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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Malcolm McDowell
Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm McDowell
, Patrick Magee
Patrick Magee
, Michael Bates
Michael Bates
Stanley Kubrick
A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Malcolm McDowell
Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm McDowell
, Patrick Magee
Patrick Magee
, Michael Bates
Michael Bates
Stanley Kubrick

Blu-ray (Remastered / Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such as terrorizing a writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee), and gang raping his wife (who later dies as a result). After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin) to death with one of her phallic sculptures, Alex submits to the Ludovico behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence through watching gory movies, and even his adored Beethoven is turned against him. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims, with Mr. Alexander using Beethoven's "Ninth" to inflict the greatest pain of all. When society sees what the state has done to Alex, however, the politically expedient move is made. Casting a coldly pessimistic view on the then-future of the late '70s-early '80s, Kubrick and production designer John Barry created a world of high-tech cultural decay, mixing old details like bowler hats with bizarrely alienating "new" environments like the Milkbar. Alex's violence is horrific, yet it is an aesthetically calculated fact of his existence; his charisma makes the icily clinical Ludovico treatment seem more negatively abusive than positively therapeutic. Alex may be a sadist, but the state's autocratic control is another violent act, rather than a solution. Released in late 1971 (within weeks of Sam Peckinpah's brutally violent Straw Dogs), the film sparked considerable controversy in the U.S. with its X-rated violence; after copycat crimes in England, Kubrick withdrew the film from British distribution until after his death. Opinion was divided on the meaning of Kubrick's detached view of this shocking future, but, whether the discord drew the curious or Kubrick's scathing diagnosis spoke to the chaotic cultural moment, A Clockwork Orange became a hit. On the heels of New York Film Critics Circle awards as Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Kubrick received Oscar nominations in all three categories.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
UPC: 0085391156741
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:17:00
Sales rank: 6,611

Special Features

Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman; Channel Four documentary Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange; New featurette Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange; Career profile O Lucky Malcolm! (in high definition); Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Malcolm McDowell Alex
Patrick Magee Mr. Frank Alexander
Michael Bates Chief Guard
Adrienne Corri Mrs. Alexander
Warren Clarke Dim
Aubrey Morris P.R. Deltoid
Steven Berkoff Constable
Gaye Brown Actor
Peter Burton Actor
Lindsay Campbell Inspector
Vivienne Chandler Handmaiden
Carol Drinkwater Nurse Feeley
Lee Fox Actor
Gillian Hills Sonietta
Barbara Scott Marty
Virginia Wetherell Stage Actress
Neil Wilson Actor
Katya Wyeth Girl
James Marcus Georgie
John Carney C.I.D. Official
John Clive Stage Actor
Carl Duering Dr. Brodsky
Paul Farrell Tramp
Clive Francis Lodger
Michael Gover Prison Governor
Miriam Karlin Cat Lady
Godfrey Quigley Prison Chaplain
Sheila Raynor Mum
Madge Ryan Dr. Branum
John Savident Conspirator
Anthony Sharp Minister
Philip Stone Dad
Pauline Taylor Psychiatrist
Margaret Tyzack Conspirator
David Prowse Julian
Richard Connaught Actor
Jan Adair Actor
Barrie Cookson Actor
Prudence Drage Actor
Cheryl Grunwald Rape Victim
Craig Hunter Dr. Friendly
Shirley Jaffe Actor
Michael Tarn Pete

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Alcott Cinematographer
John Barry Production Designer
Bill Butler Editor
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Wendy Carlos Score Composer
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Barbara Daly Makeup
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Russell Hagg Art Director
John Jordan Sound/Sound Designer
Si Litvinoff Executive Producer
George Partleton Makeup
Max Raab Executive Producer
Roy Scammell Stunts
Peter Shields Art Director
Bernard Williams Associate Producer
Freddie Williamson Makeup

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