13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
The new Mind Bending Edition has arrived and I've given it a view - fantastic transfer.
The Blu-Ray starts and there's no top menu so you have to fast forward through all the trailers (annoying, not a good start), I wish the director kept that out. You start the movie and you see the Tri-Star pictures Pegasus animation and its grainy and awful and you're thinking, oh my gosh is this transfer just as bad or worse than the previous ones, but after that (probably done on purpose) it changes to the new transfer from there on out and looks fantastic, really.
Sound is good for the most part as well, there are some momentary issues, like the very first moment Quaid meets the Recall guy the sound (for about 4 seconds) seems very tinny, but overall that it sounds very good. There are a good amount of extras as well.
Add it all up, a great transfer, finally, good sound overall and a good helping of Extra's and you have a great Blu-Ray - totally worth the $10 even if they didn't put a top menu feature on the Blu-Ray. Five stars easy.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Be aware, there is more than one Blu-ray release of this movie; at the time I bought this movie, Amazon listed three Blu-ray "Total Recall" releases: 2006, 2007 (Special Edition), and 2012 (Mind-Bending Edition). If you are new to Amazon, you may not have noticed that the reviews are all lumped together; when checking out the reviews, you will find the version title just above the review's text.
Lion Gate's 2012 Blu-ray release looks fine and I have no issues with this product.
If you have never seen Arnold Schwarzenegger's version of "Total Recall", there are two things you should know. Firstly, it is great science fiction. It delves into the question of just who are we? Are we the sum of our memories? In "Total Recall" someone has replaced the memories of the main character, who believes himself to be a man named Quaid; he still has the same skills, but his personality is different.
Secondly, you should know this is a violent movie; how violent? There are many scenes in which you could use the words: blood, bullets, and breaking glass in their descriptions. I counted 17 violent scenes, 16 which involve gunfire and one scene where death was meted out with sharp pieces of equipment and a fire axe.
In spite of the violence, it is a well done action-movie, so riveting, so fast paced, that there is no time to get another popcorn. . . .
Picture (Blu-ray): 4. Subtitles & Languages: English, French, and German; Spanish is not included. Bonus Features: Schwarzenegger & Director commentary, Director interview, Special Effects, Trailer, Documentary "Imagining Total Recall", Restoration comparison, and Photo Gallery.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2012
To coincide with the release of the 2012 remake, "Total Recall" has been resurrected on Blu-Ray from Lionsgate in the form of a "Mind Bending" Special Edition re-issue. The studio's original Blu-Ray was a poor, early-format effort, and this new AVC encoded 1080p transfer is a huge upgrade by comparison, even though the film itself doesn't appear flawless (with all the optical effects, it's no surprise that there's something of a slightly "dirty" aspect to the entire transfer). That said, the lack of DNR is quite welcome and the overall look hugely satisfying, with the transfer closely resembling Studio Canal's superior European Blu-Ray releases of the film (in fact it seems to be a new encoding of that older master). The DTS MA audio nicely represents Goldsmith's score, while extras - none of which were contained on the prior Blu-Ray - are rounded up from Lionsgate's old DVD releases.
These include a chatty Verhoeven-Schwarzenegger commentary, which is wide-ranging and most interesting when it divulges the rocky development of the film, particularly the Bruce Beresford-directed version that was days away from shooting with star Patrick Swayze before DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group went under. There's also talk about the proposed "Total Recall 2" sequel that was supposed to adapt "Minority Report," while an interview with Verhoeven, 2001 "Imaging `Total Recall'" and special effects documentaries, the trailer, a photo gallery, and a restoration comparison round out a fine budget-priced Blu-Ray that's unquestionably better than the release that preceded it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I was very skeptical about this Blu-Ray release.
Especially after the very disapointing transfers they did on .54 and Reindeer games.
However I'm very happy to report.
That this latest versiopn of this great film.
Is the difinitive edition to own.
So.If you love total recall as much as I do.
Ditch your old Blu-Ray copy for this one.
