Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

His films are debated about to no end, as viewers attempt to put the pieces together, then discover new elements that alter their thinking. A visual genius who knew how to make his audience think, Stanley Kubrick was one of the most acclaimed directors of all time, in both critic circles and normal viewers. From his debut picture Fear and Desire to his final effort, the controversial Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick’s career was filled with excellent films, to be sure. In this one-hundred and forty-two minute documentary, we’re taken on a tour of Kubrick’s life, from his childhood to his start in feature films to his final days, quite a trek indeed. Kubrick was known as a recluse by the public, but in A Life In Pictures, we’re shown a different side and of course, that’s something fans will be thrilled to see. You’ll see countless interviews with Kubrick’s friends, family, fellow filmmakers, and of course, actors he directed, all of whom have interesting comments to make. This documentary provides an in depth look at the life and career of one of the all time greats, Stanley Kubrick and proves that while his movies were great, he was even better.

As a huge fan of the films of Kubrick, this documentary was a pleasure to see, especially the never before seen behind the scenes shots. I was unsure what to expect at first, but this is a well made and well executed look into Kubrick’s career, while also providing a glimpse into his private life, which is rare indeed. You’ll see a wealth of interviews with a varied base of participants, all of whom have worthwhile comments. Kubrick was known as a demanding director and that is confirmed here, though his passion is praised above all else. Such names as Tom Cruise, Matthew Modine, Malcolm McDowell, Douglas Trumbull, Martin Scorsese, Leon Vitali, Jack Nicholson, Arthur C. Clarke, Woody Allen, and countless others are featured and offer their insight, as well as various thoughts on Kubrick and his films. In addition, you’ll see be shown clips from Kubrick’s movies and some rare behind the scenes footage, which has never been seen before. This is an excellent documentary and at this time, is available only within the new Kubrick Collection, but even so, fans of his cinema simply cannot miss this release.

Video: How does it look?

Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures is presented in a full frame transfer. This feature is made up of material from various sources and as such, the quality varies from time to time. The older footage and behind the scenes moments look rough, but acceptable, while the film clips (shown in their proper aspect ratio) seem to look solid, no real complaints. The interviews look terrific and they should, since they were recently made and haven’t had time to decrease in quality. In the end, this is a very effective visual treatment and I don’t think fans will be let down.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is used here, but the front channels shoulder most of the burden, so don’t expect much depth. I do think the various film clips spark the speakers a shade, but the interviews are dialogue driven, which means little directional presence. This is how it should be however, so there is no reason to be disappointed in the least. The vocals are clean and smooth, never hard to understand in the least. I was very impressed with the musical score here, which sounds excellent and adds a lot to the presentation.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some cast & crew information, but no other bonus materials.

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