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5.0 out of 5 stars Orange clock still keeps time
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...
Published on July 1 2010 by Peter Boyce
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. 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 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orange clock still keeps time,
This review is from: A Clockwork Orange [Blu-ray] (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Kubricks "out there" film,
This review is from: Clockwork Orange [Import] (DVD)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.When a member of Parliament makes a surprise visit to the prison McDowell speaks up and is chosen to enter the program.McDowell thinks this is going to be a lark and his way of drastically reducing his 14 years sentence,two years of which he has already served.The program has McDowell in a theater with his eyes forced wide open,watching unpleasant and violent films on the screen.As he does,his eyes are doused with a chemical.As the program progresses and the more violence he sees the more sick he becomes watching them.To top this off the doctors run the music of Beethoven,which McDowell had previously adored,but after the program it makes him as sick as looking at the films themselves. When the program's two weeks are up McDowell is released.
He goes home but his old room in his parents house has been rented out to a stranger.He is forced to leave and his troubles on the street just begin.He first runs into a street drunk his gang had beat at the beginning of the film.He is recognized and McDowell gets a reciprocal beating from him and several other drunks.Two cops then show up which turn out to be two members of his old gang.They take him out to a remote country location and almost drown him in a trough of water.Barely able to walk he makes his way to a house.He is taken in by the resident there,who is in a wheelchair and is looked after by a well built male servant.As McDowell is laying in a warm bathtub he starts to warble"Singing in the Rain";a big mistake.This is the home he and his gang had entered and crippled its owner and raped his wife,who died shortly after the incident.The owner now recognizes him and decides he will get revenge.He phones two other people and they drug him.He is placed in an upstairs room and when McDowell comes to he is being sonically bombarded with Beethoven's 9th Symphony.This is of course anathema to McDowell who tries to commit suicide by jumping out of the bedroom window.
McDowell wakes up in the hospital and is being nursed back to life courtesy of the government.McDowell has become front page news now because of his now"barbaric" rehabilitation treatment at the hands of the doctors and ultimately the government.The very member of Parliament who put McDowell in the program to begin with in the prison,now visits him.He asks for McDowells "help" in getting him out of his jam,in a roundabout way.In return McDowell will get a nice and comfortable job.As McDowell sits there in his bed posing with the politician,the cameras are flashing all around.However in McDowells mind we see his old bent and warped ideas now coming back to the fore,even though he has been considered "cured".
This film is just chock full of wonderful moments and Kubrick of course was a master of framing and lighting scenes that would remain unforgettable in ones mind.His staging of the drunk being beaten up or the moments leading up to the cat woman's killing are just two that stand out among many.I won't go into the metaphors and possible hidden meanings in this film,as it is full of them,but I think it is best left to film scholars better than I.Suffice it to say Kubrick conveys alot of information but makes it as entertaining as possible,in Kubricks own inimitable style.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 1:66:1.I found it generally clear and crisp but there were some scenes where colours would fluctuate and film blemishes would appear,so I would recommended a proper remastering of this film be done.Extras include commentary and the trailer.
All in all one of Kubricks most memorable and off beat films.It was quite a shocker on its release and it still packs quite the punch today.Between Kubricks great direction and McDowells beautiful portrayal of one heck of a tough and complex role,the movie still shines through.4-4 1/2 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and facinating,
5.0 out of 5 stars What has yet to be said about this film?,
This review is from: A Clockwork Orange: Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Book (Bilingual) [Blu-ray Book] (Blu-ray)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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Clockwork Orange,
This review is from: Clockwork Orange [Import] (DVD)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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5.0 out of 5 stars Future Shock,
This review is from: A Clockwork Orange (2 Disc Special Edition) (DVD)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.
At this point, the author points out that the meaning of the title is that mankind is mostly a programmed animal going to work, the 9 to 5 ritualization but his innate essence is juicy and sweet like an orange, so that man is an exploited orange, a clockwork orange and perhaps with a catastrophic shock can man awaken to his true nature.
Through such treatments meant to induce an integral shock to the core of the system, Alexander is temporarily deprogrammed but with undesirable consequences.
At the end of the movie only with finding the balance between the civilized and the savage, the technological and the primeval is true happiness found.
Anthony Burgess also observes in this novel that the everyday speaking of the English language changes over time and new slang is constantly being formed as old slang steadily goes obsolete.
This is one of the finest movies ever made. Malcolm McDowell who starred in this movie moved on to even greater fame starring in Penthouse Magazine Bob Guccione's Caligula as the lurid and ill-fated Roman Emperor.
A Clockwork Orange also features Godfrey Quigley as the prison chaplain. He would also appear in the next Stanley Kubrick movie, Barry Lyndon as the Chevalier du Balibari.
Philip Stone is Alex's father in this movie. He would go on to appear in not one but two of the Stanley Kubrick movies. He would appear as the solicitor to the Lyndon estate in Barry Lyndon. And he would appear as Grady, the former caretaker of the Overlook Hotel.
