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Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Coming Up (Update)

Posted February 9, 2011 03:08 AM by Juan Calonge

The French branch of Warner Home Video has announced that, on May 18, it will re-release Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange in a 40-Anniversary, 2-Disk Digibook Blu-ray edition. Just a few days earlier, the film be projected digitally at the Cannes Film Festival. There is no information about a US release at the moment.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the start of the long-standing relationship between Warner Bros and Kubrick, seven of his movies will be digitally projected in theaters across France starting June 1: Lolita, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining (in its US version, never released before in French cinemas), Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut.

Additionally, the French Cinémathèque will host an exhibition on Stanley Kubrick, with an area of over 10,000 square feet and displaying screenplays, correspondence, research documents, on-set photographs, costumes and props, as well as in-depth documentation on Kubrick's unfinished projects, such as his Napoleon.

Update

A Spanish site has posted the first image of the upcoming 40th Anniversary edition. Confirming the reports from HD Numérique, it will indeed be a two-disc Digibook edition. Disc 2 is also a Blu-ray and visibly includes two documentaries: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (previously available only on DVD) and O Lucky Malcolm (already available on the first edition of A Clockwork Orange).

The fact that a documentary is being shifted to another disc indicates that in this case WHV won't simply reuse the existing first-edition disc and slap a second bonus disc to create a special edition, like it did recently with GoodFellas: 20th Anniversary Edition (see Blu-ray.com, February 1, 2010).

Update 2

HD Numérique has removed any mention of a new digital restoration being used for the Cannes screening. Therefore, the transfer projected will be probably the same already used for the 2007 Blu-ray.


Source: HD Numérique | Permalink | France United States [Country settings]

News comments (66 comments)


mishal
- Feb 07, 2011
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Of course. It has to happen to me. Stanley Kubrick is my all-time favorite director. If the new restoration is superb, I don't mind double dipping.

And why doesn't the US gives Kubrick the appreciation he deserves like the French?

K i r a
- Feb 07, 2011
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^ I think it says the new restoration is for the Cannes Film Festival. Only difference between the already released version is it's a Digibook, and a second disc.

Xevirus
- Feb 07, 2011
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I'd much rather have Barry Lyndon on BD.

Obilink
- Feb 07, 2011
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I didn't think the video for the original blu-ray was bad, but it was not nearly as good as it could have been. As one of my all-time favorite movies, I REALLY hope it makes it to this release. I also can't wait to see what features make it to disc 2. Now I only hope it makes it to America...

Also, what would this mean for the rumored Kubrick set?

Carlosg777
- Feb 07, 2011
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This is my favourite picture. It was the first blu-ray I bought of which I actually owned the DVD. I hate to double-dip, but if, by some miracle, there's a new transfer and/or a substantial amount of new content, I might just have to buy it a third time!

Dwigt
- Feb 07, 2011
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@Obilink

A Clockwork Orange was shot on a budget, after the Napoleon project collapsed. Warner took the subject and the probable X rating but Kubrick had to work with a smaller crew and a tighter deadline than he tended to do. I'm not sure the transfer can be much improved.
Warner France will actually release on the same day Barry Lyndon and Lolita (an official US announcement for all three titles isn't far behind). I know there were rumors about Douglas Trumbull shooting a documentary about 2001 and the missing footage from the premiere but the Kubrick estate and Warner were quick to announce these deleted scenes would remain so (it was Kubrick's will) and the documentary was quickly canceled as Trumbull had no rights on the material (but he still can make a book of it).
So, I guess there will only be three titles. Which is fine to me, because the more focus on Barry Lyndon, the better.

cdmaniac
- Feb 07, 2011
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Im glad I waited!

ambientcafe
- Feb 07, 2011
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The French have a similar appreciation for David Lynch....luv my Studio Canal bd of 'Mulholland Drive'

Dwigt
- Feb 07, 2011
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@ambientcafe

About Lynch, it's less about appreciation than production. Eraserhead wasn't released in France until Elephant Man (and it was named "Labyrinth Man" in the original release!). It took long years for him to receive proper consideration from the French critics.

