Originally adapted by director Paul Verhoeven in 1990, author Philip K. Dick's classic sci-fi short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale returns to the big screen in this remake starring Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, and Kate Beckinsale, and directed by Underworld's Len Wiseman. The planet has been decimated by nuclear war in the late 21st century, leaving only two nations -- the United Federation of Britain and the Colony. Douglas Quaid (Farrell) is a factory worker with a stable job and a loving wife (Beckinsale), but upon learning that a company named Rekall could grant him the memory of the ultimate espionage adventure, he decides that a virtual vacation is better than no vacation at all. But in the midst of having the new memories implanted, something goes haywire. Still strapped to the chair as the system breaks down, he's branded a spy as the authorities close in, and quickly flees for his life. Later, Quaid discovers that he has a secret identity, and he joins forces with rebel soldier Melina (Jessica Biel) on a mission to track down Matthias (Bill Nighy), the head of a fierce resistance movement that's been labeled a terrorist organization by the tyrannical Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston). Cohaagen seeks to control the entire free world, and now the harder Quaid fights to defeat him, the clearer it becomes that his memory had been altered long before he walked into Rekall.~Jason Buchanan
Over 1 1/2 hours of special features
Total Recall with
Insight: watch the movie with behind-the-scenes insight from director Len Wiseman
Featurettes: science fiction vs. science fact
Designing the fall
Exclusive to Blu-ray:
Both theatrical and extended director's cut of the film - with 20 minutes of new footage not seen in theaters including an alternate ending
God of War: Ascension - PlayStation 3 playable game demo
-Total action - key action sequences and stunt breakdowns
-Stepping into recall - pre-visualization of the intense fight and chase sequences
Colin FarrellDouglas Quaid/Hauser
Kate BeckinsaleLori Quaid
Will Yun LeeMarek
Milton BarnesResistance Fighter
James McGowanMilitary Adjutant
Natalie LisinskaBohemian Nurse
Michael TherriaultBank Clerk
Mishael MorganRekall Receptionist
Linlyn LueResistance Woman
Dylan Scott SmithHammond
Andrew MoodieFactory Foreman
Kaitlyn LeebThree-Breasted Woman
Leo GuiyabHauser Cover Identity
Nykeem ProvoHauser Cover Identity
Steve ByersHauser Cover Identity
Geoffrey PounsettSentry Lieutenant
Jesse BondLead Sentry
Warren BelleSecurity Sentry
James DowningSynth Captain
Miranda Jade FrattonGirl on Balcony
Shereen J. AirthRed-Headed Lady
Phillip MoranImmigration Officer
Brian C. RodriguezNewscaster
Brian T. DelaneyATC Dispatcher Voice
Cam ClarkeTerminal Announcer Voice
Bridget HoffmanChopper Voice
Neal H. MoritzProducer
Dan O'BannonScreen Story
Kurt WimmerScreen Story
Ronald ShusettScreen Story
Harry Gregson-WilliamsComposer (Music Score)
Patrick TatopoulosProduction Designer
Brandt GordonSupervising Art Director
Patrick BanisterArt Director
Len WisemanExecutive Producer
Ric KidneyExecutive Producer
Aleks MarinkovichSet Designer
David FremlinSet Designer
Doug SlaterSet Designer
Russell MooreSet Designer
Sorin PopescuSet Designer
Tucker DohertySet Designer
Vladislav FedorovSet Designer
William ChengSet Designer
Sanja Milkovic HaysCostume Designer
Andy GillStunts Coordinator
Clay PinneySpecial Effects Supervisor
Dan O'BannonFrom Screenplay by
Dawn Massaro-AdamsSecond Assistant Director
Deborah La Mia DenaverMakeup
Glen GauthierProduction Sound Mixer
Jeremy GillespieGraphic Design
Ronald ShusettFrom Screenplay by
Spiro RazatosSecond Unit Director
Sci-Fi Action,Tech Noir
Year of Release
2 Discs, Blu-ray, Includes Digital Copy
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
English, French, Spanish
Total Recall [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray] 
This movie is great, has amazing FUNNY lines, fast action, really sets a nice pace. You get to watch hot babes, I mean, what more can one ask for in a good SCI FI. The sound is great, can't say enough good things about the sound, it has what you expect for the money you spend on a disk of this magnitude, the money they spent was well placed. You get high quality content. The CGI is so realistic you forget its CGI and just fall into the story and lose yourself in the emotion and staging of the drama and action.
