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Stanley Kubrick’s Intentionally Lost Film Coming to Home Video

Fear and Desire
Kino

Anyone who knows the work of Stanley Kubrick are aware that the master directed thirteen feature films, but his first – 1953′s ‘Fear and Desire’ – was shelved at his own request. Though it has been available on the grey market, it only recently screened after a half a century, and now Kino will be putting it out on Blu-ray and DVD.

And that will make it the final film of his to end up on the high definition format, as all his other films are now available (‘Killer’s Kiss’ is a special feature on The Criterion Collection’s release of ‘The Killing’).

This poses an interesting question for film fanatics: Do you watch the film Kubrick directed that he didn’t want you to watch? Of course Kubrick partly disowned ‘Spartacus’ because he never felt he had full control over the picture and was brought in as a last minute replacement for Anthony Mann. And that movie is interesting, though bogged down by some of the problems of epics of that era (a cast that includes Tony Curtis as a slave, a dull romantic sub-plot).

Those who have seen ‘Fear and Desire’ have suggested that the themes Kubrick incorporated into all his work are plainly visible in the film. And we must admit we’re curious to see the film, even if Kubrick wouldn’t want us to watch it. The disc is due October 23.

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