Barry Lyndon Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick

Barry Lyndon (Criterion Blu-Ray)


2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

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

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.


Barry LyndonRyan O’Neal
Lady LyndonMarisa Berenson
Chevalier de BalibariPatrick Magee
Captain PotzdorfHardy Krüger
Lord LuddSteven Berkoff
NoraGay Hamilton
Barry’s motherMarie Kean
German girlDiana Körner
Reverend RuntMurray Melvin
Sir Charles LyndonFrank Middlemass
Lord WendoverAndré Morell
HighwaymanArthur O’Sullivan
Captain GroganGodfrey Quigley
Captain QuinLeonard Rossiter
GrahamPhilip Stone
Lord BullingdonLeon Vitali
Recruiting soldierJohn Bindon
King George IIIRoger Booth
Seamus FeenyBilly Boyle
Prince of TübingenWolf Kahler
ToolePat Roach
Young BullingdonDominic Savage
Bryan Patrick LyndonDavid Morley
NarratorMichael Hordern


DirectorStanley Kubrick
Written for the screen and produced byStanley Kubrick
Produced byStanley Kubrick
Based on the novel byWilliam Makepeace Thackeray
Executive producerJan Harlan
Associate producerBernard Williams
Production designerKen Adam
Photographed byJohn Alcott
Music adapted and conducted byLeonard Rosenman
Irish traditional music byThe Chieftains
Costumes designed byMilena Canonero and Ulla-Britt Söderlund
EditorTony Lawson
Hairstyles and wigsLeonard
Art directorRoy Walker
First assistant directorBrian Cook
Sound editorRodney Holland
Sound recordistRobin Gregory
Camera operatorsMike Molloy and Ronnie Taylor
Focus pullerDouglas Milsome
GafferLou Bogue
Assistant directorsMichael Stevenson and David Tomblin
Lenses for candlelight photography made byCarl Zeiss West Germany
Adapted for cinematography byEd DiGiulio

Disc 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

Film Essays


Barry Lyndon: Time Regained

By Geoffrey O’Brien October 17, 2017

In this lavishly mounted epic, Stanley Kubrick captures the ghostly ephemerality of a vanishing world with paradoxical immediacy. Read more »



Kubrick’s Candle Tricks in Barry Lyndon

October 23, 2017

For his period epic Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick insisted on shooting primarily with candlelight. Two of his collaborators discuss the challenges presented by this approach and the solutions . . . Read more »

Film Essays


Barry Lyndon: Time Regained

By Geoffrey O’Brien October 17, 2017

In this lavishly mounted epic, Stanley Kubrick captures the ghostly ephemerality of a vanishing world with paradoxical immediacy. Read more »



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