligent enough to make a credible physician in this role, not just because he's a pretty boy, but he simply doesn't have the bearing of a professional man. And why should we care about these people, seemingly sleepwalking through their pampered and conventional lives? Yes, the troubling things that the good doctor gets himself mixed up in give us a sense that he has confronted evil, and we do root for him on that basis. But at the end of the film, we almost do not care whether this couple stays together or breaks up.
The movie is pretty to look at, at times, with low-contrast naturally-lit interiors. The "orgy party" scenes are a bit more stark -- with the pseudo-cultic circle of people in robes and masks in their ceremonial rites. However, there is nothing mind-blowing like 2001 or the battle scenes in Full Metal Jacket.
It's hard to recommend this movie. For all its apparent intentions to tell a good story and comment on relationships and society, it feels to me like a dud. Perhaps like me, you will have to watch it twice to convince yourself of that, but frankly I think it would be a waste of time. ...more info
- Illuminati secret symbolism layed out for the public to see...
This movie is highly symbolic, loaded with symbolism about and secrets used by the global elite. Which is why most people find this film somewhat puzzling. Go to http://www.kentroversypapers.net/ for details about the meanings within. Classic Kubrick. Also see a review about the highly symbolic 2001 (about secrets of Alchemy) at: http://www.jayweidner.com/kubrick.htm...more info
- Misunderstanding on a grand scale...
I dont know what others saw, but I saw this film as a glimpse into the bored AND decedent rich-the powers in control of the world that use dark magic-satanism-as both entertainment, to keep the group united by terrible rituals-and perhaps their positions of power. This theme was bracketed by the Nicole/Cruise story-but the few minutes-the core of the film-a bit too brief, showed what those in control-I hate the overused word Illuminati- do for sadistic ritualistic entertainment.
EYES WIDE SHUT-in not just a clever, oblique title for the film-it is a metaphor or what goes on in the VERY upper class cabals-those who control the World;
The hedonistic rituals with identities cloaked was no run o the mill Country Club party-It was about human sacrifice;
Do you think the secrecy, the girl Mandy-who repaid her debt to Dr Hartford, her warnings of great danger
and her offering her life as sacrifice-was just some dungeons and dragon game carried a little too far, that Cruise happened to crash?
And her being found dead by "OD"?
Dr. Zeiegler sums it up with a 'you dont want to know what it was really going on-or who was in attendance', which he implied would give Bill or anyone nightmares.
The pianist Nick was obviously roughed up-but who can say-did he really get put on a plane to Seattle, or is he at the bottom of the Hudson River? I dont believe the cabal would scold him with -"youll never be invited to our gatherings again!"
and let him go. He betrayed them. I think the only reason Cruise was allowed to leave-wasnt just because Mandy volunteered to take his place-it was more likely Zeigler put in a plea for him- or he would be alongside Nick-at the bottom of the Hudson river-or worse.
Nearly every one of Kubricks films in some way exposes the reality, or draws away the
veil of what we perceive and are told how the world really operates.
Dont think that it didnt cross my mind that Kubricks death- and his expose-however brief-of the power structure-were unrelated. A reach, perhaps but worth thinking about....more info
Well, all the other sites mentions this movie as rated R.
Only Amazon says Unrated.
The one I bought is the box set and was rated R.
Can someone explain what is going on?
By the way I always liked his last movie.
