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Brave New World

* , Leonard Nimoy  |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: *
  • Directors: Leonard Nimoy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Visual Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A44GNTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Like most of society, Lenina and Bernard live happy and promiscuous lives with the help of a drug called Soma. John, considered a savage, lives on a reservation free from conditioning but subject to emotions, disease and violence. Fascinated by John s capacity for emotion and his intolerance for their shallow society, Lenina teaches her students about emotions. This forces John to call her in for discipline, but when she tells him that she is pregnant with his child and intends to have it naturally, he releases her to a reservation to have the baby. The realization that his life is empty without Lenina leaves Bernard conflicted. Will he leave behind everything he has ever known and escape to an all but forgotten way of life?

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated gem May 4, 2010
Format:VHS Tape
A made for TV film that boasts wonderful acting and a script that both visualizes and honors the thought provoking work (of great depth), which provides the title.

Leaving the plot description for others - a thought:
It is evident that the team responsible for this film treated the content very seriously, this is a work of love.

This film had somehow found itself buried under years of lesser films, and seen by too few - but it is a gem.

A recommended choice for viewing - and a buy if ever it appears on DVD.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated is O.K. but lost some of the sting December 13, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Update classics as Shakespeare and you distort the feel along with the message. It was written for a period and the more you deviate the more you lose the point let alone the ambiance. Update "Brave New World" and you threaten to do the same. However the use of today's technology and making the primitives just unruly people (shades of Logan's Run) did not actually distract that much and may even have been the original intention.
The movie uses well know actors that fit the characters (Peter Gallagher as Bernard Marx and Leonard Nimoy as Mustapha Mond). The scenery is and sci-fi technology is well done and believable.

With all of this there is a great letdown when the story line is not followed and the sting and impact is missing from the book as the story was changed into just a contemporary social commentary. The book by Aldous Huxley is based on the day's example of genetic engineering or a least a little alcohol to create people that were happy in their station. The character John hangs him self in exasperation. In this teleplay rewritten by Dan Mazur and David Tausik the Brave new World is just a society of sex-crazed drudges and John just trips and accidentally falls to his death. There are several other watered down differences.

Purists are bound to hate this and ask why the effort. Others may find this teleplay interesting enough as entertainment.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT re-envisioning of the classic July 3, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Book purists will hate it, but as I read the old book, it constantly reminded me of how we are living in the brave new world environment today. So, this update matching the old novel to typical modern perspectives was really cool to me. It did a fine job of displaying the messages and making the new morality seem more normal, just like the novel. There's main things missing like not everyone in each class is an identical looking clone - but that part is probably what keeps this book from ever getting made into a real movie anyway. Forgivable and isn't needed in this take. If you can open your mind and allow some leeway, you can find this to be an excellent, albiet updated version of the original story.

The BLU RAY Looks fine, although not epic HD or anything, it does look cleaner than I was expecting for a Made For TV movie, and is probably equal or slightly better than the DVD version. The original material might have even been in STANDARD DEFINITION, I don't know for sure. But, it is the best version of this lost flick we will probably ever see. The audio seemed fine - it was enjoyable and nothing jumped out as really messed up... I forgot about judging the audio and just enjoyed the movie - which I see as a good thing.
I gave it five stars because I am happy they finally decided to burn copies for us, and it looked better than I was expecting.... but, my expectations were pretty low for a low budget, TV movie. Happy with the purchase!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the book, but quite entertaining June 17, 2013
By Anna
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I bought the film because I taught BNW in class and I expected something philosophical and closely related to the book. Actually, the film is nothing like the book (it uses elements, but alters important character traits, plotlines and themes). At first, I was very disappointed. However, the film can give you a fresh insight into values such as promiscuity, jealousy, consumerism and shallowness - apart from the novel. It is quite modern in its setting and some of the actors do a good job. It's you who decides. :)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars needs to be on dvd May 9, 2009
By Merope
Format:VHS Tape
I agree that this was a very nice adaptation of Brave New World. Nimoy is fabulous, perfectly cast, if not quite true to the book, and the story of John the Savage and the depiction of the culture was spot-on. It is VERY useful for classroom work on the book.

Highly recommended and wondering why it isn't available on DVD?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing November 27, 2013
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This was a terrible version of a very good book. The characters were not developed enough to follow the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps well-intentioned but worth burying... April 27, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase that people might think to read the excellent, though slightly flawed, novel upon which it is VERY loosely based. One might go so far as to say that this weak film actually glorifies what Aldous Huxley intended to disparage in his novel. An adaptation which will do the novel justice is sorely needed...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like the book April 26, 2014
By Ok
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I love the book. I teach the book. I love the movie. I teach the movie. Check out Roger Paden's "Ideology and Anti-Utopia" for further clarification. When the movie is different from the book for intelligent reasons, this is success. My only problem with this film is that is incorrectly cites Shakespeare's words, but I point this out to students and allow them to join in with the few of us who know the difference.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great modern take on a classic book, brilliantly written, directed and performed.
Published 11 days ago by Maria Spies
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite but Almost
It keeps to the book fairly well but they changed the ending quite a bit, to make it more palpable, I suppose. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JimDandie98
5.0 out of 5 stars A different direction to the 1984 Orwell prediction.
A different direction to the 1984 Orwell prediction. Same amount of control but using pleasure and neuro conditioning to manage the citizens. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loren Shirk
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A wonderful book was turned into a horrid movie. You can skip this one without any regrets
Published 3 months ago by fatmee
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly
This is a silly attempt to honor a great book. The special effects are comical especially by today's standard but I'm not sure that they would have been effective even when the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jake
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't follow the book.
Rather disappointing movie. The movie starts near the middle of the book, the characters don't resemble those in the book at all except by name and set in a free love and drugs... Read more
Published 5 months ago by StarWizard
1.0 out of 5 stars Brave new world film
I was hoping to use this after reading the book with a high school class. It was horrible. It also did not stay true to the book.
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Palm
5.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation
Nicely brings out the timely truths of the Aldus Huxley novel. Well casted and , I think, an important story for these times.
Published 7 months ago by Radene
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This is a good adaptation of Aldous Huxley's famous novel, updated to incorporate technological developments since the novel was written in the early 1930s. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chuck
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good version
A pretty good, but not the best version of Brave New World that I've seen. The better was a 2 or 3-part movie/miniseries that was, I believe, on NBC, in the 1980's. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L Roger Speakman
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