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.