My father really enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I never asked him why. Did he like Nicholson or was it the work of Forman? I have no idea. What I do know is that as a very young man, me and my two sisters all saw this film. I do not exactly remember the where and why, but I remember it simply because it freaked me out. I was waaaaay too young to understand what was going on. It wouldn’t be until the 1990s that I would get up the courage to watch the film again and seeing it through adult eyes made me fall in live with the film. Nicholson’s scary yet effortless charm, a great tragic yet unpredictable story and a cavalcade of amazing supporting players (maybe I do know what my father liked about it). The day after that second viewing I went and bought a copy of the film on VHS and that copy has served me well for many decades, but no longer. I now have something much better and much more powerful The 35th Anniversary Collector’s Blu-ray edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
A nice rest in a state mental hospital beats a stretch in the pen, right? Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a free-spirited con with lightning in his veins and glib on his tongue, fakes insanity and moves in with what he calls the “nuts.” Immediately, his contagious sense of disorder runs up against numbing routine. No way should guys pickled on sedatives shuffle around in bathrobes when the World Series is on. This means war! On one side is McMurphy. On the other is soft-spoken Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), among the most coldly monstrous villains in film history. At stake is the fate of every patient on the ward. Based on Ken Kesey’s acclaimed bestseller, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest swept all five major 1975 Academy Awards: Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas), Actor (Nicholson), Actress (Fletcher), Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman). Raucous, searing and with a superb cast that includes Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd in his film debut, this one soars.
I have wanted to replace my copy for a while, but I have been waiting for an HD solution and I am glad I did, this set looks great and has a lot of extras including:
* A full-length commentary by director Milos Forman and producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz
* Completely Cuckoo – A feature-length documentary about the making of the film
* A brand new interview with producer Michael Douglas,
* Deleted scenes
* The original trailer
* Playing cards
* Character cards
* Pre-production correspondence
If you are not a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest scholar before you get this set, you will once you get through wading through all it has to offer.
Other HD Offering of Cuckoo’s Nest
I know a lot of you have been trying to go disc-less and I think that is great. If you are, you can pick up One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest through iTunes with extras like the all-new interviews with Michael Douglas and the Deleted Scenes.
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