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O Lucky Man [Import]

4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: June 15 1995
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6300269701
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A savagely funny story about the rise and fall - and rise again - of ayoung coffee salesman in this wondrous mixture of wickedness, energy,humor and folly. Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson Runtime: 2 hours, 58 minutes

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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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Surreal, often hysterically funny, sometimes surprisingly sad, full of
sly political and social satire, and jammed with wildly brave
film-making choices, along with one of the great movie song-scores of
in movie history by Alan Price.

Its Candide meets 1970s Great Britan as a young man rambles through
life in a series of absurd adventures, with the great supporting cast
(Ralph Richardson, Helen Mirren, etc.) having the time of their lives
playing multiple roles.

The three hour running time may sound daunting, but it flies by as we
watch our hero Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell, whose real life
pre-acting experiences were the jumping off point for the story) slowly
become wise to the ways of the world through a series of bizarre
encounters, arrests, love affairs, odd medical experiments,
and everything else that could befall a young man on the road.

A must see film for anyone who appreciates unique films and British
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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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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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