4 Film Favorites: Stanley Kubrick Films [4 Discs] [DVD]

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  • Release Date: 11/03/2015
  • Rating: R
Four masterpieces by famed British auteur Stanley Kubrick collected in one DVD set, including The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket.
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The Shining
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, starts warning of "redrum" as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband's behavior and Danny's visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such as terrorizing a writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee), and gang raping his wife (who later dies as a result). After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin) to death with one of her phallic sculptures, Alex submits to the Ludovico behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence through watching gory movies, and even his adored Beethoven is turned against him. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims, with Mr. Alexander using Beethoven's Ninth to inflict the greatest pain of all. When society sees what the state has done to Alex, however, the politically expedient move is made. Casting a coldly pessimistic view on the then-future of the late '70s-early '80s, Kubrick and production designer John Barry created a world of high-tech cultural decay, mixing old details like bowler hats with bizarrely alienating "new" environments like the Milkbar. Alex's violence is horrific, yet it is an aesthetically calculated fact of his existence; his charisma makes the icily clinical Ludovico treatment seem more negatively abusive than positively therapeutic. Alex may be a sadist, but the state's autocratic control is another violent act, rather than a solution. Released in late 1971 (within weeks of Sam Peckinpah's brutally violent Straw Dogs), the film sparked considerable controversy in the U.S. with its X-rated violence; after copycat crimes in England, Kubrick withdrew the film from British distribution until after his death. Opinion was divided on the meaning of Kubrick's detached view of this shocking future, but, whether the discord drew the curious or Kubrick's scathing diagnosis spoke to the chaotic cultural moment, A Clockwork Orange became a hit. On the heels of New York Film Critics Circle awards as Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Kubrick received Oscar nominations in all three categories. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick's return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus, this film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers, the film's first half details the volunteers' harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, power-saw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. LEE ERMEY, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record). Part two takes place in Nam, as seen through the eyes of the now thoroughly indoctrinated marines. Ironically, Full Metal Jacket was filmed almost entirely in England. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance
  • Shelley Duvall
    Shelley Duvall - Wendy Torrance
  • Danny Lloyd
    Danny Lloyd - Danny Torrance
  • Scatman Crothers
    Scatman Crothers - Dick Hallorann
  • Barry Nelson
    Barry Nelson - Ullman



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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    new movie

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    Babya
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    I think Kubrick would have loved The Criterion Collection if he was still alive today and quite a lot of the films that have been cited as his favorites are in the collection. Since Kubrick was such a famously reclusive (or "private" as he preferred to call it) and rarely interviewed person, it's very interesting to get a glimpse what kind of films that inspired and entertained him. (I've compiled most of the information on this list from interviews with Kubrick's family, friends and colleagues, an interview he did in 1957 for Cahiers du cinéma as well as an interview in 1963 for Cinema magazine and the 'Master list' by the BFI.)

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good set of Kubrick

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    beatleboy7577
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    This set gives the viewer a good insight into Kubrick's evolution as a film maker. While A Clockwork Orange is very trippy, as well as 2001 to some extent, the later films show a more direct feeling toward the subject matter.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Four great films--all in one place

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    Retired
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    Stanley Kubrick was a great film maker, and these are four of his very best efforts. It is really great to have copies that I can view anytime--at such a great price.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4 classics

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    bigspud
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    How can you beat 4 classic flicks for one low price? The films are very entertaining and engaging. If you like the classics, you gotta get this bundle.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stanley Kubrick foursome!

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    dskopp
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    For anybody that is a fan of the Director, Kubrick, this is a must see collection of some of his best films I first saw 2001 A Space Odyssey in 1969!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice movie collection

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    Harvey
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    Good set of movies. Takes me back a few years when watching.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dated masterpieces

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    VTJazz
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    Kubrick's work is of its time, but still entertaining and worth watching.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great collection

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    william
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    one of the best collections of all time! hours of great movies

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