The movie is very British and unlike other Stanley Kubrick movies in this one he makes no disguises or pretenses that he is filming in England, so there is a no restraint, no holds barred opening to the local atmosphere which supports and helps create this film.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viddy this Horror Show for a taste of the old Ultraviolence,
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. Even though the drunkard isn't killed, it doesn't change the way the viewer feels about the scene, because of the way the camera captures the brutality of the beating. There's also a violent scene that isn't unsettling - it's intentionally hilarious. I refer to the scene when the two gangs have a brawl that looks so unreal it looks like a professional wrestling match - the background music makes this scene even more enjoyable. So it's obvious that Kubrick tried to be silly rather than realisitc with regard to some aspects of the movie - like the way Alex runs into his former victims, one after another. I never read Anthony Burgess' book, so I am unsure if there's any silliness in his story.
This movie is also infamous for scenes of rape. We may consider murder to be a worse crime than rape, but ask anyone and they'll say they would prefer to see a character in a movie be murdered rather than raped. In one nasty scene, a woman is about to be gang-raped, but she manages to escape before it happens. But viewers aren't let off the hook in the scene at the writer's house. The close-up of the woman's face is more than enough to leave viewers shaken. In addition to showing the anguish of the victim, this movie shows that the victims of rape are scarred for life. That becomes apparent in a later scene when the writer describes the fate of his wife. At face value, these graphic scenes will seem exploitive. But they aren't. Kubrick should be commended for not allowing this movie to sink to the level of exploitation.
One of the most horrifying scenes is when the naked woman appears onstage before Alex. The sight of Alex on his knees, in a state of incredible agony while the audience applauds, is terrifying. It's as if mankind is applauding the complete destruction of the human spirit. It's like they are endorsing the means to turn us all into mindless robots, too afraid to think or feel anything, and spending every moment of our waking lives in dread of triggering the next bout of incredible physical pain. The thought of living under a totalitarian government that conditions everyone to behave the same way is terrifying - this method of conditioning certainly wouldn't be limited to murderers and rapists. I don't know if it's possible to condition people the way Alex was conditioned, but the thought that such a technique might be possible is very unsettling.
I like how this movie makes us hate Alex and pity his victims, and then it makes us pity Alex himself. Alex is such an interesting and captivating character that we are fascinated by his every act and every thought, even though he's a detestable character. Since the movie completely revolves around Alex, no one would bother watching the movie if he was boring or annoying. You'll probably find Alex's jargon annoying at first (like "malchick", "viddy", "eggy-waygs", and so on) but you'll get used to it. Interestingly, we enjoy seeing Alex suffer UNTIL he returns home after his release from prison. And we pity him for the rest of the movie - UNTIL the movie's final scene. When Alex runs into his former victims, they each exact a measure of revenge on him. Even though we can understand why his victims are hurting him, we can't help but feel that they have no right to hurt him. It almost makes you appreciate our justice system, even though we always scream for harsher punishments. And did anyone notice how long McDowell's head was held underwater? You'd think Kubrick wanted to drown him.
What's the point of A Clockwork Orange? By now you should be thinking about how to balance the rights of criminals with society's right to protect itself from criminals. In order to guarantee the security of the vast majority, is it acceptable to force a tiny minority to live their lives devoid of joy, even if they become suicidal? No one wants a convicted murderer or child molester in their neighbourhood - but what's the proper way to deal with that situation? We may never know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Viddy well, droogie,
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Substance and Style!,
"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.
Alex then volunteers for a special treatment that will "cure" him, in exchange for freedom. The cure is a form of conditioning that causes Alex to become terribly ill whenever any inclination towards sex or violence surfaces- he now has a reflexive aversion toward evil, and "ceases to be a being capable of moral choice". The final act of the film deals with the consequences of being "cured" in such a way.
By now you probably get the idea- go see this film (but not as a "date"). To further entice you, it's one of the most visually exciting movies ever made, with vibrant images that will burn themselves into your mind. If you've never seen it on DVD, the transfer is great, and you will see things you've missed before. And as a final bonus, look for the guy who plays Darth Vader as a bodyguard.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm laughing at clouds,
The plot revolves around Alex de Large and his group of friends who are very violent, and get their kicks by raping and assaulting people. After Alex and friends commit various crimes, Alex is finally arrested and put in prison with a sentence of 14 years. Eventually, his sentence is commuted in exchange for him undergoing experimental aversion therapy which makes him physically ill at the thought of sex or violence. However, it also makes him hate Beethoven's 9th Symphony which was played as background music to some aversion films during treatment. After an attempted suicide, Alex is re-treated with apologies by the government for inhuman treatment, and Alex appears he will resume his old ways.
This movie is highly stylized, including wardrobe, hairdo's (mom has purple hair, another woman had dark blue hair), set dressing, location and props. There is a fair amount of full frontal nudity of both sexes, and some stylized and slow-motion violence. Kubrick has made some good and bad movies, but this is his most stylized and over-the-top effort. Not for everyone.
DVD has chapters, English or French spoken language, several subtitle languages, a trailer and list of awards.
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