But seems to me there is not much difference beteween this version and the other one that I already have....more info
- Finally restored the way Kubrick first made it
While one of the slower films kubrick has made this is still a great film. The CG fig leaves covering the nude scenes have been removed. The fuss was over nothing. I have literally seen more nudity on bus ads. The film has a dreamy cyclical quality to it. It has grown on me and continues to give me food for thought as time goes on. This film is still way better than most films that get made. The orgy scene and the scenes that follow are as scary and thrilling as anythging I have ever seen. ...more info
- Life is but a dream
Mispublicized as an especially steamy thriller by its studio, and sensationalized by the presence of its then married stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick's last film enjoyed the same controversy that had dogged all his releases since the early 1960s. Based on Arthur Schnitzler's fin-de-siecle "Traumnovelle," EYES WIDE SHUT is a languid and dreamlike puzzle picture about a married wealthy doctor who, wounded by his wife's thoughts of infidelity, explores sexually straying from her and finds himself caught up in a nightmare of conspiracy and surveillance. Whether or not Cruise's Dr. Bill Harford is awake or dreaming through most of the film is somewhat up for interpretation: he lives in an unreal Manhattan created almost entirely on the soundstages of London's Pinewood Studios (Kubrick was too afraid of flying to shoot on location), and in the conspiracy he uncovers, most of the upsetting women he encounters are tall redhaired amazons who all seem doubles of his own wife. As with all of Kubrick's films, EYES WIDE SHUT is primarily about the de-humanizing cruelty of the world to the film's protagonists. The murderous wealthy and powerful cabal Bill uncovers (which practices masked hierogamous sex rituals in a Long Island mansion) really is simply a dream figuration for the mortality that dogs him, despite his handsomeness, wealth, and position; Bill's final talk with his wife Alice in a toy store during Christmas shopping suggests that sex is all that's left to them to keep the Grim Reaper at bay.
The film is much more complex than my little summary can suggest, and since its densely allusive (as all Kubrick films are) it has acquired a substantial cult reputation. It's not one of his best films, but it's still quite good. Its weakest sequences are at the beginning, with a silver-haired Hungarian count who makes silly passes at Kidman's Alice at a holiday ball, and the much-talked about orgy that disappointed so many looking for something sexy (and instead purposefully shows ritualized sex acts drained of any eros whatsoever). Kidman surprised critics and audiences with her performance in this film, and she is genuinely quite exciting in all her scenes except for the misjudged drunk sequence at the ball, and Sydney Pollack as the rich Ziegler may be even better than she is, particularly in the scene close to the end of the film in his billiards room. As he did so often in the late 90s and the very early years of the 21st century, Tom Cruise seems cast in order for the smug fratboy type he played in the 80s to be shown to be broken and emasculated; he moves well and sometimes has genuinely fine instincts, but is not quite up to convincingly conveying anguish. Though its stiltedness is intentional, the dialogue by Fredric Raphael is the weakest part of the film....more info
- Some Movies Go On Forever
"Eyes Wide Shut," Stanley Kubrick's last major effort before his death, is beautifully photographed, well-mounted, but for long stretches very tedious, turgid, and overwrought. It's an adult fairy tale with a great deal of nudity. The mansion scenes with their sexual excesses by masked participants are staged in a grand rococo manner, but they seem like part of some moviemaking exercise.
Tom Cruise as usual is very intense, but this movie seen on a wide screen with many close-ups of him reveal that his acting talent and emotional range are severely limited. The moviegoer must live with Cruise for close to three hours which for a viewer can be an eternity. As movie time passes, he gets tiresome, a by-product of his mediocre acting. I think another actor with more depth could have sustained our interest. His then-wife Nicole Kidman is sublimated because his is the larger role.
Almost every woman who crosses his path tries to hit on him. For a successful Manhattan physician how could he be so na?ve, dense, and unworldly? His apartment is very spacious and elaborate, but it is nothing compared to Sydney Pollack's elaborate palace.
The scene in which Nicole is dancing with a lothario making a pass at her is endless. Every scene in the movie seems interminable.
The movie seems to skirt between a dream-like existence, a fantasy world and gritty reality at street level. Towards the end it's almost a murder mystery with Cruise playing the detective.
- Excellent final film from Kubrick
"Eyes Wide Shut" is Kubrick's best film since "Barry Lyndon" and a fitting end to his remarkable career. All the Kubrick touches are there - the air of detachment, the tracking shots, the fisheye steadicam, the banal mixed with the bizarre, beautifully composed shots, excellent use of music, etc, etc.
