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on September 7, 2000
This collection features two alternate versions of BRAZIL--both of which truly stink when compared to the original. One is edited to death by the film's infamously possessive producer, the other liberally enlarged (and dramatically weakened) by the director. Together, the two "cuts" make a terrific case against any one person having total control of their creative output.
This collection also features a so-so documentary called THE BATTLE OF BRAZIL, about the public war waged between the director and the producer over the film's content--frankly, THE HAMSTER FACTOR (a brief documentary on the 12 MONKEYS DVD) was much a more insightful look at Gilliam's unique brand of stubborn genius than what's featured here.
So even if you're a real big Gilliam fan, I'd just rent this one--it's useful to see all of this stuff, but it doesn't garner repeat viewings.