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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, Jordan Christopher
  • Directors: Douglas Trumbull
  • Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Philip Frank Messina, Robert Stitzel
  • Producers: Richard Yuricich, Douglas Trumbull, Joel L. Freedman
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Feb. 3 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IHJ97E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,571 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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By Dan on April 1 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The tech is the heart of this story : brain-to-brain electronic communication. What are the potential benefits (and detriments) to mankind? I've watched this flick many times over the years, it never gets old for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach on Feb. 14 2004
Format: DVD
Before virtual reality and before "The Matrix," there was the 1983 film "Brainstorm." O.K., this movie may not compare favorably with "The Matrix," but it does involve some of the same tangential themes that that film deals with. The comparisons with virtual reality are apt, though viewers tend to overlook this aspect of the movie. People usually associate the film, if they even talk about it today, with Natalie Wood. The actress died shortly before the film wrapped in a highly publicized boating accident, thereby cutting short a lengthy film career and giving this motion picture a stigma it still carries today. A viewing of "Brainstorm" shows the film is more than Natalie Wood; it is a compelling story about innovative technology and its potential for misuse by powerful forces. Not a particularly unique movie plot, to be sure, but "Brainstorm" is still an intriguing film largely due to its solid cast and amazing special effects. The movie holds up well twenty years after its conception, which is saying a lot considering how far film effects have come during that time.
A team of brilliant scientists headed up by Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) and Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) have finally made an enormous breakthrough in their research. After years of frustrating tests and wrangles over budgetary concerns, an amazing new virtual reality system has been born. The machines these scientists created can record the sensory perceptions of one human being and replay them for another person. Reynolds and her team can capture everything--sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell, even emotion--and record it on tape. The implications of this discovery should become apparent almost immediately.
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Format: DVD
This is the last film made by Natalie WOOD.

The movie is very dated technology wise but the plot is interesting.

The transaction to buy and receive the move was excellent.

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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2010
Format: DVD
From the earliest sci-fi movies to the latest graphic novel people have been speculating on transferring thoughts and experiences. You may recall, "Total Recall" or a recent independent "Sleep Dealer" where with minimum connections you are lost and possibly endangered by others' thoughts dead or alive.

This is a good presentation of the standard who done it mystery mixes with a tad of sci-fi. The characters and story make the film.

Researchers Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) and Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) build a though recorder. Now everyone, government, perverts, lost loves, industrialists etc., wants the device for different purposes. Soon someone is dead. Soon someone is dead. Guess how they search for who done it and why.

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By T. Lobascio on June 18 2004
Format: DVD
Brainstorm is good movie, that unfortunately, due to the tragic end of its leading lady, had to be reworked. It's because of that, I think the film will forever be underated.
Two scientists, Michael (Chistopher Walken) and Karen Brace (Natalie Wood, in her last film) are developing a virtual reality system that sends sensory inputs into the brain and can record sights, sounds, feelings, and even dreams. The military attempts to take over the project, with the help of ruthless businessman, Alex Terson (Cliff Robertson). When a senior team member, Dr. Lilian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher), dies under mysterious circumstances, the evidence points to Brace. Soon, Brace is on the run, trying to clear his name
Noted for his effects work in 2001 A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Douglas Trumball, steps behind the camera as director. The film benefits visually from his expertise, as you might expect, but as is so often the case within the genre, the story should be the star...aided by a solid cast. Brainstorm has those traits. Walken delivers another fine performance as a tragic hero. Of course he also knows how to play a bad guy too. For this film though, Roberton is given that charge, and he delightfully chews the scenery, rising to the occaision. Through no fault of the filmmakers, Trumball had to paste together an alternate ending and it shows. What might have been...
The DVD's only extra is film's theatrical trailer. Viewers can watch the film in either the full-screen, or, widescreen formats.
Brainstorm is worth a look and is better than most folks think
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Format: DVD
Not too many people have seen Showscan movies. For some reason, they were released in (I think) selected Chucky Cheese's pizza shops.
Some friends and I drove 2 hours across Missouri to see Showscan and it was the most realistic picture we had ever seen.
Showscan was a 65mm film presented at 60 frames per second (fps). Studies had shown this to be the frame repetition rate at which the brain would integrate the frames seamlessly and accept it as true motion. Most movies are 24 fps, although each frame is shown multiple times to reduce flicker.
But you can tell that it's not real. US TV, which operates at 60 fields per second approximates the Showscan presentation. The difference between this and normal films is obvious - most people can tell a video source from a film source. They may not know why the video seems to have more presence, but the frame rate is the answer.
Brainstorm was originally produced to use Showscan projectors for the times when people were experiencing "reality" with their headsets. This would have clearly stood out from the rest of the film, and would have seemed much more real.
Perhaps only Doug T. saw the project in the 24/60 fps version. I know I didn't. However, from my experience with Showscan, I can state without reservation that this would have been one hell of a film as originally conceived. The "reality" changes would have more than made up for any other problems with acting or scripting. The "WOW" factor would have overridden all other criticism.
As for the dialog and acting being a little clunky - well, have you ever seen early stereo or 3D movies? They tended to concentrate on exploring the technology instead of the picture. Perhaps Showscan could have evolved to the state that 3D did with Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder.
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