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review added: 4/15/99
One Flew Over the
1975 (1997) - Orion
Pictures (Warner Bros.)
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): A/B+/D
Specs and Features
134 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), full frame (1.33:1),
dual-sided, single-layered, Snapper packaging, film-themed menu
screens, production notes, cast and crew biographies, awards list,
scene access (33 chapters), languages: English (DD 2.0) and French
(DD mono), subtitles: English, French & Spanish, Close Captioned
One flew east, one
flew west, one flew over the cuckoo's nest. And thank god for that.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
is up there with Streetcar and
On The Waterfront for male
actors. Watching the caged lion that is Jack Nicholson strut across
the screen in this film is some kind of wonderful. Nicholson plays
R.P. MacMurphy, a con man of sorts, who ends up in a mental
institution and does battle with authority. Classified as one of the
last great films made by Hollywood, it's easy to see why it won all
those Academy Awards in 1975.
On DVD the picture quality is crisp and clear with very nice color.
Flesh tones are well kept, and those green tiled walls will set you
on edge. The sound isn't what I would call the best (you'd have to
stick to the SE THX approved laserdisc for that), but it's fine for
DD 2.0. Speaking of the Special Edition laserdisc, there aren't any
extras here at all - which is a shame. The SE kicked some major
butt, with a huge book, commentary and a documentary. Ya know, it
just drives me crazy when something on DVD comes out without things
I know exist.