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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Perplexing
Brainstorm, Natalie Woods' final film is a sci-fi fan's dream. For once, a movie that dares to challenge the viewer with a concept so intriguing, that the idea stays with you long after the film finishes.
Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher develop a device that can record and playback the thoughts, sensations and feelings of any individual, regardless of the...
Published on 21 Aug 2002 by Mr. Stuart Chandler

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3.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking on the big screen, rather underwhelming on TV
Douglas Trumbull's ill-fated second film as director, Brainstorm, is a classic example of a film that doesn't really work that well on TV but needs to be seen on a giant screen. Originally intended to showcase his high-definition 60 frames-per-second ShowScan system, it eventually was shot in a mixture of 1.85:1 widescreen that would open up onto 70mm Super Panavision for...
Published on 10 May 2011 by Trevor Willsmer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Perplexing, 21 Aug 2002
This review is from: Brainstorm [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
Brainstorm, Natalie Woods' final film is a sci-fi fan's dream. For once, a movie that dares to challenge the viewer with a concept so intriguing, that the idea stays with you long after the film finishes.
Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher develop a device that can record and playback the thoughts, sensations and feelings of any individual, regardless of the experience. Naturally, the miliatry see a wide potential for such a machine and the race begins to try and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Doug Trumbull (the effects wizard behind 2001: A Space Odyssey) directed and produced the film which presents us with a truly fascinating 'What if?..' scenario. The effects are breath-taking, even by today's standards and music compliments perfectly - it's just a shame I never got chance to see this on the big screen, when it was first released back in 1983.
Excellent sci-fi - grab it while you can!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Wood's last full-length movie, 23 April 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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From the earliest sci-fi movies to the latest graphic novel people have been speculating on transferring thoughts and experiences. You may recall, "Total Recall" or a recent independent "Sleep Dealer" where with minimum connections you are lost and possibly endangered by others' thoughts dead or alive.

This is a good presentation of the standard who done it mystery mixes with a tad of sci-fi. The characters and story make the film.

Researchers Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) and Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) build a though recorder. Now everyone, government, perverts, lost loves, industrialists etc., wants the device for different purposes. Soon someone is dead. Soon someone is dead. Guess how they search for who done it and why.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking on the big screen, rather underwhelming on TV, 10 May 2011
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Douglas Trumbull's ill-fated second film as director, Brainstorm, is a classic example of a film that doesn't really work that well on TV but needs to be seen on a giant screen. Originally intended to showcase his high-definition 60 frames-per-second ShowScan system, it eventually was shot in a mixture of 1.85:1 widescreen that would open up onto 70mm Super Panavision for the Brainstorm sequences in a throwback to the days of This is Cinerama. On a giant screen in 70mm it's quite breathtaking - the opening shot alone had people falling out of their seats - but on TV it's underwhelming. In the original DVD release mastered before widescreen TVs were prevalent, rather than expand, the image actually shrinks for the Brainstorm sequences by going from full height 1.85:1 to letterboxed 2.35:1. The subsequent remastered release (with the image of Natalie Wood and Christopher Walken on the cover) and Region-free Blu-ray improved matters slightly by having the 1.85:1 scenes letterboxed top and bottom and moving into widescreen for the Brainstorm sequences, which is much more effective on widescreen TVs, but it still leaves much of the film with an unwelcome postage stamp image effect. Which leaves the film dependent on its story and script, which on the small screen show their weaknesses much more clearly.

Christopher Walken (bad wig in one flashback notwithstanding still in his brief 80s nice-guy leading man mode) and Louise Fletcher are the scientists who invent a device that allows users to share sensory experiences and even emotions only to find themselves locked out of their own project when it turns out their industrialist boss Cliff Robertson is really funded by the military, who have their own ideas for its applications. The first half has dated badly, partially because the supposedly revolutionary `demo tape' is largely unimpressive - rollercoasters, race cars, waterslides, helicopters, all shot through a fisheye lens - though it is prescient that the first thing people think of with a revolutionary new form of communication is the porn applications. But things pick up dramatically when someone records their own death on the machine and Walken naturally (well, for him anyway) decides to break in to the system to play the snuff tape, purely in the interests of science of course...

