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Total Recall

Total Recall

4.3 14
Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone


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When Live Entertainment, now Artisan, released the first DVD of Total Recall, it may have lacked significant extra material, but for an early disc it seemed very state of the art. As with many early basic titles, it too has been re-released into a special limited edition and the results make the original DVD pale in comparison. The new disc, framed at 1.85:1


When Live Entertainment, now Artisan, released the first DVD of Total Recall, it may have lacked significant extra material, but for an early disc it seemed very state of the art. As with many early basic titles, it too has been re-released into a special limited edition and the results make the original DVD pale in comparison. The new disc, framed at 1.85:1 and this time with an anamorphic transfer, looks very good, but not perfect. Detail is a bit weak, and occasionally grain is intrusive, but colors are quite strong and well saturated. The sound, on the other hand, has been greatly improved. The English 5.1 Dolby Digital track is powerful, with full use of the surround speakers, but doesn't lose any of the upfront sound necessary to drive the film, especially the dialogue. As mentioned, the first disc came with no real supplemental materials, but this one is far different. As with many Paul Verhoeven films, he has included a commentary track, and on this one he is joined by star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though they comment more on the ongoing plot than the filmmaking process, they still offer an abundance of anecdotal information. Next is a new 30-minute documentary, and while it does rehash some of the observations made in the commentary track, it's still quite fascinating, though far too short. Also, at five minutes long, there is a featurette on actual, and future, Mars exploration with some nice animation. The remainder of the extras -- including "Rekall's Virtual Vacations," a comparison between storyboards and the final product for three scenes, conceptual art, production photographs, the theatrical trailer, and numerous television spots, cast and crew biographies and filmographies, as well as lengthy production notes -- round out a fine disc. Finally, in trying to be as creative as possible, Artisan has packaged this title in an unusual tin/paper container that is unique but seems rather flimsy.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most expensive movies produced up to that time, 1990's Total Recall provides Arnold Schwarzenegger with a complicated story, extensive action sequences, and state-of-the-art special effects. Cast as a 21st-century construction worker whose virtual-vacation gear malfunctions, Arnold learns that he's been programmed with false memories of his earthbound existence and is actually a secret agent entangled in a proposed rebellion on draconian Mars. The nominal female lead is Rachel Ticotin, but it's Sharon Stone -- in femme fatale mode as Arnold's duplicitous spouse -- who really grabs viewer attention. The futuristic settings are lavishly designed, and Arnold gets his fair share of terse one-liners. But what sets Recall apart from so many other sci-fi movies is the practically fetishistic staging of graphic, brutal action scenes by director Paul Verhoeven, who provided a template for the decade's ultra-violent genre films. The Special Edition DVD offers a new wide-screen transfer enhanced for 16:9 televisions, along with a plethora of extras -- including a rare, full-length commentary by Schwarzenegger (in tandem with Verhoeven). Other supplemental features include the documentary "Imagining Total Recall," the featurette "Visions of Mars," galleries of photos and conceptual art, production notes, cast/crew filmographies, visual storyboard comparisons, and an assortment of theatrical trailers and TV spots.
All Movie Guide
Total Recall revels in the state-of-the-art special effects and frantic violence characteristic to most of director Paul Verhoeven's American productions. Though based on a story by the creator of Blade Runner, author Philip K. Dick, Total Recall is more of an action movie than a philosophical rumination on identity. Still, the film gets a lot of mileage out of the questionable notion that "you are what you remember." The screenplay was finally credited to five writers; it had bounced around Hollywood for a number of years with different directors and stars before it reached Verhoeven. The director's brand of high-octane, cartoonish violence is a good fit with the material, though his style may have been better suited to 1988's more satiric Robocop. The movie received a special achievement Academy Award for its impressive effects.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
There may be people who overlook the Arnold Schwarzenegger performance in Total Recall - who think he isn't really acting. But the performance is one of the reasons the movie works so well. He isn't a superman this time, although he fights like one. He's a confused and frightened innocent, a man betrayed by the structure of reality itself. And in his vulnerability, he opens the way for Total Recall to be more than simply an action, violence and special effects extravaganza.

Product Details

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Live / Artisan
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital]

Special Features

16:9 newly remastered widescreen version; 5.1 newly remastered English dolby digital audio; 2.0 English dolby digital audio; Digitally mastered; English, French, and Spanish subtitles; English captioning; Closed Captioness; Interactive menus; Rare audio commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Paul Verhoevon; "Imagining Total Recall" documentary; Rekall's virtual vacations; "Visions of Mars" featurette; Visual storyboard comparisons; Conceptual art; Photo gallery; Production notes; Theatrical trailers and TV spots; Cast and crew information

