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1984 [DVD]

John Hurt , Richard Burton , Michael Bradford    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Suzanna Hamilton, Gregory Fisher
  • Directors: Michael Bradford
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015N56U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

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134 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If there is hope, it lies with the Proles... 4 Jun 2006
Format:DVD
George Orwell wrote the prophetic words "Freedom is the right to say two plus two equals four" in his novel 1984, a right denied to the people by the fictional government of his book. Many readers drew parallels between the Ingsoc dominated Oceania to Soviet Russia, an analog that remained true until the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. Today, however, the right to state a simple truth is also threatened and a number of precepts from 1984 appear to apply. Consider "Who controls the past controls the future", the function of the Ministry of Truth where the main protagonist Winston Smith works editing the documented past to support the will of the government in the name of democracy and freedom. Ring any bells?

This movie version (and there've been a few) is in my opinion the most complete version painting an horrific picture of an oppressed distrusted people dominated by a brutal self-serving government. Richard Burton in his last role portrays an Ingsoc inner-party member, the inside man to John Hurt's "Winston Smith". Both excel in their roles, they're believable, real, and in Burton's case truly terrifying. Suzanna Hamilton plays the part of Julia, Winston's lover and ultimately the tool of his demise. There are some specifically disturbing scenes in this portrayal, notably the torture of Winston Smith - if ever John Hurt deserved an Oscar, it should have been for 1984.

The movie is one of those pictures that you just can't stop, but are unsure that you can bear to see what happens next. The performances were stunning, the production dark and consistent, the movie a dreadful vision of what could have been, and as every right we enjoy is eroded, could still be.

1984 still stands as important literature for the 21st century and this movie version stands as the definitive version, standing as both an education and a warning.

And remember, if there is hope, it lies with the proles, the real people.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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George Orwell’s unforgettable vision of the future written in 1949 is one of the great 20th century masterpieces, and this film does a superb job of realising it on the screen.
John Hurt brilliantly portrays Winstone Smith’s silent inner rebellion against the Big Brother regime and its stated goals to destroy human feelings by destroying the family, to destroy communication by the destruction of the language, so people become little more than automatons, all overseen by the thought police. His forbidden love affair with Smith’s Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) encapsulates their rebellion beautifully.
Then there is Richard Burton as the inquisitor O’Brien who brain washes Winstone, giving one of the performances of his life. After "1984" Burton filmed “Wagner” (another magnificent performance) two isolated instances of him achieving on film his true potential, ironically just before dying by the end of the year.
The settings are exactly as described in the book, dark, stark, dirty and oppressive. Watching the film one can well believe O’Brien when he says to Winstone “if you want a vision of the future imagine a boot forever stamping on a human face”.
The more arcane aspect of the destruction of language and the development of “Newspeak” is given as much prominence as is commensurate with dramatic necessity.
This production sets a definitive standard for filming “1984” and is a must for all lovers of the book.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The casting for this film is absolutely spot on and refreshingly, the story as depicted on the screen is pretty much faithfull to Orwell's book.

I thoroughly recommend the film to anyone who has an interest in social history and/or social psychology.

Although Orwell set his book in an authoritarian world of people-directed government (no doubt because of his experiences immediately before, during and after the WW2 period) much of what he wrote and which is depicted in the film for citizens of the 20th Century holds good for many employees the 21st Century (Mission Statements, Corporate Culture, Buzz Words, Management-Speak, etc). Merely substitute 'Big Brother' government for 'Big Brother' corporations - and then watch the film.

Scarey stuff...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A depressing and brilliant film noir 7 April 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie which was intended to be in Black & White, was made by Michael Radford with the intention of being downbeat and ultimately depressing. I think he achieved this aim and really captured the essence of Orwell's novel. FYI, to answer some criticisms on the music, it was commissioned by Radford and created by Dominic Muldowney for the movie. At the final cut, Virgin Films, who financed the movie exercised their prerogative and had a Eurythmics soundtrack inserted with much controversy, although Muldowney's excellent "Oceania, 'tis for thee" was kept in. It was Virgin's insistence to make the movie in colour. I think it deserves many more than 1 star, being a 106 minute movie that has to gloss over much of the detail from the book. This is the economics of modern day film-making. It was a very ambitious project that succeeds in making the points intended by the book, especially after having to compromise literary integrity with the commercial rapacity of intolerant film companies whose main focus is the mass market.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing film with some great acting from John Hurt as usual
many parallels drawn for years between book and hwat has happened since it was written.
Disturbing film with some great acting from John Hurt as usual. Read more
Published 4 days ago by RICHARD
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Boring.
Published 8 days ago by Leeds lass
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Could have been better.
Published 15 days ago by Marcus Stenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it until somebody eventually releases a blu ray
One day they'll give it the blu ray release it deserves. Until then, there's only the dvd, but it's still worth it.
Published 23 days ago by DaveM
5.0 out of 5 stars A reliable adaptation
A reliable adaptation of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel. Graphic in parts, with some scenes of a violent and/or sexual nature, it accurately portrays the bleak future as... Read more
Published 27 days ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not a bad adaptation
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars 1984, and Doublespeak In 2014.
Bleak and downbeat vision of the future. Orwell's vision has been correct in regard to many aspects regarding the state attempting to control the individual and the presentation of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicodemus
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Brother is watching you
Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four looks at the possibility of a corrupt government party and what there action could result in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
I read the book as it is my favorite novel. The movie was a very accurate depiction of the book. The acting was great. A must have movie for my collection.
Published 3 months ago by Lee McFadden
4.0 out of 5 stars 1984
Doesn't quite convey the same sense of grimness , the squalid living and totalitarianism as described in the book but still a good film
Published 3 months ago by MR J A MITCHELL
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