Brazil (Fully Restored with Bonus Footage)
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The movie presents such an unrelentingly imaginative and savage vision of 20th-century bureaucracy that it almost became a victim of small-minded studio management itself--until Gilliam surreptitiously screened his cut for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, who named it the best movie of 1985 and virtually embarrassed Universal into releasing it. This DVD version of Brazil is the special director's cut that first appeared in Criterion's comprehensive (and expensive) six-disc laser package in 1996. Although the DVD (at a fraction of the price) doesn't include that set's many extras, it's still a bargain. --Jim Emerson
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Big fan of the original, and now that the price has come down, it is affordable for the casual afficionado.Published 7 days ago by H. H. Tena
I have no Idea why I never heard of this before. This film is brilliantly written and hilarious.Published 14 days ago by Al
Others have shared the story. It's a bit dark, it's a bit bizarre, it's a bit happy. We love it. The DVD quality is very good as well.Published 14 days ago by Autodidact
An incredibly prophetic film. From obama's view of isis seen in the general discussing the terrorists to the state of a society under siege and under the thumb of a... Read morePublished 28 days ago by R
Have watched this classic many times over the years. Always see something new in it. It is a timeless film.Published 1 month ago by Ricky L Ramming
Some of the themes are dated and repetitive, but it is scarily accurate in some predictions and nonetheless entertaining.Published 1 month ago by David J Jacobe
"Brazil" pretty much has come true in our modern life today. Such a wonderful film.Published 1 month ago by NEEL
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