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A Clockwork Orange [Blu-ray] [1972] [US Import] [1971]

Malcolm McDowell , Patrick Magee , Stanley Kubrick    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, John Clive
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Burgess
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Bernard Williams, Max L. Raab, Si Litvinoff
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q678OO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The controversy that surrounded Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange while the film was out of circulation suggested that it was like Romper Stomper: a glamorisation of the violent, virile lifestyle of its teenage protagonist, with a hypocritical gloss of condemnation to mask delight in rape and ultra-violence. Actually, it is as fable-like and abstract as The Pilgrim's Progress, with characters deliberately played as goonish sitcom creations. The anarchic rampage of Alex (Malcolm McDowell), a bowler-hatted juvenile delinquent of the future, is all over at the end of the first act. Apprehended by equally brutal authorities, he changes from defiant thug to cringing bootlicker, volunteering for a behaviourist experiment that removes his capacity to do evil.

It's all stylised: from Burgess' invented pidgin Russian (snarled unforgettably by McDowell) to 2001-style slow tracks through sculpturally perfect sets (as with many Kubrick movies, the story could be told through decor alone) and exaggerated, grotesque performances on a par with those of Dr Strangelove (especially from Patrick Magee and Aubrey Morris). Made in 1971, based on a novel from 1962, A Clockwork Orange resonates across the years. Its future is now quaint, with Magee pecking out "subversive literature" on a giant IBM typewriter and "lovely, lovely Ludwig Van" on mini-cassette tapes. However, the world of "Municipal Flat Block 18A, Linear North" is very much with us: a housing estate where classical murals are obscenely vandalised, passers-by are rare and yobs loll about with nothing better to do than hurt people.

On the DVD: The extras are skimpy, with just an impressionist trailer in the style of the film used to brainwash Alex and a list of awards for which Clockwork Orange was nominated and awarded. The box promises soundtracks in English, French and Italian and subtitles in ten languages, but the disc just has two English soundtracks (mono and Dolby Surround 5.1) and two sets of English subtitles. The terrific-looking "digitally restored and remastered" print is letterboxed at 1.66:1 and on a widescreen TV plays best at 14:9. The film looks as good as it ever has, with rich stable colours (especially and appropriately the orangey-red of the credits and the blood) and a clarity that highlights previously unnoticed details such as Alex's gouged eyeball cufflinks and enables you to read the newspaper articles which flash by. The 5.1 soundtrack option is amazingly rich, benefiting the nuances of performance as much as the classical/electronic music score and the subtly unsettling sound effects. --Kim Newman

Synopsis

The head of a gang of toughs, in an insensitive futuristic society, is conditioned to become physically ill at sex and violence during a prison sentence. When he is released, he's brutally beaten by all of his old adversaries. Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mesmerising 3 May 2010
Format:Blu-ray
This review is for the bluray.

This film could so easily fall victim to its own hype because of its history, the reaction to its unveiling, the oscars, the was it banned or just withdrawn? - but it manages to rise above that and stand as a monument to its era, with a message on crime and punishment, that still has something to say to us today. Despite coming out in 1971 it somehow screams 'sixties' to me.

I've never seen this film before. As a teenager I read the book, at least twice. Even then I was part enthralled, part repelled; by the casual violence, the state intervention and the end result. So I recently bought the bluray and my reaction was pretty much the same. The film has a mesmeric quality about it. The 'ultraviolence,' the exclusive language, the use of music and the strange clothes. It was very carefully choreographed, particularly in the fighting and rape scenes, which for me at least gave a detached view, almost like watching a musical. The scenes in the milk bar were very much stranger than anything I managed to imagine from the book. If you haven't seen it you are definitely missing an experience you wont forget quickly.

Picture Quality was pretty good for a film of this age. Colours were good, particularly flesh tones, and the contrast was very good with the white clothes and strong coloured interiors. Some of the household interiors were quite psychedelic. Grain is evident much of the time, but for me at least it didn't detract from enjoyment of the film. It seemed to lend it an authentic feel.

Audio quality was good - there is an uncompressed pcm 5.1 track as well as a dolby digital 5.1 one. Sound is biased towards the front and dialogue is clear and distinct throughout. The music is also quite mesmerising.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It only occurred to me very recently that I should watch A Clockwork Orange and after watching it I can only say that I am sorry that I waited so long to see it. I have always been very curious about the film as the fact that it was withdrawn from the UK built up so much mystery around it.

