A Clockwork Orange [DVD] [1971]

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  • Release Date: 03/29/2011
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (25 out of 26)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
  • Theatricl trailer

Synopsis


A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such as terrorizing a writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee), and gang raping his wife (who later dies as a result). After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin) to death with one of her phallic sculptures, Alex submits to the Ludovico behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence through watching gory movies, and even his adored Beethoven is turned against him. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims, with Mr. Alexander using Beethoven's Ninth to inflict the greatest pain of all. When society sees what the state has done to Alex, however, the politically expedient move is made. Casting a coldly pessimistic view on the then-future of the late '70s-early '80s, Kubrick and production designer John Barry created a world of high-tech cultural decay, mixing old details like bowler hats with bizarrely alienating "new" environments like the Milkbar. Alex's violence is horrific, yet it is an aesthetically calculated fact of his existence; his charisma makes the icily clinical Ludovico treatment seem more negatively abusive than positively therapeutic. Alex may be a sadist, but the state's autocratic control is another violent act, rather than a solution. Released in late 1971 (within weeks of Sam Peckinpah's brutally violent Straw Dogs), the film sparked considerable controversy in the U.S. with its X-rated violence; after copycat crimes in England, Kubrick withdrew the film from British distribution until after his death. Opinion was divided on the meaning of Kubrick's detached view of this shocking future, but, whether the discord drew the curious or Kubrick's scathing diagnosis spoke to the chaotic cultural moment, A Clockwork Orange became a hit. On the heels of New York Film Critics Circle awards as Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Kubrick received Oscar nominations in all three categories. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Malcolm McDowell
    Malcolm McDowell - Alex
  • Patrick Magee
    Patrick Magee - Mr. Frank Alexander
  • Michael Bates
    Michael Bates - Chief Guard
  • Adrienne Corri
    Adrienne Corri - Mrs. Alexander
  • Warren Clarke
    Warren Clarke - Dim



Customer rating

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97%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic from an expert director

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    FlyBoyNights
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    I first encountered this film in college, and while I have always been a fan of Stanley Kubrick, it took me a few years to come around to liking this film. I now view it through a different lens. It's never the goal for the viewer to like or identify with Alex, at least, that's my opinion. But rather we're to view the film as a whole of society. Our need to fix things and people through any means necessary. That a society could create such heinous individuals, but society itself becomes just as heinous in its efforts to correct these beings. It all seems a bit hypocritical in scope. I still don't know if I 'like' this film, but I do enjoy the conversation that it sparks. And that says a lot when you come out of a film wanting to talk about it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Real Horror Show!

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    JB19
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    A Clockwork Orange is a cinematic masterpiece. The 1971 film stands as one of the finest examples of director Stanley Kubrick’s craft, and remains controversial even by today’s standards. The film, set in a dystopian future, follows a young delinquent’s criminal activities, his rehabilitation, and the consequences of his former lifestyle. A Clockwork Orange assaults the viewer and leaves it’s mark! The 40th Anniversary Edition is a hardbound collectible and is loaded with special features! Highly Recommended!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A disturbing classic film

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    bearuk
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    As an Englishman, where soon after release 'A Clockwork Orange' was banned, the movie has always had a cult status. This is not an 'accessible' movie, passively watching will leave you at best confused. But if you embrace the themes, the language, the concept of the dehumanization of society, and the humor, you will be rewarded with thoughtful comments on the world we live in that are as relevant today as they were in 1971.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    seb1414
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    If you're a fan of Stanley Kubrick then you already know about this movie. Subject matter can be hard to swallow at times, but the movie itself was done great. Blu-Ray quality was very good for a movie from the early 70s. Extras were also good too. I would recommend it but obviously not to children.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful set

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    Jayrow
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    This anniversary addition comes in a book format. Which is a great tie into the book the film is based on. In addition to the two disks is a small visual compendium covering some facts about the movie and the book. For anyone the loves this movie this is a great addition to your collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A MUST HAVE TO YOUR COLLECTION!!

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    gusvelasco94
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    In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. A must own and great collectors book.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Anniversary Edition of a Great Film.

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    ArtxVandelay
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    This "A Clockwork Orange Anniversary Edition" is great for any collector, or someone who just needs to upgrade to a blu-ray. The transfer quality is impeccable, and the included behind-the-scene pictures are an awesome insight into the time and place of this film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic...buy this edition!

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    CoxRobert
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    The movie itself stands on its own, starring a younger Malcolm McDowell, more famous now for his commercials with James Earl Jones. Price was reasonable, and the book included blows away the standard issue Blu-ray Disc...get it if you're a fan!

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