added: Tue, Aug 28th '12
Kino Lorber has released the Blu-Ray trailer for Stanley Kubrick's first full-length feature, "Fear and Desire." The rarely-seen war drama, which was disowned by Kubrick since its theatrical release in 1953, was believed to have been destroyed and lost forever. However, in the early 90s, Library of Congress got their hands on an original and rare negative. Since then, the film has been restored to a point where it's now ready to be presented on a new Blu-Ray Disc.
Despite being Kubrick's bastard film, "Fear" gives us some insight into the legendary filmmaker who, at the time, was still forming his talent. Shot with a tiny crew, the independently-financed film pictures a squad of soldiers forced to battle their inner demons when trapped behind enemy lines. Kino Lorber will release the Blu-Ray (which will also include Kubrick's documentary short "The Seafarers") on October 23rd, but pre-orders will commence on September 25th.
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.
directed by Stanley Kubrick
starring Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky, Kenneth Harp, Virginia Leith, Stephen Coit
release date October 23, 2012 (Blu-Ray)