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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Classic. Still a cogent portrayal of sociopathic violence, both from individuals and the state. I doubt if it could be made today.Published 3 months ago by Gary Gough
Nice and fast on the delivery of the package. No problems. !!! Very happy over all ☺️Published 7 months ago by Melissa T Steinhauer
Great movie with some good extras. the commentary with Mr McDowell is worth listening to.Published 11 months ago by alexander deLarge
been so long since I had seen this movie and its still a great movie!Published 15 months ago by Tom Trudeau
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