Brazil (Blu-ray)

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 220945786
UPC 025192072970
UPC 14 00025192072970
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/12/2011
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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
Quote "Have a nice day. This has not been a recording."--Central Services phone operator to Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce)
Quote "You can't make a move without a form."--Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro) to Sam
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,"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
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
Terry Gilliam
Jonathan Pryce
Robert De Niro
Michael Palin
Cast & Crew
Jonathan Pryce - Star
Barbara Hicks - Star
Peter Vaughan - Star
Robert De Niro - Star
Charles McKeown - Star
Ian Richardson - Star
Jim Broadbent - Star
Bob Hoskins - Star
Michael Palin - Star
Kim Greist - Star
Katherine Helmond - Star
Ian Holm - Star
Michael Kamen - Composer
Keith Pain - Art Director
Roger Pratt - Director of Photography
Tom Stoppard - Screenwriter
Terry Gilliam - Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan - Producer
Norman Garwood - Production Designer
John Beard - Art Director
Patrick Cassavetti - Co-Producer
Julian Doyle - Editor
Joseph Grace - Associate Producer
James Acheson - Costume Designer
Charles McKeown - Screenwriter
Terry Gilliam - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1985
UPC 00025192072970
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 132 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Review 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.
Reviewer Rod Armstrong
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Janet Maslin, The New York Times ...a remarkable accomplishment...satirical and cautionary impulses work beautifully together.
Ted Prigge, Rec.Arts.Movies. Reviews Contains some of the most clever lines ever.
The Village Voice A stunning achievement!

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