Improved Stanley Kubrick releases are on their way

According to an article in the trade magazine Variety this morning, Warner Home Video is currently working on a re-release of their Stanley Kubrick Collection. The initial release of the Collection in the summer of 1999 was almost uniformly dissed for its rather poor quality. Set for release on June 12, this new “Stanley Kubrick Collection” will not only salvage some of the problems found in the previous releases, btu will also add the 140-minute documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures to the mix.

This brand new documentary that was made by four long-time Kubrick collaborators and with the cooperation of the director’s widow, Christiane Kubrick, will premier this Saturday at the Berlin Film Festival. It is narrated by Tom Cruise and runs over 140 minutes.

The Collection will once again include the Columbia TriStar licensed Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, only this time in the new Special Edition version that will soon be released. But the Collection will also include new versions of A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. All films will be remixed and come with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio tracks as well as new widescreen transfers. The set will also include a version of Kubrick’s most controversial film, Eyes Wide Shut.

The “Stanley Kubrick Collection” will be released on June 12 and carry a suggested retail price of $199.92, and each disc from the box set will also be available individually at a suggested retail price of $24.98.

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