The story concern a married couple played by (at the time) real-life married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman for whom married life has become a little boring and where both parties are looking for some excitement although they know they shouldn't. Things soon get out of hand.
Tom Cruise is brilliant and so are all the other performance with the glaring exception of Nicole Kidman who struggles in a difficult role.
Some interesting interviews with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Steven Spielberg are included on the DVD but nothing else.
- great quality
beautiful clean transfer and great disc that shows the un-cut movie in its whole.
especially enjoyed the extras. ...more info
- Good News, Kubrick and HD Fans
Kubrick's final effort is also his greatest masterpiece: a humane and expressionistic fable, endlessly complex and guardedly optimistic.
A few notes about the HD DVD of "Eyes Wide Shut:"
This is the unrated version of the film, meaning it does not have those CGI figures added to the orgy scenes to obscure the simulated sex. (The CGI figures were added in order to secure a U.S. theatrical release rating of "R," without Kubrick's input; their only purpose was censorship. This unrated version, which was released theatrically in Europe but until now has not been available in the U.S., restores those shots to the way Kubrick filmed them.)
The HD disc contains all of the special features which appear on the 16x9 standard-definition DVD in the new boxed set, and they are interesting enough. The aspect-ratio of the HD DVD is 16x9, which is a vast improvement over the old 3x4 DVD, as 16x9 is much closer to the theatrical aspect-ratio for which the film's shots were composed. The High-Definition film transfer is beautiful, pristine, the images luminous and rich. For a film as beautifully photographed as this, in which the texture of the image conveys essential, visceral meaning, the difference between High-Definition and Standard Def might make the difference between fully receiving the film and not.
If you've gone HD and are thinking of buying this to replace your old standard-def 3x4 DVD, by all means do so. Short of a new 35mm print of the unrated version, this HD disc -- displayed on a big 1080 set in a dark room, uninterrupted -- is how this challenging and ultimately thrilling film should be seen, and seen again....more info
- The Reason Zero Stars Should Be Invented!
I've seen this movie twice by mistake! I saw it once in 1999 when it came out then I saw it again this year, ten years later because I'd forgotten just how awful it really is. This movie is a bigger dog than Cujo! It's a shame that Stanley Kubrick's legacy was last remembered with this mess. No disrespect to the dead but I have to ask, "What was he thinking????"
The film has no plot but only a long, long patch of boring, draggy, unrelated scenes strummed together! Did I mention boring?
The scenery was draggy and pointless. Also I gotta give a big thumbs down for the filmmakers hyping this up as some big sex film. Please! I've seen more erotica on PBS' Masterpiece Theater! It's obvious that sex-talk was a ploy in '99 to get folks to watch. Even back then it wasn't shocking so today you won't even notice the so-called erotica!
It was way too long and for WHAT? If you're gonna make a long movie do the audience a favor and make sure it's good! Sitting through this was like being tied to the electric chair!
The acting is amazingly horrible! I didn't expect much from the non-acting Tom Cruise. The man's as overrated as Britney Spears! But I was shocked at Nicole Kidman's terrible performance. Kidman's one of the most amazing actresses of our time! It's clear to see that the only reason she took part in this mess is because Cruise was in it too. He seemed to spend most of his career begging Kidman to co-star in his films because he could tell they were duds to begin with. Maybe you could pick a hit in the 80's Tom but have been sinking fast in the last twenty years!
If you haven't seen this movie yet, you don't want to NOW. Run, save yourself! Showgirls is better than this! EWS is HORRIBLE! It has the right title though. You watch this and your eyes will definitely be wide shut because you'll be sleep!
Eyes Wide Shut is a piece of long, boring, terrible, horrible, trash!
This is the reason Amazon needs to invent zero stars for ratings!