And it's at a price you can't go wrong with.
Awesome transfer/Great special features.!!!.Excellent job Lionsgate.And Studio Canal also Great job.!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2012
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I don't review often, but I felt the need to in this case. This is one of the rare times I've really had a hard time distinguishing between my prior high-bitrate DVD and a Blu-ray. Yeah, it's a little sharper, but nothing that makes you think "WOW! Now THIS is HD!" Part of that, I'd have to attribute to the original film. This is a movie I saw five times--my personal best, ever--in the theater, and I do remember that the print seemed a bit grainy, like the film stock they'd used wasn't all that spectacular. I do support the natural treatment of film, though, so I'm glad they didn't attempt to sharpen the film and use DNR to give it that glossy, HD look.
Overall, it's worth the $10 you'd pay for it. The commentary track is from one of the old DVD's and fully illustrates that Arnold is perhaps one of the funniest, and worst, celebrity commentators ever. He simply doesn't understand what's expected of him. Verhoeven, however, is terrific both in the commentary and the supplementary interview, which was clearly filmed more recently and in HD.
Overall, I gave the Bluray three stars. The film itself I give four and a half, but I think the reviews should be more about the quality of the disc than about what you thought of the film. (That's what Rottentomatoes is for.)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2008
This movie looks horrible. Watching it mad me wish they had shot me into mar's atmosphere. If I had never seen a high definition movie and this was my first experience, I would never even think of investing in a blu-ray player. My opinion would be what's the use it looks just like regular dvd.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2003
Total Recall, Paul Verhoeven's fascinating (if sometimes very violent) 1990 science fiction/thriller examined the boundaries between reality and illusion. It also established Arnold Schwarzenegger as a true force in the action adventure genre, proving that the former bodybuilder could act in a more challenging role than Conan or the Terminator.
Inspired by Philip K. Dick's story "We Can Dream It For You Wholesale," the screenplay by Ronald Shussett, Dan O'Bannon (Alien) and Gary Goldman weaves a clever tapestry of story threads that revolve around the question of what is reality and what is a dream, especially if the mind could be manipulated artificially?
Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid, a construction worker happily married to Lori (Sharon Stone) and living in a city perhaps 100 years in the future. By this time, Earth is embroiled in a major war between the Northern and Southern Blocs, space travel is as routine as catching a bus, and Mars has been colonized. Its governor, a ruthless dictator named Cohaagen (Ronny Cox) is providing the Northern bloc with essential raw materials and suppressing a bloody insurrection led by mutants.
Quaid is obsessed with a fantasy of Mars -- in his dreams he's there, in the company of a mysterious brunette (Rachel Ticotin), much to Lori's chagrin. Even as he claims it's just a fantasy and that Lori's the only woman in his life, he still presses the issue of Mars, going as far to suggest leaving Earth and moving to the Red Planet. Lori attempts to reason with Quaid, telling him he'd "hate it there. It's dry, it's dusty, it's boring." Reluctantly, Quaid relents and goes off to work as usual.
But after seeing a commercial for "virtual vacations" on a subway TV monitor, Quaid decides to visit Rekall, where false memories are implanted into customers' minds "for the memory of a lifetime." With the aid of drugs and hi-tech gizmos, the perfect vacation -- a ski trip, a visit to an exotic beach, or even a trip to Mars -- can be "remembered" as if it had really happened. Even better, as a smarmy salesman tells Quaid, one can even change personalities and take the "Ego Trip" and become, for a little while, someone else. Intrigued, Quaid selects -- you guessed it -- the trip to Mars with the secret agent Ego Trip.
Verhoeven's films are not known for their quiet subtlety; indeed, they tend to be in-your-face collages of mordant wit, wry one-liners, and -- in his science fiction films (Robocop, Starship Troopers) -- violence. Yet, when watching this movie on DVD and listening to the audio commentary by Verhoeven and Schwarznegger, I was surprised by the complexity of this film's plot. Yes, it's action packed and it's an "Ah-nuld" showcase full of droll one-liners ("Consider this a divorce!"), but it doesn't insult the audience's intelligence. The movie's eye-popping (pun intended) special effects are amazing, and Jerry Goldsmith's score is thrilling.
