Warner Home Video has finally announced its Stanley Kubrick 2011 video plans. Due on May 31 the 9-film Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray box set (SRP $148.95), a 9-film Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection DVD box set (SRP $74.92) and a new A Clockwork Orange: 40th Anniversary Edition (SRP $34.99). The new Blu-ray of A Clockwork Orange will be a 2-disc release including the new 25-minute Turning Like Clockwork documentary about the film’s “Ultra-violence” and its cultural impact and the Malcolm McDowell Looks Back featurette in which Malcolm McDowell reminiscences on closely working with legendary director Stanley Kubrick. It’ll also include the Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O Lucky Malcolm! documentaries and will come packaged in a Blu-ray Book with rare photos, production notes and more.
The Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray box set will include the A Clockwork Orange: 40th Anniversary Edition, along with new Blu-rays of Lolita and Barry Lyndon. And here’s the catch, these will initially ONLY be available in the Limited Edition Collection and the previous Blu-ray editions of Spartacus (via Universal), Dr. Strangelove (via Sony), 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. It will come in a 40-page, hardcover book-style package. The same 9 films will also be available on DVD, with a slipcase and a 40-page softcover version of the book . So the good news is that you get 2 new Kubrick films on Blu-ray, a new special edition of A Clockwork Orange (which includes Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures) and the book…
The bad news for people like me, who’s first buys in the Blu-Ray realm a few years ago were all the Kubrick films, is that the two Blu-Rays you’ve been waiting for are only available in the box set. What? Really?
I’m sure Barry Lyndon And Lolita will be available soon after in individual discs. Warner has to be aware of the tiring of collectors over the “double and triple dip” of DVD releases for years, but because we are such chumps and keep buying them, here they go again, “double dipping” on the HD Kubrick films already. All I know is Barry Lyndon and Lolita will be looking so good on Blu-Ray I can hardly wait to take a look.