One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Blu-Ray)
Here are the stats for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. The film was listed as number 20 on AFI’s top 100 film list and had 9 Academy Award nomination including wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. It’s one of three films to ever win the top five awards. It also beat out my all time favorite film JAWS. But I do not hold a grudge. In contrary, I agree with the recognition and love the film.
McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is a convicted criminal who pretends to be crazy so he may serve the rest of his time in a mental hospital. His free spirit and rowdy and reckless behavior seems to be more helpful to the patients but irritating to the uptight rules and structure controlled by Nurse Ratchet (Louise Fletcher). But Cuckoo’s Nest is less about crazy people and more about the conforming order and expectations society imposes upon all our lives and our desire to have courage and be free from our own constraints and insecurities.
The supporting cast plays a large part in creating the heart and realism of the film, which makes every person interesting to follow. All the characters are very defined with diverse behaviors. Most films today lack strong character development, so it’s refreshing to have so many characters for the audience to care about. Every single character has his own very distinct personality that we as an audience continue to root for. Specifically Jack Nicholson as McMurphy, who is on top of his game. He is charismatic and magnetic, perfectly cast as an unlikely anti-hero against the cold restrictions of Nurse Ratched. It is impossible not to get excited at any small positive support toward our patients like when McMurphy does a play by play of a World Series baseball game that he is pretending to watch.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST wisely lets the audience decipher the themes and intentions rather than force-feeding the pill down our throat. The actions and story telling allows the alternate motives to reveal themselves on their own. The film is structured perfectly causing an array of emotion from excitement to anger from laughter to tears. The care is genuine for everyone and the final scene will embed itself into your consciousness giving hope in an unconventional way.
Video: (1080p HD 16×9 1.85:1) The picture is surprisingly extremely clear for such an old film
Audio: (Dolby Digital English 5.1) Nothing terribly special with the sound. Most of the audio consists of calming hospital music and a complimentary simple score.
Commentary by Director Milos Forman, Producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz: The three men do their commentary separately and it is cut together as they talk about similar topics. Milos Forman heads it up mostly as the others seem to be taken from previous interviews. Nonetheless, it’s an extremely intelligent and thoughtful look from the three men about the process and reasoning behind all the choices in the film.
Completely Cuckoo (1:26.17): This is an extremely deep and detailed process of how ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST came to be including interviews with Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, director Milos Forman, Author Ken Kesey and most of the cast minus Jack Nickolson. This is an absolute must for any major fan giving all sorts of behind-the-scene insightful information.
Asylum: An Empty Nest for the Mentally Insane (30.56): Employees and patients of the Oregon State Mental Institution used in the film talk about the importance of the asylum and their experience working on the film. Michael Douglas has a very recent interview discussing the process of using an actual Mental Asylum to film the movie and hiring many of the patients as employees in the production.
Deleted and Additional Scenes: 8 scenes all of which are about a minute or two long. These were all separately divided and were in badly need of a play all button. All well deserved cuts that did not bring anything new to the film other than some odd scenes of the Chief being abused by the orderlies and a scenes over explaining what is happening in the film rather than letting the action speak for itself.
52-page Commemorative Hard-Bound Book
Reproduction of the Original Press Book
52-Card Deck of Cast-Inspired Playing Cards
4 Mini Reproductions of Original Worldwide Theatrical Posters
Cast/Character Photo Cards