STANLEY KUBRICK's "A Clockwork Orange" on Blu-ray Disc

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  1. Rob LoVerde

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    I recently picked up the 5 available Kubrick films on BD. I must say I approached "A Clockwork Orange" with some trepidation, after reading a couple of negative things written by critics online.

    Of course, I don't believe everything I read, but still, I wasn't expecting much from this edition.

    About 5 minutes into my screening, though, all worries were put to rest...I think it looks fantastic! So far, I think that Warner Bros. is doing an excellent job of transferring Kubrick's films to Blu-ray Disc.

    Any thoughts from the forum members about this title?
     
  2. Travis Brashear

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    I think, for a Blu-ray, it looks rather unimpressive--easily the worst of the Kubrick BD titles--and should be remastered and repressed. It's certainly watchable--let me never be accused of suffering from AVS-style anal retentiveness--but it's very much not up to snuff. Perhaps some of its visual anomalies can be attributed to its low budget origins, but I'm not convinced they all could. I'm positive A CLOCKWORK ORANGE could have greater precision than this. My chief concern lies with the almost blurry aspect of much of the footage, and the fact that oftentimes, the colors don't quite ring true. Overall, the viewing experience is fine, but I believe there should, and could, have been a much more pronounced jump in quality from the SD to the BD--in a few limited moments, it actually looks like the SD may have slight image advantages to the BD and I've never encountered any other title I'd say that about (and I own well over 100 BDs).
     
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    Personally, I think it looks great. I think the film is simply problematic and photographed. It has a film-like look and I wouldn't want it falsely sharpen it.
     
  4. Vern Dias

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    I have projected 35mm prints of "A Clockwork Orange" many many times over the years, and to the best of my recollection, the BD does the original full justice. Even better, the BD is multi-channel where all the 35mm prints were mono optical.

    Vern
     
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    Eyes Wide Shut is easily the worst Kubrick Blu-ray. ACO looks as I was expecting, and I've owned everything from video to laserdisc to both DVD releases of ACO. This is by far the best version as viewed on a 92 in. screen.
     
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    best it has ever looked
     
  7. Travis Brashear

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    I never argued otherwise, and its overall virtues certainly outpace the SD's; that being said, I still maintain that I don't believe this is as good as it can get.
     
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    Very true!
     

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