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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The definitive film adaptation?

    Michael Radford's film of George Orwell's ''1984'' is possibly the finest screen adaptation of a book that I have ever seen. It features the same areas of London that Orwell portrayed in his book (Silvertown & Beckton) and was even filmed in the same time period that in which the book is set (April-June 1984). The film is probably best-remembered for Richard Burton's final role as the hideous-yet-sympathetic O'Brien, whilst John Hurt is equally excellent as the ultimately-doomed Winston Smith. I feel, however, I must comment on an earlier reviewer's ''warning'' that the Eurythmics' music has been replaced by ''somber violins'' (sic) for this DVD. This is simply not the case. I remember back in London in 1985 when director Michael Radford won, and subsequently refused, the BAFTA ''Best Picture'' award simply because the Eurythmics' soundtrack had replaced Dominic Muldowney's original score without Radford's permission and against his wishes. Muldowney's music - featured on this DVD - is extraordinarily sensitive, well-conceived and suits the mood of the story perfectly. It is good to see Michael Radford's vision of Orwell's future finally restored (and if you REALLY want to hear the Eurythmics music, go and buy their CD... that's where it belongs, NOT on ''someone else's film..!'')

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    Why did they have to ruin the soundtrack to this awesome work from 1984? The worst torment was lamenting the loss of the haunting strains of ''Julia'' during the closing credits and then to see the reference to the absent Eurythmic's soundtrack. Insult to injury. Still, a powerful adaptation and excellent story about the revisionst world we live in. When they release it with the correct soundtrack, I'll buy it again.

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    Posted March 27, 2012

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