"Kubrick's final dazzling work is dark, complex and filled with intrigue. Its
intellectually erotic themes are haunting, while Cruise and Kidman embrace the fantasies
that compel us on an emotional witch-hunt. It seems fitting to watch this intensely
personal exploration in the privacy of home.
Not surpringly, the special features are just that – special. The lengthy
interviews with Cruise and Kidman are astoundingly personal, as they talk about Stanley
Kubrick, the man, the mentor and the genius. Cruise talks about the first time he met the
filmmaker, the circumstances and the magical relationship they struck. It's a thoughtful
Tom Cruise: his answers and thoughts are both revealing and moving. Kidman is also
emotional in her responses, and we get a genuine feeling of the mood that evolved from
this obviously special relationship between the three artists. She admits how insecure she
was at first, and how over time, Kubrick gave her confidence as an actor, allowing her the
freedom to get lost in the character of Alice. I was quite moved by both their responses.
Kidman says she initially thought 'He's kinda scruffy' and talks about his hooded eyes
that conceal a mischievous quality. They both discuss his death with raw emotion. You may
be surprised to find that there is also an interview with Steven Spielberg, who talks
about their relationship from their first meeting, after Kubrick had made The Shining.
There's an intimacy about all of this, which is apt.
Navigation is simple, as is the menu's production design. The emphasis is simplicity,
starkness with a bewildering suggestion of voyeurism. There are two trailers to watch,
subtitles in four languages, and information about the cast and crew.
This is a DVD for the collector, a film to watch again and again. After all, as
Spielberg says, Kubrick's works respond to repeated viewings. They are compelling: the
more you watch, the more you are intrigued."