- The Movie Made With Eyes Wide Open
Was it worth the attention? Definitely. Was it worth the money? Absolutely. Was it worth the effort? Certainly. Was it worth two years? Probably. Was it worth the wait? Not really. Does it deserve to be the last effort of the great late director? Unquestionably.
As the plot of Eyes Wide Shut unfolds, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman struggle to attract the audience's attention. They attentively invite the viewer into their fantasy world, in which dreams might be reality and the reality of one single night becomes a long unforgettable dream.
As good of an actor as Tom Cruise is in this movie, Nicole Kidman manages to steal the show from him. The scene during which she reveals to her husband how she would have easily given up everything: him, her daughter, and her life for a naval officer is a powerful combo of her performances in the critically acclaimed To Die For and the Broadway play Blue Room. The only flawed scene for Kidman as Alice, an ex-gallery manager, who is currently unemployed, is the sequence where she tells her husband she had a terrible nightmare. Her sobs are unemotional in that scene and it does not come out as strong as the rest of her performance.
The famously feared orgy scene is indeed peculiar. It captures the viewer attention, but is it really needed? That scene serves little purpose in conveying the true message of the thin line between imaginary and real life. The entire scenery inside the rich mansion, where the orgy scenes take place, where the masked men pray on hookers, is fantastic regardless of the controversy of its necessity.
Stanley Kubrick, a master of filmmaking, gives an imaginary twist to marriage, dreams, and reality of life. But once the viewer exits the theater, he or she is at loss of words and the thin line between the dream world and the reality disappears. Such effect is indeed Kubrick's last legacy....more info
- What was kubrick thinking?
Tom Cruise is a horrible actor who wrecks whatever chance the movie had. This is also one on the most unerotic "erotic" movies I have seen. Stay way....more info
- A Personal Favorite
When one loves such a divisive and widely-knocked film as Eyes Wide Shut, it's inevitable that a puzzled friend will eventually beg the question: "Why? What do you like about it?"
And I honestly have no clear answer. Why, in fact, do I love this film so damn much? I don't know. All I know is that its dreamy, Christmastime haze suckers me in every time. All I know is that it's hard for me to hear Shostakovich's Waltz #2 on its own terms without feeling an immense surge of emotion. I don't cry, mind you, but I feel like I could.
I've never even been married. Hell, I've barely been in a serious, long-term relationship, for that matter. And no, I don't just like the film because of the copious nudity on display.
I like it because of its subtleties; the small, odd gestures and movements that each character makes. The things they say and the unique ways in which they say it. I adore the film's late-night, wintertime vibe, and its gorgeous colors and striking images. I like how the film can be read in seemingly endless ways. Only Kubrick could make a film that's interpreted as anything from an expose of the Illuminati to a psycho-sexual Freudian odyssey to some sort of sociological lampooning of Tom Cruise's shattered ego.
Most of all, I like how Kubrick went out with this one. Just a subtle, unassuming flick about a few days in the life of a rich doctor following some silly misunderstanding over the events of a Christmas party. No over-the-top violence or grand statements about the evolution of humanity, just a curious sexually charged Christmas Carol for the 90's.
And I wouldn't want it any other way....more info
- Eyes Wide Shut
I have purchased close to 40 BD discs and I have to say that Eyes Wide Shut is the first one that I regret double-dipping to get HD. The DVD version looks just as good on a very good DVD player. What a shame....more info
- If you didn't like it the first time, see it again, your opinion might change
This is truly a movie that you don't forget after it has finished. It gets in your head and stays there which is one of the reason that so many people admire the film even though it had its fair share of detractors when it first came out.
Eyes Wide Shut is one of my favorite films and is one of the few films that I can watch over and over again and still find it fresh and exciting.
Visually, it is one of the most beautiful films you will ever. Kubrick's technical brilliance with color schemes, sets and camera work is in full effect here. Much of this film looks like a beautiful old photograph or a painting rather than a film.