In 1990, construction and media magnate Francis Bouygues decided to found his own production company, Ciby 2000 (with "2000" pronounced "Deux mille" in French, a pun on Cecil B DeMille). He wanted to produce Kubrick, Lynch, Wenders, Almodovar and many other big names for art movies. Ciby 2000 got most of them and made some quite good films and harvested a few Palmes d'or (The Piano, Underground, Taste of Cherry) but the folly was naturally a financial gulf because it was mostly subsidies for art movies (another producer made the very same mistake in the 70s when he wanted to produce Fellini, Bergman, Antonioni and Tarkovsky while disregarding potential popular hits). When Bouygues died, the company more or less folded.
But Ciby 2000 still had a three picture deal with Lynch, started by Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. They had to honor at least one other movie, which was Lost Highway. Coincidentally the "Francis Bouygues presents" credit on this movie appears close to a TV set being shot. Bouygues owned French most popular TV network.
The rights to the Ciby 2000 Lynch catalog were sold to the equivalent of a French indie studio, MK2. Negotiations for the third movie in the Lynch-Bouygues contract brought Lynch to another French company, Studio Canal, the Canal+ movie production company (Canal+ is our local equivalent of HBO and a big money earner that was at the source of Vivendi Universal. By law, every TV channel has to inject some of its activity into movie production). That's why France produced A Straight Story then was at the source for the completion of Mulholland Dr.

vicmackey187
- Feb 07, 2011
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Ugh, this might be the FOURTH time i've purchased Clockwork. Better be worth it.

Russell22
- Feb 07, 2011
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If they release a new print onto blu ray and it's a marked iprovement over the old one then im in, otherwise i won't bother.

ShellOilJunior
- Feb 07, 2011
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vicmackey187,

Same here. If the restoration is worth it and the price is right.... why not? It's Kubrick.

Adam_ME
- Feb 07, 2011
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One of my favorite movies of all-time. And the original Blu-ray did not look very good. So I'll gladly double-dip if this has a new and improved transfer. While you're at it, WB, do something about Eyes Wide Shut. That movie's only 12 years old, yet it looked mediocre at best.

rmainhammer
- Feb 07, 2011
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I was naive to think blu-ray would be the one format not to double-dip. Of course I'm getting this, just like I got the Raging Bull 30th Anniversary edition after buying the first print of that one.

JimDiGriz
- Feb 07, 2011
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Not bothered about this one but Id buy a new transfer of Eyes Wide Shut in an instant - the current one just looks awful and is easily the worst blu-ray transfer Ive seen (apart from Inland Empire but that was filmed in SD so doesnt count)

Proghog
- Feb 07, 2011
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I wonder why they don't show Paths of Glory the French military/government would love that one.

TTaco05
- Feb 07, 2011
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RASchuette
- Feb 07, 2011
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Isn't WB supposedly releasing a Kubrick Blu set that includes the never-before-released Lolita and Barry Lyndon? If so, I would assume this would be included in that set.

Robert Siegel
- Feb 07, 2011
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Blu-Runner
- Feb 07, 2011
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You know a rerelease of 2001 is coming. WB found 17 minutes of never before seen footage from an archive the past few months. I'll get this version of Clockwork Orange, too.

GoBlu08
- Feb 07, 2011
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I will get this. Kubrick was a great director

HeartPalmeiras
- Feb 07, 2011
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Oh my God I hope all of those get new releases in special editions. I'd rebuy all the ones I already have: though 2001 is already an amazing BD. Clockword and Lolita are my personal favs in the list and I'd love to get that 2-disc edition and get a Lolita release. Does anyone know if warner region locks their european BDs?

Awesome news: would love to catch this in theaters

TTC1984
- Feb 07, 2011
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Is this going to be a new transfer and/or have any additional bonus features on the disc? If not, I'll be sticking with my earlier Blu.

