Thursday, October 25, 2007

"Other Worlds Than These" episode 007.

007: A fistful of Kubrick.

I was writing a couple of days ago about how you can learn a lot about making movies by watching movies. So why not learn from the best?

The Stanley Kubrick - Warner Home Video Directors Series DVD box set hit the street on Tuesday. Though the box doesn't include Dr. Strangelove, the best movie Kubrick or anybody else ever directed, it does include five other masterpieces: 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. Your 55 bucks (this set is a bargain at twice the price!) also gets you several commentaries and behind-the-scenes pieces, plus the excellent feature-length documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures.

On top of all that, these DVD editions of Shining, Jacket, and Eyes are the first to feature the films' original theatrical aspect ratios. And they're enhanced for widescreen televisions.

Steven Spielberg has said Kubrick knew more about the craft of filmmaking than anyone else who ever stepped behind a camera. After going through this DVD set, I bet you'll agree.

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