As much as I love looking back at movies I personally liked at the time of their release or at least the time that I first saw them, there's nothing more irresistible than revisiting a so-called venerated "classic" that you haven't seen in years. More often than not, of course, they live up to your initial impressions, or expectations of greatness. But occasionally, you discover that time hasn't been kind to them, whether it's because the movie first connected with audiences at a certain moment in the zeitgeist, or its techniques were subsequently adopted or ripped off by too many other movies, or, in some cases, it really just wasn't that good to begin with. But the great virtue of double-dip releases on DVD and Blu-ray – if there is one – is that we're given a chance to check out films we once loved and see if they live on as great artistic achievements.
Speaking of which, Warner Home Video released 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' last week in a new Blu-ray set that features a number of feature-length documentaries as well as interviews with key members of the cast and crew, and just for fun, a deck of playing cards, albeit not ones as filthy as those McMurphy uses in the film. Having first seen it in college, I was perhaps appropriately impressed by its iconic status, Jack Nicholson's historic performance and Milos Forman's award-winning storytelling. But is the movie as powerful and effective now as it was in 1975, when it was first released?