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A Clockwork Orange (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJS98C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,875 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 glamourisation 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.

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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 glamourisation 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.

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By EdenEden TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2015
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Kubrick at his finest. It's a disturbing movie in parts, even by today's brutal standards - dark and twisted with detached casual hyper-violence that is terrifying in its delivery. But its also funny in parts, captivating and thought provoking and, at times, beautiful and poetic. The psychedelic imagery, surreal scenery and eccentric characters add to its depth. Throw in some outstanding acting and a message that is probably more relevant today than it was at the time of the film's release and you have a great film, even if it is difficult to watch at times. Certainly not family viewing, but a fantastic iconic film with a strong message and scenes that will be ingrained into your brain for years to come...
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Fantastic movie. It has so many levels. Truly intellectual and a film of connoisseurs. From milk bars to aversion therapy to bully's make to best police to retribution to corrupt politicians. Love it. Classic.
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Really wanted to watch this again.
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blinding film
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A brutal vision of a deranged mind.
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good movie,but not as great as i thought it would be,but still worth a look.
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Love A Clock Work Orange one of my favourite movies and what better site to get it of then amazon when you want a movie quick and fast amazon is the place to get it. Such a great film!
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Ive own this movie for years.. ive got the DVD and Blu-Ray and had to have it on my mobile Amazon account. Its a brilliant film.. instant cult classic!
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