SRP $28.95 1,78:1 PCM 5.1 WARNER BROS
 

Kubrick's last film, "EYES WIDE SHUT," was released to mixed reviews. However, it's often brilliant, sometimes chilling, and always engaging.  Tom Cruise stars as an extremely successful physician, William Harford living on the upper west side of Manhattan, with his beautiful wife, Alice(Kidman) and their 7 year old daughter. While preparing to leave for a party, the seemingly perfect marriage, is revealed to be built on an increasingly shaky foundation. By the return home later in the evening, an honest revelation from Alice sends William on an all-night jaunt through the city, exposing aspects within the doctor, previously hidden, as well as darker secrets of some of the doctor's friends.

There has been much controversy surrounding the film's production. And, while it would've been interesting to see alternative footage that had been shot with Harvey Keitel in the role, now filled by Sidney Pollack, Pollack is fantastic! Everyone in this film is fantastic. The story is compelling and there's enough interesting things going on to highly recommend this film. Unfortunately, Kubrick just doesn't like to explain things too well, and there are some aspects of the story that are frustratingly open-ended.

WARNER BROS. has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with 1.78:1 aspect ratio.  While offering better detail than the dvd, this blu-ray presentation is less impressive than we'd hoped for.  There are large portions of the film that appear flat, and colors tend to be oversaturated, causing noise and a softer image than one expects.  Contrast is typically solid, however, there are a few instances wherein blacks and grays are less than discernible.

WARNER BROS. has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  Kubrick has always placed sound as a low priority in the hierarchy of filmmaking, and the resulting mix is lackluster. While the mix could've added a great level of tension to the film's atmosphere, there's virtually no separation to be found here. Dynamic range is ok, but not overly impressive. Dialogue is always intelligible, and there's no distortion.

A featurette and terrific three-part documentary are included.