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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blu-ray Review: TOTAL RECALL (1990)

 
 
TOTAL RECALL
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment

  I now it's not officially a Horror film, ok it's not anywhere near a Horror film, but TOTAL RECALL is one of my favorite Science Fiction films of all time, and like most Science-Fiction films, they seem to all contain one, if not more, horror elements to them.  I would think most Science-Fiction fans would have seen this movie by now, or at least know about it, but for those that don't, here is the description of the new Blu-ray version courtesy of the Lionsgate website:
 
Experience TOTAL RECALL the way it was meant to be seen with a pristine Director approved 1080P HD transfer! Action star extraordinaire Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as Quaid, a 2084 construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars in this crowd-pleasing science fiction spectacle. Against the wishes of his sexy blonde wife (Sharon Stone), Quaid goes to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories, so he can "remember" visiting the red planet that is now being settled by human inhabitants. However, Quaid is actually a secret agent from Mars – of is he?
 
  As I mentioned, I'm sure most people have already seen this film, so I don't think a typical "movie review" of this film is needed.  Basically it boils down to this...if you haven't seen it, do so asap.  Now I will admit the movie has aged a bit since it's original release in 1990, but the effects still hold up well enough to be entertaining and the alien woman with 3 breasts is still as hot (and disturbing) as ever!  Ha! 

  This new Blu-ray version is the way to go for sure when watching TOTAL RECALL.  The 1080P High Definition picture looks amazing.  One of the special features included on the Blu-ray is a Restoration Comparison which is very interesting.  It's amazing the difference this film is in HD. 

  The TOTAL RECALL "Mind-Bending Edition" Blu-ray was just released on July 31st so is available now.  This is one film you will definitely want to upgrade to Blu-ray if you have the DVD version already.  The new Blu-ray contains the following Special Features:

*  Audio Commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Director Paul Verhoeven
*  Interview with Director Paul Verhoeven
*  Making-of Featurette
*  "Models and Skeletons:  The Special Effects of Total Recall"
*  "Imagining Total Recall" Documentary
*  Restoration Comparison
*  Trailer
*  Photo Gallery

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray
 

2 comments:

  1. I am telling you now, the commentary is OUT OF THIS WORLD. My room mates and I had a whole drinking game based on it back in the day. Assuming it's the same commentary from the DVD that we had.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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  2. Good to know! Thanks Kev. I love special features on DVD's and Blu-rays, but commentaries are one special feature I tend to skip over. I guess 'cause I can't stand when people talk during movies! HA! I guess on a film I have seen a few times, it would be worth it to watch with the commentary.

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