A Weird Discussion with the Wife

Kubrick Box SetSo last night while I was having supper with the family my wife started asking me if I was sure that I really wanted the DVD Box set I had put on my Christmas list. I stared back at her blankly and asked her which one. She couldn’t remember which it was so I assumed it was the Alejandro Jodorowsky box set but she didn’t think that was the one. I figured it had to be it be that one and she somehow read the cover of one of the DVDs or something but nope it wasn’t it. The only other one I could remember asking for was the new Coen Brother‘s set but that just didn’t make sense. Why would I not want that one? I mentioned it and she said it was not it. She pulled out the Christmas list while telling me not to look because she had made some notes on the page and it turned out it was the Stanley Kubrick set. I listed off a few movies in it from memory and she had this weird look on her face and asked if I really did want it.

So now I am totally confused. She wouldn’t really say what is wrong with the set or anything. My feeling is she just thinks I’m crazy that I would want movies that are not mainstream. My question to all of you is do your families think you are crazy for wanting to watch movies that are not the typical fare?

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Andrew James
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Well, it doesn't have Dr. Strangelove or Barry Lyndon. Or for that matter Lolita I don't think.

The removal of Strangelove is a tragedy. If you can track it down, there was a blue Kubrick boxset that came out a few years ago. That's the one I would go with.

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Henrik
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Stanley Kubrick isn't mainstream?

Kurt Halfyard
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Echos Henrik. Kubrick is as mainstream cinema as it comes? Is it not?

Kurt Halfyard
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Oh, and that box is worth it for the pristine versions of the transfers. Also, it was a chance for me to finally get my hands on the Eyes Wide Shut disc. A movie that is a lot more rewatchable than you think. Good to see the consensus is coming back to re-validating EWS as a great Kubrick film.

Andrew James
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"Kubrick is as mainstream cinema as it comes? Is it not?"

Depends. Compared to Miike, yeah. Compared to Sam Raimi, no. His last film, Eyes Wide Shut for example. I'm not sure how main stream I would consider that. Clockwork Orange definitely not. But 2001 and Spartacus? Yeah, it probably was. So it depends on which film I think.

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Andrew James
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I've always thought EWS is a great film. I loved it walking out of the theater. So much so that I think I saw it twice theatrically.

And that blue boxset has all the same films with nice transfers and 5.1 sound as this new one (including EWS and the Kubrick life in pictures disc) plus it contains Lolita, Barry Lyndon (a must have) and Strangelove:

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RustyJames
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So she objects to Kubrick for being "weird" but Jodorowski gets waved by?

Henrik
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Kudos for comitting to somebody who likes Star Trek. If you're going to throw your life away, might as well do it with somebody who has good taste!

Dave Becker
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Kubrick was one of those rare directors whose work made its way into the mainstream simply because they were Stanley Kubrick films. In truth, he worked well outside the system (his experience with directing SPARTACUS convinced him that the only way to make movies was as an independant, so he could control every aspect). Even his move to England in the 1950's was precipitated in order to more easily secure backing for his movies (thus allowing him to remain "outside" the Hollywood machine). So, while his films have certainly entered the mainstream now, as a filmmaker he always considered himself an independant.

As for family members looking at you cross-eyed because of your film preferences, I know where you're coming from. I am the ONLY one in my family (extended family included) who enjoys such a wide range of movies. While my wife can sit with me to watch films like TITANIC and WALK THE LINE, she'll turn off the moment a more avant garde movie makes its way into the DVD player.

Both of my parents seldom watch movies to begin with, and it's even more seldom that they'll watch them more than once. I even had a friend's father call me stupid (his exact words) because I wanted to see a movie a second time. "Why would you do something so stupid?", he asked. "You know how it's going to end".

Is that sad, or what?

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