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Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection 10-Disc Blu-ray boxed set, A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition announced

Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection 10-Disc Blu-ray boxed set, A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition announced

Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection

Warner Home Video has announced a brand new 10-disc Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray set for release on May 31st, which will include the director’s classics, Barry Lyndon and Lolita – two films previously unavailable on the format. This is amazing and crappy news for Kubrick fans and collectors. Amazing because we’ve all been waiting for these two films to make their debut on Blu. Extremely crappy news because neither film will be available outside of the 10-disc collection, forcing fans to re-purchase all the Kubrick Blu-ray discs if they want to complete their collection.

(UPDATE: Both Barry Lyndon and Lolita have now been announced for individual release, outside of the 10-disc set! Thank you, Warner! You rock my world!! I’ll never doubt you again…)

I can stand by a double-dip or re-purchase if there’s a significant upgrade in the transfer or special features of a Blu-ray disc but with a single exception, all the discs in this Kubrick set are identical to the previously released versions. That exception is the new 40th Anniversary Edition of A Clockwork Orange, which will also be available individually and features a host of new extras in a 2-disc set, detailed below. The 10-disc set comes packaged with a 40-page book with “rare photos, production notes and more” and includes the films Spartacus (via Universal), Dr. Strangelove (via Sony), 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut in addition to Lyndon, Lolita and A Clockwork Orange.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about this boxed set if for no other reason than it collects a bunch of the best films ever made into one neat package but I think that pang of disappointment I’m feeling comes from the hope that classics like 2001 would receive something of a refresh, given the rumours of new special features being created and new footage being unearthed. It’s just a matter of time before WHV gets around to upgrading each and every one of their Kubrick films so we fans are bound to be re-purchasing either way. Unless we’re willing to wait for the inevitable individual Blu-ray releases of Barry Lyndon and Lolita or import from overseas, where both films will be available outside the boxed set.

(May 31, 2011 – MSRP $34.99)
Video: 1.66:1 VC-1 1080p
Audio: 5.1 Uncompressed PCM

Special Features:

  • Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
  • Malcolm McDowell Looks Back: Malcolm McDowell reflects on his experience working with legendary director Stanley Kubrick on one of the seminal films of the 1970s (new)
  • Turning like Clockwork: the film’s ultra-violence and its cultural impact (new)
  • Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange
  • Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures: Kubrick’s career comes into sharp focus in this compelling documentary narrated by Tom Cruise. Fascinating footage glimpses Kubrick in his early years, at work on film sets and at home, augmented by candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family (new to Blu-ray)
  • O Lucky Malcolm!: Documentary about the life and career of actor Malcolm McDowell produced and directed by Jan Harlan


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14 Classic Disney Animated Titles in Upcoming Diamond Collection Blu-ray Releases

14 Classic Disney Animated Titles in Upcoming Diamond Collection Blu-ray Releases

Snow White Blu-rayWe’re only a few weeks away from getting our hands on Disney‘s Snow White on Blu-ray. Based upon the studio’s work on their Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio discs, we can expect great things. And now we have even more to look forward to. Disney has given us a look at what we can expect from their premium Diamond Collection line of Blu-ray discs all the way up to 2016!! 2010 will bring us Fantasia and Beauty and the Beast (as well as Fantasia 2000), continuing forward at a rate of two titles per year with The Lion King, Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians and more. More details in the press release below:

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 10 — (D23 Expo) — Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) announced the launch of the new Diamond Collection today at the D23 Expo. Diamond Collection is the definitive collection of the Walt Disney Studios most historic and beloved animated classics that will debut on Blu-ray Hi-Def.

    Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on October 6, the Diamond Collection comprises an additional 13 of Disney’s most treasured titles, including: Beauty and the Beast; Fantasia and Fantasia 2000; The Lion King; Bambi; Cinderella; Lady and the Tramp; The Little Mermaid; Peter Pan; The Jungle Book; 101 Dalmatians; Sleeping Beauty; and Pinocchio.

    “Walt Disney’s gift of telling captivating and engaging stories was matched only by his passion for presenting them in the most spectacular way,” commented The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook. “We are proud to continue his pursuit of excellence with ‘The Diamond Collection,’ which brings the films that are the foundation of our Company to audiences of all ages across the globe.”

    As part of the new Diamond Collection criteria, each film will be thoroughly restored to the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization only made possible by Blu-ray technology. The Disney Diamond Collection will represent a major transformation of the home entertainment industry providing families with more engaging, entertaining experiences than any other format.

    Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment adds, “Because today’s family rooms are more technologically-advanced and consumer expectations are higher than ever, we are excited to announce the launch of the Diamond Collection. We believe that the collection offers consumers the opportunity to enjoy these timeless classics like never before, and underlines Disney’s commitment to continue to bring the best quality product and immersive experiences in to the home.”

    Kicking off the new worldwide collection in October will be Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature film, the one that started it all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Two titles will be selected each year, including Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia in 2010, as Blu-ray Diamond editions, each title will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time.

    The new Diamond Collection takes full advantage of the newest breakthroughs in film restoration to exhibit these movies in Blu-ray Hi-Def, ensuring each film is digitally enhanced from their original negatives providing for the first time ever a pristine 1080p picture and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound.

    WDSHE is updating each Diamond Collection disc to contain newly branded features that offer a more immersive, user-friendly experience that will keep families entertained for hours. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ‘Diamond’ treatment includes:

    Hyperion Studios, a ‘Backstage Disney’ feature, which allows audiences to be digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand the Hyperion Studios, the original studio Walt Disney himself built and where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was conceived and developed. Viewers will virtually walk the halls of this historic landmark experiencing life at Hyperion Studios back in the 1930’s. This “Backstage Disney” feature contains newly dimensionalized archival photos, animator recordings, archival transcripts and rare footage of Walt himself revealing how Disney’s gifted filmmakers crafted the very first animated feature.

    The Magic Mirror offers ‘Smart Navigation’, using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic Magic Mirror guides the audience through the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition features with ease serving as the “host” for an incredibly immersive experience. The Mirror will recognize viewing patterns, knows where the audience has left off and will even suggest where to navigate next. This marks the first use of artificial intelligence in a Disney Blu-ray release and provides viewers the control to personally create a customized Snow White experience.

    Mirror, Mirror On The Wall is one of ‘Disney’s Family Play’ features, through BD-Live, this mirror can find the secret princess inside each viewer with a series of questions, then create for them a personal message from their favorite princess who will call them on the telephone. Additional Family Play features include, What Do You See? an interactive game, where players must untangle scrambled images and Jewel Jumble a game where jewels from the Dwarfs’ mine must be put in order to win the game.

    About Disney’s New Blu-ray Diamond Collection:

    The new Blu-ray Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated classics. The Blu-ray Diamond Edition Discs will be comprised of 14 of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, only made possible by Blu-ray technology.

    About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

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