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A Clockwork Orange [HD DVD]

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Stanley Kubrick's striking visual interpretation of Anthony Burgess's famous novel is a masterpiece. Malcolm McDowell delivers a clever, tongue-in-cheek performance as Alex, the leader of a quartet of droogs, a vicious group of young hoodlums who spend their nights stealing cars, fighting rival gangs, breaking into people's homes, and raping women. While other directors would simply exploit the violent elements of such a film without subtext, Kubrick maintains Burgess's dark, satirical social commentary. We watch Alex transform from a free-roaming miscreant into a convict used in a government experiment that attempts to reform criminals through an unorthodox new medical treatment. The catch, of course, is that this therapy may be nothing better than a quick cure-all for a society plagued by rampant crime. A Clockwork Orange works on many levels--visual, social, political, and sexual--and is one of the few films that hold up under repeated viewings. Kubrick not only presents colorfully arresting images, he also stylizes the film by utilizing classical music (and Wendy Carlos's electronic classical work) to underscore the violent scenes, which even today are disturbing in their display of sheer nihilism. Ironically, many fans of the film have missed that point, sadly being entertained by its brutality rather than being repulsed by it. --Bryan Reesman

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EDITOR'S NOTE: According to a Warner Home Video technician involved in the production of The Stanley Kubrick Collection, Kubrick authorized all aspects of the Collection, from the use of Digital Component Video (or "D-1") masters originally approved in 1989, to the use of minimalist screen menus, chapter stops, and (in the case of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining on DVD) supplementary materials. Full-screen presentation of The Shining and Full Metal Jacket was also approved by Kubrick, who recomposed his original framing, reportedly believing that those films looked best on video in the full-screen format. (In fact, the original theatrical aspect ratio of The Shining was 1.66:1, meaning that a relatively small portion of the image is lost.) Kubrick also chose mono over stereo, believing that inconsistencies in theatrical sound systems resulted in loss of control over theatrical presentation. In every respect, the Warner spokesman said, the films in the Collection remain as Kubrick approved them. Any future attempt to remaster or alter them would have to be approved by an appointee of the Kubrick estate.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orange clock still keeps time July 1 2010
This movie is a genuine classic. The picture quality on Blue-ray is outstanding. Amazing what these guys can do with old film. If you have never viewed this movie...what are you waiting for ? The sound track isn't going to blow anyone away, so this movie isn't going to show off that aspect of your home theatre, but the story and picture more than make up for it.This is a must have title for anyones collection. Also, there is a recent interview with Malcolm McDowell and his friends and family that id definately worth a watch.Many of the movies from this time period haven't aged well as far as the story lines go. But Kubrick was way ahead of his time when he put this movie out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kubricks "out there" film March 10 2013
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
A Clockwork Orange(released Dec/71)was quite the oddity then(I remember well its premiere)and it still remains so,to me.The film takes place in a dystopian near future world in England and remnants of the 60s are everywhere to be seen.To take on such a novel as Burgess got published in /62,would have been an overwhelming undertaking for most directors,but Kubrick rose to the challenge and it remains one of his better known works.The film stars a myriad of wonderful English actors,but the star of course is McDowell himself,who convincingly portrays the leader/hoodlum of the film.The film is many things,not the least of which would include a pervading darkness,cynicism,perverse sexuality from actual acts to artwork,brutality,humour,pathos and metaphoric story telling.
The plot finds McDowell as the leader of a gang.The world he inhabits is filled with such young men who randomly commit unlawful acts of every description.We follow McDowell and his group of misfits from one distasteful incident to another which include beatings,robberies and rapes.They talk in a funny combination of slang,double speak and Yoda-like sentence structure.All is not nirvana in the gang,as slowly but surely two start to rebel against McDowell's leadership.McDowell temporarily puts down the "uprising".However one night when he is leaving a home that he had broken into with the help of his boys,they clobber him in the face with a milk bottle.The gang flees and they leave McDowell to the police.McDowell is taken away and imprisoned.His "rehabilitation" takes the form of sucking up to the Catholic priest in the jail,but all the time his thoughts are bent towards violence.
One day McDowell approaches the priest with the idea of participating in a new program he has heard that can rehabilitate him within two weeks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and facinating Feb. 20 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is a work of art in itself. I loved it when I first watched it 14 years ago and still love it today. I am so glad I bought it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
first, the good stuff. the film and sound transfer is quite good. put it on the big screen, crank up the home theater and enjoy ludwig van and a little ultraviolence.
now, unfortunately, the bad. we all know that a clockwork orange is a fantastic movie. a disturbing movie. a somewhat hilarious movie at times. there's no denying or doubting that. the problem that i have is with the packaging and presentation given to this and all the "stanley kubrick collection" videos. first of all, there is a box set of these videos available, at no discernable discount. secondly, in typical warner fashion, the stanley kubrick collection is all packaged in the cheap, cardboard, snap-spine cases that i, and many people i know, have come to detest. there are no special features of note, other than the typical trailer throw in, although there is a short documentary on the shining, and one or two cast biographies sprinkled here or there.
honestly though, come on, films like a clockwork orange, full metal jacket, dr. strangelove, 2001: a space oddessey, and the shining deserve much better treatment than crappy cardboard cases and menus that look like they were developed by 9th grade computer classes. my girlfriend works in film post-production, took ONE three hour class in dvd construction and can make better menus than these on our home computer, WITHOUT editing software. these films desperately needed a bit more of a reverential touch than they got, and the shoddy workmanship displayed on these and many of warner's dvd releases is shameful. had kubrick, detail nut that he was, been alive for the release of these films on dvd, you can d*mn sure bet the quality would have been much better.
the least they could have done with this kind of cheap packaging was put them out at a bargain price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What has yet to be said about this film? May 3 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Hardly anything.

