A Clockwork Orange
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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.
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Now, I know that the movie is not technically complete because it's missing the last chapter of the book but, having that unbeknownst, I think it is important to look at the movie for what it is, as one whole.
The movie is well recorded and the blu ray disc quality is acceptable by HD standards. The film starts immediately as soon as the disc is read and bypasses the main menu. You can access the main menu for extras, subtitle options, and/or commentaries via your blu ray player's controller. I did not like this feature that much but, considering the movie is terrific, I've overlooked that.
I won't spoil the movie but I will say this: This film is not for children, and it contains nudity and violence.
I think the movie does not celebrate ultra-violence nor the old in-out in-out but rather one's ability to choose for oneself.
Thank you for reading this and have a great day.
I only remembered the horrid violence inflicted by the main character after the first time I watched this movie. Upon viewing my purchase, the violence is still horrid. Yet amazingly it is not as gory as I find some prime time television shows of today. The "horrorshow" in this movie is the manipulation of the people by politicians. To stay in power they will deal with, absolve, elevate and use slime. The politcians are the prominent thugs. The movie worked over theme to the point I felt like a pummeled boxer. But then, some may need a message so delivered. But why "A Clockwork Orange"?
I give this production a four of five stars rating. The disc with the extras are well produced. I couldn't beat the price when I obtained it. The movie is a classic for its theme and for Malcom McDowell's chilling performance.
This version cut one of my favorite scenes: a bunch of half-toothless 70+ year-olds drinking in a street pub listening to hardcore rock-and-roll. They were supposed to be us today! Stanley missed the great improvements in dental care.
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