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Brainstorm (Remastered Edition) [Import]
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Brainstorm is a fascinating but frustrating film, simply because it dabbles in greatness but fails to develop the fullest implications of its provocative ideas. It's a visually dazzling film with outstanding special effects; directed by veteran effects creator Douglas Trumbull, of 2001 fame; but too caught up in marvels of hardware and software at the expense of its characters, who remain interesting but dramatically two-dimensional. The story involves the development of a headset recorder that can replay one person's experiences--even their emotional states--into the mind of another. The device obviously invites corporate or military exploitation, and Cliff Robertson plays a ruthless executive determined to tap into its lucrative potential. But when a scientist (Louise Fletcher) records her own death experience with the device, along with incriminating evidence, the technology's inventor (Christopher Walken) must unlock the mysteries of his colleague's suspicious demise and the very nature of death itself. Punctuated by remarkable sequences from the perspective of those who use the mind-expanding headset, Brainstorm dares to reach for ambitious themes and innovative movie experiences, and that alone makes it eminently worthwhile. But with a conclusion that too literally interprets the afterlife experience with conventional angelic imagery, and a disappointingly thin role for Natalie Wood (who died while the film was still in production), the film strives for profundity and settles instead for an inspirational light show. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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
Imagine a machine that downloads one person’s thoughts and sensations to another individual. Any person. Any experience. Now imagine how the breakthrough technology might be corrupted in the wrong hands.
Christopher Walkern, Natalie Wood (in her final film) and Louise Fletcher play virtual reality researchers determined to keep their high-tech invention from lowdown tampering in ‘BRAINSTORM.’ Bruce Joel Rubin [‘GHOST’ and ‘Jacobs Ladder’] provides the tantalising “what if?” story, and Douglas Trumball (inventor of the first simulation theatre and a special-effects trailblazer on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’) produces and directs this dazzling adventure. Wire up.
FILM FACT: To prepare for the film, Trumbull took most of the key cast and crew up to the Esalen Institute, an experimental research facility in Northern California known for its new-age classes and workshops. In September 1981 the cast and crew travelled to North Carolina to begin six weeks of location shooting, before moving back to MGM Studios in California in November to film interior scenes. The film was conceived as an introduction to Douglas Trumbull's “Showscan” which is his innovative new High Frame Rate Format with a 60 frames-per-second 70mm film process. The film was nearly scuttled by Natalie Wood's death during a production break in November 1981. Douglas Trumbull proceeded to complete the film by rewriting the script and using a body double for Natalie Wood's remaining scenes. At the end of the film it carries the dedication credit "To Natalie.Read more ›
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Ahha hhaaa ahahhha ha ha ha ha ha ahhahha ha ahhhha ha ahhaahh hahahaha ha....... ha. Watch this, alien, altered states, network, dreamscape, meaning of life, peewees playhouse,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mike Gagnon
The tech is the heart of this story : brain-to-brain electronic communication. What are the potential benefits (and detriments) to mankind? Read morePublished on April 1 2013 by Dan
This is the last film made by Natalie WOOD.
The movie is very dated technology wise but the plot is interesting. Read more
From the earliest sci-fi movies to the latest graphic novel people have been speculating on transferring thoughts and experiences. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2010 by bernie
Here's the thing, I have a very good, 27' tube, JVC T.V., the picture is sharp and crisp, with excellent colour definition. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2009 by stryper
Not too many people have seen Showscan movies. For some reason, they were released in (I think) selected Chucky Cheese's pizza shops. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Rick
Is this a great film? No, let me say that is a great concept, truly stretches ones imagination, and it is a good film. Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by Michael Erisman