Conductor/composer Lorin Maazel's first operatic work, this Royal Opera at Covent Garden presentation turns George Orwell's cautionary tale of a bleak totalitarian society into an unforgettable musical experience. Baritone Simon Keenlyside is protagonist Winston Smith, Nancy Gustafson plays his lover Julia, and Richard Margison is state torturer O'Brien. 147 min. on two discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS 5.1 Surround, LPCM stereo; Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish; interview.