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A Clockwork Orange [HD DVD]


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  • Format: NTSC
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Oct. 23 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VXWXS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,355 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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

Special Features

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.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Boyce on July 1 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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 By E. Lalonde on May 29 2007
Format: DVD
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 tragic manner. Because of the unique dialogue used by Alex and his "droogis" (from the Russian drugi for "friends in violence"), an understanding of Nadsat (the "teen language" of the teen anti-hero and his friends), or multiple viewings can help in the understanding of the dialogue.
In essence, Clockwork Orange is a criticism of the emerging behaviourist and conditioning practices as a means of reforming troubled youths and so-called "criminals." Though both Kubrick and Burgess do maintain this as their main message, Kubrick does not preserve Alex's "self-reformation" which occurs in the 21st chapter of Burgess' book.
Still though, the dialogue, the soundtrack and the costumes are relatively consistent with the book version and Clockwork Orange costumes are still quite popular at Halloween and other costume parties.
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By Neurosky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 26 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of the most disturbing, controversial films of its time and it still shocks audiences to this day. If you're wondering whether or not you should buy it, hopefully this will be of help.

The novel by Anthony Burgess was a quickly written satire with a brilliant usage of language, shocking events and heavy subject exploration. Burgess' first wife had been raped and it's been speculated that this was something that Burgess just needed to get out of his system: a somewhat sarcastic curiosity of what motivates a young hoodlum to beat old men on the streets, break into people's houses to steal or terrify or assault those who dwell there, and continue to laugh and frolic and play about like it's all just a game to them. Burgess didn't understand such young sociopaths or their world. He couldn't even speak their language, so he set his story in a dystopian future where gangs have free reign over the streets at night, speaking odd slang which combines British slang with corrupted Russian words, creating a language which is at once artsy and vile. The "humble narrator" of this mock moral tale is a young ruffian with a love of all things artistic; Beethoven inspires him, but with visions of wicked acts, which he considers beautiful. Nothing and no one can reform Alex: not his parents, his social worker, the prison system, religion and finally experiential psychological treatment fails. In the novel, it is his own nature which changes him in the end, as he begins to wonder what it would be like to have a wife and kids.

This was left out of the film however, which focuses on Alex being evil through and through.
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By jcb02 on July 19 2004
Format: DVD
Perhaps the greatest irony in "A Clockwork Orange" occurs in the scene where Alex is reading the Bible in prison. He informs the viewer that he loves the violence and sex contained in the first part, but really has no use for the preaching in the latter half. I've come across a lot of folks who have seen this flick and it never fails- there are many out there who, like Alex and the Bible, love the brutality of the first hour of the film, and cannot abide the preachy second half. If you are one of those, stop reading this review.
"A Clockwork Orange" is an ingenious comparison of two theories of punishment- retributivism and utilitarianism. Debate has raged over the proper role of a criminal justice system. Is the goal to punish the criminal according to the old eye for an eye standard (retributivism) or to reform the criminal into a useful, law abiding citizen (utilitarianism)? At the outset, many people dismiss utilitarian values as a lot of liberal silliness: soft on crime. A more important question is whether we should reform criminals whether they desire to be reformed or not for the good of society. One of the more interesting aspects of this film is that is shows utilitarianism can be a far more brutal method than retributivism, contrary to popular thought.
Here we have the debate crystallized as if the proponents of both, Kant and Bentham, were debating the merits before our very eyes through the characters on screen. Alex is unquestionably rotten to the core; he maims and rapes helpless victims for laughs. The first hour of the film is dedicated to underscoring this point. When Alex is apprehended by the authorities, he is dealt with in the old fashioned Kantian way- punishment.
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