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A team of brilliant scientists headed up by Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) and Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) have finally made an enormous breakthrough in their research. After years of frustrating tests and wrangles over budgetary concerns, an amazing new virtual reality system has been born. The machines these scientists created can record the sensory perceptions of one human being and replay them for another person. Reynolds and her team can capture everything--sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell, even emotion--and record it on tape. The implications of this discovery should become apparent almost immediately.Read more ›
The basic premise is a scientific discovery where a person's thoughts, emotions, and experiences can be captured on "tape", recorded, and then experienced by someone else by simply playing the tape. The concept is fascinating. While the special effects are excellent for a film this old, the most powerful scenes for me were the depictions of a couple on the verge of divorce getting to experience the other's perspective of shared events. The experience of seeing themselves and their behavior though the other's eyes changes their relationship forever. This aspect of the concept is not played out as fully as it could be.
This film is also the last movie of Natalie Wood, who died tragically during the production of the movie. Christopher Walken is excellent as the lead actor.
The ending of the film touches on something so fascinating that they simply couldn't pull it off. Overall, I recommend this movie, as a fascinating concept that will leave you thinking after the film is over. Always a sign that the movie is worth watching.
(I'll confess, I'm going from memory, here, but it's from a presentation I saw about the film.)
Brainstorm was the first film ever filmed, edited, and completely processed in 70mm. The 70mm prints of the film (and only the 70mm prints. If you saw the film in the theater, you saw a different movie if you saw it in another format.) had a special feature.
All of the "Brainstorm" sequences were filmed in "first person" (where the camera is the character), using an almost "fish eye" lens (so that the camera had "peripheral vision".
All of the "reality" sequences were deliberately printed down to 35mm, then re-enlarged back to 70mm, (to make the resolution worse). The print was leterboxed (the image only filled part of the theater screen). And the sound was monophonic, and only issued from the speaker behind the screen. (The "center channel", so to speak.)
What Trumbull wanted was, when people "put on the helmet" was for the picture to expand, pulling you into the screen. The sound would expand to the sides. The images would become more vibrant, and clearer.
In short, the folks pointing out that in the remastered edition, most of the movie only uses part of the screen, and the sound isn't spectacular, are seeing the film as the director intended them to see it.
Now, you may not WANT to see it that way. Just because something worked (and, IMO, this effect worked very, very, well, in the theater) doesn't mean that it's what you want to see at home. (For example, most people's homes have screens that are just a tad smaller than in the theater.)
So, this effect may or may not be what you WANT. But it ISN'T an error of the transfer. This is a deliberate decision which was made by the film's director and producer, back when the film was originally released.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I remembered this movie from when I was a kid, and with all the recent talk about virtual reality headsets coming on the market, I wanted to watch it again with my wife. Read morePublished 16 days ago by J. Williams
I have thought about this movie though out the years and It is still a great classic. I have read a lot of the reviews here and I don't understand why people don't get the part... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jules H.
Switching between wide screen and tv screen doesn't help this movie.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Boring, hard to sit all the way through. Vietnam reaction, anti-military & establishment movie. Interesting old technology depiction.Published 1 month ago by Dee Red Land
Saw this when It came out. Wanted to see it again as I could not rent it anywhere.Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey G. Delabre
Top Entertainment movie!!..I find myself watching again and again to see the Last Film Natalie Wood made prior to her fatal accident in the waters off So. Cal... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CHARLES RECKLING
Excellent movie. I can remember when I was 20 years old I use to work at the research triangle park and was in the very buildings and seen a lot of the automation in the movie.Published 1 month ago by STAN TRAMMELL
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|Question about the recording of death||
the machine recorded her entire death process. the person who plays back the tape will experience exactly what her brain experience, including the unknown area of the death because that person is experiencing their own death. People who have had near-death experiences have said they... Read More
Nov 26, 2010 by Eddie Alvarez | See all 2 posts
|Extras on this version?||
Haven't purchased but per Turner Classic Movie website:
Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Japanese; theatrical trailer.
Per eBay seller:
- Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
- Theatrical... Read More
Apr 2, 2009 by Sputterkar | See all 6 posts
|Where is the Brace family Home located?||
If memory serves me, this movie was filmed mostly in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, with the old Burroughs-Welcome building as a location for the labs, Pinehurst/Southern Pines area and the coastal regions also sharing in the backdrops. I do remember some scenes that included... Read More
Feb 20, 2010 by George R Richardson | See all 3 posts
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