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A Clockwork Orange [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1971]

  • SKU: 8510159
  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (160 out of 168)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1:
    • Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Languages: English & Français
    • Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
    • (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled).
    • Disc 2:
    • Channel Four documentary Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
    • New featurette Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange
    • Career profile O Lucky Malcolm! produced/directed by Jan Harlan, edited by Katia de Vidas

    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

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 168 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still as shocking and brilliant as ever

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      Unlike many of the films which shocked the world years ago, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, which was initially released in the 70's with an X-rating and was banned in the UK until very recently, still has the power to shock those who see it. It's a fairly bleak tale about Alex DeLarge, the head of a vicious teen gang in a future version of London who is betrayed by his gang and forced to account for his crimes. What is still shocking today is the extent to which Kubrick portrays the violence of the gang. Nonetheless, this is a tremendous piece that asks the question about whether it is better to be controlled in order to do no ill or to have the freedom to make one's own choices. This edition of the film is the one that we've long waited for. This is one of the few Kubrick films which were originally filmed in widescreen, and for the first time we can see the film as he intended it. Also, the picture and sound quality are as they've never been heard before. The Beethoven soundtrack resonates with sheer majesty and has never been so chilling. This is one of Kubrick's masterworks, and this is the way to see it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Shocking and funny

      Posted
      prlwctd

      Kubrick's followup to 2001: A Space Odyssey is also science fiction, but of a very different kind. A punk named Alex (played with wonderful black humor by Malcolm McDowell) has the time of his life violently taking advantage of other people with his 3 friends (or droogs, as he calls them), who eventually turn on him and leave him for the police, who later attempt to 'recondition' him. This experiment leads to Alex becoming susceptible to revenge from the society he terrorized. This is a violent picture which just happens to have a sharp sense of humor. The film was initially rated X (or NC-17 as the rating is known today). Although it was later reduced to an R rating, the violence still shook people up in 1971 (enough for the movie to be banned in the UK until after Kubrick's death) and it's still potent today. This is certainly not for the sensitive, but, as was commonplace for Kubrick's films, it is a unique experience for those willing to view it. The film certainly paved the way for movies such as Natural Born Killers and Minority Report.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic from an expert director

      Posted
      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: 4 out of 5 stars

      this is a good weard movie

      Posted
      Gimpy1340

      This is a good movie that was relly well dun. The actors did there job so well that I never felt like I was watching a movie it seemed like I was relly there. The story line in the movie was verry intreging. This movie defanetly made you think. It was scary to because the first time I watched the movie my power went out at the sceen where he ferst gets strappd in to watch the brain washing movies. All of my power all the sudden stopped ther was no storm or annything it was so freeky because I stood up to take the DVD out of the player and the power turned back on but the movie would not play for the rest of that night.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CINEMA ART

      Posted
      gusvelasco94
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      Malcolm McDowell's best performance in motion picture. This film is both fun and entertaining. It's definitely a classic film that must be seen by all. Alex DeLarge(McDowell) is all about the violence & one day him and his clan of crazies decide to go on a ruthless and heartless attack. Not ending so well Alex gets caught and sentence to prison. That is until he gets chosen to be part of an experiment to cure insanity. As it goes on all the victims get revenge and it back fires on Alex. Pick up a copy and add to your collection. DON'T WATCH WITH CHILDREN OR PARENTS!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Real Horror Show!

      Posted
      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bonus features provide context for important movie

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      alex4
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      I already owned the regular "Clockworck" DVD, which only had the trailer as a bonus feature. Found the BluRay on sale for $8 and bought it for the wealth of bonus features. Well worth the money. The movie raises troubling but unavoidable moral questions that Anthony Burgess (author of the novel the film is based on) and director Stanley Kubrick seem to have regretted presenting so explicitly. The bonus features don't let them, or anyone else, off the hook.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still a classic

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      badger
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      I purchased the Blu-ray edition to see if it was worthwhile to replace my older DVD titles. Frankly, the answer is no. I could not discern a significant difference between the two formats, whereas newer movies are definitely superior in Blu-ray. As to the film itself, Kubrick created a cinema masterpiece. Anthony Burgess, author of the original story, was furious with Kubrick for changing the ending, but the film version is vastly superior.

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