Clockwork Orange, A (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971), directed by Stanley Kubrick.

First review

I first saw this in the 1970s a few years after it was first released and I hated it. Just hated it. I must have changed because slowly over the years it has become one of my favorite films and is now on my desert island list.

Setting aside the assaults, rape, sadism and murder, it is a really funny film. People want to talk about what it means but miss what a rich dark comedy it is.

Times have changed, too, and people are perhaps inured to ultra-violence in films. Pornography is much more mainstream than in 1971. It was tectonically controversial at the time, but I don't know if new viewers will see it that way now.

On Blu-ray. Malcom McDowell and a film historian contribute a chatty commentary track, full of interesting details and background.

The film and the book have about 90% overlap. Actor Tom Hollander has a very nice audiobook reading. He makes the Nadsat slang intelligible.

Second review

Notes after the last of I don't know how many viewings:

Available on Blu-ray with a commentary track by Nick Redman and Malcom McDowell. A wealth of great stories. Kubrick was open to ideas and McDowell points out the elements he contributed.

Warner has issued this more than once, but I believe it is always the same video encoding.