Definitely, I was discussing that one at work, not when I was in high school.
I’d never even heard about the 1980 one. That must be awesome to see. See, the 90’s one made a big deal about how the different classes get different quality of entertainment equipment … just at the time when MP3’s were just starting to erode the overpriced compact disk market. I 've got to see what issues current to 1980 that production highlighted. Betcha people are freebasing and snorting soma.
I disliked the 1980s version – it looked and felt as if it was made on a closed TV set production set, and didn’t feel remotely real. It felt like a TV movie, or, worse, a TV show like Buck Rogers. The scenes set on the Reservation, being filmed outdoors, wwere better, but everything was still too clean. The 1990s one was far better.
I saw it years ago, and prompted by this thread checked it out again…
It’s got more cheese than Wisconsin on Ripening Day, but an adorable Marcia Strassman is in there, fresh off her time on Welcome Back, Kotter.
If all you saw was the 1980 broadcast on NBC, you’re absolutely correct. Apparently, some network jerk thought the whole three hours would turn off the audience so they truncated it to a one night, two hour (with commercials) broadcast. I hated it for it’s bare bones approach to the story & it’s “Buck Rogers” plastic FX.
Then a few years ago I saw the WHOLE thing on Google Video taped off a BBC broadcast, and immediately acquired a DVD version, finally seeing what a work of genius it was. Yes, the acting is superficial & soulless and the sets are plastic, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT HUXLEY WAS WARNING US ABOUT! And Bud Cort IS Bernard Marx just as Keir Dullea IS Hatcheries Director Tomakin. The 1980 version of the satiric character names is great also- Lenina Crowne is renamed Lenina Disney (how did they get away with that); a minor character J. Edgar Millhouse is Director of Shredology.