It is quite a difficult film to watch as the expectation you have leaves you with a feeling that you are going to be let down. However, thankfully this wasn't the case for me as I was quite mesmerised by what I can only call a true work of art. Unfortunately I have not read the book so I can't compare it to the film. This is a film that operates on many levels and explores a lot of ideas. I think the film is primarily concerned with ideas surrounding volition, control, violence (sexual and non sexual), fantasy and psychopathy.

The plot follows Alex a sociopath who ends up being a kind of antihero by the latter stages of the film. Alex is a character who as the famous tagline for the film states has made rape, Beethoven and violence his hobbies. I can't help wondering if this isn't reference to Adolf Hitler who was well known for his love of classical music (Wagner). The opening scene is nothing short of stunning. There then follows equally impressive scenes of ultra stylish yet very disturbing violence. The plot moves from a point where Alex is in complete control to one where he is vulnerable and he finally becomes a victim not a perpetrator of violence. I think that the thing that is most worrying about the film is that the moral order is not restored by the end. Although Alex suffers a bit this is not because he is genuinely guilty for his offences it is only due to the behavioural psychology treatment he receives which causes him to feel pain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifically hypnotising 2 Sep 2013
Format:DVD
`A Clockwork Orange' was famously `banned' by its director, Stanley Kubrick soon after its release. This gave it an instant `cult' appeal as many wanted to know why a film-maker should go to such unusual lengths with his own work.

It some ways, it's easy to see why it was taken out of general circulation. It is horribly violent. Its central character offers absolutely nothing in the way of likability. He's a violent robber, rapist, gang-member and murderer. And, perhaps worst of all, he never seems that bothered by his own actions - simply enjoying them as you would any hobby.

Some may say it's hard to root for such a vile `hero' yet we do. Despite his numerous evil traits, he's also entertaining, charming and a most memorable leading man. Therefore, we may hate him, we may also be desperate for him to receive some retribution, yet we find ourselves wanting to find out what becomes of him. This - in many ways - is down to Malcolm McDowell's excellent acting, but Kubrick's direction is also key to making this such a work of art.

The film is weird and timeless, much of it looking like the seventies has been transported a hundred years into the future. Everything from the language to the hairstyles says `science fiction.' It really does create a weird and creepy atmosphere.

You don't have to like A Clockwork Orange, you just have to appreciate that it is a work of `art' and, like all great art, is subject to controversy. Many hate it and I can understand why. The overall violence of the film does leave a bitter taste in your mouth. If you're considering watching it, you may need a strong stomach. However, if you can put aside the nastiness of it all, you'll find a weirdly entertaining film of which you've probably never seen anything like it before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazingly fast delivery, Amazing film
Published 3 days ago by Michael Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Real horror show!
This film is real horror show. It will sharpen you up and get you ready for a bit of the old ultra violence with your droogies. Use your Gulliver and buy this film!
Published 1 month ago by James Manifold
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clockwork Orange
This DVD is not for the faint- hearted, nor is it mere titillation. It is, however, an extremely moral tale set in a futuristic society and I would recommend people to purchase
Published 1 month ago by Max Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic film and a key inspiration for the greatest directors of...
This is a legendary film, definitely Kubrick's best, it has such a timeless quality about it aswell, it still feels as fresh to wacth in the present day as is did in the 70's, you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
3.0 out of 5 stars Clockwork orange hater
I saw this film years ago when it first came out but my son wanted to see it even though I told him it was n't nice tried to put him off then it's up to him he is 30.
Published 2 months ago by Marigold2732
4.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal Film That I Wouldn't Recommend A Gentle Heart Watch
With the benefit of forty years, one can assess whether anything is worthy of high praise or greatness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Rozman
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Cult Film
Great 1960's British Avant Garde Film with a sinister Malcolm McDowell as the main character. Great Kuberick eccentricity exudes the storyline. Love it.
Published 5 months ago by Karnelian
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Kubrick successfully massacres a classic novel
it lacks the morality of the book and is just gross violence
read the book first and then watch the film if you feel you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by asher
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and funny
A very funny and family friendly film to watch with the kids...i would definitely recommend this for anyone who likes Clockwork orange.
Published 6 months ago by jeffjefferson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange a futuristic thriller that is frightening. Malcolm MCDowell and Stabn let Kubrick are at their very best here.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Bryan F. Crebbin
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