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    Unique ID Code: 0000003780
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    Added on: 15/3/2000 20:44
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    Eyes Wide Shut (US)

    8 / 10
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    "Kubrick`s Haunting Final Masterpiece. Vivid, Brilliant, Unforgettable." -Richard Schickel, TIME
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 159 mins
    Retail Price: $24.98
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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 jurid 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, starting images: bravura traits that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone`s eyes wide open.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Interviews With Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Steven Spielberg
    Production Notes
    Theatrical Trailer
    TV Spots

    Video Tracks:
    Standard 1.33:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Stanley Kubrick

    Written By:

    Sydney Pollack
    Jackie Sawris
    Madison Eginton
    Nicole Kidman
    Tom Cruise

    Casting By:
    Leon Vitali
    Denise Chamian

    Soundtrack By:
    Jocelyn Pook

    Music From:
    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Franz Liszt
    György Ligeti

    Director of Photography:
    Larry Smith

    Nigel Galt

    Costume Designer:
    Marit Allen

    Production Designer:
    Roy Walker
    Leslie Tomkins

    Stanley Kubrick
    Brian W. Cook

    Executive Producer:
    Jan Harlan

    Warner Bros

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    Certainly fairly controversial material, but never pornographic and almost in the best possible taste, this is a fitting parting shot from Kubrick. In many ways, this is a better film than many of his other films - in fact I enjoyed it more than 2001. That`s not to say I think it`s a classic, but the remarkable photography, soundtrack and at least mostly riveting storyline carry the film along very nicely. In fact, the storyline is perhaps the weakest part in that it seems to lose its way towards the end - which is a shame as initially it is all extremely engrossing - and I don`t mean for the sex - ok then - we`d better cover that: there are some sequences showing people having sex, but if you`re expecting hardcode pornography, you`d better look elsewhere. What we get instead are, ok, very obvious sex scenes, but they don`t show everything, and, more importantly, they are always very relevant to the storyline. The picture quality is almost without problem - some grain was noticeable in darker scenes but on a large screen there was plenty of detail and vivid colours. I watched it zoomed to 16:9 which cuts a little off the top and bottom, and it looked great. (This is the R2 version, by the way). The extras are OK - interviews and TV clips. The sound in the hall (trying not to put any spoilers in here) was haunting and effectively complemented the impressive cinematography. Use of surrounds was minimal, but positional information was well conveyed, particularly with cars moving backwards and forwards across the soundstage. Overall, a fitting finale for a fine director!
    posted by David Harrington on 12/4/2000 23:10
    10 / 10
    Please more Extras Warner Bros eh!.....

    Darn I own the UK version

    Never mind
    posted by Richard73 on 18/10/2000 04:47
    5 / 10
    Sorry to say this was BORING. Sleeping material. You should sleep by the end of the film.

    Not much sound in it. I did like Nicole Kidman and Tom`s interviews though.
    posted by AndyPandy on 23/11/2000 17:32