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STAN­LEY KUBRICK SPE­CIAL EDI­TIONS 2001: A Space Odyssey A Clock­work Orange The Shin­ing Full Metal Jacket Eyes Wide Shut

It has taken the 80th an­niver­sary of Stan­ley Kubrick’s birth for Warner Home Video to fi­nally get around to is­su­ing the icy mas­ter’s great films in ver­sions worth own­ing. For­get those in­dif­fer­ently ren­dered vanilla edi­tions in their hor­ri­ble lit­tle boxes. Five Kubrick films are here is­sued in two-disc sets with co­pi­ous doc­u­men­taries and lively com­men­taries.

Mal­colm McDow­ell has plenty to say on A Clock­work Orange. Keir Dul­lea and Gary Lock­wood are fas­ci­nat­ing on 2001: A Space Odyssey. A boxed set adds one fur­ther doc­u­men­tary, Stan­ley Kubrick – A Life in Pic­tures, to the five films.

Con­fronted with such bounty, it seems al­most churl­ish to won­der why the tran­scen­dent Barry Lyn­don has not yet re­ceived a makeover when the ridicu­lous Eyes Wide Shut has been so vig­or­ously buffed up. Still, it gives Kubrick fans some­thing to look for­ward to. For now, th­ese lovely sets of­fer one more chance to ponder the most clin­i­cal ge­nius in the his­tory of Amer­i­can cin­ema.

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