I'm primarily interested in the storyline differences between the Director's Cut and its theatrical counterparts, so here are the differences between the two (NOTE: SPOILERS FOLLOW).
The Director's Cut runs about 12 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. No additional gore has been added although additional F-bombs have been added. Ethan Hawke makes a surprise appearance in a scene that was cut from the theatrical movie.
(1) Extra scene of Quaid meeting with a Human Resources Management representative from the Cohaagen administration who requests that he sign a non-disclosure agreement given that he works at a sensitive defense production factory. (I can see why this was cut as it didn't add much to the overall storyline.)
(2) Extra scene of scantily clad women in Rekall neighborhood. (The three mammary gland-ed lady still makes the same appearance with topless nudity.)
(3) In the scene where Quaid finds the hidden holographic piano recording in his apartment, it has been altered to show Ethan Hawke as the old Quaid, revealing that Cohaagen also gave Quaid facial reconstructive surgery. (This was an interesting twist which I wished they had left in. It explains why no one was able to recognize him.)
(4) When Quaid and Melina escape from Lori in the elevator action sequence, there is a re-inserted shot of the destroyed elevator plunging onto the roadway below and destroying a hover car. (Pretty neat CGI!)
(5) During the UFB assault on Matthias's base, there is an extra shot of a white combat synth gunning down some hapless Resistance members.
(6) Melina is revealed to be Matthias's daughter. Cohaagen also refers to Melina as Matthias's daughter, rather than lieutenant.
(7) Cohaagen talks a little more about his plan to use Quaid to lead to Matthias, revealing that it was Quaid's idea to have his memory wiped in order to feign allegiance to Matthias.
(8) When Cohaagen has Quaid strapped to the chair, Quaid instead yells an F-word laced expletive at Cohaagen.
(9) When Cohaagen ponders what to do with Melina, she spits in his face and screams the F-word, whereas in the theatrical cut she says "Never!"
(10) The climactic final fight is slightly longer, showing an additional shot of UFB black-clad special forces troops getting gunned down by Melina and the fight between Cohaagen's black painted super-synth bodyguard and Quaid is slightly longer.
And that's it. The biggest addition is Ethan Hawke's reinserted scene.
I enjoyed the Total Recall re-make, even if it lacked some of the campy humor and ridiculous gore of Paul Verhoeven's original. I give it five stars for completely shallow reasons- Kate Beckinsale! Hello. Heck if I were Quaid and married to Kate Beckinsale I'd forget about Rekall. Jessica Biel is easy on the eyes too. The re-make is darker and more serious, akin to Minority Report meets Total Recall. It seems to combine elements from both the Arnold film and Philip Dick's "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale".
In a nod to the Verhoeven film, Harry and Quaid talk about going to Mars, a synthetic thug loses his arm, a similar looking "two weeks" woman walks by customs, Quaid uses holograms, Federal police engage in a zero-G gunbattle with Quaid, and the iconic three breasted woman makes an appearance. Missing of course are the memorable Johnny Cab, Benny, the poor sap who gets perforated on the escalator, and Kuato.
The action scenes are well staged even if TDI Vector sporting Federal police are mowed down like stormtroopers. The technology is fascinating, especially "The Fall" and hand insertable phones. The Colony's populace has a distinct Asian overtone and is more Blade Runner-esque. The UFB is probably situated in England to make Beckinsale's native accent more convenient.
I only wish they had made a hard R-version rather than pander to the PG-13 desires of studio executives.
The movie is cool, not just a remake of the original but completely different. Lots of action and moves at a good pace. The picture quality and effects are awesome too but the audio track is messed up. The audio mix and surround sound is good but it kept cutting out to a point that was unwatchable. I thought there was something wrong with my receiver but I tried other blu rays and they were fine. I did a quick search online and found many threads of other people having the same problem. Sony Pictures has a press release stating that it is a known issue caused by copyright protection. Sony's suggested fix is to switch the blu ray audio setting from bitstream to PCM. I tired it and it fixed the problem. I would give this disc a 5-star if there was no issue with the audio track.
This remake of the classic Total Recall feels like the original, though not quite the same as original it holds its own with lots of action.
There was a small issue with my blu-ray copy, near the end of the movie at the elevator scene the movie will stop and restart the movie from the beginning. So i exchanged it at my local Best Buy, they were very happy to help. The exchanged blu-ray does the same, stopping at the one scene in the movie. To watch the rest of the film i simply watch till just before it stops and then skip to the next chapter and rewind back to where the movie would be. All in all worth the effort. A great movie.