Brainstorm [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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!!
Imagine a machine that downloads one person’s thoughts and sensations to another individual. Any person. Any experience. Now imagine how the breakthrough technology might be corrupted in the wrong hands.
Christopher Walkern, Natalie Wood (in her final film) and Louise Fletcher play virtual reality researchers determined to keep their high-tech invention from lowdown tampering in ‘BRAINSTORM.’ Bruce Joel Rubin [‘GHOST’ and ‘Jacobs Ladder’] provides the tantalising “what if?” story, and Douglas Trumball (inventor of the first simulation theatre and a special-effects trailblazer on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’) produces and directs this dazzling adventure. Wire up.
FILM FACT: To prepare for the film, Trumbull took most of the key cast and crew up to the Esalen Institute, an experimental research facility in Northern California known for its new-age classes and workshops. In September 1981 the cast and crew travelled to North Carolina to begin six weeks of location shooting, before moving back to MGM Studios in California in November to film interior scenes. The film was conceived as an introduction to Douglas Trumbull's “Showscan” which is his innovative new High Frame Rate Format with a 60 frames-per-second 70mm film process. The film was nearly scuttled by Natalie Wood's death during a production break in November 1981. Douglas Trumbull proceeded to complete the film by rewriting the script and using a body double for Natalie Wood's remaining scenes. At the end of the film it carries the dedication credit "To Natalie.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The story of the film is pretty simple. Scientists create a machine with which they can tape experiences and eventually feelings. When one of the scientists (played by Louise Fletcher) dies of a heartattack, she tapes her last moments of life and beyond.... Playing the tape becomes an obsession for her co-scientist played by Christoper Walken. Because what happens if you see "death" and beyond ?
Let me be clear, this is not a masterpiece. The movie really has flaws. The broken marriage of Natalie Wood and Christopher Walken isn't very convincing. Their son is an irritating boy. The government scientists are a little bit to stupid for my taste. But the "taped" scenes still look great and make up for the flaws. So, no masterpiece, but it truely deserves four stars.
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I have not seen this film for almost thirty years. I am not sure if it comes under the heading of science fiction or psychological thriller, whatever heading it comes under it is a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by r a price
While the visuals are a little dated now the story couldn't be more relevant. With the ever increasing pace of development for virtual reality, what if you could record and replay... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
A tale of love and science, Brainstorm captures the imagination with technologies that have still yet to be realised. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2014 by Shaun P Appleby