DVD, Blu-ray Release: Barry Lyndon (1975)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 17, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

Stanley Kubrick bent the conventions of the historical drama to his own will in his 1975 vision of brutal aristocracy Barry Lyndon, adapted from a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.

In picaresque detail, Barry Lyndon chronicles the adventures of an incorrigible trickster (Ryan O’Neal, The Driver) whose opportunism takes him from an Irish farm to the battlefields of the Seven Years’ War and the parlors of high society.

For the most sumptuously crafted film of his career, Kubrick recreated the decadent surfaces and intricate social codes of the period, evoking the light and texture of eighteenth-century painting with the help of pioneering cinematographic techniques and lavish costume and production design, all of which earned Academy Awards. The result is a masterpiece – a sardonic, devastating portrait of a vanishing world whose opulence conceals the moral vacancy at its heart.

Criterion’s editions of the movie contain the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
* New documentary featuring cast and crew interviews as well as excerpts from a 1976
audio interview with director Stanley Kubrick
* New program about the film’s groundbreaking visuals, featuring focus puller Douglas Milsome and gaffer Lou Bogue, as well as excerpts from a 1980 interview with cinematographer John Alcott
* New program about Academy Award-winning production designer Ken Adam with historian Sir Christopher Frayling
* New interview with editor Anthony Lawson
* French television interview from 1976 with Oscar-winning costume designer Ulla-Britt Söderlund
* New interview with critic Michel Ciment
* New interview with actor Leon Vitali about the 5.1 surround soundtrack, which he cosupervised
* New piece analyzing the fine-art-inspired aesthetics of the film with art curator Adam Eaker
* An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and two pieces about the film from the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.