Stanley Kubrick’s first feature film, 1953’s “Fear and Desire”, is more famous for its rarity than its actual content.
The military action/adventure follows a group of soldiers behind enemy lines who make their way down river to rejoin the unit. Kubrick, then 24, shot the film for just $50,000.
It has since earned a reputation as being a work Kubrick himself was not a fan of at all, and purportedly he tried to remove the film from circulation however he could. As a result for much of the past five decades the only way to see it has been through terrible quality home video bootlegs or the occasional theatrical screening.
Now, Kino Lorber have announced they’re releasing a newly restored edition of the film from the Library Of Congress on DVD and Blu-ray on October 23rd. The company is also planning to release Kubrick’s three early documentary short films – “Day of the Fight,” “The Flying Padre” and “The Seafarers” on both formats but no date has yet been set.
These will complete collector’s libraries as all of Kubrick’s twelve other features are already available on Blu-ray.