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UPC: 025192072970
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It's Only a State of Mind.
In a future world, a government clerk finds his life destroyed when he tries to correct an administrative error that caused a massive chain reaction of mistaken identity. Despite his efforts, he finds himself an enemy of the state. Hailed as a modern masterpiece, visionary director Terry Gilliam's (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) pitch-black comedy takes a highly imaginative and chilling look at a "perfect? future where technology reigns supreme and bureaucracy overrules love for the sake of efficiency.

"...a remarkable accomplishment...satirical and cautionary impulses work beautifully together.  Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Contains some of the most clever lines ever.  Ted Prigge, Rec.Arts.Movies. Reviews
"A stunning achievement!  The Village Voice

Editor's Note
BRAZIL is Terry Gilliam's masterpiece. Cowritten by Gilliam, playwright Tom Stoppard, and Charles McKeown, the cult-favorite film is set in a futuristic society laden with red tape and bureaucracy. When a bug (literally) gets in the system, an innocent man is killed, leading mild-mannered Sam Lowry (an excellent Jonathan Pryce) to reexamine what he wants out of life. He decides to fight the totalitarian system in his search for freedom--and the woman he loves. The terrific, offbeat cast features Robert De Niro as a renegade heating engineer; Katherine Helmond as Sam's ever-younger mother; Michael Palin as a government-sanctioned torturer with a distaste for upsetting the status quo; Bob Hoskins as a vengeful Central Services employee; Jim Broadbent as a wacko plastic surgeon; the wonderful Ian Holm as Sam's nerve-ridden, pitiful boss, afraid of his own signature; and Kim Greist as the rebel Sam falls for.

The look of BRAZIL is relentless, overwhelming, and outrageously spectacular. Giant monoliths rise from the street; government offices are a network of computers, pneumatic tubes, and narrow hallways built with Nazi-like precision; and apartment complexes are a maze of washed-out grays and numbers, all frighteningly uniform. The terrorist explosions actually bring color into this dull, monochramatic world. BRAZIL is a nightmare vision of the future, yet also hysterically funny and incisive, one of the most inventive, influential, and important films of the 1980s.

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Video Features Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
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Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/25/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 132 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1985
Video UPC UPC: 00025192072970
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Brazil (1985) - Blu-Ray
By: Chris Beaumont Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 11/22/2011 5:29 PM
In 1985, Terry Gilliam's Brazil was released after a battle between writer/director Terry Gilliam and studio executives. Gilliam's original cut of the Orwellian film ran 142-minutes and was the version that was liked in Europe upon its release. The problem is that American executives did not like the downer of an ending and insisted on a happy ending, this resulted in a 94-minute version which has been dubbed the "Love Conquers All" version. A third cut compromise was made by Terry Gilliam, who screen tested on his own and even took out ads imploring the studio that the film be released. This last step returned a 132-minute version which everyone agreed upon and was ultimately released in theaters. It is this last theatrical cut which is the first to appear on Blu-ray....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Jonathan Pryce
Video Cast Info Barbara Hicks
Video Cast Info Peter Vaughan
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Charles McKeown
Video Cast Info Ian Richardson
Video Cast Info Jim Broadbent
Video Cast Info Bob Hoskins
Video Cast Info Michael Palin
Video Cast Info Kim Greist
Video Cast Info Katherine Helmond
Video Cast Info Ian Holm
Video Cast Info Michael Kamen - Composer
Video Cast Info Keith Pain - Art Director
Video Cast Info Roger Pratt - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Tom Stoppard - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Terry Gilliam - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Arnon Milchan - Producer
Video Cast Info Norman Garwood - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Beard - Art Director
Video Cast Info Patrick Cassavetti - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Julian Doyle - Editor
Video Cast Info Joseph Grace - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info James Acheson - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Charles McKeown - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Terry Gilliam - Director
Plot Summary
In this darkly comic view of the coming future, bureaucratic cog Sam Lowry dreams of escaping the totalitarian machine that society has become. He fantasizes about joining a beautiful woman flying through the clouds, far away from this world. One day he glimpses a female truck driver who resembles his fantasy and he attempts to win her love--but he ends up being dragged into the underworld of antigovernment terrorists and radicals. Terry Gilliam's vision, both expensive and expansive, resulted in a battle with studio executives over the lack of commercial potential of the darkly humorous, but often grim, material that was reedited for theatrical release without the director's approval.

Memorable Quotes

"Have a nice day. This has not been a recording."----Central Services phone operator to Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce)

"You can't make a move without a form."----Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro) to Sam

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Gilliam creates this dehumanizing universe with demented wit, sane anger and the most eye-popping visuals since METROPOLIS..." 12/14/1998 [/23

Entertainment Weekly
"...Landmark retro-future tragicomedy..." -- Rating: A 11/15/1996 p.85

New York Times
"...BRAZIL, a jaunty, wittily observed vision of an extremely bleak future, is a superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones....Ambitious visual style..." 12/18/1985 p.C22

Los Angeles Times
"...It's a knockout..." 06/10/1992 p.F7

Total Film
"...It's rich in irony, steeped in surrealism and touched with genius....Easily one of the greatest movies of the '80s..." 07/01/2003 p.129

Sight and Sound
"...Hugely inventive..." 08/01/2003 p.66

Entertainment Weekly
"Gilliam's belief in the evil of banality is on full display here, made all the more dazzling by Norman Garwood and Maggie Gray's Oscar-nominated art direction." -- Grade: B 07/08/2011

Reel.com 9 of 10
The film is awash in special effects, fascinating imagery, and brilliant moments. For me, however, Brazil is so crowded and chaotic that it's difficult to engage with. Instead of being interested in Sam Lowry's predicament or horrified at the Kafkaesque world he inhabits, I find myself admiring the amazing tangle of ducts and tubes that dangle from Lowry's ceiling when the electricity in his apartment goes on the fritz, or checking out the various slogans that pop up on walls or on televisions throughout the film. The film's fans claim that these elements are what make Brazil great. For me, however, the film remains an undisciplined hodgepodge with moments of greatness. - Rod Armstrong

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