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A Clockwork Orange 4K UHD Review

“A Clockwork Orange” is still a classic.

“A Clockwork Orange” is a dystopian film that is written and directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel by Anthony Burgess. The story is told from the perspective of the teenage Alex DeLarge who is the leader of a gang of droogs. The gang is as vile as can be as they commit “ultra-violence,” rape women, break into homes and so forth. Eventually, Alex is arrested for murder and imprisoned. Upon learning of an experimental treatment known as the Ludovico Technique, Alex tries to get into this program as it would get him out of prison. The reform program is essentially a form of torture which conditions him to be repelled to all of his sadistic urges. Will it actually work though?

It’s been 50 years since “A Clockwork Orange” was released and it remains as challenging, disturbing and thought provoking as it was in 1971. Writer/director Stanley Kubrick (who is easily one of cinema’s greatest filmmakers) plunges the viewer into the deranged world of Alex and, in the process, delves into heavy and still relevant themes about violence, change, freedom, Government control, human nature and choice. Kubrick doesn’t provide any solutions to societal problems nor does he wrap the movie up in a nice tidy package. Instead, he opts to leave it open to interpretation and debate. 

Visually, Kubrick once again showcases that he is a perfectionist in the best way possible. Every frame is a work of art, the juxtaposition of images and music is expertly crafted, and the production design manages to be both futuristic and of its time. You really feel like you’re in this dangerous dystopian world. DP John Alcott also deserves a lot of credit for the striking cinematography.

I think it goes without saying that Malcolm McDowell was never better than he was here. Not only does he carry the movie from a cast perspective, but he fully commits himself to the role physically and mentally. It’s such a raw, energetic, and haunting performance that sticks with you.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 2160p. How does it look? From the first shot you know you’re in for a treat. This is a stunning upgrade that will undoubtedly please 4K fans.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From Beethoven to the lingo, this track delivers. Granted, some fans might have been hoping for a higher quality track ala a 7.1 or Atmos track, but I’m here to say it’s still satisfactory. 


Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “A Clockwork Orange” trailer
* Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Nick Redman.
* “Still Tickin’: The Return Of Clockwork Orange”- A 43 minute almost scholarly extra that discusses the novel, the film, the content of the story, and more.
* “Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange”- This extra primarily covers production stories.
* “Turning Like Clockwork”- A 26 minute extra hosted by McDowell that covers the film’s reception, the themes, violence in cinema and more.
* “Malcolm McDowell Looks Back”- A 10 minute interview with McDowell who recounts memories and talks about everything from Kubrick to his costume. 

September 19, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

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