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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Format: Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Dec. 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009YFNZH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a happily married construction worker living in the year 2084, is haunted by a recurrent dream in which he is living with a woman on Mars. Rekall Incorporated offer him the chance to live out his dream through a microchip which implants any memories their client desires into their brain. But something goes wrong during the installation of Quaid's memories of a trip to Mars and soon he lands up on the planet for real, unsure of his true identity and pursued by a gang out for his blood. He teams up with a group of resistance fighters to uncover a mystery which leads to the highest echelons of the planet's government.

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Total Recall, director Paul Verhoeven's mega-budget sci-fi action blockbuster from 1990, began its production life as a very different movie. An adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", it was originally conceived of with Richard Dreyfuss starring as a Walter-Mitty-like character who experiences a variety of artificially induced fantasies. But with Arnold Schwarzenegger on board, the final version took a rather different direction. The Austrian Oak plays a normal working man who discovers his entire reality has been invented to conceal a scheme for planetary domination on Mars. Oscar-winning special effects and violent action propel the twisting plot, in which Arnold manipulates his manipulators in a world of dazzling high technology. Verhoeven (Robocop, Starship Troopers) indulges his usual penchant for gratuitous bloodshed, but the movie has enough cleverness to rise above its excesses. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

On the DVD: Not many extras, but excellent picture and sound. The reds of Mars are a terrific way of testing your television's colour definition in this digital transfer. Combine that with testing your speakers in the opening scene to Jerry Goldsmith's pounding score boosted to Dolby 5.1, and what an ideal home cinema demo disc this is! Two trailers show the way a film should and shouldn't be advertised, since the teaser gives nothing away but the main advert tells you everything. A seven-minute behind the scenes featurette with cast interviews and on-set action rounds out the extras package. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I see this product has one review by a sadly misguided soul who thinks this is a bad grainy transfer. First of all, this is the same transfer as the excellent HD DVD version, also the pitch problem has been fixed too. I had owned the US artisan release on Blu-ray prior to this and this is a big improvement on that transfer. The disc is coded region A,B. The sound is 5.1 DTS HD master audio. Due to the lack of any extras it misses the final star for my review. However, in terms of image and sound quality, This is the best version available of this cracking film.
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2005 Momentum Pictures 2 Disc Special Edition UK DVD

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox, Sharon Stone

SYNOPSIS

Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) buys a 2 week virtual vacation from Rekall Inc., which is basically an implanted memory. He books the additional "ego trip" package, which gives him the identity of a secret agent.
Something goes horribly wrong though. When he snaps out of the "dream" the Rekall Inc. employees dump him in a cab. Then the real fun starts as everybody he knows (and some folks he doesn't) is trying to kill him.

THE PROS & CONS

Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale", this 1990 production is a really good action/sci-fi movie directed by Paul Verhoeven.
The story is brilliant and quite intelligent (far above your average action flick), a secret agent/sci-fi story full of plot twists and surprises with lots of action. It plays with reality in a brilliant way, rather than a cheap way. More than once one asks the question, is this fake or reality.
Decent Schwarzenegger acting here, his typical one-liners are present as are his butt-kickings. He still is a larger-than-life action hero here. Baddies Cohaagen (Ronny Cox) and Richter (Michael Ironside) deliver GREAT performances as usual. Never a dull moment when Ironside's on screen. Sharon Stone has a minor role looking purdy and kicking some butt. Rachel Ticotin is fine as Schwarzenegger's ally, nothing special, though.
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Format: Blu-ray
Version: U.K / Optimum
VC-1 BD-50 / Region A & B / 1080p / 23.976fps / 16:9 / Advanced Profile 3
Running time: 1:53:33
Movie size: 27,470,180,352 bytes
Disc size: 27,855,845,274 bytes
Average video bit rate: 19.95 Mbps
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 2121Kbps (48kHz/16-bit) English
DTS-HD HR Audio 5.1 2046 kbps (48kHz/16-bit) French / German / Portuguese
DTS 2.0 1536 kbps (48kHz/16-bit) Spanish
Subtitles: English / Danish / Dutch / Finnish / German / Norwegian / French / Portuguese / Spanish
Number of chapters: 16
No pitch issues.

Version: U.S.A / Lionsgate
MPEG-2 BD-25
Running time: 1:53:20
Movie size: 23,919,777,792 bytes
Disc size: 24,975,593,362 bytes
Average video bit rate: 22.82 Mbps
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 6.1 3039Kbps English
DD AC3 5.1-EX 640Kbps

Version: Studio Canal HD DVD (E.U)
VC-1 HD-30
Running time: 1:53:27
Movie size: 21,281,163,264 bytes
Disc size: 22,085,368,978 bytes
Average video bit rate: 20.47 Mbps
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
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I remember going to see this at the pictures on its original release and was firstly blown away by the title sequence and music.The film itself was a perfect vehicle for Arnie, who at that time was the biggest star on the planet( Earth, not Mars),and he was riding a wave of great films, Commando, Predator etc.
Recall is just one big thrill ride of a sci fi movie, based on the short story by Philip K Dick, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale although truth be told, nothing like the short story, which you SHOULD read.
Recall had some of the latest technology available at hand, which with what can be done today looks dated.For me, that is its charm.Recall is still quite violent in parts, but never lags in pace from the get go.The remake with Colin Farell is a shadow of this classic.The blu ray is nice and sharp and certainly an improvement over the dvd.
So if you love sci fi, action, violence and Arnie , then this is for you . Obviously Arnie has a great fondness for this movie as he named his biography Recall, although that was probably a marketing ploy.Talk about schizoid embolisms!!Sheesh!!
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Finally a worthy Blu-ray transfer for the excellent film, Total Recall. Previously the US (import) edition had less noise reduction but muted colours; the UK edition had stronger colours and sharper contrast, but heavy-handed noise reduction that resulted in 'smearing' in various places - particularly in the outdoor Mars scenes towards the end of the film. By and large this transfer bests the best of both these previous transfers. On no-FX scenes the picture is very sharp, retains grain, and has nice colour. Some problematic softness and slight trails persist on FX shots where layers have been used in the original. However they come across nowhere near as bad as the previous UK release. It seems they trace back to the original processes and may be impossible to fix - without completely recreating them (like was done for the original Star Trek TV series).

The sound is good, with clear dialogue and strong presence during action scenes - although the mix, by today's standards, is rather sparse in places so the action moments can rather blast out here and there.

If you are buying this on the strength of the commentary with Verhoven and Schwarzenegger, think twice! I've only listened to a portion of it so far, but insightful it isn't! For the most part, it's Verhoven and Schwarzenegger telling you what's happening on the screen (e.g. Arnie, 'this is where I'm taking the bug out of my nose'). Still given Arnie's character it's amusing enough - in a rather surreal way - and there's some filming info throughout about how the film was actually made. The 'making of' seems reasonable, and looks like it was made around 1990. It has interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and so on. There's also a newer interview with the Director and various other bits and pieces.
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