Eyes Wide Shut

November 30, 2013 - Comment

Stanley Kubrick’s daring last film is a bracing psychosexual journey, a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage – and may ensnare him in a murder mystery – after his wife’s (Kidman) admission of

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Stanley Kubrick’s daring last film is a bracing psychosexual journey, a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage – and may ensnare him in a 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, rich colors, 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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  • Stanley Kubrick?s daring last film is a bracing psychosexual journey, a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage ? and may ensnare him in a murder mystery ? after his wife?s (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery a

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N. Cohen says:

1999’s future classic–“It’s not about sex” 1999 was one of the greatest years in recent memory for film. Yet Eyes Wide Shut is all but absent from the end-of-the-year awards ceremonies and most critics lists.

M. Hickey says:

Good News, Kubrick and Blu-Ray 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 Blu-Ray disc of “Eyes Wide Shut:”The Blu-Ray 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. The version released on Blu-Ray, 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 Blu-Ray disc contains all of the special features from the standard-definition DVD in the boxed DVD set, and they are interesting enough. The aspect-ratio of the Blu-Ray is 16×9, which is a vast improvement over the old 3×4 DVD, as 16×9 is much closer to the theatrical aspect-ratio for which the film’s shots…

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