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Brazil [Blu-ray]

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If Franz Kafka had been an animator and film director--oh, and a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus--this is the sort of outrageously dystopian satire one could easily imagine him making. However, Brazil was made by Terry Gilliam, who is all of the above except, of course, Franz Kafka. Be that as it may, Gilliam sure captures the paranoid-subversive spirit of Kafka's The Trial (along with his own Python animation) in this bureaucratic nightmare-comedy about a meek governmental clerk named Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) whose life is destroyed by a simple bug. Not a software bug, a real bug (no doubt related to Kafka's famous Metamorphosis insect) that gets smooshed in a printer and causes a typographical error unjustly identifying an innocent citizen, one Mr. Buttle, as suspected terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro). When Sam becomes enmeshed in unraveling this bureaucratic glitch, he himself winds up labeled as a miscreant.

The movie presents such an unrelentingly imaginative and savage vision of 20th-century bureaucracy that it almost became a victim of small-minded studio management itself--until Gilliam surreptitiously screened his cut for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, who named it the best movie of 1985 and virtually embarrassed Universal into releasing it. This DVD version of Brazil is the special director's cut that first appeared in Criterion's comprehensive (and expensive) six-disc laser package in 1996. --Jim Emerson

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about dreams and hope March 13 2002
Brazil, despite the science fiction, social commentary and surrealism, is at it's core a film about a man who trapped by the mundanity of life, imagines himself in a more fantastic world.
Jonathan Pryce stars as a tiny unimportant member of a vast hyper-capitalistic society. Life is cold and dreary for everyone. All his spare time is spent dreaming of magical romantic worlds and the beautiful woman who lives there. One day, a simple beaucratic mistake causes a monumental disaster. Not that anyone cares... they just don't want to be blamed. Sent to solve the problem, or maybe to be a scapegoat, Pryce accidentally meets the literal woman of his dreams. As he pursues her, he brings suspicion on himself of being a terrorist (the scourge of the government), and his dreams begin to invade his waking thoughts.
A suprising list of talent lend themselves to the film and is written, minus Kafka and Orwell themes, by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam so expect some obvious humor and much biting satire throughout. Depressing and magical without losing it's hope, any person who can identify with the main character should find themselves entranced.
Despite being made in 1985 the special effects prove to be suprisingly effective (although easily noticed). I personally think this movie is the second best Science Fiction film, 2001 being first, and the best 1984 type movie ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it!!! Jan. 17 2013
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In a nutshell, if you love a movie that is NOT main stream and eccentric, you will love this one. The whole cinematography is a masterpiece. I haven't seen anything like that before. Its a long movie but it does grab and consume you. The cast is awesome incl. Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce etc. I would say this one is a real spectacle when it comes to unusual movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Own For Fans Dec 30 2012
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This is one of the most widely requested Blu-Ray transfers from the Criterion collection and it does not disappoint. There's no point going into the details of one of the great, critically acclaimed films in Terry Gilliam's body of work, there's already massive amounts of critique and analysis dedicated to that. What's important is that Criterion finally stepped up and gave fans of the movie an alternative to the bare bones, Universal edition that came out previously.

While both transfers are generally comparable in quality, the new Criterion edition still slightly edges out the Universal transfer for overall quality. There's still a layer of film grain apparent, especially in effects heavy portions like Sam's dream sequences, where the softness of the shots due to optical effects really stands out now. Also for sticklers of digital noise reduction, if there is any used here, it's not as apparent to scrutiny at it was in the Universal release. Best of all of course, is the gamut of Criterion extras included here, all of which come from the previous DVD release, including the studio "Love Conquers All" version and the attendant documentaries. For fans of Brazil, there is simply no question; this is the best the film has ever been to date. For people that have somehow never seen this movie, this is a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously Funny April 12 2014
By Bysshe
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It's premise is absurd of course but hilarious, I could watch this movie over and over again, and now that it is released on Blue Ray maes it all the more enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOnderful Movie July 23 2013
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I saw this movie years ago and loved it. The copy I purchased is new and just as wonderfully fresh and when I last saw it. Thank you for prompt service and a perfect copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, funny, adventure, love story. April 24 2013
By Keith Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
This review applies to Brazil (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] ASIN: B009D004X6.

An amazing, funny, adventure, love story, and I'd say surreal & wacky with some British-style humor.

This film is so different from anything else I've ever seen, but it is easy to follow, easy to enjoy. Any one can just sit down, feel sympathy for the characters, and get a good laugh.

A big part of the plot is arbitrary authority and those who mindlessly follow it, but its done with a love story, with lots of humor, and I would say a pre-teen would not be bored, but likewise a 4th year film student would not be bored either.

A big reason I buy a blu-ray is the extras (commentary, interviews, making-ofs, reviews). Second reason is to get the full uncut length (TV and even movie theatres will have the film edited down from the director's cut so they can get more runs in). Third reason is to get full restored 1080p quality.

The Criterion Collection version of Brazil has all those things. Lots of great extras. Copying from the product description:
- Restored high-definition digital transfer of Terry Gilliam’s 142-minute director’s cut, approved by Gilliam, with DTS-HD Master Audio surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary by Gilliam
- What Is “Brazil”?
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5.0 out of 5 stars '70's Scifi is last decades reality
This is a classic that you should see once. There is some psychological and physical violence that should disturb you, and great absurdist comedy that will make the reality... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Velma Darlene Facchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantsy Epic
If you haven't seen this film, I think you should. Terry Gilliam makes fantastic movies, full of fantasy and a front seat view of crazy town. Read more
Published on May 31 2012 by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic box set. Worth every penny
This movie is incredible. Neat special effects, strange gadgets, memorable characters (Sam Lowry, Harry Tuttle and Harvey Lime to name a few), and a mixture of action, romance... Read more
Published on June 6 2010 by J. Gregory
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Brazil is an excellent postmodern take on totalitarianism in the bureaucratic world. The show dashingly flips between absurdist satire and existential tragedy.
Published on March 11 2010 by Donna M. Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Acid before Watching this one...
This was a very interesting film. I could see how someone could be confused when watching this movie. You really have to watch it start to finish, or you could easily get lost. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2006 by Crack Daddy Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Film of '85
Brazil is a masterpiece of cinematic brilliance, and arguably Terry Gilliam's best film. I loved this movie when I first saw it in 1985 and still do today, having just purchased... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2006 by B. Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Terry Gilliam likes Fedrico Fellini. Pass it on.
I love Terry Gilliam. I think he's the most visionary film maker out there today. The only problem with some of his films is his urge to mimic scenes from Fedrico Fellini's films. Read more
Published on July 20 2004 by Antonio Giusto
2.0 out of 5 stars Much loved, but I never got it ...
This is a cult classic, but I find it over-rated. It delivers the zaniness, surreality and crazy camera work, but the film has no interest in its characters -- you'll feel nothing... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Ellie Marconi
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