The Artisan Special Edition of Total Recall is loaded with various extra features and showcases this above-average sci-fi thriller in a newly remastered widescreen version. The picture is sharp and the sound is excellently clear. Considering that Artisan is also behind the spectacular DVDs for the first two Terminator films, this is to be expected!
I strongly recommend Total Recall to both Schwarzenegger and science fiction fans alike; its underlying storyline is intriguing, and Arnold has rarely been in better form as an actor!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Well paced, well done science fiction movie. The story uses Arnold just right, and surrounds him with great actors. Based on an excellent story, this movie involves a man who starts to regain memories of being on Mars. Soon he finds that he is so much more than just a construction worker, that his whole life was just a lie. Tons of action and plenty of eye candy, this dvd is a nice print and a good addition to any collection.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
What if you could have memories implanted? What if the implanted memories were so real that you could not tell the difference between the implanted memories and reality? What if you went to a place that implanted such memories and when you woke up, you discovered that you had lost your sense of reality and you no longer knew who you were?
Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a laborer living an apparent life of ease (and luxury - laborers must be paid really well in 2084) with his beautiful wife Lori (Sharon Stone). Life is good for Douglas and Lori, until Douglas gets it into his head that he wants to take a trip to Mars. Of course, Douglas is unable to go to Mars (Lori does not want to emigrate to Mars), so Douglas heads off to Rekall to get a brain implant.
Implanted memories are no big deal. You go in, they put you under, you get an implanted memory, and you go home thinking you had a great time on Mars. Douglas chose to be a spy and have a beautiful girlfriend. Unfortunately, the friendly folks at Rekall discover that Douglas had already had an implant and their attempt to implant a new memory was creating problems in Douglas's brain. However, the people at Rekall are able to cover up the problem and Douglas seems to walk away from Rekall without problems.
Unfortunately for Douglas, his wife is quite upset that Douglas went to Rekall. So upset that she works Douglas over. The next thing Douglas knows, a bunch of guys with really big guns are trying to blow him away and he is running for his life.
Douglas can only do one thing. He heads for Mars and the answers to his questions. Things on Mars get even more interesting. A man with a dictator's power, Vilos Cohaagen (Ronny Cox, "Deliverance" and "Beverly Hills Cop"), controls Mars. Quaid seems caught between mutants, Cohaagen and Cohaagen's henchmen, led by Richter (Michael Ironside, "Scanners," "Watchers," and "Starship Troopers"). Of course, Quaid's murderous wife is still running around. Then there are the aliens. You will have to watch.
This movie is filled with action and allows you enough time to wonder what is real and what is fantasy, nearly to the end of the movie. I thought the special effects were quite good for 1990. There are places where you can easily see that a set is a miniature, but other miniatures are beautiful and wonderfully meshed with full-sized sets.
Director Paul Verhoeven and a team of writers did a wonderful job of building on a 1966 Philip K. Dick short story, "We Can Remember It for You." Even with some dated effects and styles, the movie still plays well, especially once the movie shifts to Mars. I absolutely loved the action-packed ending, wondering just how Quaid was going to survive. Fans of Philip K. Dick, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin and science fiction movies have to see this excellent movie, one of Arnold's best.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Total Recall is a great old style sci-fi film. I was really looking forward to seeing it in high definition at home, so I picked up the blu-ray to replace my DVD. What a mistake! This blu-ray is absolutely pathetic. It is the worst blu-ray I have ever seen. I don't care how cheap this disc sells for - it is a waste of money. I cannot believe the excessive grain and video noise that dominates throughout this title. It is terribly distracting. Keep your DVD of this title - or even your laser disc - but do not waste your money "upgrading" it to blu-ray, because it is no upgrade at all - it is worse!