It's another of Bruce Joel Rubin's Death: The Final Frontier stories (Ghost, Jacob's Ladder, My Life) and as usual, death's ultimately not a bad thing here even if that does translate on film as a lightshow straight out of Fantasia. Unfortunately, a real fatality proved to be a very real bad thing for the film when Natalie Wood's death shortly before finishing her scenes gave embattled MGM head and convicted embezzler David Begelman the idea of scrapping the film and collecting the insurance - with the no doubt added bonus of scuttling the comeback of Cliff Robertson, the man who exposed his embezzling, in the process - until the insurers refused to pay out for anything more than reshoots. Emerging nearly two years later to pretty disastrous business, it all but killed off Trumbull's career in the process. The film certainly doesn't ever look unfinished (Wood had no important scenes left to film and her role as Walken's initially estranged wife only really impacts on the plot in the last third) and, despite some sporadically terrible dialogue or the odd cringe-inducing moment like Wood's "cute" song, there's a lot that does work, from Fletcher's strong supporting turn to a fine score from James Horner before he took the easy way out of plagiarism, while many of the special effects are genuinely impressive. It never gets close to the emotional power of Trumbull's earlier Silent Running, but it's still just entertaining enough to pass muster.

The only extra is the original theatrical trailer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not much substance but plenty of content, 12 July 2009
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A weird film, spun-off from 2001 I would guess. Superficially it's about the development of a 'mental dvd player', strap on the head-set, record experiences and then play them back as if YOU are the person in the recording.
This is a cunning disguise to enable us to argue morality, of course it's used to record porn, we can experience what it's like to be a monkey, then will the military use it to induce psychotic episodes in our enemies? But the ultimate journey is when Louise Fletcher has a heart attack and records her death.
The second half of the film is Christopher Walken attempting to access the tape and experience the journey to heaven.
Best seen at the cinema, as 'life' is in 4:3 and the 'brainstorm' is widescreen and fish-eyed, so quite an experience. Almost but not quite as effective on TV, even on our 42" screen.
I've worked with Richard Yuricich on Resident Evil...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it Remastered?, 16 Oct 2010
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Clinton Jeffrey "Clint Jeffrey" (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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I first saw this film in the Cinema the opening titles alone make this film exceptional, the concept was very tantalizing stuff for its time...but the Standard Definition DVD I have isn't very good, on my home theatre images have a blurry soft look...I am waiting for the Blu Ray version, but having said that, this "Re-mastered" version no one has made any comment over picture quality, what is in fact "Re-mastered"...can anyone say?

Many thanks
Clint in Melbourne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Sep 2014
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An all time classic and a moving idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brainstorm, 29 July 2010
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When it first came out I loved this film. Christopher Walken's performance was brilliant. And it being Natalie Wood's last performance made the whole experience at the time quite sad. For years I've been looking for this film. Recently, I tried to look for it again and found it here. It was ordered and I had it in my hands within days. I'm very happy with the purchase. Thanx!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic Sci-Fi Film!, 25 Feb 2013
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The fil is just excellent, great idea and well played out. The characters were well filled out, with great Actors and actresses.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I just didnt get it, 23 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Brainstorm [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
Maybe this film was to far ahead for its time a just did not get it. Chrisopher walken does what he does best but maybe the script could of been stronger.

Mr.j.d.brown son of alice brown
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3.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Film, not such a good Disc, 19 Jan 2013
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I've been a fan of this film for years, unable to obtain a region 2 DVD so went for this one, unfortunately the sound quality was not as good as expected and the screen picture size changes from scene to scene, would have preferred constant widescreen or full screen. The film itself is still great, hopefully a better version will be released in the future.
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