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Brazil [1985] [DVD]

Jonathan Pryce , Kim Greist , Terry Gilliam    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Charles McKeown, Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Patrick Cassavetti
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2003
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WQ62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,892 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If Franz Kafka had been an animator and film director--oh, and a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus--Brazil is the sort of outrageously dystopian satire one could easily imagine him making. In fact it was made by Terry Gilliam, who is all of the above except, of course, Franz Kafka. Be that as it may, Gilliam captures the paranoid-subversive spirit of Kafka's The Trial (along with his own Python animation) in this bureaucratic nightmare-comedy about a meek government clerk named Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) whose life is destroyed by a simple bug. It's not a software bug but a real bug (no doubt related to Kafka's famous Metamorphosis insect) that gets squashed in a printer and causes a typographical error unjustly identifying an innocent citizen, one Mr Buttle, as suspected terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro). When Sam becomes enmeshed in unravelling this bureaucratic tangle, he himself winds up labelled as a miscreant. 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. --Jim Emerson

On the DVD: Brazil comes to DVD in a welcome anamorphic print of the full director's cut--here running some 136 minutes. Disappointingly the only extra feature is the 30-minute making-of documentary "What Is Brazil?", which consists of on-set and behind-the-scenes interviews. There's nothing about the film's controversial release history (covered so comprehensively on the North American Criterion Collection release), nor is Gilliam's illuminating, irreverent directorial commentary anywhere to be found. The only other extra here is the ubiquitous theatrical trailer. A welcome release of a real classic, then, but something of a missed opportunity. --Mark Walker

Product Description

In the future, a clerk at the all-powerful Ministry of Information sticks to his ideals and ends up crushed by the system in this half comedy, half horror story from former 'Monty Python' animator Terry Gilliam. Like Orwell's novel '1984', which it echoes, the future is seen from a 1940's perspective. Jonathan Pryce stars, with Robert De Niro making a cameo appearance as an excessively diligent sewage inspector.


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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film But Flawed Blu-Ray 27 Dec 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Weird but excellent film, been one of my favourites for years and was looking forward to the blu-ray release.

However, what is the point of blu-rays when compared to DVDs? Ah, yes, superior visuals and sound quality, or at least supposedly.

Visually, the transfer is pretty good for a 25+ year old film (though no great improvement over an upscaled DVD).

Audio is another matter. This is standard 2.0 Dolby Digital and compares to the USA multi-region release that is DTS-HD Master and which sounds much better than the UK version (yes, I know it's sad, but I did buy the US version after my disappointment with the UK version).

So, Fox, why is it that you think the UK should put up with inferior sound quality compared to the US edition? Was it really impossible to use the same master? And again, what is the point in blu-ray if the production companies bundle the disc with a sound format that is no better than DVD (actually, worse, my old Criterion edition at least has 2.1 Dolby Digital - well, I did say it was one of my favourite films...).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity - but still a masterpiece 19 May 2003
Format:DVD
It's hard to be objective about a film i know and love as much as Brazil, but here goes. Firstly the bad news, no director's commentary, Gilliam always provides illuminating and witty commentaries so it's a glaring omission. Secondly, 'What is Brazil?' is an only mildly interesting extra, not adding much to our understanding of the film. Hence, a missed opportunity.
Now the good news. If you like surrealist cinema, pitch black humour and bizarre imagery (think Lynch here), then this could well turn out to be one of your favourite films too. A sort of Gilliam vision of nineteen eighty four, the film depicts a futuristic society in which bureaucracy subjugates free will and peoples' lives become computer printouts. Love, as in 1984 is the enemy of the state, and Sam is the civil servant who commits the heinous crime of falling in love with a suspected terrorist. I won't spoil the ending, but it is both uplifting and devastating.
If you prefer straightforward story telling and narrative closure then you might prefer to avoid this film. Subjectively I would say this is one of only a few films that has left an enduring impression upon me.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why can't we have it all? 22 Jun 2012
Format:Blu-ray
The good news is that the UK blu-ray release of Brazil is the 143 minute Terry Gilliam Director's Cut previously available as a Criterion release in the US (despite the listed running time of 136 minutes here on Amazon and on the case itself). The transfer is not perfect but is a massive upgrade from the DVD edition. Despite what some reviewers on here have claimed it is head and shoulders above an upscaled DVD with fine detail like skin pores and fibres on woollen suits showing up clearly. A full restoration would have been nice but you can't have everything.

