Listen up, my droogs: Stanley Kubrick's controversial A Clockwork Orange
is getting a new Blu-ray release in honor of its 40th anniversary. Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, the film stars Malcolm McDowell as Alex, a character who would become McDowell's most iconic role, not to mention a staple of hipster Halloween parties for generations to come. The film follows Alex's unwilling journey from hooligan and derby aficionado to brainwashed obedient lad, with stops at rape, ultra-violence, and uncomfortable musical numbers along the way.
Listing for $34.99, the two-disc A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition
set will hit shelves May 31st, and will include two new bonus features alongside the older content. According to the press release, the new material will include "a 25-minute documentary about the film’s 'ultra-violence' and its cultural impact, and a short documentary where Malcolm McDowell reminiscences on working closely with the legendary director." The 40th Anniversary Edition will also be packaged with a book of photos and production notes.
If that's still not enough to sate your Kubrick cravings, Warner Bros. Home Video will also be releasing the massive Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection
Blu-ray box set that same day for a list price of $148.95. The set will bundle together every flick Kubrick made since 1960. For the record, that means you'll get Blu-ray copies of the new A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition
alongside new Blu-rays of Lolita
and Barry Lyndon
, as well as Spartacus
, Dr. Strangelove
, 2001: A Space Odyssey
, The Shining
, Full Metal Jacket
, and Eyes Wide Shut
. It will also get a snazzy 40-page collector's book looking at the director's career. If you're feeling frugal or don't have a Blu-ray player, you'll be able to get the same collection of films on DVD as the Stanley Kubrick Essential Collection
for a mere $74.92.
You can get a peep at the new Clockwork
set and the full specs below.
A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition
- Feature Film
- New Bonus Features
- Malcolm McDowell Looks Back: Malcolm McDowell reflects on his experience working with Kubrick on one of the seminal films of the 1970s
- Turning Like Clockwork considers the film’s “ultra-violence” and its cultural impact
- Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
- Documentary Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange
- Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange
- Theatrical Trailer
- Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (Produced and directed by Jan Harlan, the brother of Christiane Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick's widow). Kubrick’s career comes into sharp focus in this compelling documentary narrated by Tom Cruise. Fascinating footage glimpses Kubrick in his early years, at work on film sets and at home, augmented by candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family.
- O Lucky Malcolm! Documentary about the life and career of actor Malcolm McDowell produced and directed by Jan Harlan and edited by Katia de Vidas.