Blu-ray Review: 1984


1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) was adapted from George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. The movie was written and directed by Michael Radford and stars John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, and Phyllis Logan. The score for the movie is by Dominic Muldowney and the Eurythmics.

The movie follows Winston Smith (John Hurt), a drone in a totalitarian state dominated by the supreme figurehead, Big Brother. Winston has dreams of breaking out and after meeting Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), a rebellious sensualist who also has plans of being free, the two have an affair and fall in love which is something forbidden by the Thought Police and Big Brother. She shows him the lies that are being told and even opens a door to potential freedom that only feeds the fire and passion to ultimately be free.

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Standing in their way is O’Brien (Richard Burton), a powerful tool of the state who plays nice in the beginning but eventually reveals his more sinister and uncaring side once Winston and Julia are exposed. It’s like O’Brien befriended Winston in the beginning just so he could set him up and put him through the Thought Police brainwashing process once the rebel was caught. This is where Winston is put to the test and is tortured mentally and physically with brainwashing techniques that leaves him in a decayed state. Remember, Big Brother is always watching and Ingsoc always wins!

Okay, it has been so long since I had watched 1984 that I forgot how intense and eerie it is, especially with everything that’s going on today because we are slowly headed in that very direction. Hey, it’s an eye opener if anything! The story and these characters are so interesting to follow. Remember whenever you hear the phrase “Big Brother is watching,” this story is where it came from. The location and setting also looks so realistic and war torn. I loved the gritty way the movie was shot and the cinematography by Roger Deakins is outstanding. These drones work in their steampunk cubicles that looks like something fresh out of a Terry Gilliam movie. The drones also refer to one another as brother and sister instead of saying names and it’s just creepy. Michael Radford captured all of this and that’s why this movie is still a cult classic to this very day.

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The front of the packaging features the new minimalist style artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, a few quotes, an image and list of extras. The reverse sleeve includes an image the movie. Inside is the “trademark” booklet from Twilight Time that includes the original artwork on the front (down below) with alternate poster art on the back. The inside of the booklet features some nice words about 1984 by Julie Kirgo along with more images from the movie. Inserting the disc (that features matching minimalist artwork), the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, 1984 was and still is a very eerie and thought-provoking watch and is also a reminder of how socialism really works. I recently watched a Nazi documentary and this movie totally reminds me some of that creepy watch. This is how big gov operates by their sinister propaganda and brainwashing techniques that forces people to be dependent on them. If anyone resists, Big Brother keeps pressing until they cave in. Big Brother giveth and Big Brother taketh away. Twilight Time did a great job with this Blu-ray that is a Limited Edition of 3,000 Units and comes highly recommended.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High Definition (1.85:1) Color / Region Free (A/B/C)

Blu-ray Audio: English 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio (Muldowney score) / English 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio (Eurythmics score)

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features:

  • Isolated Score Track (Eurythmics)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:21)


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