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Based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel "A Clockwork Orange" is a masterpiece chronicling with evident satire the life of miscreants and its effect on society. An invaluable soc...Read more

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Based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel "A Clockwork Orange" is a masterpiece chronicling with evident satire the life of miscreants and its effect on society. An invaluable social commentary by Stanley Kubrick this two-disc set is a crime caper portraying the life of a gang of young hoodlums who spend their days robbing, fighting and raping women. Heading the gang is the sociopath and delinquent Alex (Malcolm McDowell), who is used in a government experiment to help reform violent misanthropes and help the society. A very dark and disturbing movie, "A Clockwork Orange" is a mockery of such organizations and questions their effectiveness. Containing visual, social, political and sexual elements, this two-disc set throws light on the rare way criminal minds work (Alex who is a rapist loves Beethoven). Additionally, "A Clockwork Orange" features great classical music that adds to the theme of the story. Watch this crime story for its stark realism and sensational visuals., 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. 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.

Product Details
  • Edition: 2-Disc Special Edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: United Kingdom
  • UPC: 012569806726

Additional Details
Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD
Display Format:2-Disc Special Edition

Credits
Director:Stanley Kubrick
Leading Role:Malcolm McDowell
eBay Product ID: EPID61700076

Editorial reviews

"...A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is still potent and though-provoking..."
Los Angeles Times - Steve Emmons (07/15/1999)

"...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 - Entertainment Weekly Staff (06/13/2003)

"...It still shocks....Provocative..."
Total Film - Nick Clark (12/01/2000)

"Looking back now, CLOCKWORK ORANGE may be subversive, shocking, and sadistic. But it's also clearly a satire about free will." -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Nashawaty (05/27/2011)

"Featuring the multiple charms of McDowell's performance."
Premiere - Premiere Staff (04/01/2004)

"...The film remains every bit as tantalising as it ever was..."
Sight and Sound - Dan Leigh (10/01/2000)

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