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Brazil (The Criterion Collection Single Disc Special Editon) (1985)

Jonathan Pryce , Katherine Helmond , Terry Gilliam  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Kim Greist
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G8NXZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brazil (The Criterion Collection Single Disc Special Editon)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Terry Gilliam
  • Booklet with an essay by Jack Mathews

Editorial Reviews

Pitting the imagination of common man Sam Lowry against the oppressive storm troopers of the Ministry of Information, this bitter parable for the Information Age has come to be regarded as an anti-totalitarian cautionary tale equal to the works of George orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut. Gathering footage from both the European and American versions of his celebrated masterpiece, Terry Gilliam has assembled the ultimate 142-minute director's cut of Brazil - now in a gorgeously remastered new transfer. Also available in a 3 DVD set loaded with documentaries and other unique bonus features.

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152 of 165 people found the following review helpful
Terry Gilliam's classic satire returns to DVD in a spiffed up edition from Criterion. Featuring a high definition anamorphic remaster the picture looks great (and it has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs so it will fill the screen)the sound has been remastered as well. Is it worth picking up again? Absolutely if you're a fan of the film. The single disc edition is basically the same as the first disc in the three disc set--it includes Gilliam's commentary track as part of the package as well as the "Final Cut" version of the film that runs 142 minutes (vs. 131 for the regular DVD release).

The good news is that unlike the previous edition,"Brazil" has been digitally remastered with special attention paid to cleaning up the film so we don't have all the bits of dirt and debris that occasionally marred the original DVD transfer (which was essentially a DVD transfer of the original laserdisc version).

If you purchased the three disc set and want to upgrade you could just pick up this single disc edition as the extras are exactly the same as the previous edition (unless you want the remastered "Love Conquers All" 92 minute edit done by Universal to make it more commercial). Be aware though that the single disc edition doesn't have any of the material from the third disc of the boxed set. That disc documented the insanity that surrounded the film when Universal deemed it not commercial enough.

Why it took Criterion so long to get this new improved version to market is anyone's guess (and why it took them so long to adopt anamorphic transfers as well). This really is the way it should have been released in the first place. Either way this edition looks and sounds great. It has a terrific commentary track by director Gilliam, an essay but no other extras.
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354 of 394 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but what about this Criterion box set itself? January 6, 2004
There are a million different takes on the actual movie "Brazil," but what I hope to do in this review is actually rate the collection put together by Criterion.
The 3-DVD box set of "Brazil" starts off with the "final final" director's cut of the film, topping out at 142 minutes. (There are eight minutes of footage added to this release.) The film is presented in its original 1.85:1 dimensions. Fact is, the transfer of the movie is so-so.
For all the Criterion hoopla, the print here is flawed. The notes pay tribute to a few digital scratch removers, but I was truly surprised by the amount of garbage in the print (dirt, empty spots, and such) that litter the frames. One of Sam's initial dream flights has considerable gunk inhabiting the lower left corner, and any frame by frame analysis will reveal an endless parade of bits of stuff inhabiting every shot. To be honest, I expected a lot more here and if there is any criticism of this collection, it lies with this fault primarily. They could have cleaned everything up considerably more than they did. And that's a shame at this price.
Colors and contrast in the print look good, though, and the sound is fabulous. They pulled out a full stereo soundtrack and made it sing, so kudos there, too. The sound is clean and vibrant.
The booklet detailing the film is good, but not the best I've seen, even for a lesser boxset. The content listings for the other two DVDs are little more than a single overview sheets.
Director Terry Gilliam's commentary track on the first disc is priceless and fascinating, almost worthy of the cost for the set alone. As a film geek, I personally find all director commentaries to be interesting, so I may not be the best judge.
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215 of 238 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the reason DVD was invented November 27, 1999
Three discs? *Three* discs? That's what you're probably thinking if you're looking at this and *not* a fan of one of the finest films of our time. But this exquisite three-disc treatment is probably the best argument for DVD (and thankfully, for Criterion) that I can give you: Watch these discs, listen to the extensive audio commentary, compare Gilliam's brilliant vision with the Hollywood Studio "Love Conquers All" bastardization, er, sorry, recutting (how many directors would include a admittedly contradictory vision of his film on a DVD set just to *show* how Hollywood can drastically reshape a vision?), watch the'll come away from this boxed set experience understanding more about film and directing, and sadly, studio politics, than you'll ever get from reading "Variety" (certainly more than I got from filmmaking college courses!) At the heart of it all, though, the many extras and made-with-care package would add up to nothing if the original film itself weren't so bloody brilliant. There's very few modern *directors* who will pull me into the box office just to see a new film...Gilliam is one of them. Even his flops or misfires are more interesting than most. But when he hits on all cylinders (excuse the mixed metaphor) as in "Brazil"...the result is purely sublime. Bravo to Gilliam; bravo to Criterion for giving us the definitive home version of the film(s)--a version impossible on VHS. I love my DVD player!
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars It is all a State of Mind
As a follower of Monty Python and the insanity of Terry Gillian, I found that I was the only one in the cinema watching this movie as everyone else walked out saying it was... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Tony D. Piroli
1.0 out of 5 stars boring.....boring.....boring
pros: colorful cinematography. the song brazil.

cons: stupid story. don't waste 2 hours of your life. the song brazil is overused throughout the movie.
Published 13 days ago by Happy r/c
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pryce Film
A classic film. Loved it when it was first released in the early 80's and had to have it for my collection. With a minor part by Robert Denero you lnow it must be good. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Gary M Nilsson
3.0 out of 5 stars did not live up to the hype
Was expecting so much more from this movie given the big cult following. Mostly I found it to be quite boring.
Published 28 days ago by M. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this item.
Love this item. Please don't force your customers to write more than they want just to fill a word quota. It is very annoying.
Published 1 month ago by G
1.0 out of 5 stars Felt dated...
I've always heard friends rave about this film so it's always been on my list. While I don't doubt that it was groundbreaking in its day, for me it felt dated and (hate to say... Read more
Published 1 month ago by trinket
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius
Terry Gilliam comes through again, with a great satire of bureaucracy, government, and society. This movie is great to just sit down and watch, and/or analyze for its thematic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Galactic Papa
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild and Weird
I bought this for a friend who fell in love with this move when it came out in 1985. He didn't even know it was out in DVD so it was the perfect gift for him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Film Ever Made!
This and Bladerunner are the two best films ever made. Replaced my Criterion DVD with this Blu Ray Version- worth it!
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Aronovitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Geat film
I loved this film and the DVD is nice to have. The music and story and all of it is very quirky and enjoyable to me.
Published 2 months ago by Mary P
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anamorphic or not????
The original release of the Criterion 3 disc set was not anamorphic. Recently, Criterion reissued the set in anamorphic. At the same time they issued the one disc anamorphic edition.
Jan 8, 2007 by B. Saunders |  See all 10 posts
Which ending?
Both Criterion Collection versions have the Terry Gilliam ending, the real one. If you get the triple disc version of the Criterion Collection, then you get both the original version of the film and the 90 minute edited to hell version.
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