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Brainstorm [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IHJ97E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,471 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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BRAINSTORM [1983 / 2012] [Blu-ray] [US Release] The Door to the Mind is Open. . . The Ultimate Experience! A Virtual Storm of Sci-Fi Excitement!

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.
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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.
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This is a Spanish-language, region2 version of the classic sci-fi film; unfortunately, while the English-language version is included, that is presented letterboxed with Spanish subtitles (in the letterbox) which *cannot be shut off*. This is distracting to say the least, and was not made clear in the product description. Unfortunately, this film is nye-on impossible to find in a region2 format.
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Brainstorm finally presented in the right way. This movie was shot on 65 mm super widescreen with incredible sound, but only the "taped" sequences were shot in this way. The rest of the film was shot 1.85, with lesser sound. In the theater this gave a tremendoes effect. The space and heaven sequences were totaly overwhelming. The old dvd presented the film in full 1.85 and the "tape" sequences in 2.40, which let to the wrong effect that the normal sequences looked bigger than the "taped" seqeunces. The sound was the same during the whole film. That is not the case with the blu-ray. The sound in the "taped" sequences is really overwhelming. The 1.85 squences have black bars on the side and on top and below. This is not wrong, this is the way is should be presented. And important to everyone who wants to buy this blu-ray: it is region free and is playable on every blu-ray player.
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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