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A Clockwork Orange
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Stanley Kubrick


From 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.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 136 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1971

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Anamorphic, Full-Frame

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

2-Disc Set

Special Edition

Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85

Full Frame - 1.33

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Director

Stanley Kubrick

Producer

Stanley Kubrick

Screenwriter

Stanley Kubrick

Star(s)

Carl Duering

Star(s)

James Marcus

Star(s)

John Clive

Star(s)

Aubrey Morris

Star(s)

Patrick Magee

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Press

"...A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is still potent and though-provoking..."

- Steve Emmons, Los Angeles Times

"...CLOCKWORK is a movie about movies -- and sex and power and music and Sovietism -- that works as a head trip by driving for the gut. Consider it Kubrick's most surrealistic feat..."

- Entertainment Weekly Staff, Entertainment Weekly

 

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