Total Recall

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Overview

In Paul Verhoeven's wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. Schwarzenegger learns that he's actually a secret agent who had become a threat to the government, so those in power planted the chip and invented a domestic lifestyle for him. Once he has realized his true identity, he travels to Mars to piece together the rest of his identity, as well as to ...
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Overview

In Paul Verhoeven's wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. Schwarzenegger learns that he's actually a secret agent who had become a threat to the government, so those in power planted the chip and invented a domestic lifestyle for him. Once he has realized his true identity, he travels to Mars to piece together the rest of his identity, as well as to find the man responsible for his implanted memory. Verhoeven has created a fast, furious action film with Total Recall, filled with impressive stunts and literally eye-popping visuals. Though the film bears only a passing resemblance to the Philip K. Dick short story it was based on "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale", the movie is an entertaining, if very violent, ride.
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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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • UPC: 012236200062
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: THX-Supervised Mastering
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,920

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 Jr. 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
Mickey 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 Voice Only
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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Total Recall [THX Optimum Resolution]
1. Opening Credits [3:08]
2. Awakening From a Nightmare [2:41]
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 [6:06]
11. Welcome to Mars [4:31]
12. The Boss [2:41]
13. Red Light District [4:36]
14. The Last Resort [5:01]
15. Visitors [6:12]
16. Run to the Rebels [6:13]
17. Sealed Off [2:51]
18. Kuato [6:21]
19. Kids to Feed [2:30]
20. Master Plan [2:53]
21. Party Invitation [3:53]
22. Air [5:01]
23. Holograms [3:51]
24. I Am Quaid [3:42]
25. Atmosphere [5:18]
26. Not a Dream [:29]
27. End Credits [3:51]
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Disc #1 -- Total Recall [THX Optimum Resolution]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Science Fiction!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Total Recall - Better than you think.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not widescreen

    i bought this dvd because it said it was widescreen. it is NOT. don't buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A magnificent sci fi

    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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