CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A: 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

THE PLOT THUS FAR A couple who seems to have it all pushes their sex life to the edge. The story gets intertwined when an old flame, betrayal, lust...

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

A couple who seems to have it all pushes their sex life to the edge. The story gets intertwined when an old flame, betrayal, lust and deceit enter the picture.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Seeing “A Clockwork Orange” when I was younger was a big deal to me. It was always considered one of those forbidden movies, the type that parental figures will go to great measures to keep impressionable eyes from seeing. It’s the first film I ever saw that celebrates the truly evil nature of its main character. In a few words, I absolutely loved it. “A Clockwork Orange” opens on Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his droogs at the Korova milkbar. Alex is a working class kid in a futuristic London who absolutely loves nothing more than his milk, listening to Beethoven and a bit of the ol’ ultraviolence. Alex and the droogs spend their nights torturing homeless people, playing chicken on the roadways and committing home invasions. It’s when Alex and his droogs rape a woman in front of her husband (David Magee) that Alex’s life will forever change. Sure, he went to jail for killing the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin), but the events that caused his ultimate downfall/rebirth was set about when he raped Mrs. Alexander (Adrienne Corri).

The second act of the film deals with Alex’s time in prison and how in an effort to win early release, he undergoes the Ludvico treatment. Alex allows himself to undergo a severe form of aversion therapy in order to build up a sickening distaste for violence. Alex is strapped to a chair with eyes held open, as he watches the sickest thing imaginable as a way to cure him of his ultraviolence addiction. All the while, his favorite Beethoven pieces are played loudly in a cruel manner. By the time, Alex is finished with the treatment; he can’t even fight to defend himself. He’s a defeated man.

After a successful demonstration of Alex’s rehabilitation, he’s pushed back into society. He goes home, but his parents have rented out his room. He tries to reunite with his friends, but they’ve become the police and other authority figures. Alex is left alone in the world, except for the aid of a kindly old man. The problem is that this man remembers Alex, as being the person who raped his wife. His wife has long since died, but the memory of the event that destroyed her life makes Mr. Alexander insane.

What follows is a third act where everything that Alex has encountered in life builds to his breaking point. But, instead of Alex being pinned for the crimes of the third act…we get to see him enter a new role. Alex becomes the new face of a new age, where no one gives a shit about anyone else. Plus, he realizes something. His fantasies of sex and violence have returned. He was cured all right.

The Blu-Ray comes with one of those amazing Warner Brothers Digibook packages. The Blu-Ray comes with new featurettes that focus on Malcolm McDowell’s memories and the impact of the ultraviolence of the films. The commentary, prior featurettes and Channel 4 documentary are still present on the disc. The killer addition is the second disc which sports two Kubrick documentaries in glorious HD.

If you haven’t seen Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Picture before, I’d recommend checking it out. Previously only available in the Kubrick DVD Collection, this documentary presents the best overview of Kubrick for neophyte fans. A lot of the material in his early days get skimmed, but there’s still discussion of the work. The A/V Quality is impeccable with no digital noise and a reference quality DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. This is the biggest vintage release of May.

RELEASE DATE: 05/31/2011

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