One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (2008 WB) Brand New DigiBook Blu-Ray. Forman
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Movie/TV Title One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Brand Warner Bros
Case Type DigiBook
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Release Year 1975
Region Code Blu-ray: Region Free
Special Features Documentary, Commentary
DVD Edition Year 2008
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Actor Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd
Edition DigiBook edition
Leading Role Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield
Format Blu-ray Disc
Director Milos Forman, Milos Formanova, Tomas January
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (2008 Warner Brothers)
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Brand New, Still Sealed DigiBook Blu-Ray
2008 Warner Brothers
Original Year Of Release: 1975
Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield
Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd
Danny DeVito, Scatman Carothers
Saul Zaentz, Audrey Landers, Anjelica Huston
CoCinematographer: Haskell Wexler
CoWriters: Ken Kesey, Bo Goldman
CoProducers: Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas
Director: Milos Forman
Audio Commentary - The commentary track features director Milos Forman and producers Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas discussing such topics as the challenges of adapting Ken Kesey's book to film.
The Making of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - (47:00) the documentary is not quite as informative as the audio commentary. Cast and crew including Forman, Zaentz, Michael Douglas and Kirk Douglas all contribute. Though Nicholson is nowhere to be seen, the documentary does provide information on an early stage version.
Deleted Scenes - (19:00) The eight deleted scenes shown here in standard definition (as are the other bonus features). The scenes are actually interesting and could just as well have been included in the film than on the editing room floor.
Theatrical Trailer - The film's theatrical trailer is included, but it's a long way from HD quality.
Collectible Booklet - In keeping with Warner's nifty new booklet versions of classic films produced on BD, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest includes 32 color pages sandwiched between the covers. The booklet includes brief production notes, bios, photographs, and an article on the cultural impact of the film.
With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, Milos Forman's 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including cowed mama's boy Billy (Brad Dourif) and silent Native American Chief Bromden (Will Sampson), presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Ratched and McMurphy recognize that each is the other's worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases. McMurphy proceeds to instigate group insurrections large and small, ranging from a restorative basketball game to an unfettered afternoon boat trip and a tragic after-hours party with hookers and booze. Nurse Ratched, however, has the machinery of power on her side to ensure that McMurphy will not defeat her. Still, McMurphy's message to live free or die is ultimately not lost on one inmate, revealing that escape is still possible even from the most oppressive conditions.
Milos Forman had proven his talent for astute social comedy in such earlier Czech films as Loves of a Blonde (1965) and The Firemen's Ball (1967), and his adept treatment of Cuckoo's Nest's metaphorically loaded conflict fulfilled the promise of an immigrant observer of American culture indicated in his first U.S. feature, Taking Off (1971). Shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital, and visually imprisoning the characters in tightly framed compositions, Haskell Wexler's and Bill Butler's cinematography underlines the psychological as well as physical confinement dogging the patients. The restrained, soft-spoken control of Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched contrasts with the thoughtful vigor of Jack Nicholson's McMurphy, further emphasizing both the need to revolt and the difficulty in doing so posed by such consistent, quiet, internalized power. For a culture battered by the chaotic rebellions of the late 1960s/early 1970s, and the serial failures of institutional authority culminating in Watergate and the fall of Saigon, Cuckoo's Nest's resigned yet hopeful portrayal of spirited non-conformity touched a nerve, turning it into one of the most popular films of 1975. The independently produced film became only the second film in history to sweep all five top Academy Awards, winning Best Picture for producers Saul Zaentz and 31-year-old Michael Douglas, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay for Lawrence Hauben's and Bo Goldman's adaptation of the Kesey novel. Shrewdly combining roustabout fervor and humor with an acknowledgement of society's different limits, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest effectively communicated the disillusionment of the waning counter-culture even as it optimistically asserted that one rebel could make a difference.
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