Stanley Kubrick

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick bent the conventions of the historical drama to his own will in this dazzling vision of a pitiless aristocracy, adapted from a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. In picaresque detail, Barry Lyndon chronicles the adventures of an incorrigible trickster (Ryan O’Neal) whose opportunism takes him from an Irish farm to the battlefields of the Seven Years’ War and the parlors of high society. For the most sumptuously crafted film of his career, Kubrick recreated the decadent surfaces and intricate social codes of the period, evoking the light and texture of eighteenth-century painting with the help of pioneering cinematographic techniques and lavish costume and production design, all of which earned Academy Awards. The result is a masterpiece—a sardonic, devastating portrait of a vanishing world whose opulence conceals the moral vacancy at its heart.

Film Info

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • United States, United Kingdom
  • 1975
  • 185 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #897

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New documentary featuring cast and crew interviews as well as audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with director Stanley Kubrick
  • New program about the film’s groundbreaking visuals, featuring focus puller Douglas Milsome and gaffer Lou Bogue as well as excerpts from a 1980 interview with cinematographer John Alcott
  • New program featuring historian Christopher Frayling on Academy Award–winning production designer Ken Adam
  • New interview with editor Tony Lawson
  • French television interview from 1976 with Ulla-Britt Söderlund, who codesigned the film’s Oscar-winning costumes
  • New interview with critic Michel Ciment
  • New interview with actor Leon Vitali about the 5.1 surround soundtrack, which he cosupervised
  • New piece analyzing the fine-art-inspired aesthetics of the film with curator Adam Eaker
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and two pieces about the look of the film from the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New documentary featuring cast and crew interviews as well as audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with director Stanley Kubrick
  • New program about the film’s groundbreaking visuals, featuring focus puller Douglas Milsome and gaffer Lou Bogue as well as excerpts from a 1980 interview with cinematographer John Alcott
  • New program featuring historian Christopher Frayling on Academy Award–winning production designer Ken Adam
  • New interview with editor Tony Lawson
  • French television interview from 1976 with Ulla-Britt Söderlund, who codesigned the film’s Oscar-winning costumes
  • New interview with critic Michel Ciment
  • New interview with actor Leon Vitali about the 5.1 surround soundtrack, which he cosupervised
  • New piece analyzing the fine-art-inspired aesthetics of the film with curator Adam Eaker
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and two pieces about the look of the film from the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer
Barry Lyndon
Cast
Ryan O’Neal
Barry Lyndon
Marisa Berenson
Lady Lyndon
Patrick Magee
Chevalier de Balibari
Hardy Krüger
Captain Potzdorf
Steven Berkoff
Lord Ludd
Gay Hamilton
Nora
Marie Kean
Barry’s mother
Diana Körner
German girl
Murray Melvin
Reverend Runt
Frank Middlemass
Sir Charles Lyndon
André Morell
Lord Wendover
Arthur O’Sullivan
Highwayman
Godfrey Quigley
Captain Grogan
Leonard Rossiter
Captain Quin
Philip Stone
Graham
Leon Vitali
Lord Bullingdon
John Bindon
Recruiting soldier
Roger Booth
King George III
Billy Boyle
Seamus Feeny
Wolf Kahler
Prince of Tübingen
Pat Roach
Toole
Dominic Savage
Young Bullingdon
David Morley
Bryan Patrick Lyndon
Michael Hordern
Narrator
Credits
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Written for the screen and produced by
Stanley Kubrick
Produced by
Stanley Kubrick
Based on the novel by
William Makepeace Thackeray
Executive producer
Jan Harlan
Associate producer
Bernard Williams
Production designer
Ken Adam
Photographed by
John Alcott
Music adapted and conducted by
Leonard Rosenman
Irish traditional music by
The Chieftains
Costumes designed by
Milena Canonero
Costumes designed by
Ulla-Britt Söderlund
Editor
Tony Lawson
Hairstyles and wigs
Leonard
Art director
Roy Walker
First assistant director
Brian Cook
Sound editor
Rodney Holland
Sound recordist
Robin Gregory
Camera operators
Mike Molloy
Camera operators
Ronnie Taylor
Focus puller
Douglas Milsome
Gaffer
Lou Bogue
Assistant directors
Michael Stevenson
Assistant directors
David Tomblin
Lenses for candlelight photography made by
Carl Zeiss West Germany
Adapted for cinematography by
Ed DiGiulio

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