And Heart, Warner typically DOES NOT do any sort of region locking on their discs.

DVDave
- Feb 07, 2011
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There's a new Kubrick box set coming that will include Barry Lyndon and Lolita so we can probably expect the new restoration of Clockwork will be included in the U.S.

Lordy
- Feb 07, 2011
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@ DVDave - A new Kubrick box set is news to me. How have you heard this? Could you please provide a link where the rest of us can read up on that titillating bit of news?

matt_hargett
- Feb 07, 2011
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Would be great to get a bluray that has 24-bit DTS-HD audio track (ditching the LPCM and Dolby Digital tracks), and a video re-encode that takes advantage of the additional space freed up.

criterion10
- Feb 07, 2011
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I felt that all of the Stanley Kubrick blu-ray's (with exception of 2001 as I have not viewed it) were just about average. I hope they are all rereleased with better quality and more extras.

HeartPalmeiras
- Feb 07, 2011
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TTC1984
Thanks for this info. If they don't region lock I will import this, but if it will be out eventually in a boxset I will just wait: I guess we will have to wait for details now.

I actually like LPCM audio over DTS MA. I feel LPCM audio sounds more open, but maybe it's just me. Though I can't be certain, but I think DTS MA takes up slightly less space.

A Kubrick boxset would be amazing. Agree with whoever said Eyes Wide Shut needs major restoring: I actually like that movie a lot. Though I wouldn't give up my Paths of Glory Criterion BD for anything.

KulasDevorn
- Feb 07, 2011
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Wth is this? I JUST bought Clockwork Orange on BR and got rid of the DVD version. I am sick of these companies coming out with new versions every 2 years.

Minimejer05
- Feb 07, 2011
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Awesome to see Warner Bros doing so much for Kubrick.

Mordok
- Feb 07, 2011
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Well, guess it was a good idea to hold off on picking this up....I can wait a little while longer..

ZombieFanatic
- Feb 07, 2011
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If a new restored version comes out in the U.S. and they don't slather it with DNR, I will double dip to buy it. This, along with The Shining and Full Metal Jacket are my three fav Kubrick films...

Lyle_JP
- Feb 08, 2011
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COOL! This is the softest and least pleasing of the Kubrick discs currently available from Warner.

themadpanner
- Feb 08, 2011
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Yes , a must have as I've got it on HD-DVD. Whilst on the subject of Kubrick, with a new '2001' why not offer a 'Smilebox' option version, after all it was a 'cinerama' 70mm movie. On the 'Cinerama Adventure' doco (on the 'How the West was Won' digi book) is a short sequence in 'Smilebox' and its AWSOME. 'Lolita' and 'Barry Lyndon' are must haves as well.

jonnoble27
- Feb 08, 2011
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How much you wanna bet that the rest of Kubricks WB films will make their way to digibooks and eventually in a tidy box set?

jonnoble27
- Feb 08, 2011
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Love you, Warners!

repete66211
- Feb 08, 2011
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I've been dragging my feet on this movie, mainly because I've seen it so many times. Looks like the laziness paid off.

On another note, I am flabbergasted that we haven't heard from the digibook whiners.

BestGuy
- Feb 08, 2011
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I noticed Warner Bros. using AVC for all there new releases. Will this new release come with the same VC-1 encode or a new AVC encode?

mishal
- Feb 09, 2011
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UPDATE:

The digibook cover is SICK! I love it!

But I've already seen Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures. Are there any news about a new restoration?

Obilink
- Feb 09, 2011
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My word that DigiBook looks excellent! Here is hoping it makes its way to retail fairly quickly.

thdeanmachine
- Feb 09, 2011
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bought the original but will be selling that to buy this digibook. love this movie, love digibooks, love kubrick

tru blu
- Feb 09, 2011
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Just listed my current copy on ebay.

