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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
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...
Published on March 13 2002 by Paul A. Mcdowell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but what about this Criterion box set itself?
There are a million different takes on the actual movie "Brazil," but what I hope to do in this review is actually rate the collection put together by Criterion.
The 3-DVD box set of "Brazil" starts off with the "final final" director's cut of the film, topping out at 142 minutes. (There are eight minutes of footage added to this...
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Daniel L Edelen


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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
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Paul A. Mcdowell (United States) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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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
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Keith Smith "Keith" (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) - See all my reviews
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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:
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL FEATURES:
- 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”?, Rob Hedden’s on-set documentary
- The Production Notebook, a collection of interviews and video essays, featuring a trove of Brazil-iana from Gilliam’s personal collection
- The Battle of “Brazil,” a documentary about the film’s contentious release, hosted by Jack Mathews and based on his book of the same name
- “Love Conquers All” version, the studio’s 94-minute, happy-ending cut of Brazil, with commentary by Brazil expert David Morgan
- Trailer
- PLUS: An essay by Jack Matthews on the DVD edition and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt on the Blu-ray edition

So lots of good stuff. You can watch the film and enjoy it.

Later you can watch some of the extras and watch the film a second time, pick up on some of the stuff you missed first time through. I'll probably watch this film 3 or 4 times over the next two years, there is that much in it to enjoy.

I highly recommend this version of this film if you're looking for lots of easy laughs, or looking for thoughtful deep laughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantsy Epic, May 31 2012
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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.
I storngly suggest ANY film he has created (that's right created).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Film of '85, Oct. 2 2006
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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 the newly released 3 disc HD Criterion edition. This is one of the best sci-fi's ever shot, reminiscent of 1984 but with a comedic slant. The visuals are fantastic and bizarre, thus the oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. Terry and company also won for best screenplay. This movie is one of a kind, though that can be said for most of Gilliam's work. The plot follows one Sam Lowry, a government employee, through his quest to find justice for a man wrongly accused of a crime due to a typographical error on a government form. Some of it won't make sense right away, but be patient. Whatever you do, do not rent or buy the abbreviated 94 minute version.

The full version clocks in at 142 minutes and is

thoroughly enjoyable. A true visionary made this film and it needs to be seen by any open-minded movie buff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive look at this masterpiece, Sept. 19 2003
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Brazil is, arguably, Terry Gilliam's crowning achievement. Originally called 1984 1/2, this film was embroiled in an infamous battle to be distributed. The studio didn't like Gilliam's version and cut together one of their own. Gilliam went to the press and got the L.A. critics behind his movie and finally shamed the studio into releasing his version.
Criterion's 3-DVD set documents the struggle Gilliam went through to get his film shown. Disc One contains his cut of the film with an informative and entertaining commentary by the director. The second DVD contains the bulk of the extra material. Not only is Gilliam's struggle documented but also various aspects of the production are examined -- including the screenplay, costumes, art direction, etc. The final disc contains the studio's ....py cut with a film historian's audio commentary documenting why this version sucks.
Once again, Criterion comes through with an exhaustive look at an important film of modern cinema. Brazil is a brilliant satire of a dystopian society run amok by pointless bureaucracy. Anyone who has worked a souless job in an office will immediately empathise with the protagonist's plight. Like any great work of science fiction, Brazil offers more questions than answers -- not everything is wrapped up neatly, instead the viewer is left questioning certain aspects of our modern society. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symboism+Laughs="Brazil", May 7 2000
This review is from: Brazil [Import] (VHS Tape)
Filled with deep symbolism and dark humor, "Brazil" is a dynamic movie that, in Terry Gilliam's words, is not about the future, "but the present." There are some moments of sheer genius in this film. One is the restaurant scene in which a terrorist bomb explodes on the other side of where some characters are eating. The unharmed patrons pause for a moment, then, unblinking and without turning, go back to their meals and conversation. The musicians, some slightly charred, resume playing. And, capping it off, Sam's youth-obsessed mother, Ida (the divine Katherine Helmond) says to her friend, "What were we saying?" as workers scramble to set up a screen so that the dying and burning cannot distort the lovely view. This is Grade-A commentary on the way civilians ignore horrible crimes because of their commonplace occurrances. It often takes a presidential assassination, a bombed federal building with millions trapped inside, a downed airplane lost at sea, a Columbine High School, a Titanic, or a towering inferno to make everyone look up for two seconds before you hear them say "Oh, God, is that STILL in the papers?" Another shining moment is actually several moments. Ida's gruesome but intriguing plastic surgery, along with her increasing youth throughout the picture, goes up alongside her friend. This friend, visiting an "acid man," rapidly deteriorates throughout the film until she is a nasty, gelatinous mess, tipping its hat (so to speak) to the Beverly Hills facelift crowd. The other great achievement is the repeated appearance of forms. Forms, forms, you can't repair a wire, or even get another form, without one. Beauracracy is another great target of "Brazil." This is one film not to be missed, but will only be understood even slightly, unfortunately, by painfully few (not even Roger Ebert got it. Ha! Imagine that!). Still, it deserves to be noticed as one of the greatest films of modern years.
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