Columbia TriStar Home Video and MGM Home Entertainment have joined with Warner Home Video to offer a 10-film Stanley Kubrick Collection, a compilation of the legendary director's most powerful works. The special release is due this week.
There are six Warner Bros. releases. Two were among the American Film Institute's top-100 American films: "2001: A Space Odyssey," Kubrick's 1968 allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man starring Keir Dullea, William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood and Daniel Richter; and "A Clockwork Orange," featuring Malcolm McDowell in a scathing, 1971 satire of society set in the near future.
Warner's other titles in the Kubrick collection are "Lolita" (1962), the classical tale of doomed sexual obsession starring James Mason, Shelley Winters and Peter Sellers; "Barry Lyndon" (1975), with Ryan O'Neal as the 18th-century Irish rogue who lets his hero role go to his head; "The Shining" (1980), starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in a tale about a man descending into murderous delusions in a snowbound, out-of-season hotel; and "Full Metal Jacket" (1987), with Matthew Modine and Adam Baldwin in key roles in the indictment of the Vietnam conflict.
MGM contributed three films. Kirk Douglas stars as a young colonel in "Paths of Glory" (1957), which has been called one of the greatest anti-war films ever made. "The Killing," a 1956 story about a racetrack heist that goes bad, includes Sterling Hayden, Colleen Gray and Vince Edwards. "Killer's Kiss" (1955) features Frank Silvera as a boxer whose life is imperiled when he protects a nightclub dancer from her gangster boss.
The other film in the Kubrick set is "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," from Columbia TriStar. The 1964 dark comedy features an all-star cast that includes Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn and James Earl Jones, in his film debut.
The video release coincides with this summer's theatrical debut of Kubrick's final film, "Eyes Wide Shut," starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Kubrick, 70, died March 7 at his home north of London.
The 10-film set is the first extensive review of the director's work and has been redone with a package design that was approved by Kubrick, whom director Steven Spielberg hailed as "the grand master of film."
The Warner titles and "Dr. Strangelove" list at $19.98 (except for the two-reeler "Barry Lyndon" at $24.98); the seven-film set is $124.92. The three MGM titles are listed at $24.98.