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Doug Quaid
Rachel Ticotin Melina
Sharon Stone Lori Quaid
Ronny Cox Vilas Cohaagen
Michael Ironside Richter
Marshall Bell George/Kuato
Mel Johnson Benny
Michael Champion Helm
Roy Brocksmith Dr. Edgemar
Rosemary Dunsmore Dr. Lull
Pricilla Allen Fat Lady
Ray Baker McClane
Robert Costanzo Harry
Ken Gilden Hotel Clerk
Dean Norris Tony
David Knell Ernie
Alexia Robinson Tiffany
Mark Carlton Bartender
Debbie Lee Carrington Thumbelina
Lycia Naff Mary
Michael LaGuardia Stevens
Marc Alaimo Everett
Ken Strausbaugh Immigration Officer
Michael Gregory Rebel Lieutenant
Micky Jones Burly Miner
Parker Whitman Martian Husband
Ellen Gollas Martian Wife
Gloria Dorson Woman in Phone Booth
Benny Corral Punk Cabbie
Bob Tzudiker Doctor
Erik Cord Lab Assistant
Frank Kopyc Technician
Chuck Sloan Scientist
Dave Nicolson Scientist
Paula McClure Newscaster
Rebecca Ruth Reporter
Milt Tarver Commercial Announcer
Roger Cudney Agent
Linda Howell Tennis Pro
Robert Picardo Johnnycab
Anne Lockhart Voice Only
Kamala Lopez Voice Only
Morgan Lofting Voice Only
Erika Carlson Miss Lonelyhearts
Sasha Rionda Mutant Child
Monica Steuer Mutant Mother
Joe Unger Voice Only

Technical Credits
Paul Verhoeven Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Craig Berkeley Makeup
Rob Bottin Makeup Special Effects
Eric Brevig Special Effects
Jeff Burks Animator
Miguel Chang Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Carlos Echeverria Set Decoration/Design
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Mike Fenton Casting
Robert Fentress Associate Producer
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
Geo Songwriter
Gary Goldman Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Jose Rodriguez Granada Art Director
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Joel Kramer Stunts
Valorie Massalas Casting
Dan O'Bannon Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter James Cinematographer
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Povill Original Story
William Sandell Production Designer
Elliot Schick Associate Producer
Ronald Shusett Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Nelson Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Judy Taylor Casting
James Tocci Art Director
Marco Trentini Set Decoration/Design
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Jost Vacano Cinematographer
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Robin Weiss Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Total Recall
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Credits [3:09]
2. Awakening from a Nightmare [2:42]
3. News from Mars [3:21]
4. Rekall [6:36]
5. Memories [4:50]
6. A Trained Weapon [2:35]
7. Escape from Wedded Bliss [4:53]
8. Subway Shootout [4:12]
9. On The Run [4:46]
10. Time Capsule [6:05]
11. Welcome to Mars [4:31]
12. The Boss [2:42]
13. Red-Light District [4:36]
14. The Last Resort [5:02]
15. Visitors [6:12]
16. Run to the Rebels [6:13]
17. Sealed Off [2:52]
18. Kuato [6:20]
19. Kids to Feed [2:30]
20. Master Plan [2:54]
21. Party Invitation [3:53]
22. Air [5:01]
23. Holograms [3:51]
24. I Am Quaid [3:42]
25. Atmosphere [5:18]
26. Bot A Dram [:28]
27. Closing Credits [3:50]


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Total Recall 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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i bought this dvd because it said it was widescreen. it is NOT. don't buy it.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Although not my absolute favorite, classically...this is another one of my all time favorite sci-fi action movies. In fact, there are not too awful many Arnold movies I don't like. I basically grew up on Arnold movies from about the time I was in 6th grade. Terminator 2 is, hands down, my absolute favorite, but this one is pretty awesome too. I remember that the first time I saw this movie, some of it use to scare me a little...especially where they begin to turn into aliens and all that. Haha. That obviously doesn't bother me anymore, but in general...this is a very well convieved science fiction idea, although we all know that humans turning into aliens or mutants within in the Mars atmosphere is bogus, but it was still a cool concept...and the alien device thing that came into play in the end was pretty awesome. It was shot pretty well for it's time too, and having been put onto blue ray, the experience is even better. I upgraded this title to blue ray for a mere $10, and that is a pretty awesome price if you ask me. This is a great movie to have on blue ray...one of a list of very select titles that I wish to upgrade to blue ray for now, seeing as how most blue ray movie right now are somewhat expensive. I am looking to just upgrade some of the more explosive & action packed sci fi, epic, and action movies for now...as well as some of the newer, awesome sounding/looking movies as of late. The day blue rays drop in price I may start collecting other titles on blue ray, but for now...mainly just the really big and more important titles in my book. The transfer to blue ray on this movie was pretty good. Though it didn't sound quite as good as Terminator 2 on blue ray, (Total Recall being only my 2nd movie on blue ray so far), it still sounded pretty awesome none the less, and visually the movie turned out pretty decent. I recommend this movie to anyone if you haven't seen it, and definitely on blue ray to any of you who are familiar with it and enjoy it. It's a budget title, so it shouldn't be too awful hard or expensive to acquire. I haven't checked out the features yet, though I don't believe there are too many, but no matter...it wasn't like it cost me $30-$40. Check it out people! Below are other great, classic Schwarzeneger titles I recommend for Blue Ray...amongst others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Arnold's best and most under rated films. Sci-Fi fans will enjoy this no doubt. Solid fun story line with tons of well played out action scenes, good bad guys and a twisty turny plot that keeps you guessing. Cool stuff. And this movie comes in Widescreen and Full screen versions so ignore the person below who simply purchased the wrong one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Better than average storyline, great special effects and fine and very believable performances by Arnold and the cast. The mutants carried the story. Confused, off-balance and in a strange environment he brought me into the action and story.
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A great story line mixed with the best action hero is one good combination. There are many movies i like and few i dislike. This is one of the movies i like.
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