Total Recall [DVD] [1990]

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  • Release Date: 05/31/2005
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (84 out of 87)

Synopsis


Total Recall
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger - Doug Quaid
  • Rachel Ticotin
    Rachel Ticotin - Melina
  • Sharon Stone
    Sharon Stone - Lori Quaid
  • Ronny Cox
    Ronny Cox - Vilas Cohaagen
  • Michael Ironside
    Michael Ironside - Richter



Overall customer rating

4.4
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A movie that should never have been remade.

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    VOSuperhero
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    Let's face it. Total Recall should have never been remade. All together now. "Total Recall should have never been remade." There. Now that's out of our system. Paul Verhoeven made a movie that was much closer to the original Philip K. Dick story, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," except Verhoeven brought the Mars revolution to the forefront. This, the original version (and only version if it were left up to me), has been cleaned up and looks pretty good, although not great, when compared to other movies from the early 90s that look much better. The sound is more lively than previous versions of the movie, and the dialogue is perfectly mixed. Some cool new extras are added in this "Mind-Bending Edition." Previously omitted featurettes are included, along with a couple new extras, including a conversation with director Paul Verhoeven, an awesome visual effect featurette, and an obligatory comparison featurette that is only 5 mins long. Bottom line, it's the original. It's Arnie. Sharon Stone. The deliciously evil Ronny Cox (who was the OCP baddie Dick Jones in Verhoeven's classic, RoboCop), and the always entertaining Michael Ironside (see also Top Gun, Starshop Troopers, and video game fans will recognize his voice from the Splinter Cell video games). Total Recall is considered by most to be a 'thinking man's sci-fi" title, as is Gattica, Dark City, Minority Report, Solaris (the original, non-Clooney version), and the pièce de résistance, Blade Runner. I love it because under the action, there's a soul. Just like in the others of it's kind, no matter the science in the fiction, it is usually the humanity that's the most fascinating part of these stories.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    At least the remake brought some good....

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    JakeInLivnColor
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    The 2012 remake was unneeded, like it never needed to happen. Yes, it was a little closer to the original Phillip K. Dick short story and did have better effects and a higher budget, but it was a hollow shell compared to Paul Verhoeven's classic. This movie has Arnold Schwarzenegger saying awesome one liners and delivering a good performance, some good performances from the rest of the cast, great sets and special effects and makeup effects. Yes, some of the CGI effects have aged a bit since 25 years between the dawn of CG and now, but still hold up remarkably well. The PQ has had a major remastering done and is spades better than the original early Blu Ray, with little to no signs of DNR, detailed picture and a nice filmic layer of grain! The AQ is also terrific with explosions, gunfire, ambiance, dialogue and the awesome Jerry Goldsmith score coming through beautifully through my speakers! The extras are also fairly extensive, with the 2001 special edition DVD extras being carried over for the most part, with the hilarious commentary by Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger, the making of half hour documentary, an EPK featurette and trailers, along with some newer extras such as a 35-minute interview with Verhoeven, a lengthy piece on the creation of the Oscar-winning special effects, an HD photo gallery and a 5 minute piece on the restoration of this film. All in all, a totally recommended Blu Ray and movie!!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a sci-fi thrill ride par excellance

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Like Blade Runner before it and Minority Report after it, Total Recall is a sublime adaptation of Philip K. Dick's work. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays perhaps the most sympathetic character of his career. His Douglas Quaid is a quiet man (who just happens to be muscular) whose lifestyle is turned upside down when he realizes that everything he knows about his life and himself is a lie. This leads him to Mars to try to overthrow its bloodthirsty dictator who has a connection to who he truly is. Sharon Stone (just before Basic Instinct) is also first-rate as Quaid's wife, who has a secret or two of her own. This is more action-packed than Blade Runner or Minority Report, but it's just as memorable.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Blu Ray of an aging movie

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    pterneus
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    I purchased this movie on Laser Disk many years ago and when I saw that it was available on Blu Ray at an excellent price I decided to go ahead and add it to my collection since the Laser Disk player has long been retired. You've probably seen this movie so I'll restrict my comments to the Blu Ray transfer. In short the video and audio quality of the transfer is awesome and breaths new life into an old movie. If you had this on VHS or Laser go ahead and spring for the blu ray. You've gotta have this classic in your collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing picture quality

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    MRRUIZ
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    This bluray format looks amazing specially knowing that the original film was put on VHS when it first came out in 1990. I was only 7 years old when This film came out and i remember it well. The picture quality is amazing and it looks very sharp vs its old vhs format. I would highly recommend it. Whoever edited this movie for Bluray format did a fantastic job doing it. I watched this bluray movie of Total Recall on a samsung UBD K8500 4k bluray player and a Samsung UN65JS8500 to pair with it. Its an amazing experience.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    New packaging for a Schwarzenegger action classic

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    Dmonik
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    There's a new case for the original version of the action hit Total Recall, and it's a custom Steelbook case that'll look fairly good in anyone's collection. Other than that, it's the same movie that was in the previously released Mind-Bending Edition, complete with a known issue in the transfer that causes frequently (and noticeable) dropped frames, giving the film a slight jumpiness from time to time. It may not be perfect, but it's the best version so far available of the movie on Blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Benny is the name!

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    backintime
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    THe movie is really mind-bending. And we should also thank Goldsmith for its superb soundtracks. The main theme is so powerful and adventurous. Some other tracks that are meant to assist in what's on the screen to bend your mind are rhythmic and deep. Arnonld's acting is believable and many supporting roles contribute tremendously to the overall appeal of the film. Well, basically, Paul Verhoeven has made his movie almost like an implanted memory about a fantasized adventure for the audience. Good pun!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Steelbox recall goodness!

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    rfurman09
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    The 1990 original version of Total Recall still trumps the more recent remake with Colin Farrell. The special effects are animatronics and still hold up and make you appreciate the tech better than C G I does. There are action scenes aplenty and very good model work throughout. The steelbox ensures that your blu-ray will probably outlast you! Extras include a making of featurette, models and skeletons, trailer and photo gallery. To enjoy your Arnold-fest on the go there is an Ultraviolet copy as well!

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