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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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4 of 4 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Kubricks "out there" film March 10 2013
By Robert Badgley TOP 100 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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Clockwork Orange Oct. 17 2012
By tommy
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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. He was surprised to hear I had seen it, and asked if I would order it so he could watch it. He loved it! But who doesn't like Malcolm McDowell as a bad guy?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Shock May 7 2010
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Fresh from the success of 2001, Stanley Kubrick continues his forays into the future in this Orwellian tale of twenty first century dystopia. Written in 1962, released in theatres in 1970 and set in 1995, A Clockwork Orange delves into the strange fetishes and inclinations towards violence of a group of young drug addled street thugs who terrorize for the sheer visceral thrill and who rob and steal for the financial payoff of which they generate towards more drugs and more crime in a vicious repeating cycle. This dark futuresque vision was innovative in its time and won Stanley Kubrick some academy award nominations in 1970, the year it was released.
The movie starts with them at a local milk bar after having drunken milk laced with synthetic mescaline and adrenachrome. They then go on a few days of craziness through the streets and suburbs of London with all of this culminating in a final climactic act of horrific murder.
The hapless murderer is sent to a reform school and it is at this point that the real point of the movie is made.
The hero of the story, Alexander DeLarge is sent to H.M. Prison Parkmoor and volunteers for a controversial treatment intended to reform prisoners and to curb recidivism of the prison population.
The treatment involves the use of liberal doses of psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs as well as the forced viewing of violent films. The level of enforcement of the viewing is so profound that eyelid clamps to keep the eyelids open is used as well as the frequent application of saline solution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 25 2014
One of the best movies ever, Stanley kubrick really aced this
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Clockwork Orange is a magnificent movie. Malcolm McDowell brilliantly portrays Alex, a young man who leads a gang of hooligans ("droogs"). They spend their spare time beating people up and raping women. Then Alex is arrested, goes to prison, and is released after volunteering to undergo a revolutionary treatment for deviant behaviour. I disliked this movie the first time I saw it. There seemed to be no point to the movie, and I found it boring and REALLY weird. How is it weird? All you need to do is watch the opening scene at the milk bar to realize how strange this movie is - the way people dress, the way Alex talks, and so on. Probably the strangest thing about A Clockwork Orange is the interior design of rooms and buildings. The record store, the milk bar, and so on have a very bizarre and futuristic look. For instance, the milk bar has tables and milk dispensers that look like statues of naked women. This movie is so strange, that most people who watch this movie will hate it for that factor alone. But it's important not to let the weirdness or the violence distract you from the point of this movie.
This movie is infamous for its violence. Even if you aren't bothered by the sight of people getting shot in an action movie or stabbed in a horror movie, you might not be able to stomach the violence in this movie. In one scene, the droogs surround and beat up an old drunkard. I'm guessing it's because A Clockwork Orange puts a human face on Alex's victims, whereas the victims in a typical horror movie don't seem like real people - they seem more like caricatures of human beings rather than real people, so we don't care what happens to them.
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