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Fear and Desire Fear and Desire

New HD restoration of the film by The Library of Congress New HD restoration of the film by The Library of Congress
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Independently financed with contributions from Stanley Kubrick's family and friends in an era when an "independent cinema" was still far from the norm, Fear and Desire first saw release in 1953 at the Guild Theater in New York, thanks to the enterprising distributor Joseph Burstyn. Now, with this new restoration carried out in 2012 by The Library of Congress, a film that for decades has remained nearly impossible to see will at last appear in a proper release in the United Kingdom.

Kubrick's debut feature tells the story of a war waged (in the present? in the future?) between two forces. In the midst of the conflict, a plane carrying four soldiers crashes behind enemy lines. From here out, it is kill or be killed: a female hostage is taken on account of being a potential informer; an enemy general and his aide are discovered during a scouting mission... What lies in store for this ragtag group of killers, between their perilous landing in the forest, and the final raft-float downstream... all this constitutes the tale of Kubrick's precocious entry into feature filmmaking. Independently financed with contributions from Stanley Kubrick's family and friends in an era when an "independent cinema" was still far from the norm, Fear and Desire first saw release in 1953 at the Guild Theater in New York, thanks to the enterprising distributor Joseph Burstyn. Now, with this new restoration carried out in 2012 by The Library of Congress, a film that for decades has remained nearly impossible to see will at last appear in a proper release in the United Kingdom.

Kubrick's debut feature tells the story of a war waged (in the present? in the future?) between two forces. In the midst of the conflict, a plane carrying four soldiers crashes behind enemy lines. From here out, it is kill or be killed: a female hostage is taken on account of being a potential informer; an enemy general and his aide are discovered during a scouting mission... What lies in store for this ragtag group of killers, between their perilous landing in the forest, and the final raft-float downstream... all this constitutes the tale of Kubrick's precocious entry into feature filmmaking.

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Stanley Kubrick’s early short films, completing the totality of Kubrick’s films at last available on home video: Day of the Fight (1951) / Flying Padre (1951) / The Seafarers (1953) which appears here in a new 1080p HD restoration

New and exclusive video discussion of the film by critic and Stanley Kubrick author Bill Krohn

32-PAGE BOOKLET containing a new and exclusive essay on Fear and Desire and the early shorts by critic and Kubrick scholar James Naremore, and a vintage excerpt of Kubrick discussing his debut feature

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5060000403602
Catalogue Number EKA40360
Year 1953
Director Stanley Kubrick
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Eureka! Masters of Cinema
Aspect ratio 1.37:1
Colour B & W
Subtitles English SDH
Language(s) English
Running time 62 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 12

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