One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Director: Milos Forman

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield


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The highly acclaimed drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest comes to DVD in a newly produced special edition. This 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer appears to be in great shape, save for a few instances of softness in the picture. Otherwise, Warner has done a very fine job at making sure this image is clear and very detailed. With vibrant colors (especiallySee more details below

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The highly acclaimed drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest comes to DVD in a newly produced special edition. This 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer appears to be in great shape, save for a few instances of softness in the picture. Otherwise, Warner has done a very fine job at making sure this image is clear and very detailed. With vibrant colors (especially whites) and solid black levels, this picture should please fans of the Oscar-winning film. The soundtrack is presented in a newly remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track that suits the film well. While certainly not bombastic or overwhelming, this new 5.1 mix features subtle, discreet directional effects as well as crystal-clear dialogue, effects, and music. Also included on this disc is the original Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack in French, as well as English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Fans will be thrilled to see this film in a coveted special edition featuring all new supplements. Starting off the disc is a commentary track by director Milos Forman with spliced-in interview segments by producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz. This is a very informative track that features loads of information about the production of the film. "The Making of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a nearly hour-long documentary that sports interviews with actors Danny DeVito, Vincent Schiavelli, Christopher Lloyd, Louise Fletcher, and others. This is a very thorough documentary (though sadly cut down from its 90-minute running time on the laserdisc edition) that takes the viewer through multiple anecdotes and stories about the film's inception. Finally, there are eight deleted scenes in a somewhat rough form (no commentary or explanation for their history is given), a theatrical trailer for the film, and some rather boring cast and crew awards lists.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Milos Forman had proven his talent for astute social comedy in such earlier Czech films as Loves of a Blonde (1965) and The Firemen's Ball (1967), and his adept treatment of Cuckoo's Nest's metaphorically loaded conflict fulfilled the promise of an immigrant observer of American culture indicated in his first U.S. feature, Taking Off (1971). Shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital, and visually imprisoning the characters in tightly framed compositions, Haskell Wexler's and Bill Butler's cinematography underlines the psychological as well as physical confinement dogging the patients. The restrained, soft-spoken control of Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched contrasts with the thoughtful vigor of Jack Nicholson's McMurphy, further emphasizing both the need to revolt and the difficulty in doing so posed by such consistent, quiet, internalized power. For a culture battered by the chaotic rebellions of the late 1960s/early 1970s, and the serial failures of institutional authority culminating in Watergate and the fall of Saigon, Cuckoo's Nest's resigned yet hopeful portrayal of spirited non-conformity touched a nerve, turning it into one of the most popular films of 1975. The independently produced film became only the second film in history to sweep all five top Academy Awards, winning Best Picture for producers Saul Zaentz and 31-year-old Michael Douglas, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay for Lawrence Hauben's and Bo Goldman's adaptation of the Kesey novel. Shrewdly combining roustabout fervor and humor with an acknowledgement of society's different limits, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest effectively communicated the disillusionment of the waning counter-culture even as it optimistically asserted that one rebel could make a difference.

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Warner Home Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New 2001 digital transfer from restored elements; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Behind-the-scenes documentary the Making of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest ; Feature-length audio commentary by director Milos Forman, Producers Micheal Douglas and Saul Zaentz; Additonal scenes; Interactive menus; Cast/director career highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Randle Patrick McMurphy
Louise Fletcher Nurse Mildred Ratched
William Redfield Harding
Dean R. Brooks Dr. John Spivey
Scatman Crothers Turkle Crothers
Danny DeVito Martini
William Duell Sefelt
Brad Dourif Billy Bibbit
Christopher Lloyd Taber
Will Sampson Chief Bromden
Vincent Schiavelli Frederickson
Delos V. Smith Scanlon
Marya Small Candy
Louisa Moritz Rose
Mimi Sarkisian Nurse Pilbow
Nathan George Attandant Washington
Alonzo Brown Miller
Phil Roth Woolsey
Michael Berryman Ellis
Peter Brocco Col. Matterson
Mwako Cumbuka Warren
Josip Elic Bancini
Lan Fendors Nurse Itsu
Sidney Lassick Charlie Cheswick
Dwight Marfield Ellsworth
Ted Markland Hap Arlich

Technical Credits
Milos Forman Director
Mark Berger Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Richard Chew Editor
Michael Douglas Producer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Martin Fink Associate Producer
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Lawrence Hauben Screenwriter
Lawrence O. Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Edwin O'Donovan Art Director
Fred Phillips Makeup
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
Saul Zaentz Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc A
1. Sunrise Credits; Medication Time [4:04]
2. Mr. McMurphy's Here [4:20]
3. Crazy: No More, No Less [5:24]
4. Meeting Called To Disorder [7:12]
5. Basketball Lesson [3:54]
6. Blackjack of a Sort [2:21]
7. Out of Bounds [3:59]
8. Majority Rules [2:48]
9. At Least He Tried [5:03]
10. Getting Out the Vote [8:03]
11. A New Ballgame [1:30]
12. "She Likes a Rigged Vote" [2:36]
13. For a Ride [3:32]
14. Not Loonies But Fishermen [7:06]
15. A Big Catch [3:21]
16. "I Think I Can Help Him" [:27]
17. Teamwork [1:01]
18. Until We Let You Go [2:32]
19. Challenging Observations [1:17]
20. Trio for Treatment [8:33]
21. Hot to Trot [7:29]
22. Mischief After Dark [2:43]
23. Party in the Executive Lounge [7:18]
24. The Night Supervisor [:57]
25. Party Everywhere Else [3:33]
26. Billy the Club [3:03]
27. The Morning After [6:11]
28. Questioning Billy [2:36]
29. Spilled Blood [5:46]
30. Where McMurphy Is [3:07]
31. "Let's Go" [2:02]
32. Free [4:51]
33. End Credits [2:22]
Disc B: Special Features Continued
1. Kirk and Micheal Douglas [3:47]
2. A Czech Movie [4:49]
3. Jack Nicholson [2:19]
4. Louise Fletcher [1:55]
5. Will Sampson [2:34]
6. The Patients [2:14]
7. Oregon Location [1:55]
8. Himble Camaraderie [4:10]
9. It Must Be Real [5:53]
10. Fishing Trip [5:29]
11. McMurphy Effect [2:23]
12. Active Ingredients [2:52]
13. Final Scene [4:32]
14. The Right Script [1:08]
15. End Credits [1:19]

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