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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writers: Dan O'Bannon, Gary Goldman, Jon Povill, Philip K. Dick, Ronald Shusett
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Buzz Feitshans
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: German, English, Dutch, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: German, Spanish
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IFT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a happily married construction worker living in the year 2084, is haunted by a recurrent dream in which he is living with a woman on Mars. Rekall Incorporated offer him the chance to live out his dream through a microchip which implants any memories their client desires into their brain. But something goes wrong during the installation of Quaid's memories of a trip to Mars and soon he lands up on the planet for real, unsure of his true identity and pursued by a gang out for his blood. He teams up with a group of resistance fighters to uncover a mystery which leads to the highest echelons of the planet's government.

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Total Recall, director Paul Verhoeven's mega-budget sci-fi action blockbuster from 1990, began its production life as a very different movie. An adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", it was originally conceived of with Richard Dreyfuss starring as a Walter-Mitty-like character who experiences a variety of artificially induced fantasies. But with Arnold Schwarzenegger on board, the final version took a rather different direction. The Austrian Oak plays a normal working man who discovers his entire reality has been invented to conceal a scheme for planetary domination on Mars. Oscar-winning special effects and violent action propel the twisting plot, in which Arnold manipulates his manipulators in a world of dazzling high technology. Verhoeven (Robocop, Starship Troopers) indulges his usual penchant for gratuitous bloodshed, but the movie has enough cleverness to rise above its excesses. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

On the DVD: Not many extras, but excellent picture and sound. The reds of Mars are a terrific way of testing your television's colour definition in this digital transfer. Combine that with testing your speakers in the opening scene to Jerry Goldsmith's pounding score boosted to Dolby 5.1, and what an ideal home cinema demo disc this is! Two trailers show the way a film should and shouldn't be advertised, since the teaser gives nothing away but the main advert tells you everything. A seven-minute behind the scenes featurette with cast interviews and on-set action rounds out the extras package. --Paul Tonks

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eddie on 26 April 2013
Format: DVD
now, if i was having a trip to Mars, with super-spy save-the-planet shenanigans implanted directly into my brain and i didn't get to not only see Sharon Stone's norks but play with them as well i would be very unhappy and demand my credits back. thats the only reason this brilliant Arnie film doesn't get 6 stars. it does have, however, 3 mutant boobages "baby, you make me wish i had 3 hands!!!" i saw this film 8 times at the cinema when it first came out because me and the lads used to get hammered and go every week and the alternatives at the time were "Another 48 Hours" or something equally awful. we loved it every time. and even today it has a lovingly gratuitous, garish idiocy to it. don't watch the re-make it is so bad it makes me angry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I remember going to see this at the pictures on its original release and was firstly blown away by the title sequence and music.The film itself was a perfect vehicle for Arnie, who at that time was the biggest star on the planet( Earth, not Mars),and he was riding a wave of great films, Commando, Predator etc.
Recall is just one big thrill ride of a sci fi movie, based on the short story by Philip K Dick, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale although truth be told, nothing like the short story, which you SHOULD read.
Recall had some of the latest technology available at hand, which with what can be done today looks dated.For me, that is its charm.Recall is still quite violent in parts, but never lags in pace from the get go.The remake with Colin Farell is a shadow of this classic.The blu ray is nice and sharp and certainly an improvement over the dvd.
So if you love sci fi, action, violence and Arnie , then this is for you . Obviously Arnie has a great fondness for this movie as he named his biography Recall, although that was probably a marketing ploy.Talk about schizoid embolisms!!Sheesh!!
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By James Burnwood VINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I see this product has one review by a sadly misguided soul who thinks this is a bad grainy transfer. First of all, this is the same transfer as the excellent HD DVD version, also the pitch problem has been fixed too. I had owned the US artisan release on Blu-ray prior to this and this is a big improvement on that transfer. The disc is coded region A,B. The sound is 5.1 DTS HD master audio. Due to the lack of any extras it misses the final star for my review. However, in terms of image and sound quality, This is the best version available of this cracking film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
TOTAL RECALL (1990), a big-budget sci-fi action thriller set sometime in the future, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, (TERMINATOR). It's based on "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," a short story by the noted sci fi author Philip K. Dick, was penned for the screen by Ronald Shusett, and was directed by Paul Verhoeven. It boasts a high-quality score by Jerry Goldsmith. And it's as easy to like as its affable, hugely muscular star, who, we know, has gone far in real life, too.

The film's set in Mexico City future, and on the famously red planet, Mars, where they've found something worth mining, leading to its colonization from Earth. Unfortunately, however, the planet has no atmosphere, thus no oxygen: all settlers and tourists must stay within an immense dome, and pay the local administration for air. Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid, supposedly an ordinary earthly construction worker, though married to the beauteous young Lori (Sharon Stone, CASINO). But Quaid is actually a recently brainwashed incarnation of Hauser, who was a big man on Mars as an administration spy. Quaid dreams of the red planet, and is so strongly drawn back there that he goes to a firm called Rekall, that implants pleasant memories, of whatever virtual vacation a client might select, in the subject's brain. But Quaid pays extra to virtually vacation as a spy, in cahoots with Melina, the sleazy-demure girl(Rachel Ticotin, MAN ON FIRE, CONAIR) he's chosen from the book. Problems arise, and Quaid must beat it back to Mars.

Verhoeven is a good action director -- he also gave us ROBOCOP-- and he's got a down and dirty Dutch touch. Sets are good: neither Mars, nor the city of the future, has too much of a cardboard look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 28 May 2007
Format: DVD
Fast paced sci fi thriller that also stars the sexy Sharon Stone. It has a futuristic theme and 17 years on, technology trends seem to be heading towards such a scenario albeit slowly. Arnie is not satisfied with his boring life and extremely hot wife and longs to go to mars but he can't because mars is a very dangerous place that consists of mutant uprisings and other violent activities. Since it's not safe to go to Mars he decides to do the next best thing which is to get a memory implant that would make him feel like he's on mars even though it's only happening in his head. However something goes wrong with the implant and he soon discovers that everyone he knows is trying to kill him and he's being confused with someone else. He then sets of on an amazing journey to find out what is happening, why people are trying to kill him and at the same time save Mars from destruction.

Or at least that's how it appears?

The great thing about the film is it lets you decide for yourself if it really was a dream, or was Arnie really there?
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