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Stanley Kubrick film 'A Clockwork Orange' gets new 4K restoration

On the 15th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange, the provocative examination into violence, art and free will is headed for a 4K, Blu-ray re-release.

Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, Kubrick’s film depicts a dystopian vision of a world that is ruled by juvenile delinquency and authoritarian rectification. Starring Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge, an Avante-Garde thug, he and his gang of Droogs spend their nights drinking and engaging in acts of sinister debauchery, or as they call it “a little of the old ultraviolence”. Though once Alex is jailed for torturing and finally killing a woman, he is stripped of his own free will to become a new member of society. 

Earning four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Film Editing, the film is among Kubrick’s most critically and culturally celebrated, bizarrely featuring in Space Jam: A New Legacy in summer 2021. 

As Kubrick comments on the film’s key theme, “The central idea of the film has to do with the question of free-will. Do we lose our humanity if we are deprived of the choice between good and evil? Do we become, as the title suggests, A Clockwork Orange? Recent experiments in conditioning and mind control on volunteer prisoners in America have taken this question out of the realm of science-fiction”. 

Its release comes after the United States Library of Congress selected Kubrick’s film for a place in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The director’s former friend and colleague Leon Vitali, as well as the Kubrick estate, worked closely with the Warner Bros team to bring the new high-quality copy into existence. 

Available from September 21, 2021, the brand new 4K edition of the film will include commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Nick Redman alongside a Channel 4 documentary that looks back at the making of the film.

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