In fact, here's what you need to know:
The film's master is the same old transfer that looks a bit dated but still looks much better than anything that came on home video before.

In terms of special features, you have a few bonus additions such as the great documentary "Stanley Kubrick: a life in pictures" and two more featurettes on the film's main disc. Add to that the former bonus features and you get yourself quite a few hours.

Now if only Warner could do the same for Shining, Eyes Wide Shut and 2001 (which celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2013...). Kubrick's films should all get such a digibok release with 2 discs and loads more features. This is one step in the right direction.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
I had this movie on my Wishlist for over a year. I decided to seek it out myself by borrowing it first from the library. Don't bother to buy it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sassy Lass
3.0 out of 5 stars Clockwork Orange
I have not seen this movie since college (1982)My son is taking film studies in school and had been discussing this movie with his teacher. Read more
Published 18 months ago by tommy
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Received the DVD in good time the quality was new & sealed. Highly recommended, will buy from this seller again
Published on Nov. 29 2011 by Wai Kwok Kwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Shock
Fresh from the success of 2001, Stanley Kubrick continues his forays into the future in this Orwellian tale of twenty first century dystopia. Read more
Published on May 7 2010 by Dean Noble
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and wicked. Stanley Kubrick's take on the mind and macabre
I've never read the book, but I bet many others have not either, though I had read a lot of reviews about `A Clockwork Orange' before seeing it, basically because I was unable to... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
4.0 out of 5 stars Viddy well, droogie
Although there are some notable differences between the novella and the film version, Kubrick's classic does preserve the main part of Burgess' message, though does so in a more... Read more
Published on May 29 2007 by E. Lalonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Viddy this Horror Show for a taste of the old Ultraviolence
A Clockwork Orange is a magnificent movie. Malcolm McDowell brilliantly portrays Alex, a young man who leads a gang of hooligans ("droogs"). Read more
Published on March 26 2006 by Lead Cenobite
5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick at his best
I heard that Ebert didn't like this movie. It figures when you see the crap he gives a thumbs up to. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2004 by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Substance and Style!
Perhaps the greatest irony in "A Clockwork Orange" occurs in the scene where Alex is reading the Bible in prison. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by jcb02
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