Colors are intense, often blurring out and suffering from excessive noise. At least there are no obvious compression artifacts, though with the consistently heavy level of grain and noise, that's not a huge plus. Of the five films that Warner is issuing on high-def as part of its Kubrick collection which also includes ',' ',' '' and '' , 'Eyes Wide Shut' may be the most recent, but ironically it's also probably the one that benefits the least from the upgrade to high-def. A riveting tale of suspense. Hardford himself is covering the couple having sex.
Running 159 minutes, 'Eyes Wide Shut' is certainly the most epic piece of erotica ever committed to mainstream celluloid. Originally Posted by TheLion Told you so weeks ago Now it is finally confirmed. Therefore one can see the sex scene. I watched the Blu-Ray version last night--great movie, if a bit longer than I rememebered. I thought that was conservative pandering. The back of the box specifically says under Special Features Digitally Remastered Movie Selectable in Both Rated and - for the first time in North America - Unrated Versions. Consistent with his approach to other literary adaptations, Kubrick took great liberties with Schnitzler's original story, extracting the simple kernel of the idea and largely dispensing with the particulars.
To the credit of Kubrick a lifelong, dedicated monogamist he may have failed at depicting erotic passion with any degree of authenticity, but he certainly would seem to have walked in the shoes of his fictional Dr. If anyone can tell me how to view the Unrated version let me know! The quality of the recording is better, but also far from noteworthy. It was a highlight of the film and even won some awards at the time. The opening scenes of 'Eyes Wide Shut' are the best, and are quite tantalizing. Founded in April 2006, High-Def Digest is the ultimate guide for High-Def enthusiasts who demand only the best that money can buy. This scene is covered by a naked woman and a guy with a black robe.
Overview - Stanley Kubrick's daring last film is many things. Originally Posted by snickersbar Why in world would anyone use a parental setting? I do remember one of the unrated scenes involves a little table action, I seem to remember lesbians. Instead, I was rather pleasantly surprised. Despite an almost unheard-of level of advance buzz, audiences were cool, and critics surprisingly dismissive of what was supposed to be Kubrick's final masterpiece the director passed away shortly before its release. Studio reps have suggested to us that this may have been a disc space issue, but we're expecting official word soon. How would the sensibilities of Kubrick, cinema's most notorious control freak, mesh with the dream-like, naturalistic tone of Schnitzler's novella, the pages of which which oozed with sexual impulse and unbridled, erotic passion? In the Unrated version he's standing on the right side. .
They would seem to have it all -- wealth, influence, powerful friends and a beautiful 7 year-old daughter. I think they messed up on the disc. The problem with this notion is that the Blu-ray Disc version should certainly have had the room to include the other cut of the film via seamless branching as planned. Never has passion seemed so dangerous. Because that way one can have both the theatrical version and the extended cut available or even more versions , while minimizing the space required. This view is covered by two persons sitting on a bench.
To be fair, given the film's stylistic intentions, this is far from a bad transfer of 'Eyes Wide Shut. I think they're just trying to figure out if both copies are on the disc or not. Had Kubrick made 'Eyes Wide Shut's opening act the entire film, it might have been brilliant. They're probably recall it and just change the text on the box paramount style Originally Posted by snickersbar As far as I remember, the scene that was unrated was a lesbian scene that occured in the house. Originally Posted by snickersbar Why in world would anyone use a parental setting? Because the branching is seamless, the transition points are neither visible nor audible to the viewer. As Cruise roams the late-night New York streets actually a soundstage in merry old England, and the substitution is distracting , he mingles with all manner of temptations, some amusing including a run-in with a young prostitute and some deadly serious. Though now dated, these are still worth checking out if you've never seen them, particularly for Kidman's comments, which are particularly emotional and poignant.
The box claims that the film's R-rated and Unrated versions are both included on the disc, each selectable before the film begins. I counted nary a single discrete effect through the whole film, and only a meager amount of atmosphere and score bleed. Seamless branching allows sharing of footage common to both films with branches as required to unique footage. The version on the disc is the unrated version. In this case, those particulars include all traces of sexiness, romance and warmth. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he he required to play the piano blindfolded.
You might say the same about the film's first-ever Blu-ray release. After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. It's not likely that this Blu-ray will inspire any sort of widespread reappraisal of 'Eyes Wide Shut,' but it's certainly the best treatment the film's seen on home video yet. Originally Posted by ajamils what's the point of having two version of the same movie? A flawed but still fascinating film, 'Eyes Wide Shut' generally isn't considered to be among Stanley Kubrick's finer efforts. Kubrick finally brings the themes he so carefully set up in the first act to fruition, as the questions Alice dares to ask of William will strike at the very core of our Western notions of marriage. A major milestone in the careers of stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. A bit of the odd-man-out visually among Kubrick's other works, 'Eyes Wide Shut' is bold in its use of obvious fake sets, oversaturated colors and high-key, diffused lighting, creating an effect that is highly theatrical, and one that just doesn't translate all that well to video.
Although the audio isn't very demanding on this disc, the Chris Issac number sounded fantastic, as did some of the haunting piano used in the score. Thankfully, when Kidman returns on the scene, the film regains its footing. Having said all that, most will probably never warm to 'Eyes Wide Shut. There is no sense of envelopment at all, which is a particular shame because a bit of sonic excitement could have added whole new layer of effectiveness to what's essentially erotic thriller. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Given the fact that almost the entire movie looks like it was lit through giant sheets of gauze, it's easy to forget that 'Eyes Wide Shut' was shot in 1999, and not 1979. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano blindfolded.