The BFI are releasing the classic BBC production of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four starring Peter Cushing, Donald Pleasence, Andre Morell and Yvonne Mitchell on blu-ray and DVD this April 2022 in the UK.
Nigel Kneale adapted it for television with the drama being first broadcast in 1954. There’s good news to as it’s been newly restored by the BFI using original film materials from the BBC archive.
Nineteen Eighty-Four Blu-ray + DVD
As for the extras there seems to be a good amount of interesting things included as you can see listed below.
- Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
- Includes the original introduction and interval
- Newly recorded commentary by Jon Dear, also featuring Toby Hadoke and Andy Murray
- Nigel Kneale: Into the Unknown (2022): writer, actor and stand-up comedian Toby Hadoke in conversation with Kneale biographer and programmer Andy Murray. Together they try to unpick who Nigel Kneale was, what he did and why his work still matters in 2022
- Late Night Line-Up (1965, 25 mins): excerpt from a rarely seen episode of the BBC series featuring Nigel Kneale, Peter Cushing, Yvonne Mitchell, Andre Morell and Rudolph Cartier
- Ministry of Truth (2022): Oliver Wake is interviewed by the BFI’s Dick Fiddy as he dispels some myths surrounding the production and looks at the controversy it caused
- Illustrated booklet with new writing by Oliver Wake and David Ryan
- Newly commissioned sleeve art by Matt Needle
You can pre-order Nineteen Eighty-Four on blu-ray + DVD for £16.99 on Amazon right now (Prices correct as of 3rd March 2022), I’ve added a link below.
Nineteen Eighty-Four due for release in the UK on the 11th April 2022.
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