This movie is one of the best "Arnie" movies hands down.
While all of Arnie's movies "hold up" to the changing times, this movie, in particular, is still utterly watchable today. For both new audiences, and those of us Gen Xers who grew up with these gems.
You have to understand that for its time, this movie was exquisitely controversial for its racy edgy mix of sex and what was then GRAPHIC violence, that by today's standards is very tame and cartoonish. It's Nihilistic and Dystopian view of the human social paradigm of the near future, was a direct reflection of how we as a culture really felt it was going to be. In many ways, they got it right. In many ways, they got it wrong.
One of the fun parts is how light, cavalier and almost fun and aloof the movie is about its dystopian representation of the future. Sharing a somewhat lighter and more fun exploration of many themes of transhuman or dystopian corporatism that can be found in most of Philip K Dicks works, as well as many other sci-fi movies of the time. Unlike the BEAUTIFUL but heavy and almost nightmarish artistic Noir of Blade Runner... Total Recall manages to make dystopian futures look less like a melancholy hell, and more like a fun beer commercial.
Now is this a perfect movie?
I would say that as a combination of time capsule, and a really fun movie with an interesting plot that asks some very fun questions about perception and reality, it is absolutely one of those movies that I think everyone should see once.
It is a classic, and the remake that was made was utterly forgettable in every way.
Failing to even come close to capturing the FLAVOR this movie had.
This movie isn't filet minion, It's a greasy gooey cheeseburger fried up on a local working class burger shops stove filled with all the sinful and bad for you mixtures of grease, and whatever wasn't scraped off the grill. That burger that you may not be proud of loving, but can't live without.
This is a masterpiece, not because of it's quality and high brow scripting.
This is a comfort food movie, a Quintessential Arnie movie, and a right of passage for young men everywhere Ahem... (.)(.)(.)
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : LGT46912BR
- Director : Paul Verhoeven
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 29 minutes
- Release date : February 24, 2015
- Actors : Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Artisan / Lionsgate
- ASIN : B00QSHWYWQ
- Number of discs : 1
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Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020
Unfortunately, the movie is still grainy. I've other 4K movies that are also grainy. I think when the original film elements (i.e. film stock) is grainy, 4K simply doesn't remove the grains; the grainy look just carries over. Another difficulty with Total Recall, from video quality perspective, is that it's a dark film with not many colors. Almost all the colors are passive, pastel colors. Everybody's wearing gray and beige colors (when I mean everybody, I mean everybody). Doug is wearing gray shirt with beige pants, Lori is wearing gray suit, every other character is wearing, again, beige or gray or black colors. The interior design is also very colorless, beige/brown colors (that's on purpose, to give it a dream-like atmosphere). So these elements are not helping the 4K transfer and not in favor. If you already own the blu-ray, I don't think it's worth upgrading it to 4K - although the price is very reasonable (I bought it for $14) so you might as well buy 4K edition. I think, in my opinion, the Dolby Atmos is probably a better reason to upgrade from blu-ray to 4K, more so than the video quality.
12 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2019
The disc looks great as you'd expect BUT the digital code no longer worked. I emailed the retailer about it but have yet to hear back. That was half the reason I got this so the star rating is affected.
20 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
This movie has been remade with Colin Farrell in the starring role, but that one took itself far too seriously for my taste. This version, with its rollicking, comicbook-style action has always been my favorite, and not just because I enjoy looking at Schwarzenegger's pecks (though you have to admit that he made very nice eye candy). This has a storyline that is exciting and yet has its comic moments as well. Set in the distant future, a construction worker decides to follow his dreams and have the memory of a vacation on Mars implanted in his brain. Unfortunately, the implant procedure triggers memories that he is actually a spy for the Martian government, and he ends up running for his life while still trying to unscramble what's in his head. What follows is the most fabulous series of gloriously choreographed fight scenes, with hardly a breath between them, that has ever graced film. This was released well into Schwarzenegger's acting career, and shows in the polish and ease with which he brings off the character. It also costars Michael Ironside and Sharon Stone, both as agents for the Martian government that are after the erstwhile spy. This has a lot of violence as well as some light nudity, so it may not be suitable for younger viewers. But it is definitely a fun and enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
19 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
I just watched this for the first time. I saw the remake in theaters a few years back, and it was atrocious. Now that I've seen the original, I consider the remake an affront. This film is intentionally over the top and corny; I mean it's our boy Arnie, but it's 10/10 for excitement and style. The sheer madness of all the crazy face-bending, mind-twisting, gross-out aliens (mutants, technically) and body horror combined with gratuitous headshots, alien (and some human) tits, the human body shields, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone, and the whole supporting cast really getting into it, and the one-liners OH the one-liners in this movie will do you in. Not to mention the plot is easy to follow and has a decent hook. Too much to ask for anymore. Top-shelf Schwarzenegger here, folks. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
p.s. The guy with the messed up face is Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad
p.s. The guy with the messed up face is Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad
18 people found this helpful
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Totalmente recomendableReviewed in Mexico on March 15, 2020
Excelente película, esta versión de bluray trae el raro audio comentario con arnold mismo, versión muy completa con extras, solo una advertencia, no esta doblada al español ni trae subtítulos en español, si no hablan o entienden Inglés no les servirá de nada
9 people found this helpful
"Hey l've got five kids to feed"Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2017
This version of total recall is the same as the uk version but the picture and sound have been remastered
I. J. Yendle
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2017
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on August 7, 2017
100X better & more violent than English version.
Excelente trabajo.Reviewed in Mexico on December 25, 2020
Un clásico de la ciencia ficción que nunca pasará de moda. Pensé no habría mucha diferencia entre el bluray anterior y la versión 4K, pero el trabajo de remasterizado es fenomenal, todo se siente más natural con el soberbio HDR de este título, obvio algunas escenas se ven algo "sobrepuestas" por la tecnología de la época, pero son detalles que pasan a segundo termino al contemplar la obra en general. Contiene 3 discos: El disco 4K es la película, incluye doblaje al español latino y subtítulos al español para los que como yo, preferimos verla en su idioma original. También este disco 4K contiene las características especiales las cuales no incluyen subtítulos ni en inglés ni en español. El disco 2 es el bluray de la película y al igual que el 4K, viene en ingles y español con subtítulos. El disco 3 es un bluray de extras y tampoco incluye subtítulos. La primera vez que vi esta cinta fue en VHS hace décadas, altamente recomendable si eres fan del género.
2 people found this helpful