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Nineteen Eighty Four

Peter Cushing , Andre Morell , Rudolph Cartier  |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Yvonne Mitchell, Donald Pleasence
  • Directors: Rudolph Cartier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: PR Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027VW6ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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black and white-George Orwell's famous science fiction novel about life in a strict futuristic totalitarian society is handled masterfully by early BBC television. A young Peter Cushing give one of the best performances as Winston Smith, a man tired of the oppressive government. Big Brother is always watching in a world where individual thought, actions, and feelings are a crime. When Winston breaks the law by falling in love with Julia, he seeks to join a small band of government resistors. But, the all seeing eyes of the government soon detect the intent of the two lovers, and Winston is taken by the government for reprogramming. Can Winston's human will and spirit survive such torture, or will he break and become a mindless servant of the system? As Winston's interrogator says, if you want to imagine the future, envision a boot stomping on a human face...forever...

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a bootleg DVD-R - poor quality video/audio January 20, 2010
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There is no mention in the description of this item that this is a DVD-R, *NOT* a properly pressed DVD, and the quality of the video and audio is very poor. I agree that this version of "1984" with Peter Cushing and produced by the BBC in 1954 is the best ever produced, with stark performances and the most chilling portrayal of a totalitarian government I've seen. But this DVD is obviously a bootleg import, and for Amazon to be selling it with no mention of its true nature is deceptive at best. There are numerous video artifacts: pixellation in the video as well as innumerable specks, lines, and a constant flickering. This identical release has been duplicated on two other Amazon products: B0025ZIG8Q and B002KECK1G - all of which are of the same poor quality. If you haven't seen this version, it's worth going to YouTube and watching there, but this DVD-R is not worth what they're asking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rare Version of the Sci-Fi Classic! April 30, 2009
This is a rare treat. Peter Cushing starring as our hero facing a cold heartless goverment of the future, where "Big Brother" monitors your every movment. In this world of tomorrow, independent thought is a crime, and the dictionary is being ever revised as to curtail thought, a jargon called 'new-speak'. When you watch this version, it not only holds up well, but the metaphors that can be seen in the ills of present and past social structures can be seen. Peter Cushing is great as always. A young, although still bald, Donald Pleasance of "Halloween" and "Fantastic Voyage" fame is also part of the cast! All in all, this early BBC TV work is a must for fans of the famous novel or sci-fi fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1984 (1954) TV July 12, 2009
Probably one of the best renditions of the story based on a book "1984" written by George Orwell.

Basic story:
In a society that has eliminated many imbalances, surplus goods, and even class struggle, there are bound to be deviates; Winston Smith is one of those. He starts out, due to his inability to doublethink, with thoughtcrime. This is in a society that believes a thought is as real as the deed. Eventually he graduates through a series of misdemeanors to illicit sex and even plans to overthrow the very government that took him in as an orphan.

If he gets caught, he will be sent to the "Ministry of Love" where they have a record of 100% cures for this sort of insanity. They will even forgive his past indiscretions.

Peter Cushing, a veteran actor, plays Winston smith. The film is in black and white. There are clips of this film in other 1984 documentaries. Copies are hard to find. With any luck, this fill will show-up on a Criterion DVD.

1984 ~ John Hurt
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you sure this isn't 2010? June 15, 2011
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I've seen the color version of "1984" with John Hurt & Richard Burton, and this B/W version is just as good as the color version with Hurt & Burton.

Peter Cushing is Winston who lives in a totalitarian system in 1984, dominated by "Big Brother", where even the thoughts of people are controlled by the government.

There are some minor flaws with the visual playback, but other than that, it's very good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A star filled movie June 1, 2010
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1984, the classical 1954 BBC television version is full of great stars and wonderful images. They do a great job of following the story and trying to keep the feel of the novel. Peter Cushing plays Winston Smith and of course can be seen in such great films as Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope (1977 & 2004 Versions, 2-Disc Widescreen Edition) and he is also known to me as the big screen Dr. Who as in The Doctor Who Collection. His thin, tired looking body and his skills as an actor make him a perfect Smith. Andre Morell who played O'Brien is also known for playing Professor Bernard Quatermass in Quatermass And The Pit. Of course, this version was adapted for the BBC by Nigel Kneale, who invented Quatermass. Andre's manners, his calm demeanor, his appearance all screams power. Wonderful! Yvonne Mitchell is lovely to look at and seems to be a good actress. Her down fall is made all the more terrible in the end by the change in her appearance - she goes from pretty to ugly. I thought they had replaced her! Donald Pleasence who plays Syme in this version also plays Parsons in the later version of 1984 and does a wonderful job of being a loyal party member who, frankly, knows just a little too much on how the system works. Campbell Gray who plays Parsons in this version is perfect for the part. Kind of reminds me of Aubrey Morris but they are two different people.
If you are a fan of the BBC or 1984, get this DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful BBC 1950's TV film of 1984 October 2, 2009
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This is the first recording of 1984 on film, made for the BBC in the 1950's, a brilliant set of performances, with sinister overtones for today's emerging information centered ploice states, or as one might say 1984 by stealth. Peter Cushing plays a great part, the settings are dark and the feeling of hopelessness and yet immense course and human fortitude. The ideas are derived from Stalin's pathological police state which like no other devoured its own's children, Goya perfectly captured the essence of this over 100 years earlier in his portrayal of Saturnus devouring his chidren. The film quality is not so good, but I think we are very lucky it survived so I for one would never complain. Buy it its very cheap and read the book and animal farm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Version
1950s BBC version. Captures the essence of the book well. Quality of the transfer could be better but worth having in your collection.
Published 6 months ago by Paul D. Cornish
3.0 out of 5 stars BBC Production of Nineteen Eighty Four Amazingly Good
This was a real classic film from 1950's BBC TV. Enjoyed the retro aspect of it. An amazingly good production considering what they had to work with technologically.
Published 8 months ago by Pat Andersen
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story that may come true
The book was better than the movie and was boring . The account and warning is still used in recent assessments of current events as an example of a globalist empire . Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jim W. Blain
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent adaptation
Not as harrowing as the theatrical motion picture adaptation of George Orwell's "1984" that was actually made in the year 1984 (starrgin William Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, and the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christian D. Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars 1984=2010!!!!!
The edition viewed is the one from PRStudios. Amazon should have noted that this is a DVD-R. This is a great production of a very timely story, although the DVD quality leaves... Read more
Published on March 26, 2010 by larryj1
3.0 out of 5 stars For the afficiando
Follows the book, kind of. The 1984 version with Hurt and Burton is the best representation, but this one isn't bad.
Published on February 8, 2010 by John D. Beatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
This 1954 BBC production is amazing to watch. Orwell's tale of a futuristic society actually caused a great deal of controversy when it first aired due to the scenes of torture,... Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by Paula Clifford
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