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Stanley Kubrick's striking visual interpretation of Anthony Burgess's famous novel is a masterpiece. Malcolm McDowell delivers a clever, tongue-in-cheek performance as Alex, the leader of a quartet of droogs, a vicious group of young hoodlums who spend their nights stealing cars, fighting rival gangs, breaking into people's homes, and raping women. While other directors would simply exploit the violent elements of such a film without subtext, Kubrick maintains Burgess's dark, satirical social commentary. We watch Alex transform from a free-roaming miscreant into a convict used in a government experiment that attempts to reform criminals through an unorthodox new medical treatment. The catch, of course, is that this therapy may be nothing better than a quick cure-all for a society plagued by rampant crime. A Clockwork Orange works on many levels--visual, social, political, and sexual--and is one of the few films that hold up under repeated viewings. Kubrick not only presents colorfully arresting images, he also stylizes the film by utilizing classical music (and Wendy Carlos's electronic classical work) to underscore the violent scenes, which even today are disturbing in their display of sheer nihilism. Ironically, many fans of the film have missed that point, sadly being entertained by its brutality rather than being repulsed by it. --Bryan Reesman

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Music Soundtrack CD
  • Collectible Senitype: 35MM Limited Film Frame
  • Commemorative Booklet: 16 Full Color Pages, Featuring: Stories Behind The Film, The Music, Plus Over 20 Photos

Cast

Malcolm McDowellAlex
Patrick MageeMr. Alexander
Michael BatesChief Guard
Warren ClarkeDim
John CliveStage Actor
Adrienne CorriMrs. Alexander
Steven BerkoffDet. Const. Tom
David ProwseJulian

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 137 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 2, 1972
    EuropeJan 13, 1972
    JapanApr 29, 1972
    AustraliaSep 22, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 23, 2007
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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