Shiny new things! Jimbo want! First, a bit of background: Stanley Kubrick is my favourite director of all time. A Clockwork Orange is my favourite movie of all time. Last year, Jo got me the Kubrick Archive book, as mentioned in this post. The level of fanatical detail he put into his work surpassed all boundaries of reason and sanity, and the results speak for themselves. But the only one of his movies I have on DVD is Dr. Strangelove. Until recently, Kubrick movies have been a bit of a disaster area on DVD. Different versions, different regions, cut, uncut, with a documentary, without, no special features, no commentaries, different aspect ratios, poor sound mix, shoddy transfers, etc etc. I held off buying them, thinking that surely someone would release proper, special editions sooner or later.
Well. They have. Look at this. 2-disc editions. Special features. Documentaries. Commentaries - Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood on 2001, Malcolm McDowell on A Clockwork Orange, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio and frickin' R. Lee Ermey on Full Metal Jacket, and Garrett Brown on The Shining - yes, the same Garrett Brown who invented the Steadicam, and operated it on the movie itself (and who also trained Tamas Nyerges, the Steadicam operator on Severance, coincidentally). The set also includes Eyes Wide Shut (with lots of extras), and the Kubrick documentary A Life In Pictures. It's a Kubrick geekfest. Sadly there's no special edition treatment for the other movies yet, although Dr Strangelove already has an okayish release (and of course Spartacus has a superb 2-disc set, if you count that as a "proper" Kubrick, some do, some don't, you'd be surprised at the in-depth levels of bitter arguments amongst us obsessives - I do count it, by the way). Many of the others have bog-standard DVDs, so hopefully they'll give them all the same treatment. In the meantime, I'll be counting the minutes until this set is available in October (Region 1 at the moment, I imagine it'll be out on Region 2 soon after that). And as soon as it arrives, I shall be rubbing it all over myself in a disturbing display of lust. Now there's a lovely image for you.