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.~Stephen Thomas Erlewine
I have the VHS, DVD, and now this really awesome 4K steelbook of one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time!
Total Recall is one of those movies that you can admire in its presentation of story, character performance and sci-fi visual effects for its time.
Director Paul Verhoeven [RoboCop] [Basic Instinct] directs an action packed thriller where you, as the viewer, question whether Doug Quaid is actually living the life of a secret agent or dreaming it.
An awesome movie with a memorable cast of characters!
A must buy!
Nice plastic clear slip keeps your movie title and disc information off the steelbook when slip is removed, I really like that more and more steelbooks are doing this. The paint is a nice metallic color but not entirely glossy. Changes brightness depending on the light angle.
Total Recall is Arnold at his best. He has a great script, lots of violent action, plenty of cheeky humor and now a gorgeous 4K transfer.
Audio is amazing with the new Atmos track. Picture has lots of grain but is the best I’ve ever seen.
So very worth it.
The picture quality is hit or miss with this transfer. It wont be everyones cup of tea. I'll say I didnt love the transfer, but there were some scenes that did look really good. The print was definitely cleaned up of scratches and tears. Fine layer of grain throughout. The audio is solid. Love the steelbook artwork. Very happy with this purchase.
One of Arnold's best roles and pictures. Presumably inspired by the sci-fi writer, Philip K Dick's stories. I wouldn't want to spoil the plot of Total Recall by offering any particular details. It's best to experience the movie totally unprepared. I've probably seen the movie 20 times, and wished to see it in 4k because it's always been a staple of my core film collection.
Presentation of the film on 4K with bonus material, a special edition slip cover appears excellent. I don't really get excited about limited edition, lenticular or embossed slip covers. But if they come with one, I guess I tend to keep them. A digital version of the film in 4k also came with the package, and I am beginning to see the benefit in that (occasional convenience when on the road), although the uncompressed 4k disc played through a 4k disc player is by far the better viewing and audio (in most cases).
The sale price for this 4k disc I feel was very good, at <10, especially for a rather new release.
This is a classic Arnold film that is also a cautionary tale of what may happen one day when we establish a colony on Mars - in terms of the revolution happening between the people there and the governments on Earth wanting control (like the colonists in America and their "little" revolution in a way) and less so the mutations and aliens (although the latter is not out of the realm of possibilities haha) even though those are pretty entertaining. Anyways, this is an oldie, but a goodie. The film shows its age, but the concept, story, action, characters, and fun one-liners make it a fun ride still to this day. The 4K transfer is the best this film has ever looked and the audio is nice as well. The steelbook is very nice both in terms of the artwork, finish, and the clear slipcover over it. I wish Best Buy released ALL their steelbooks with plastic slipcovers like this as they prevent scratches and dents on the steelbooks. Overall, this is a great purchase.