Some people don't like the film because of the slow pacing. Personally, I prefer films which build a dreamlike state in which tension is increased steadily throughout but that is my preference. If you don't have an affinity for these types of movies then you might have been turned off by the intentially slow pace of the film, a pace which is reflected not only in how the film is shot but how the characters speak their lines.
Eyes Wide Shut is a great film that becomes richer and more enveloping with each viewing. It requires patience, demands attention, and allows one to think about its characters and the subtle nuances in their dialogue exchanges in the context of its theme about the possibility of marital infidelity in a fragile marriage. Some have seen it once and hated it only to gradually admire it on second viewing. Do yourself a favor: in this mindless time of mediocre films, check out Kubrick's last film "Eyes Wide Shut." If you hated it or disliked it the first time, you may find yourself at least admiring, on second viewing, the world Kubrick has created on screen and how he fashions this world before our eyes, as he has with all of his films. Keep those eyes wide open.
- Tom Cruise did it again - -
- bombed, that is. Oh, as a kid fighter-pilot, semi-terrific. As a lawyer in a uniform, putrid. As a "doctor"? He was unbelievably bad, totally miscast. A fish out of water? No, worse. Much. Like some of those terrible movies we love to hate, I actually watched it again -- or, perhaps 17 minutes of it, until I wanted to watch Lassie re-runs or 'most anything..... so I did, "Inside the NFL" - - - fini....more info
- Wide Open.
YES, the Blu-Ray version IS the unrated version with silhouettes removed from the party/orgy scene.
YES, it is in widescreen 1.85 format, HOWEVER... you should note that Kubrick did indeed intend a full frame viewing experience. As I understand, he framed it for 4:3 but protected the 1.85 frame for theatrical viewing. You should note that in the widescreen version, you are actually losing some image on the top and bottom of the frame. The 4:3 full frame version is the actual full negative. But to my disappointment...
NO, there is no option to choose one or the other. 1.85 is the only version on this BD.
This movie took a lot of growing on me. I watched the film theatrically when it was released and did not like it at all. Since then, in subsequent viewings, I have come to appreciate the movie more and the tremendous amount of thought that went into it.
For a moment, put aside the stories you hear about hundreds of takes on one scene and all the months it took to shoot this film. What Kubrick put into it was probably an OD of conceptualism for most of us. Sometimes that can come across as pretentious and unnecessary, but with every viewing something new arises. If you overanalyze and look for the seemingly most miniscule details, you will be surprised at how much you find and how much of it is 100% relevant.
Many have condemned this film as total garbage. I can't stand Tom Cruise at all and quite honestly he sucks in this film just about as much as he does in any other... but Kubrick makes up for Cruise's shortcomings in many different ways. Perhaps Cruise's lack of talent even adds to the film in some way. In any case, I think it's a great film... not quite a masterpiece like some film geeks might attest to, but definitely worth a few looks. ...more info
- A movie about power
I feel that too much emphasis is placed on the Cruise and Kidman characters. Their fears, desires, or any other emotions are really irrelevent to me. They are cartoonish exagerations of the 21st century couple. Does anyone really act that way? Would any sane person tell their spouse they would walk out on their life together for a one night stand? I don't think so. Then what is the point, why are we following these two people around as they behave as if they are in dream state, in a trance, or out of their minds? The Venetian masked orgy is the key. The movie tells us that parallel to our self medicated, dreamy, fretful, nuerotic, world, there is a world of power, harsh reality, and knowledge. Sometimes we sitcom characters brush against this other world, with no good result. Bill stumbled upont this other world and was crushed. A hand of unmeasurable power and cruelty struck him down and held him immobile as one might a small dog. The effect was sobering, but also short lived. Bill, and we, will always cower and crawfish, walking backwards in homage away from the hideous strength, slipping back into our silly worlds of imagined infidelity, drugs, Christmans shopping, and whatever our ideal of sex is. Eyes Wide Shut tells us that we are living a ridiculous, unnnatural existence, but perceive it as just the opposite. When we are exposed to the powers that have dealt us this hand, to those who see us as ants on the sidewalk to be crushed, we have no other defense but to delve deeper into the illusion to escape a reality we can not accept....more info
- Forget it. A troubled marriage in reality and fiction.
