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O Lucky Man [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Malcolm McDowell , Ralph Richardson , Lindsay Anderson    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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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: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48VS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent sprawling epic of a film 16 May 2008
There is a fashion at present to make films that go on and on and on. There are example where this expanse is used to good effect, such as the Lord of the Rings films and the opposite, such as the latter Pirates of the Carrebean films. This is an early example of a long film and it pulls it off with a swagger.

The second in a trilogy of films made by the late great Lindsey Anderson, O Lucky Man plots (albeit somewhat surrealistically) the progressions through life in the early 1970s (this was made in 1973, and boy, does it look it!); it is almost a kind of Pilgrim's Progress/ Road to Damascus tale, and is highly entertaining. Some have said they felt it flagged towards the end; I question whether the film flags or the viewer, as it is nearly 3 hours long, but to edit it would be to ruin it. It's sprawling aspect is one of it's selling points.

It has many stars other than the wonderful Malcolm MdDowell, such as Arthur Lowe, Jeremy Bulloch and Helen Mirren. The music is supplied by Alan Price and he also stars in the film as the leader of the band who supply the music to the film. At points still shocking (a rare thing for a film so old), at others laugh out loud funny and at others hard to fathom, this is a treat for anyone who likes the slightly odd, cult films from this period or the open minded.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A labyrinthine odyssey! 19 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
'O Lucky Man!', despite its three hours plus duration, is a marvellously entertaining, episodic odyssey in a (lucky! ) young man's career as a coffee salesman. Loosely a follow-up to director Lindsay Anderson's 'If', 'O Lucky Man' is a flawed, but extremely involving movie that features several stellar performances. Malcolm McDowall is at his wide-eyed best as the innocent abroad, whilst English character actor Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring in 'Dad's Army') excels in several different roles - most notably in blackface drag as 'Doctor Munda'. There's also a great score by Alan Price, who contributes the classic 'Poor People' - an underrated act in himself. Stick with it, and 'O Lucky Man' is intensely rewarding.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring classic now with added nostalgia 23 Nov 2008
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Voltairian oddysey, road movie, surrealist fantasy, anti-capitalist satire, this world class British film is all of these and of course, more. Helped by 35 years of nostalgia for the way things were before the press decided to become public judges, much of what is lambasted by dir. Anderson here looks familiar because of what we know from the papers and the TV. The general themes here of ruthless ambition, class distinction, plutocracy v poverty, institutionalised corruption and greed, and obviously hypocrisy, are probably better known now to a wiser, more cynical public. Of course Anderson did his bit with this great film to try and make it better known. This bold critique on the wiley old ways of the world looks as relevant now as it did then. The vices pilloried here are still with us, and the themes are still relevant. Of course the depiction here is fantastical but that's what makes this film a great piece of art.

Some elements of the film do look very clanky now, the use of sub-titles and old film clips, for example, and one or two scenes look very much of the day, but this is a clever and rakingly ambitious film, and even satirises film making in one passage. It rounds off his previous satire very well, and perhaps just as importantly now to a nostalgia loving British public, it records some memorable aspects of life before The Age of PC, and has some damn fine actors in their prime. McDowell is amazing once again, perfect for the role, with his everyman looks and personalty, and the ever gorgeous Helen Mirren is stunningly sexy and youthful looking here. Add the decent, very English score from The Alan Price Set and what you have is an enduring masterpiece of real old fashioned film making. Magnif!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Django
Posting this because I think the other comment is misleading. Do not be put off by the comment that it is is cut, it is definitely not cut - this is the 178 minute uncut version - the print is split over the two discs, disc 1 having the first 87 mins and disc 2 having a further 90 mins. In all it's an excellent presentation of the film and if/when it's released on R2 I would expect the presentation to be similar if not the same.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling 27 Jan 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this film in the 70's and was completely captivated. It has a sureal context,not being obvious at first.However once realised, and you get into the flow,it is a ride you really enjoy.
It is full of subliminal nuances that stand out after each veiwing leaving the veiwer debating over what means what.
The plot is going somwhere but never gets there, purposly going off on a plethora of diferent tangents.The black comedy is intellegent and captivating.
I just love the scene where Travis is being interrogated,(strapped to a chair) and is screaming at being electrocuted and then the lady with the tea trolley (Dandy Nichols)casually comes in serving tea and biscuits and interupting the interrogation she says casually to the inquisitors Er!whould the young man like a cup of tea too ?
and just as casual they look at each other and say er...perhaps Later!.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 12 April 2008
By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE
The DVD format is 10 years old - and finally we're getting a release of this, following on from Paramount's release of If... and the age-old release from Cinema Club of Britannia Hospital we can have a complete Mick Travis collection :-)

Of the trilogy of Anderson's films I find this (the middle work) the oddest, and the possibly the best - but it's so hard to judge between masterpieces.

The film follows Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) and his surreal adventure through '70s England along with the Alan Price's band that provide the music commentaries in the traditions of a Greek Chorus.
O Lucky Man! is simply one vast, weird, intelligent and funny movie. It provides some great food for thought on survival-of-the-fittest style capitalism, through Mick Travis's increasingly unexpected adventures

O Lucky Man! deserves to be recognized as one of the great films of the 1970s, and perhaps of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate sandwich
Why is this so rare? Why isn't it out on blu-ray? Why isn't it shown every Xmas instead of the Queen's speech? it's pure class.
Published 20 months ago by Andy Rubio
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite an Experience....
I really do rather love this film - it's my version of chocolate, or a bottle of wine - when I've had a day so bad that I want to bury myself, I stick O Lucky Man on. Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by Tim Kidner
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated and without any sense.
Perhaps being only 18 years old I am too young to 'Truly understand' this film. Although I understand that the film aimed to take a jab at capitalism I felt that as a whole it had... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Ecky Carlyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Ruthless
A young ambitious commoner made it up a success ladder and back to earth with life-threatening twists, being, perhaps, inspired with British-style tales of opportunities /... Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by Michael Kerjman
5.0 out of 5 stars A towering film
'O Lucky Man!' is my favourite film to date. It is as relevant today - if not more so - than when it was produced as its themes are universal. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by Julie D
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Oh Lucky Man DVD
Great product and Film to watch. Fast service by Amazon in despatching item. Overall I am happy with this transaction.
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Santana1
5.0 out of 5 stars O Lucky Man!
Naive and cocky, Mick Travis played by Malcolm McDowell, finds it easy to smile at the start of this Candide-like tale. Will he still be smiling at the finish of it? Read more
Published on 24 May 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilgrim's Progress...
'O Lucky Man' is a tremendous British movie, one of the finest of the 1970s, managing to be both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar, a sprawling and multi-faceted odyssey that keeps on... Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by Og Oggilby
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have friend on whom you think you can rely- You are a lucky man
I must say that the other refreshing customer reviews do more than this film justice.I have read many reviews by film critics who have hardly had a good word to say about O Lucky... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2011 by The Right Reverend
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning !
What a tour de force, Oh Mr Anderson if only some of today's directors had a fingernails worth of your originality and sheer talent. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by RJ.TEMPEST
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