Total Recall (Mind-Bending Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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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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.
No plot spoilers from me: the story is set in 2084 and follows Quaid (Schwarzenegger), a construction worker that dreams of visiting Mars. The future has some interesting technology, including the ability plant memories directly into a person's brain and the "Rekall" company specializes in implanting vacation and adventure experiences for those that can't afford the money or time to take real ones. Quaid decides that this is the only answer to deal with his rising mars obsession and things don't go quite as planned from there.
The acting was decent for this type of movie and also stared Sharon Stone as Quaid's wife and Rachel Ticotin as the love interest. The special effects range from just plain bad to very good and the science is often just plain wrong or highly questionable in places, but this is an action movie and it all works for the most part.
This was a fun movie that is very watchable.
I had never seen all of Total Recall, and as a fan of older Sci-Fi and action films, I thought the effects were fun and advanced for the time period. Despite Arnold's mediocre acting skills, I am still a fan of his films, because they're so "over the top" and action packed. This film from the 90's was a cool "throwback" for me, and I enjoyed the sound and visual effects, as well as the story line of implanted memories, vicarious living etc. The storyline has often been mimicked by movies that followed in the next decade and for historical purposes and perspective this film is interesting as its themes remain relevant. Seeing Sharon Stone in action sequences was funny but effective, and it was cool to see her in some of her earlier work.
The sound was powerful but the transfer was very dirty and there was significant noise and specs that littered the print. The colors were not as vibrant, as I had hoped, and having seen some much older films, that have been restored (Poltergeist, for instance), this older film's transfer is quite disappointing. Still the picture was clear and on a 50" Panasonic Plasma screen, sitting about 15-20 ft back, it still was a clean/clear experience. For the price of under $12, which I paid, it remains a fun and thought provoking sci-fi film for my collection. It is not demo material, but for its story worth a look for fans.
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