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A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick is, & among other things, a quality-control freak, and in the interest of precisely preserving these films' color designs and picture...A Clockwork OrangeSci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller, DramaPT127MR Stanley Kubrick is, & among other things, a quality-control freak, and in the interest of precisely preserving these films' color designs and picture...1991-10-04Warren ClarkePatrick MageeJames MarcusWarren Clarke, Patrick Magee, James MarcusWarner Bros.
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A Clockwork Orange

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee, James Marcus; Director: Stanley Kubrick; Author: Stanley Kubrick; Producer (group): Hawk Films, Polaris Productions, Warner Bros.; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 127; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Stanley Kubrick is, & among other things, a quality-control freak, and in the interest of precisely preserving these films’ color designs and picture clarity, the director has personally supervised new video transfers for cassette and disc reissues. The tape versions look great, but they don’t have the discs’ hallucinatory vividness — or show as clearly how Kubrick’s obsession with photographic verisimilitude can sometimes suck the life out of his movies.

A Clockwork Orange, a repulsive vision of a violent future society, escapes this sterility because Malcolm McDowell, as a psychopathic thug forcibly rehabilitated by scientists, radiates such perverse charm. The humanity he projects even through the vilest actions is what makes the clinical imagery around him compelling. A-

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