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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren
  • Directors: Lindsay Anderson
  • Writers: David Sherwin
  • Producers: Malcolm McDowell, Lindsay Anderson, Albert Finney, Basil Keys, David Sherwin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 1 2001
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300269701
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,404 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Format: DVD
It was long overdue and an injustice to humankind that it took this long to finally be released, but we are all very lucky that "O Lucky Man!" is finally out on DVD, thanks to Malcolm McDowell himself. There are many reviews that go into the plot, so I'm going to skip this and just tell you my overall impressions of the DVD release itself:

The overall picture/sound is about an 8-9 / 10. The original film reels don't seem to have been restored or remastered, but it is still very crisp and colourful nonetheless. It looks terrific on a widescreen 40" LCD TV.

The extras are actually better than expected, considering that they probably rushed the job. To be honest, I expected nothing except a voice commentary.

- The "O Lucky Malcolm!" documentary is very well done, running almost an hour and a half. This documentary is not about "O Lucky Man!" per se, but about Malcolm; it is also available on the new "Clockwork Orange" DVD release. My guess is that it was probably produced for the "Clockwork Orange" DVD release, only to be added to this release after Malcolm insisted that they produce it. Malcolm's current wife, ex-wife, and two oldest offspring make appearances, along with a host of others, and you really get to know Malcolm (and his family) through this documentary.

- "O Lucky Man! Innovations in Entertainment" starts off well but only runs for less than 5 minutes. It contains a brief interview with a young Malcolm though, and shows a few glimpses of behind-the-scenes action.

- The voice commentary is shared between Malcolm, Alan Price, and some intelligent but rather stale ol' fossil of an historian. Malcolm does most of the talking thankfully.
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By Brian Tepper on April 17 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Everytime I see pictures of the flemish painter Heironymous Bosch and then see Lindsey Anderson in this movie I think, gee he looks just like Bosch; kinda makes movies like Bosch paints as well. His loosely connected Mick Travis trilogy: if.., O' Lucky Man and Britannia Hospital often look like the typical Bosch tryptich, in which the left panel shows man's expulsion from a distorted forboding man's view of "heaven"; in if..'s case a British authoritarian boarding school, while the right side of Bosch's tryptichs show the twisted tortuous hell that man merits from his sins on earth; in Britannia Hospital's case, an insane asylum diguised as a government run hospital where death is certain from the most disgustingly violent experiments and sponsered by bureaucratic sadists. In the middle of these moralty paintings is the incendiary display of sins man commits. And it is here that we often find the most engaging bits of Bosch's work where so much happens in an instant as viewing a painting, which, actually takes years to see it all. O' Lucky Man is very much designed in this fashion even if it wasn't intentional. We get elements from this movie that may never be fully realized again in film; a dismal prospect indeed. Innovations actually abound with this revolutionary film. We have it's soundrack and score composer not only effectively weigh commentary on the movie's long suffering but affably earnest protagonist Travis (played with astonishing exuberence and charm by Malcolm McDowell), but that the singer (Alan Price, formerly of the Animals) even interacts with him in the film. As innovative and amusing as that technique was, the soundrack can still stand on it's own as one of the greatest and most relevant to a film plot ever written.Read more ›
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Format: VHS Tape
I can't really describe how I feel about this movie. I would love to just make you watch it. I am writing this because I felt a need to write a review for the soundtrack, now on cd. I found myself constantly talking about how much I love this movie. The music is incorporated into the film directly. So much so that McDowell(Travis) and Price(Price) actually exchange words at one point(and in the middle of one of Price's songs). Price's personality is felt everywhere. At a middle point, Price's band rescues Travis from a mad doctor(see Brittania Hospital)and appear proper in the film. The film itself was based partly on the character from "If.." and partly on McDowell's own experience as a coffee salesman. It is the middle part of Travis's trilogy. In my review of the soundtrack, you will see how I feel that Price's soundtrack adds to the tone and personality of the film. As serendipitous as Travis's adventures are, you can see layers of humanity peel away. To say something definite about it would just ruin the plot and theme. There are alot of scenes that are mockingly anti-authoritarian. And some creepy "things to be" scenes. Also, there are cold political reality scenes that still resonate. All that said, it is really Travis' story. Just watch it. The talents are huge and the movie is bleak. You will never see another movie like this again.
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Format: VHS Tape
All that has been said already to praise this film has been said. Suffice to say, this is also my favourite film. I am moved by the fact that so many people have givin this epic such a high rating, which it naturally deserves. Bravo! I write here briefly to address the 'missing footage' issue. It has been available, all but briefly, and was one of the last LaserDisc pressings in 1998. The missing 'My Home Town' (storyline previously pointed out by fellow reviewer Harris Fogel of Philadelphia PA) is complete and intact as chapter 40 side 4 (yep, it's a LONG movie!). Another reviewer also mentions a complete running time of 185 minutes, however the LaserDisc totals 178 minutes, therefore maybe still incomplete. I was unaware of this missing scene until my LaserDisc purchase in '98, and I cannot tell you my surprise and delite to see 'more' of my favourite film upon this disc's first viewing. It was like finding candy in a depleted candy shop! So, if your after the complete 'Lucky'of the draw - find a copy of this rare Laserdisc. What a wonderful way to farewell a format that had served us so well for so long. Enjoy!
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