What I would have expected on a blu-ray released in 2011 is a decent soundtrack but all we get here is 2.0 Dolby stereo. The American release has a DTS Master lossless soundtrack but is the shortest cut of the film so it isn't really a decent alternative. It would appear that the best release is the French digibook which not only has nice packaging but boasts the longer 142 minute cut AND a DTS MA soundtrack. That said this UK release will set you back less than half of the sheckles required to import the french disc so if you're on a budget it is still worth the splurge, warts and all. Perfectionists however should head to Amazon Fr and pick up the digibook.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark fairytale 12 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
Where on earth do you start when you try describing Brazil? Terry Gilliam does a spectacular job portraying a dark fantasy world where society is taken over by a sinister bureaucracy which creates the nightmare scenario where individuals don't know who to trust or where to turn for help. What makes Brazil particularly uncomfortable and even prophetic, is that we can identify with the leading character (played by Johnathon Price) and his lonely plight into a dystopian hell. For anyone who has been enraged by being fobbed off by something like an electronic answering service in a bank, multiply Price's anguish by ten. He lives in an inhuman world which has nothing left other than red tape and faceless autocrats. Gilliam proves that you don't need any of the tactics employed by the horror genre to a create a terrifying and riveting scenario.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1984 meets Monty Python 5 Dec 2003
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This film is bizarre, fantastic, flawed, and utterly delicious - all the ingredients you'd expect from the febrile imagination of Terry Gilliam. It's a cartoon come to life and gone wild; packed with the sort of detail and flights of fancy you could normally only expect to find in a novel. Watching it again after some years was a treat, partly to catch up with some of the delightful nuances Gilliam has hidden within his richly decorated but highly indigestible chocolate box world. This parallel universe in which society has been shaken into a nightmarish but strangely incompetent bureaucratic police state closely reminiscent of Orwell's 1984. How Orwell might have envisioned his alternative reality, had he been less po-faced and been in possession of a darkly chaotic sense of humour!
Beautifully judged performances abound: Jonathan Pryce's Sam Lowry (a cog in the wheel but dreams himself a winged hero) is exactly the right mix of naive everyman and common-sense superhero; Michael Palin's civilised torturer is joyful to watch; Bob Hoskins as the frustrated official heating engineer perfect, while Robert de Niro plays his rogue counterpart; and many more - a shame to pick out anyone. And Brazil? It's that infectiously catchy latin tune running through the film.
This is far from perfect, but then removing the flaws would leave a bland and anodyne movie. Accept it, warts and all. In Gilliam's own cut, this is an experience not to be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Brazil
Crazy mixed up film, stick it out it is good
Published 3 days ago by David Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing
Published 6 days ago by D. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic!
Published 6 days ago by Richard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars love brazil criterion edition
i saw this film or rather both version s on the criterion three disc set and its weird but very enjoyable especially kim griest dont buy the one disc version get the criterion one... Read more
Published 8 days ago by dale h
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
no idea it was a present
Published 20 days ago by philip burley
5.0 out of 5 stars 1984, Kafka, Koestler, Dali and Chaplin all rolled into one!
Gilliam's unquestioned masterpiece. No one, burt no one, makes movies like his, and he is to be treasured. (My review site, revbobsblog.blogspot, says more!)
Published 23 days ago by Bob Vernon
4.0 out of 5 stars What is Brazil?
Brazil is a visually spectacular fantasy drama from Terry Gilliam, and while it does follow the story of the classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, it is easily one... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Gatekeeper197
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ENTERTAINING
Published 28 days ago by djwmps
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
A1. Product packaged well and delivered in good time. Johnathon Price, Bob Hoskins and Robert De Niro in the same film. Rare and magical film, very much worth watching. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good product. on-time delivery. seamlessly trade, thank you.
Published 3 months ago by laguna
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