Fear and Desire

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Year: 1953
Running Time: 60
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English [audio]
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Fear and Desire

Cast
Paul Mazursky
Virginia Leith

Crew
Directed by Stanley Kubrick


Virtually unseen since its theatrical premiere in 1953, FEAR AND DESIRE was the ambitious first feature film by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. An existential war film often compared with the director's PATHS OF GLORY (1957) and FULL METAL JACKET (1987), FEAR AND DESIRE follows a squad of soldiers who have crash-landed behind enemy lines and must work their way downriver to rejoin their unit. In the process, they encounter a peasant girl (Virginia Leith) and bind her to a tree, where she is tormented by a mentally unbalanced soldier (future director Paul Mazursky). Before making their escape, the soldiers determine the location of an enemy base and formulate a plot to assassinate its commanding officer.

The film has been restored at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, from first-generation film elements. Also included on this disc is Kubrick's documentary short THE SEAFARERS, newly preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, with support from The Film Foundation and The Franco-American Cultural Fund.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elements newly restored by the Library of Congress
- Stanley Kubrick's 1953 short The Seafarers, preserved by The Museum of Modern Art

FEAR AND DESIRE
U.S. 1953 B&W 60 Min.
1.33:1 1920 x 1080p
Produced, directed, photographed
and edited by Stanley Kubrick
Written by Howard Sackler
Music by Gerald Fried
With Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky,
Kenneth Harp, Virginia Leith, Stephen Coit
Produced for Video by Bret Wood

THE SEAFARERS
U.S. 1953 Color 28 Min.
1.33:1 1920 x 1080p
Directed, photographed and edited
by Stanley Kubrick
Written by Will Chasan
Licensed by Alexander Pietrzak
Indian Relay Films

"You'll be properly enthralled." - The Village Voice

"its over-all effect is entirely worthy of the sincere effort put into it."- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Fear and Desire has a certain fierceness that's hard to shake." - Slant Magazine

"Kino Lorber's forthcoming Fear and Desire Bluray looks great -- natural, clean, straight from the lab... Fear and Desire should be shown to all first-time filmmakers. It will greatly encourage them to know that Kubrick made Paths of Glory only four years later." - Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere.

"The little-seen archival print seemed to be in fine shape, and its 1080p transfer is crisp." - Slant Magazine

"Kino has not only revived one of the most interesting debuts in film, but has also given us a worthwhile release rivaling anything Criterion or WB has done with Kubrick's subsequent films." - CriterionCast

"...a must-see for Kubrick mavens." - Houston Free Press

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