Brazil (Blu-ray) (1985)
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
UPC 14: 00025192072970
Category Keywords: Black Comedy Cult Film Disturbing Essential Cinema Framed Futuristic Love Story On-The-Run Politics Prison/Prisoners Psychodrama Recommended Surreal Theatrical Release
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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.|
"Contains some of the most clever lines ever. Ted Prigge, Rec.Arts.Movies. Reviews
"A stunning achievement! The Village Voice
Editor's NoteBRAZIL 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.
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
|Robert De Niro|
|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|
Plot SummaryIn 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.
|"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|
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