I heard about this release yesterday, but was missing a few details, but this morning Warner Home Video officially announced an upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition of A Clockwork Orange on Blu-ray as well as two brand new Stanley Kubrick box sets, the Blu-ray version of which will include both Lolita and Barry Lyndon for the first time in high definition. All are set to hit shelves on May 31.
Special features aren’t specific just yet for the complete box set, but there are a few details. First off, here’s what you’ll get on the new 40th Anniversary Edition of A Clockwork Orange:
That set will be available in the Blu-ray box set while it looks like the DVD box set will only include the previously released two-disc special edition released back in 2007.
So the Blu-ray set will include A Clockwork Orange (40th Anniversary Edition), the Blu-ray debuts of Lolita and Barry Lyndon, as well as Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. The set is said to come in a book-style premium packaging and includes a 40-page hard-cover book that explores the breadth of genres and themes in Kubrick’s work.
As far as what each release includes, my guess is Barry Lyndon and Lolita will be more or less barebones releases, Spartacus will likely be the same Universal release we saw last year, Dr. Strangelove will probably be the same as Columbia’s 2009 Blu-ray release and 2001, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut will be the same as those that hit back in 2007. The set also includes Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, the 2001 documentary narrated by Tom Cruise featuring glimpses of Kubrick in his early years at work on film sets and at home, augmented by candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family.
As of right now, it looks like neither Barry Lyndon or Lolita will be made available individually so you’ll either have to decide to put your current Blu-ray editions on eBay or just wait until a few months down the line when Warners is likely to break them out of the boxset and give them their own individual release.
I’ve included a look at the packaging for the new A Clockwork Orange release and the Blu-ray edition of the Kubrick set directly below.