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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2-Disc Special Edition)

Jack Nicholson , Louise Fletcher , Milos Forman    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
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One of the key movies of the 1970s, when exciting, groundbreaking, personal films were still being made in Hollywood, Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest emphasized the humanistic story at the heart of Ken Kesey's more hallucinogenic novel. Jack Nicholson was born to play the part of Randle Patrick McMurphy, the rebellious inmate of a psychiatric hospital who fights back against the authorities' cold attitudes of institutional superiority, as personified by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). It's the classic antiestablishment tale of one man asserting his individuality in the face of a repressive, conformist system--and it works on every level. Forman populates his film with memorably eccentric faces, and gets such freshly detailed and spontaneous work from his ensemble that the picture sometimes feels like a documentary. Unlike a lot of films pitched at the "youth culture" of the 1970s, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest really hasn't dated a bit, because the qualities of human nature that Forman captures--playfulness, courage, inspiration, pride, stubbornness--are universal and timeless. The film swept the Academy Awards for 1976, winning in all the major categories (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay) for the first time since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night in 1931. --Jim Emerson

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie deserves blu-ray quality Jan. 11 2010
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
More frightening than any horror movie, and more disturbingly tragic than any tearjerker, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest remains a great film classic of any time. Shot mainly in a mental institution, and not remembered for pretty scenery, the blu-ray quality is nonetheless wonderful. This film has never looked so good. In terms of extras, there are additional scenes, commentary, 45min. making-of, and the original trailer. I think the only new or exclusive to blu-ray item, may be the 35 page in-case booklet of photos and notes. I'm happiest however, just to have this great quality presentation of a very deserving film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie June 22 2004
Format:DVD
THE MOVIE ITSELF:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the one authentically great movie Milos Foreman has ever made (and he has been imitating it ever since). Anyone familiar with the book will recognize that Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher do not look anything like the descriptions of their characters, and yet they capture the spirit of those characters perfectly. The action has been moved forward in time fifteen years to 1975. This is one of Nicholson's best performances. The movie has an objective, documentary feel to it. We miss out on some characterization because of this (especially the Chief's) but instead we get a sense of what it would be like in a real institution. Despite the subject-matter, it is very funny and has moments of true joy. It is a marvelous piece of 70's filmmaking and ranks as #12 on the IMDB Greatest Movies list. Definitely worth owning.
THE DVD'S:
The DVD's were made from a new transfer so they look and sound terrific. Unfortunately, it is a 2-DVD set, but all of the information could have easily fit on one disc. The only things on the second disc are some deleted scenes and a making-of documentary. The documentary is good, but not great. It tells of how Kirk Douglas first discovered the book and tried to make a movie out of it, but not of the friction when his son Michael (the film's producer) told him he was too old to be in it. There is also no mention of the film's success and its sweep of all the top Oscars. They don't even talk about novelist Ken Kesey (who supposedly was so against the film he still hasn't seen it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jack Nicholson's best performances March 7 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama, 133 minutes
Directed by Milos Forman
Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif

Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite actors and he can pull off anything from serious drama, to horror, or even comedy. I loved his portrayal of Melvin Udall in As Good as It Gets, but I think R. P. McMurphy is my favorite Nicholson character.

McMurphy is placed in a mental institution for evaluation, but he's really just trying to avoid prison and hard work. We know that he's faking it the whole time. His fellow patients are a weird mixture of oddballs. Some are dangerous, others merely insecure. McMurphy discovers that most of the patients are there on a voluntary basis and he observes that they are no crazier than the average person on the street.

There's a great scene when McMurphy arranges a road trip of sorts and we see how some of the others function when they are in the real world. It does raise an interesting point about mental illness. How much is a result of our environment? Can some of the problems be remedied simply by being placed in the right environment?

The characters have plenty of depth and we gradually learn some of their hopes and fears. The best moment in the entire film involves Juicy Fruit, but I won't ruin it for those who haven't seen the film. If you have, you'll know exactly what I mean.

McMurphy is perceived as subversive and potentially dangerous. When Nurse Ratched (Fletcher) refuses to show the World Series on TV, McMurphy whips the other patients into a frenzy by acting out an imaginary game.

The acting talent on display is seriously good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a special edition for a very special movie... July 18 2004
Format:DVD
Before 1975 we had great violent epics like "The Godfather", "Mean Streets", and "Easy Rider". but later in 1975, director Milos Forman took a challenge on directing the famous novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". hiring top-notch actors, including the up and rising star Jack Nicolsin. With his amazing debut in Easy Rider, Milos Forman thought he would be the perfect person for this role. this incredible movie shocked the world. even better than the novel, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is easily one of the greatest films of all-time.
this movie has the stuff. memorable characters, amazing acting, hilarious jokes, shocking moments, and an ending to always be remembered till the day you die. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest easily has the most memorable ending to a film ever. enough talk of this incredible movie, as for the stuff on the special edition... its also great. with a whole extra disk of extras, deleted scenes, and a whole bunch more. I have tons of DVDs and this is easily one of the best purchases I've bought. No, not just because of the movie but the extra stuff on the DVD.
the Two-disk special edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a great update to a great movie. by all means, you must have this in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I liked it. Jack Nicholson was great in this role as was Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched. She played just the kind of officious, authoritarian, bitchy nurse you love to hate.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Feuer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is more about Freedom than the obvious Schindler's list.
Milos Forman is a Director's Director. He has created this amazing playpen
for "lunatics". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gary Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film
I had or originally seen this film when it first came out and enjoyed it. It was recommended to me again recently so I purchased it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ross Hodgkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kat
This movie is the best movie i have ever seen.I have this movie and they filmed it in a real mental hospital. Read more
Published on July 23 2012 by Kirstie
2.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION
After reading the book numerous times, and seeing the film at least three times, it is a moving and enjoyable piece of modern culture a la Hollywood style. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2012 by JENNY
5.0 out of 5 stars one flew over the cuckoo's nest
C'est un film dramatique toujours au goût du jour. Les acteurs démontrent bien la vie en institution psychiatrique triste et monotone.
Published on March 22 2011 by Carolle Dubã
5.0 out of 5 stars One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Interesting perspective on early 60's mental health system. Louise Fletcher my favorite. I wouldn't want to be Jack Nicholson. Ya, thats Danny Devito! It's Great on Blu-ray!
Published on Jan. 21 2010 by Brucetifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best films ever made
There is really not much you can say about this film that hasn't been said already. Brilliant! Brilliant! and more Brilliant! Read more
Published on June 23 2009 by Neil Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of its rating
This has been buzzing around my ears among my friends and without a doubt; it is one of the best films of all time. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars One flew East . . .
Why this movie isn't a better seller is beyond me. Forget about whether it is "the best mental institution movie" ever made, it's one of the best movies, period. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2005 by Raymond Vanness
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