Masters Of Cinema Bringing Kubrick's FEAR & DESIRE To UK Blu-ray!

James Marsh, Asian Editor

Well, this is phenomenal news. Eureka Entertainment announced today that it will be releasing Stanley Kubrick's little-seen first feature, Fear & Desire, on Blu-ray and DVD in January 2013 on its auspicious Masters Of Cinema label. Boasting a glorious new restoration, overseen by the Library of Congress in conjunction with Kino Lorber Inc., this will be the first time that Kubrick's 1953 debut has been officially released in the UK. 

There is no information just yet about what special features will be included on the release, but the fact that this film, which centres around the plight of four soldiers who crash-land behind enemy lines during an unspecified conflict, is finally being made available at all - and in such a loving & respectful way - is certainly reason enough for me to get excited, if for no other reason than it's the only Kubrick film I have yet to see. We'll be sure to share more information about this release just as soon as we get it!

Press Release:

Eureka Entertainment announced today for release as part of its world-renowned and award-winning Masters of Cinema Series a glorious presentation of Stanley Kubrick's rarely-seen first feature film, FEAR AND DESIRE, in a new restoration carried out by The Library of Congress in conjunction with Kino Lorber, Inc. This is the first time the film will officially appear on home video in the United Kingdom, and will be released in Blu-ray and DVD editions in late January 2013.

This edition will mark the first wide-release of the only other Stanley Kubrick film which has remained nearly impossible to see in the United Kingdom -- since the 1999 re-release of the notorious A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, following the director's death.

The film tells the story of a war waged (in the present? in the future?) between two forces... In the midst of the conflict, a plane carrying four soldiers has crashed behind enemy lines. From here out, it is kill or be killed: a female hostage is taken on account of being a potential informer; an enemy general and his aide are discovered during a scouting mission... What lies in store for this ragtag group of killers, between their perilous landing in the forest, and the final raft-float downstream... this is the tale of Kubrick's extraordinary picture.

Ron Benson, Managing Director of Eureka Entertainment stated "It is an unbelievable privilege to be able to make this thrilling film available in such an extraordinary restoration as carried out by Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress, and to present it in a form which will 'do right' by Kubrick -- that director whose exacting standards, more than any other, warrant a conscientious and superb presentation."

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Well, this is phenomenal news. Eureka Entertainment announced today that it will be releasing Stanley Kubrick's little-seen first feature, Fear & Desire, on Blu-ray and DVD in January 2013 on its auspicious Masters Of Cinema label. "

    Even though I always felt that this film was bland, it should be released on good label, with good quality.
    I hope they do this to Kubricks other early efforts.
    Thanks Mr Marsh.

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