Stanley Kubrick's last movie before his death is unfortunately his worse. Why do people want ugly stories? Why some people enjoy bad dreams for a movie is beyond my understanding. This movie was a macabre escapade not just for the characters but also for my suffering self. Yet honestly as much as I wanted to walk away I stuck it out because of curiousity. It is my curiosity that I am also shamefully umcomfortable about. I am a Christian but it seems I stuck it out with this film with a intellectual lust. Curious about how the sexual implications and evilness of the story would develope. Was Kubrick just a mere director or was he really the devil hidden in the snake in Eden? I feel stupid for biting the apple and sitting through the picture.
Kubrick certainly reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock sometimes. They both had a way off grabbing your attention and getting a grip on you. In the last line in the movie Nicole Kidman's character answers her husband when he ponders as to what they should do about the whole mess. She says "We can f--k. I am not surprised the Cruise's broke up a little later after starring together in this mess of a movie. I say f this movie. My f is for FORGET it and buy a different one. ...more info
- Dazzlingly rich and clever
To enjoy this movie it helps to have an interest in Psychoanalytic concepts: the imperious erotic drive, dreams, fantasy, seduction, guilt, erotic curiosity, the distortion of reality by wish and fear, and the fascinating challenge of figuring out the mystery of what exactly happened to you and why. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this movie. The movie's title seems to refer to the power of the sensual and visual experiences of your mind's eyes. ...more info
- Not Kubrick's Best.. but
Still a bit of a let down after all the anticipation of Kubrick's last film. That said, the transfer is an improvement over the standard DVD, and widescreen, and yes, unrated. I had an import unrated version and it was really a matter of digitally putting 2 dark figures in cloaks in front of some of the more graphic sex scenes. Not that I'm not glad to have the unrated version. This was the way it was shot. The image itself suffers from the way it was shot. A lot of it looks kinda blurry with gauze in front of the lens. The extras are good and it's nice to have the best quality version out there on my shelf....more info
- Eyes Wide Shut (Unrated) - Blu-ray Info
Title: Eyes Wide Shut - Unrated
Version: U.S.A / Region A, B, C
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Running time: 2:39:01
Movie size: 31,77 GB
Disc size: 37,47 GB
Average video bit rate: 17.18 Mbps
LPCM 5.1 4608Kbps 48 Khz/16-bit English
DD AC3 5.1 448Kbps English / Japanese / French / Spanish / German / Italian
Number of chapters: 30
Subtitles: English SDH/HoH, English, Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish
#Featurette - The Last Movie - Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut
#Featurette - Lost Kubrick: The Unfinished Films of Stanley Kubrick
DGA - D.W. Griffith Acceptance Speech, 1998
#Interviews - Nicole Kidman (17m:45s) / Tom Cruise (08m:23s) / Steven Spielberg (07m:49s)
#US TV Trailer: Jealousy (34 seconds), Combo (34 seconds)
#Extras feature optional Japanese subtitles...more info
- Faithful Transfer Of Kubrick's Last
It seems that of all of Kubrick's films, Eyes Wide Shut seems to always fall into the category of "unappreciated" or "disliked." Ranks right up there with Barry Lyndon.
However, I have always found this film to be the most accessible, honest, emotional, and humanly raw films Kubrick ever did. If you are married or in a serious relationship, its themes resonate throughout one's being. Like Othello who is consumed by jealousy, so is Tom Cruise's character, Dr. Harford, who throughout the film struggles with his wife's admission that she had urges for an illicit affair. Is her admission infidelity? Does the mere thought or desire to be with someone else become immoral? This is a film that is much greater than its parts and is too easily dismissed.
