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Total Recall (2012) - extended/normal cut?

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Initial post: 28 Dec 2012 00:38:45 GMT
Uncle DJ says:
I can be a sucker for popcorn action flicks and I was just wondering from people who have seen the extended version, how much longer is it and is it worth it over the steelbook version? HMV does the steelbook version for the same price of 15, which most places sell it for, but it doesn't look like it's extended. Shame, because I love steelbooks and I also love more bang for my buck. It's a toss up.

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 22:30:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2012 22:32:28 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
It's 12 minutes longer at 2hrs and 10 mins. Ethan Hawke is in the extended version!
According to the HMV steel has got the extended one aswell.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 04:14:22 GMT
C. Gould says:
The shortest possible cut of this film is the preferred one. One of the most boring, bland 'blockbusters' (remember when that used to mean a film that broke records?) I've seen in years. It could be sold as a cure for insomnia.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 09:00:51 GMT
Uncle DJ says:
Ethan Hawke aye. Is it a cameo? Yeah, I just checked and it mentions like you said, steelbook has both cuts. I've read it's a gem of a transfer. Same with Dredd that's out in a couple of weeks. Tempted to get both. Help lol O_O

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 14:48:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2012 15:01:19 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
Dredd is amazing. Such a shame it was a flop at the BO. It's my favourite action movie of the year! I haven't seen the extended cut of TR 2012 yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 15:00:30 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
To be fair I haven't seen the extended cut yet. I watched the theatrical cut over Christmas with my son and we both enjoyed it. It's not Shakespeare I know, but for big popcorn action its entertaining enough. I think the AV quality of the BD is excellent. A lot of consumers had issues with the sound dropping out at various points in the film, luckily I didn't. But that was easily solved by changing the BD player to PCM.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 18:10:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2012 18:10:29 GMT
C. Gould says:
I've had the Dredd BD for a while now and it's not perfect. Video has a lot of noise in it (although from what I've heard it looks better in 3D for a change) and the audio is unbalanced to the point where the dialogue is drowned out by the rest of the elements. Some people like their audio tracks overcooked (which explains all the praise for TDKR), but I prefer them more refined.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 23:57:38 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
Hi,did you import it? I've got the US disc on Pre-order.

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 06:01:22 GMT
C. Gould says:
No it's a check disc.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 15:09:56 GMT
Uncle DJ says:
Strange about Dredd, give it audio 5, video 4.5...

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 18:04:16 GMT
14.99 at HMV , Fantastic looking steelbook with both cuts of the film, watched the extended cut last night & its fantastic, action packed with nods too the orihinal, Well Worth Buying & sticking next to the Arnie blockbuster..

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 10:41:53 GMT
C. Gould says:
Horses for courses etc. I'm not a fan of's reviews; they gave a glowing review to Lady Snowblood despite the fact it has screwed video levels (then again so did DigitalFix). There are a few reviewers I'm in tune with so I tend only to trust their opinions, those of a few clued up people I know on various forums, and my own eyes/ears. No substitute for the latter.

I think a lot of people will like it, but I found the audio totally overblown. It's like all of the elements are constantly competing for a place in the mix and as a result some (mainly the dialogue) are marginalised. The video isn't terrible, but it was very clearly shot for 3D and the 2D version actually suffers as a result. I'm not that familiar with the cinematographic process used for the film, but from what I've read it's likely responsible for the 'coloured grain' that a lot of reviews have complained about. It's worth reading the AVForums or Hi-Def Digest reviews if you're interested.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 18:49:56 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
It's a shame that the 2D isn't up to scratch. I think that was why it didn't do so well at cinemas because there wasn't many opportunities to watch it in 2D. The 3D is good though. What did you think of the film itself? Did you enjoy watching it?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 19:21:25 GMT
Uncle DJ says:
I really enjoyed it. great action, top special effects popcorn flick. Too much hate I think. Really looking forward to seeing what it's like on Blu!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 20:32:53 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
Me too! Sounds like the PQ is a bit iffy in 2D though.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 20:34:53 GMT
Uncle DJ says:
I dunno, the review I read spoke quite highly of the PQ and user reviews the same. ..

Posted on 1 Jan 2013 01:37:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jan 2013 01:38:35 GMT
C. Gould says:
I didn't go much on the film TBH, although some of that could be attributed to the audio tainting my enjoyment. Here are some 1080p caps from the UK 2D/3D combo disc:

Not the most impressive visuals I've ever seen...

Posted on 1 Jan 2013 02:16:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jan 2013 02:29:57 GMT
robredz says:
Sorry but the original kicks the ass of the remake two Weeks, Vot did I do you blabbed Quaid....benny's the name benny... Screw you benny!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2013 03:03:08 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
Shame,I really liked the film personally. Thanks for the caps. Hopefully the 3D will make up for it?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2013 08:36:54 GMT
Uncle DJ says:
Disclaimer: Please note that this screenshot was captured at 1080p, resized to 720p and then compressed using JPEG to improve the loading time.
While it should give you a general idea of what a title will look like, it's not representative of the true quality that Blu-ray offers.

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 22:37:41 GMT
I dont know what you's have been watchin but I found it crystal clear & good audio aswell. Watching on a Panny 46GT30B on a Panny Full HD3D player !

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2013 17:26:50 GMT
L. Whitehead says:
mmmmmmm..........the lovely Kate Beckinsale............Viewed this film as a standalone to the original, really enjoyed it. The original is a great film, this is also very enjoyable, the changes make all the difference.

Posted on 7 Jan 2013 14:56:14 GMT
cmac says:
A remake of total recall ? oh dear, we are scraping the bottom now. And with the wooden untalented Mr Farrell in the lead role, pathetic drivel

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2013 17:18:59 GMT
Uncle DJ says:
You've only just found out about the remake? Collin Farrell has talent. He's no way near wooden. You're confusing him with Kristen Stewart's performances through the Twilight saga.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2013 17:22:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jan 2013 17:25:22 GMT
MadusMaximus says:
Did it not cross your mind that maybe it's SUPPOSED to look like that? Given the story of Dredd it makes sense that it's rather grainy, it fits the setting perfectly, and that good sir is grain (digital of course, it's common to get that kind of noise with digital cameras) rather than anything unwanted or the by product of a poor transfer.
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