Eyes Wide Shut [Blu-ray]
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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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The main themes in Eyes Wide Shut are not those of sex and marriage - now, certainly, the story that is told by the actors alone echoes of these subjects. However, what the actors are doing onscreen more often than not was meant by Kubrick to take second place to the imagery used in the film. And the themes portrayed by the imagery are most certainly not that which mainstream reviews have let on.
So what exactly is Eyes Wide Shut about, then? Not sex. That much should be obvious from the re-appearance of the film's title after the short shot of Nicole Kidman's buttocks (telling us that we're not really seeing what we're seeing). Eyes Wide Shut is about the wealth and power of society - about the upper class. It's about how the elite men in this world manipulate their inferiors and treat them like mere possessions. It is about the mistreatment of women and the lower class, and the source of that mistreatment.
From a single viewing of Eyes Wide Shut one may assume that Nicole Kidman's character has some "power" in her relationship with her husband, that she has some other meaning to him and his acquaintances than an object - a possession. One will see, however, after analyzing the film carefully, that she has no power.Read more ›
The movie opens as we are let into the private lives of a young New York doctor; a general practitioner named Bill Harford who lives with his wife Alice. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
After a series of life's mundane events which, in the context of living a life and having to one day die, even can seem overwhelming, Bill Harford is driven into the night attempting to assuage the onslaught of the latest demons which life had to offer him, like it seems to offer the rest of us. These demons include his wife admitting that she had fantasies of sleeping with another man.
He attempts to meet one of the women who talked with him the previous night of the party. In order to compensate for his wife's admitted psychic infidelity, he attempts to have an affair, but a phone call from his wife interrupts this. He also learns that the woman he was looking for who was not home had contracted AIDS.
On another night, he ducks into a restaurant and learns from reading a newspaper that his old high school friend and medical school colleague and then dropout was playing at a nearby jazz piano bar.
Meeting his friend, Nick Nightingale, he finds out from Nick about a party in the Hamptons, and it really looks like the Hamptons, but this being a Kubrick movie was inevitably, invariably filmed in England.Read more ›
I came to this film for Nicole Kidman, just as many probably came to it for Cruise. It's really a Tom Cruise feature, I have to say, with Kidman scoring a lot less screen time than I expected. Now, I love Nicole Kidman, and I was mesmerized by this entire movie, but I don't think this was one of Kidman's better performances. Maybe it's just the fact that racy language coming out of her mouth just doesn't sit right with me, but I was definitely uncomfortable watching Kidman work her way through the more emotional scenes (which seemed a little overdramatic). Cruise, for his part, is great, and the whole supporting cast (including Leelee Sobieski in a small but scintillating role) is excellent.
Bill and Alice Harford have a complex relationship. Following a strange party which finds them each flirting with other people, Alice starts a discussion that ends with her recounting her fantasies about another man.Read more ›
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Arrived within delivery time perimeters and was a describedPublished 2 months ago by patrick kilmartin
This is BluRay but the picture quality is not great (grainy). It's been maybe 10 years since I last watched it but I was able to get more message out of it this time around. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JR
Stanley Kubrick's last picture and a great one. Far above the standard fare of movies today; artistic and demanding. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James S. Mclean
Excellent movie, especially in blu-ray. One of Stanley Kubrick's best. Truly an enjoyable experience.Published 5 months ago by Fred Conrad
I watched this in the theatre when I was younger and wanted to re-watch it now that it's available on Blu-Ray. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dave D.
The unedited European version was shown then only in Quebec. Now it looks like nothing special compared to some films out there now. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gis A. Bun