24framesasecond
- Feb 09, 2011
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The same pattern, over and over and over again: new editions of titles previously released in perfectly acceptable editions while refusing to release titles (such as Barry Lyndon) that are in demand and begging for the BRD treatment. Perhaps we have no one to blame but ourselves.

ifireun
- Feb 09, 2011
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Looking forward to this, hoping the transfer can be improved, but I will be careful before making a decision to double dip. I also remain optimistic that we'll have a Region A release of Barry Lyndon later this year - it would be a tremendous addition to any Kubrick fan's collection.

ambient_indie
- Feb 09, 2011
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Has Warner Brothers ever revisited a film on blu-ray and rescanned the transfer?They seem to recycle the same master for reissues. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong. Its disappointing. I hope they worked on restoring Clockwork.

Grubert
- Feb 09, 2011
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"Has Warner Brothers ever revisited a film on blu-ray and rescanned the transfer?"

Yes, and it's also Kubrick - on Full Metal Jacket, the Deluxe Edition looks a lot better than the first edition.

Adam_ME
- Feb 09, 2011
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Wow, I wasn't expecting A Life In Pictures to be released on Blu-ray anytime soon. That makes this an easy double-dip.

musicfann
- Feb 09, 2011
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What is the usual REGION LOCK situation with French, WARNER BROS. Blu Ray's ?

CandyStalker
- Feb 09, 2011
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I'm good. The previous version and supplements were outstanding. No point in buying this new version... unless they can get Kubrick to do a commentary, heh.

The Great Artiste
- Feb 09, 2011
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madpanner, "2001 A Space Odyssey" was never originally filmed in the Cinerama format (3 separate cameras, 35 mm), but in 65 mm (70mm print for addition of soundtrack). Any Cinerama theatrical exhibitions were conversions of the original into 3 separate 35 mm prints for 3-projector display. There would be no benefit to a "smilebox" presentation, unless you had a Cinerama-type curved screen to project it on.

logboy
- Feb 09, 2011
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i want soundtrack reissues. please. wendy carlos's complete score and the other one.

audioquest
- Feb 09, 2011
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Although a Kubrick masterpiece, this has always been an ugly looking film. A drab, early 70s affair. I'll stick with my HD DVD copy - it's good enough.

Doctorossi
- Feb 09, 2011
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Sign me up!

GoBlu08
- Feb 09, 2011
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I am ready to preorder this

Vendetta-akk
- Feb 09, 2011
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I'll double deep either way because I do not own A Life in Pictures, but like everybody else I hope they can make Video Quality improvements as well.

alphadec
- Feb 09, 2011
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if they improve the picture and sound I will double dip.

MrHT
- Feb 09, 2011
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Oh my! So many titles to be released on Blu, yet they're already re-releasing stuff. Come on!

randomhero
- Feb 09, 2011
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Hoping a life in pictures is transfered to HD...

kubrick
- Feb 09, 2011
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Best director, ever. Bar none. Glad the French give him the credit he deserves.
Genius.

d6a4s5
- Feb 09, 2011
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Wow. Not hard to see why those two comments that are now hidden got that way...talk about pure ignorance!

It's a shame when people can't be open-minded enough to enjoy a brilliant piece of art (and that speaks for both the book and the film)!

d6a4s5
- Feb 09, 2011
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oh, and after just checking the package/booklet from that Spanish site, I'm a little disappointed they didn't use one of the great, graphic illustrations of the original movie posters and such...that would've been great!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Cdmnfdwt0No/SxNkJ1NiboI/AAAAAAAAAQE/OnH_BiNfa9M/s1600/a-clockwork-orange-3-1024.jpg.jpeg

McCrutchy
- Feb 09, 2011
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The updated DigiBook artwork and discs look EXTREMELY impressive. I would have bought it Day 1 anyway, but it's wonderful to see it now!

Geoff D
- Feb 10, 2011
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ME WANTEE!!

tonydabeanner
- Feb 11, 2011
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What are the probabilities of these editions being released in the U.S.?

rezpekt
- Feb 11, 2011
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tonydabeanner: 100%



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