Stanley Kubrick fans, today is your day. Warner Home Video has announced '2001: A Space Odyssey (Special Edition),' 'A Clockwork Orange (Special Edition),' 'Eyes Wide Shut (Special Edition),' 'Full Metal Jacket (Deluxe Edition)' and 'The Shining (Special Edition)' will be available individually on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 23 for an SRP of $28.99.
Better yet, it appears both versions of all the films will include Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless audio, and the Blu-ray versions will be pressed on BD-50 discs. Thank you, Warner!
We're still waiting to receive full disc specs and high resolution cover art, and will update each disc's detail page as soon as we have them.
And yes, I know it's for both formats. If any HD DVD people feel the need to complain, just keep it to yourselves and copy/paste.
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This is GREAT news, looking forward to Clockwork Orange, 2001 and The Shinning. Good they will be on 50GB discs but I hope that means they will actual be a different encode, it would suck for these to be 29GB encodes that simply would not fit on BD-25
Aren't Kubrick movies all filmed in a 4:3 aspect? Why would anyone buy a 1080p movie with black pillars on the sides???? Unless of course its out of print on DVD...
Otherwise, I'd rather stick with the special collector's edition of these movies on DVD.
You are kidding, right? I am all over these regardless of the aspect ratio.
Originally Posted by kubrickfilms.warnerbros.com
Why are some of Kubrick's films not available "letterboxed" on home video?
Kubrick had total control over the aspect ratios (ratio of the width of a film image to its height) of his films, in their theatrical release and on home video. He liked to experiment, and he liked to question conventions regarding aspect ratios, so it's no surprise that there is no real consistency regarding the home video versions of his films.
Spartacus and 2001: A Space Odyssey were the only films he shot using a "widescreen" format (Super Technirama on Spartacus and Super Panavision on 2001), so those would be the only two really hurt by not being letterboxed (both are available on video and DVD letterboxed to approximately their proper aspect ratios).
A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon were shot and released in most theaters in the matted 1.66 : 1 widescreen ratio, and The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut were shot open-matted (or full-frame) and framed for a theatrical release in the American standard ratio of 1.85 : 1.
However, Kubrick preferred on all these films that they be transferred to home video fullscreen (a ratio of about 1.37 : 1). Had he remained alive to see the rising popularity of widescreen and high-definition TVs, he may have eventually changed his mind about these films.
I hate sound like a Blaphemer, but the best thing to happen to Kubrick fans that are home theater enthusiasts is his passing.
He probably would never approve anything but 4x3 cuts and mono soundtracks.
"He probably would never approve anything but 4x3 cuts and mono soundtracks."
Yea I can agree the 5.1 remaster of Clockwork orange would have never come out while he was still alive, I was not happy having to deal with a mono version of this movie for so long given the excellent soundtrack involved.