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Total Recall (Mind-Bending Edition) [Blu-ray] (1990)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Rachel Ticotin , Paul Verhoeven  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (568 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00827OX56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Experience Total Recall the way it was meant to be seen with a pristine Director approved 1080P HD transfer! Action star extraordinaire Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as Quaid, a 2084 construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars in this crowd-pleasing science fiction spectacle. Against the wishes of his sexy blonde wife (Sharon Stone), Quaid goes to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories, so he can "remember" visiting the red planet that is now being settled by human inhabitants. However, Quaid is actually a secret agent from Mars - or is he?

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611 of 643 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the big rubber effects movies. September 24, 2001
Format:DVD
I have to take umbrage at the person who made rude comments about how all the martians mutants with their foam latex appliances looked fake and lowered the quality of the film. I am part of the team that made all those crummy appliances. You can find my name in the credits under Rob Bottin. Actually I agree with you and I also think the scene where everyone decompresses and their eyes pop out on stalks then pop back in again when air pressure returns was totally preposterous. Total Recall was one of the last big films where effects were still done with rubber and mechanical animatronics pulled with cables. Many people thought the fat lady head slice gag was done with computers but it was a fiberglass head enlarged many times by soaking a silicone casting of the head in kerosene. The head was sliced with a special saw and a special array of slide bearings rigged with cables were pulled to open the slices. Makeup artists spent hours between shots filling up the gaps in the slices with wax so you could not detect them until the head was pulled apart. We were very proud of that effect and got applause from the crew when they saw it for the first time. Other effects did not go so well. Johnny Cab (Bob Picardo) was supposed to be very animated. His mouth was designed to open wide and form shapes but the servos would not work properly so in the film you see him mostly just bounce his jaw up and down with some minor lip movement. The guy in charge of repairing Johnny Cab stayed up four sleepless days and when it still didn't work was yelled at and mercilessly berated by the FX supervisor and later that day almost died of a bleeding stomach. On the good side Bennie the mutant cab driver has a mutant arm that is a beautiful thing to watch unfold and easily missed if you are not paying attention. Read more ›
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129 of 146 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Transfer February 15, 2007
Format:Blu-ray
I Love Total Recall as a movie hence the reason I've bought it for a 3rd time, after VHS and DVD. I must say I was very disappointed with this transfer, why when films can be cleaned up prior to transfer do they make us buy such a crap transfer!? I mean I bought the Rambo1 Blu Ray from Lionsgate/ Studio Canal which is now 25 years and that is a superb transfer, even the French HD of Basic Instinct is a Cracking transfer by Studio Canal, In Comparison Total Recall is a let down, and to be honest when we fork out our hard earned cash for movies we love on HD formats we expect a marked improvement, why should we make excuses that this film is old, what 1990 is old! When film companys that do spend the money get results, have you seen the Bond Remasters on DVD, some of these are over 40 years old and look better then ever (cant wait for the blu rays of them!) Overall Buy this if you must have it, but be prepared for a let down visually!
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88 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Total Recall" is, quite simply, one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best action flicks and quite obviously, one of the ones that helped build his super star status at the time of its release. When this outstanding Sci-Fi action/thriller was released, it was right in the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger's run of films where he could seemingly do no wrong. After watching the "Imagining Total Recall" documentary, it's even more surprising to find out that the original director wasn't Paul Verhoeven and the original Douglas Quaid wasn't to be Arny but Patrick Swayze; now that would've been an almost entirely different movie. Despite the exceptional script, I doubt Patrick Swayze would've garnered the attention that Arnold did for this memorable flick.
One of the most interesting aspects behind the script of this film is the overall theme behind it, was it "real" or was it Douglas Quaid's Total Rekall experience? Another highly interesting aspect of this film is its supposed sequel which may have been scrapped for Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for and election as the Governor of Kalifornia! If you pull up the Cast and Crew Information under the Special Features section and click on Arnold's screen, you'll see a listing for Total Recall 2 (2002), something that obviously hasn't happened but who knows what will happen in the future!
Credit goes to Arnold for his performance in this film, which was an exceptional display in that his acting skills were only getting better and better; granted, he's not the best actor in the industry, but for his type of movies, he was at the top when this film was released.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst quality Blu-Ray out there! July 9, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I got a BD player a year after they came out while the format war was still going on and I read reviews of the discs. They always said that this one was not too great but acceptable. Some how, some people rate The Terminator (first 2) discs as poor when they are not. Total Recall is by far THE worst BD disc ever!

This one gets the same type of review as Robocop from the reviewers. It is no wonder why these discs are $10 or less! This is a very poor representation of Blu-Ray or even HD. I am good at spotting resolutions with my eye and I can tell that this is not an HD master. It has to be a 480I give or take a few lines!

This is nothing more than an upconverted picture, but upconverted DVD's look much better in most cases. From the moment the credits roll, there is severe crushing, noise and low resolution. The picture quality is so bad that it looks like analog cable with a damaged cord - THAT bad! The noise (it can't be mere film grain alone) is so horrible that the film grain has noise that moves and changes colors!

The colors were bland and there was NOTHING HD about the picture in any way. There was no 3D effect when looking at the picture. No facial details. No stitching in the clothing - nothing. The sound was weak as well since it was in DTS-HD, not Master Audio. Hey, it was one of the early BD titles.

Instead of steady re-releasing Terminators, they need to remaster this! I avoided it out of fear of the reviews, but the reviewers were too soft on this one. Do not get it if you are looking for HD picture.

On another note, it was weird (I know) to see so many tube TV's 100 years into the future. Even 2001: A Space Odessy predicted flat screens.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Original still the best
OK, so I may just like watching Schwarzenegger's head explode, but I am also a Philip K. Dick fan, and very interested in the legacy he left in films that suggest that what we... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kind Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Despite its many failures in the sense of script, dialog, special effects, scenery, and basic acting skills, this movie remains a classic for me and I cannot help but to smile even... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer, Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Flick
Great Action. Terrific Cast. I wish they would make more like this.
Published 15 days ago by Texas2222204
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
I liked the remake, but my boyfriend wanted to watch the original. He liked it. I didn't. So, score splits the difference. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Dezabelarex
5.0 out of 5 stars total collection
If you are a arnold schwarzennegger fan then you will love total recall add this to your collection.
Published 23 days ago by Tala
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
Great movie, great blu-ray copy. How can you beat buying this for $7.50?!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Better as a comic book
Every film requires some suspension of disbelief, but there is a limit before "interesting" verges on "campy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie if you like Arnold
Any fan of Scwarzenegger has to admit that his acting skills are average at best, but a great story line carries this movie and makes it worth watching, again if you like Arnold.
Published 1 month ago by unnecessaryandnotimportant
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then the remake
You can say this about many things, but this holds so true for this original 80s version that I would recommend not even considering seeing the remake. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Check prices!
One day Amazon has it for $4.99 the next $7.99. WTF. Turned out Best Buy had it in store for $4.99. Always spend your money at brick and mortal stores first!
Published 1 month ago by BTM
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spanish subs?
Parece que no. Al menos no se ve en la parte de atras de la caja :(
Apr 26, 2013 by Elian Rodrigo Maier |  See all 2 posts
Mind-Bending Edition Region Free?
It's region A locked.
Aug 2, 2012 by Sean Caszatt |  See all 3 posts
Anyone else getting a delay shipment with Total Recall Mind Bending..
Yes.

Prime member ordered on 7/29/12 ...got same email as you this morning.

Friend who ordered 7/28 is 'shipping soon'. He is not a Prime member..
Aug 1, 2012 by Quentin Deverill |  See all 3 posts
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