New Release: Never Apologize DVD

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Malcolm McDowell salutes director Lindsay Anderson in Never Apologize.

On May 31, 2011, Warner Home Video released the DVD of the 2007 movie Never Apologize, a film of actor Malcolm McDowell’s (A Clockwork Orange) one-man stage show tribute to his great friend and mentor, British director Lindsay Anderson.

McDowell worked with Anderson on a number of projects over the years, including the seminal British movies If… (1968), O Lucky Man (1973) and Britannia Hospital (1982), as well as such theatre plays as the West End production of Holiday in 1987.

In Never Apologize, directed by Mike Kaplan, McDowell delivers an oral history of his partnership with Anderson, which gives him an opportunity to flex his acting muscles (included are his amusing impersonations of Anderson as well as fellow actors Rachel Roberts, Arthur‘s John Gielgud and even All About Eve‘s Bette Davis) and create a ‘live biography’ of one of post-war Britain’s most important directors.

Never Apologize had its first stage incarnation at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004 to help commemorate the 10th anniversary of Anderson’s death and was subsequently performed at the National Theatre in London. When McDowell and director Kaplan made the decision to put it on film, a performance by McDowell was mounted at the 2006 Ojai Film Festival and it was shot in a multi-camera production.

The DVD carries a list price of $19.97.

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