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Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), Robert De Niro (The Godfather) and Michael Palin (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) star in this landmark cult classic that dazzles and thrills with its Academy Award nominated, groundbreaking art direction and sharply satirical original screenplay. In a future world, a government clerk finds his life destroyed when he tries to correct an administrative error that caused a massive chain reaction of mistaken identity. Despite his efforts, he finds himself an enemy of the state. Hailed as a modern masterpiece, visionary director Terry Gilliam’s (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) pitch-black comedy takes a highly imaginative and chilling look at a “perfect” future where technology reigns supreme and bureaucracy overrules love for the sake of efficiency.

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  • Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS-HD 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004V8W54Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 20, 2002
Format: DVD
Produced in 1985, "Brazil" is a black (and bleak) comedy about a future gone eerily awry. A future that, since this is 2002, is already coming true around us. Terry Gilliam's brilliant, colorfully retro vision of the future has little in common with the styling of Orwell's "1984," but deep inside the message is the nearly the same. The only real difference is that, unlike Orwell, Gilliam believes that the one fragile hope is the durability of the human imagination.
The opening scenes of the film reveal a manic world, where a bug (literally) in the works triggers the spectacular arrest of one Archibald Buttle, whose off-screen death under interrogation triggers a flurry of clerical paperwork. The world we see is fascinating, full of automation nearly gone berserk and the hapless human machinery that fills in the gaps. In this world, one may not only face hard interrogation, but be billed for that service as well. When Buttle, mistaken for terrorist Harry Tuttle, suffers a heart attack under questioning, Information Retrieval issues a refund. However, his wife's lack of a bank account triggers a series of complications. Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), a daydreaming bureaucrat in the Ministry of Information, takes up the task of resolving the situation by hand delivering the check.
Harry faces many delightfully comic situations on his quest, as machinery refuses to function for him and the people in his world seem to treat him as something not quite socially acceptable. But all of this is brought up sharply when he finally confronts the widow. "My husband's dead, is he," she cries, "What have you done with his body?" Suddenly we are confronted with the truth. The surface is only a surface. As in "The Matrix," once you are past it something horrific looms.
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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By DA MAN on July 16, 2006
Format: DVD
This is the re-release of Brazil by Criterion, which stars Robert DeNiro, Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins and many more, and directored by Terry Gilliam.... this is the ulitmate movie that all science fiction buffs must own...

So what is the difference between this release and the previous 3 disc collection???? Well primarily, it's for the new Anamorphic presentation of the film, it will otherwise be the same as the previous release......

For those who already own the previous release, my suggestion is to go for the single discer to replace the older non Anamorphic feature disc, but for those who don't have a copy... what are u waiting for ???? Get this boxset today!!!!This is the very defintion of what eXtras on a dvd collector's set should have..... Criterion accomplished the untinkiable!!!

For the benefit of those who do not have the previous release, this is the breakdown of all the dvd details....

142 minutes, Color,1.78:1 Aspect Ratio, Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0

Anamorphically enhanced, English.


All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Terry Gilliam, with a remastered Dolby stereo surround soundtrack--NOW IN ANAMORPHIC!!

Audio commentary by Gilliam

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: An essay by Jack Mathews


A treasure trove of Brazil-iana:

30-minute on-set documentary What Is Brazil?

Criterion's original exposé The Battle of "Brazil": A Video History, which reassembles players in the battle over the film's U.S.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2006
Format: DVD
If you already have this set just purchase the single disc edition of "Brazil" (which is why I suspect Criterion made it available realizing that fans might be upset at having to spend $50+ again). The single disc edition is the first disc of this set remastered, enhanced for 16x9 TVs with the commentary track from Gilliam. It features the 142 minute version of the movie that Gilliam cut vs. the 131 minute version from the regular Universal DVD release. Otherwise if you are a huge fan of this film the boxed set is worth picking up.

The second and third disc of this set includes the 92 minute "Love Conquers All" version of the film that Sid Sheinberg cobbled together to make the film more appealing to audiences (with a happy ending). There's also a documentary entitled "What Is Brazil?" as well as a great interview with Terry Gilliam. We also get an audio tape of Sheinberg discussing the movie (no visuals not even still pictures of the executive or behind-the-scenes photos during this section which is still odd but then it again it duplicated the laserdisc release).

It's a great set but I'd recommend just picking up the first disc and keeping your old three disc set as there are no extras that are any different from the previous edition. Why Criterion was so late to jump on the anamorphic bandwagon is beyond me (it definitely improves the picture quality). This set is worth every penny if you're a great fan of the film but most folks will be happy with the single disc edition of the film.
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Which version is this?
To make sure we're being clear, there are three main cuts of this movie. There is the version that Criterion brought to home video, which is known as the European Cut or the Director's Cut. It's about 142 minutes long. The version released by Universal in the U.S. is a bit shorter at 132... Read More
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I'm curious about this as well. Own a region 2/B blu-ray player and I don't want to order it unless it's region-free.
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