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Kubrick's films together in new collection

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  • Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" is a part of a new collection.

    Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" is a part of a new collection.


"Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection"

Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the most talented filmmakers in the history of cinema. He not only directed films, he wrote, produced and was a world-famous photographer. His films carried his visual style and technique, and he pioneered many aspects of making films that are used today.

He only made 13 films, but he influenced great directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and others.

This 10-disc collection features nine of Kubrick's films and a bonus documentary. The films are: "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Barry Lyndon," "Dr. Strangelove," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Full Metal Jacket," "Lolita," "Spartacus" and "The Shining." Included is a book that gives details of all the films, and the special features provide commentaries, documentaries, trailers, production notes and more.

"The Filmmaker Series: Directing"

"The Filmmaker Series: Cinematography"

"The Filmmaker Series: Screenwriting"

The International Academy of Film and Television presents this series for those interested in possible careers in screenwriting, cinematography and directing. Many people love film, and some are destined to work behind the camera.

Frederick Bailey teaches the fundamentals of directing and what it takes to work closely with the actors and the crew. In "Cinematography," Mark Gary and Jack Messitt explain how the director of photography works with the director and camera crew, and how they create images on the screen. And in "Screenwriting," Frederick Bailey and Robert Mckee show how young writers should build up the dialogue along with character study and plot structure.

"True Blood: The Complete Third Season"

HBO's "True Blood" series has developed a loyal and large fan base. The series is the cable network's highest-rated show, and now fans can get all 12 episodes along with special features. The third season introduced many new characters as we watched Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her relationship with Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) take many new twists and turns. We are introduced to werewolves and many levels of vampires, along with regular cast members. The writing and the ensemble cast are excellent, and the intriguing storylines keep us watching week after week.

"MusicCares Tribute to Neil Young"

Last January, Neil Young was honored as MusicCares person of the year. Many artists showed up and performed Neil Young songs as a tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter. Among the performers were Elton John, Dave Matthews, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Josh Groban, James Taylor, Norah Jones and many others.

Available next week

"American: the Bill Hicks Story"

"Bob Hoskins Collection"

"Comedy Teams: Documentary Series"

"Frank Sinatra: Around the World"

"Gene Autry: Season One"

"Sean Connery 007 Collection 2"

"The Company Men"

"True Grit"