1984

1984

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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A man and a woman try desperately to escape the totalitarian regime they live in that bans nearly all free-thinking and love itself. Based on the book by George Orwell. This is the version released in 1984.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
Edition: Director-approved Blu-ray special edition
ISBN: 9781681436128
1681436124
Branch Call Number: BLURAY NINETEE 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Dolly9433
Dec 12, 2019

It was very daunting, dark, different and good. I recall studying and reviewing this in English Lit. in high school back then. Q: How can they know and see everything happening without the advent of 'Modern-Technology', back then in 1984??? Thx.

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amanoletters99
Nov 21, 2019

Why was George Orwell not listed in the beginning credits? How close are we getting to our own 1984 now that false statements are taken to be the truth? Freedom and Democracy no longer mean anything. As this film exemplifies, it could to you. Amazon anyone?

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samjenks
Sep 10, 2019

If you want socialism, government control, this is a must see. Your rights gone, forever.

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Derringer
Sep 03, 2019

Set in the fictitious country of Oceania (in the year 1984) this is the horribly dismal place where citizen Winston Smith ekes out his incredibly squalid existence. Working for the Ministry of Truth, Winston sits quietly inside his tiny cubicle, obediently rewriting history according to the strictest specifications of The Party (aka. Big Brother).

Oceania is run by a ruthless totalitarian government known as the Superstate. All of Oceania's laws are stringently enforced by the barbaric Thought Police.

As you are certain to find out while watching "1984" - This is one harsh and oppressive story about the drastic lengths that a powerful government will go to in order to have total control over its citizens.

This is possibly the best film of a novel that was ever made. Burton in particularly impressive in his final film role. Pro tip: It's a bit of a downer, there's not a happy ending. No gun battles, car chases, explosions. Some nudity, but if you blink, you'll miss it. Highly recommended.

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ManMachine
Aug 10, 2014

The Praxis Of DoubleThink - 2 + 2 = 5

1984 quote: "Can you hold onto two completely contradictory thoughts at the same time?"

WARNING! - 'Big Brother' Is Watching!

Grim. Bleak. Depressing..... This brutally joyless film is a cold and sobering remake based upon George Orwell's famous, futuristic novel (of the same name), which was written back in 1948. The original movie-production of "1984" was released in 1956.

The soundtrack for "1984" was written and performed by pop superstars 'The Eurythmics'.

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i_am
Feb 20, 2014

'1984' is based on the eerily prophetic novel of the same name by George Orwell which shows a bleak world from which there is no escape for people from the tyranny of a few as they seek to control the masses through a steady dose of patriotic wars, constant misinformation and by changing the history itself. In this world, not only saying things as they are is unimaginable but even thinking them through is a crime as the citizenry needs to be dumbed down into a servile and mindless horde. Knowledge is power and it must be destroyed so that the perceived reality can be more easily shaped by oppressors who will settle for nothing less than blind devotion from people to perpetuate their own rule. A greatly disturbing film and a wonderful adaptation of a timeless classic. This is cinema in its finest hour.

MYRLYN Jun 14, 2013

For you younger citizens out there (below 50) and for anyone else who cares, let it be known that the ORIGINAL CINEMATIC VERSION of "1984" is definitely worth viewing. It was released around 1952-'54 and stars Edmund Obrien. It is a European production (French or Italian??) and can be seen with original soundtrack w/ subtitles or the dubbed version. Besides a decent screenplay, acting and direction the costumes, set designs and general atmosphere are both noir and sci-fi(ish). ENJOY!!

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mellyrose89
Feb 25, 2013

This movie is a fantastic adaptation of the novel. I enjoyed every moment of it.

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rslade
Mar 31, 2012

Very gritty, and also emphasizing the degraded nature of every character in the book. However, also an interesting concentration on the nature of betrayal, which often gets lost in examinations of 1984.

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