As for the transfer itself, I have read many complaints that it is not very good. However, I do remember seeing the film in its theatrical run and find this Blu-Ray release to be incredibly accurate. Therefore, Warners should not be faulted for providing a very accurate presentation of this film on HD. True, it is not a demonstration disc, but it is not a flawed or insulting transfer either.
The good news is that we Americans are finally, FINALLY, permitted to see the "unrated" version that, in the end, turns out to be not that big of a deal. The scene in question, that required CGI hooded figures to be strategically placed, is so un-erotic and an "Is That It??!!" moment, that one really wonders what is going on over at the ratings board.
If there is a downside to the release, and this applies to almost ALL of the Kubrick hi-def releases, is the amateurish, sloppy documentaries that accompany each disc. The production values of these mini-documentaries are, to be blunt, an insult to the films that they discuss. The music, the cheap special effects, the b-movie feel to them is, at times, almost unbearable to watch. The Kubrick Estate should have been more demanding of a more professional product than that is currently being presented....more info
- Cut/Uncut Rating Compared to R3
For those interested in comparing this with the confirmed unrated edition in R3, here is a reproduction of what I submitted on the Rewind forums.
Both R3 HK and the R3 Korea editions that we own are EXACTLY similar in terms of the audio and video in the movie. (There may be other previous editions in HK and/or Korea which may be different, just a note, but we are not aware of them, if they exist. Note that I have Korean R3 in Keep case; earlier this was in digipack -- if between the first and this release, they have changed the content in the Korean dvd, we wouldn't be able to comment on that.)
There is NO digital censorship in either.
At 1:14:01 (NTSC), the women surrounding the man in the cloak stand up and throw off their clothes. Till 1:18:58 there is a background music that has "tabla" beats and sounds oriental/Indian, and also sounds like someone is reading something backwards, or if a tape is played in reverse.
From 1:18:58 to 1:22:00 - when Cruise witnesses the orgies happening, there is background music that is definitely Indian - and there are lyrics too -- BUT does not sound like Bhagwad Gita at all. The lyrics I heard, to the best of my knowledge, are not Sanskrit, but Tamil. This ends with the dialogue - " have you been enjoying yourself " - a woman says to Cruise.
On R3, there are Tamil lyrics and Indian music (Tamil, to the best of my knowledge). A couple of words I could make out - "kadhala iruvara..." << This is not Bhagavad Gita to the best of my knowledge.
- DISAPPOINTING -- LIKE A HALF-REMEMBERED DREAM
Kubrick's final film is a sad elegy to a gifted, eccentric filmmaker. The finished film as finally released seems a compendium of too much tinkering and no clear vision. Potent ideas, symbols, images and sequences never come tegether in a satisfying way. Much more a vanity production and experimental film from a man who enjoyed the process more than the final product. Maybe it was a way to hold on to his mortality? Or maybe it's what the movie is really about. The ultimate taboo is death itself. And erotic conflict is the stuff of life.
The movie is fragmented and sometimese even compelling. But the spell it promises is never realized. It is mainly interesting as a biographical footnote to a great filmmaker's strange epitaph. Cruise is intense but out of his element. Kidman is incredibly present in all her scenes. She's an amazing talent.
But, for me, the real question is why did this story so interest Kubrick? Perhaps nothing but the opportunity of making another film and the illusion that he would last as long as it's never finished -- even in the minds of an audience! After all, for an artist, to be creative is to feel fully alive. Now it's the audiences responsibility to finish the creative process and bring closure to Kubrick's art. But in the final cut, that only makes for a bad movie.
Note: Early WB publicity promised both the American and uncensored European versions of the film as well as commentaries (one by Sydney Pollack). These promised elements are not on the 2 disc retail version now available. What happened?...more info