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2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film But Flawed Blu-Ray, 27 Dec 2011
This review is from: Brazil [Blu-ray] [1985] (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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Initial post: 9 Jan 2012 13:47:59 GMT
Andréas says:
Perhaps it's because the US Blu-Ray is from Universal and the UK from Fox?

Besides, the UK version has such a god-awful cover, there's no reason to get it over the US version, especially considering they're about the same price.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012 17:21:36 GMT
Please can you tell me if the featurette 'What is Brazil' on the UK Blu-ray is significant/long? The US Blu-ray has no features at all, so if this featurette isn't that in depth, I may go for the US version instead, for the DTS MA track.

It is clear that both versions are half arsed, for such a momentous piece of cinema from one of the finest living directors. Sad indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2012 15:03:20 BDT
A. Stimpson says:
The US version has the better soundtrack but is the shorter US theatrical cut of the movie (132 minutes). The UK release has a poor 2.0 soundtrack but is at least the 142 minute Gilliam approved Director's Cut (despite te case incorrectly stating 136 minutes). The best release around is the French digibook. Nice packaging, longest cut of the film and with the DTS lossless soundtrack.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012 07:20:58 GMT
Georgedc says:
Get the best and buy the US Criterion Brazil on blu ray!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2012 22:41:20 GMT
A Gurney says:
With the annoying inherent problem, like all Criterion releases, it's region locked.

Posted on 1 Mar 2014 10:23:49 GMT
"Bluedusk" says:
Criterion BDs are all region A locked. European customers should buy the French BD instead: it features the full uncut 143mn/2h23 film with a making of extra.
http://www.amazon.fr/dp/B0058JDCTY
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