Clockwork Orange (Blu-ray) (1971)
"Being the Adventures of a Young Man Whose Principal Interests Are Rape, Ultra-Violence and Beethoven."
|Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap-dancing, violating. Derby-topped teddy-boy hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has his own way of having a good time. He has it at the tragic expense of others. Alex's journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess' novel. Unforgettable images, startling musical counterpoints, the fascinating language used by Alex and his pals -- Kubrick shapes them into a shattering whole. Hugely controversial when first released, A Clockwork Orange won the New York Film Critics Best Picture and Director honors and earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The power of its art is such that it still entices, shocks and holds us in its grasp.|
"...a scathing satire...with an excellent performance by McDowell... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A chilling classic...a scabrous satire about human deviance, brutality, and social conditioning... Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Brilliant. A tour de force of extraordinary images, music, words and feelings. The New York Times
"...tremendously powerful...No serious moviegoer can afford to ignore it. TV Guide
Editor's NoteFrom its opening shot of Malcolm McDowell staring with evil intent directly into the camera (which pulls back to reveal him drinking a glass of milk), Stanley Kubrick's brilliant A CLOCKWORK ORANGE announces itself as a completely new kind of viewing experience. The film, set in an unidentified future, overwhelms the senses with its almost comic depictions of rape and violence set to an upbeat classical and pop music score. Kubrick based his chilling masterpiece on Anthony Burgess's culture-shaking novel about a young man growing into adulthood, but unable to shake his huge problem with authority figures. The first part of the film shows Alex (a career-defining performance by McDowell) and his "droogs" (his cohorts) indulging in what they refer to as "a little bit of the old ultraviolence." After establishing Alex and co. as unremitting psychopaths, Kubrick's movie changes tact, and shows Alex getting caught and forced to undergo controversial treatment that will make it impossible for him to commit violent acts, leading to a fascinating ending to the film. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE purposely confuses crime and punishment, cause and effect, hero and villain, irony and satire, and many other concepts, creating a truly unique work of art in the process. Its magnificent, colorful, futuristic set designs and utter determination to shock, frighten, and thoroughly entertain left audiences reeling in the '70s. Kubrick even withdrew the film from distribution in the UK, after reading newspaper reports of people dressing up as Alex and his Droogs and meting out their own brand of ultraviolence (it was subsequently rereleased after his death). One thing is for sure: No one who has seen it has ever been able to hear "Singin' in the Rain" or Beethoven again in quite the same way.
A Clockwork Orange: Two-Disc Special Edition - DVD Review
By: Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/20/2007 3:54 AM
|Stanley Kubrick set forth a zeitgeist upon which all future gang warfare films would be based on. Which is surprising considering A Clockwork Orange is not about gang warfare at all. It's a science fiction thriller about a predator of humanity who gets a taste of his own medicine a hundred fold once he is rehabilitated into a docile animal of society. Alex DeLarge, almost like Scarface, has become a considerable icon for the neo-sixties chic society of pop culture that has embraced his image of a derby, cane, and accentuated lashes. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Anthony Burgess - Based On Novel By|
|Bill Butler - Editor|
|John Alcott - Cinematographer|
|John Barry - Production Designer|
|Max L. Raab - Executive Producer|
|Peter Sheilds - Art Director|
|Russell Hagg - Art Director|
|Stanley Kubrick - Director|
|Stanley Kubrick - Producer|
|Stanley Kubrick - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryA CLOCKWORK ORANGE, based on the prescient novel by Anthony Burgess, is director Stanley Kubrick's masterful satire on crime and punishment in an ultraviolent future.
|Golden Globe, Stanley Kubrick, Best Director - Motion Picture|
|Golden Globe, A Clockwork Orange, Best Motion Picture - Drama|
|Golden Globe, Malcolm McDowell, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama|
|Oscar, Stanley Kubrick, Best Director|
|Oscar, Bill Butler, Best Film Editing|
|Oscar, Stanley Kubrick, Best Picture|
|Oscar, Stanley Kubrick, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|"There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim. And we sat in the Korova Milkbar, trying to make up our razudoks what to do with the evening."----Alex (Malcolm McDowell), the "humble narrator"|
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