Total Recall [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2012]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (514 out of 559)

Special Features


  • Total Recall with Insight - watch the movie with behind-the-scenes insight with director Len Wiseman
  • Featurettes - science fiction vs. science fact
  • Designing the fall
  • Gag reel

Synopsis


Total Recall
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Colin Farrell
    Colin Farrell - Douglas Quaid/Hauser
  • Kate Beckinsale
    Kate Beckinsale - Lori Quaid
  • Jessica Biel
    Jessica Biel - Melina
  • Bryan Cranston
    Bryan Cranston - Cohaagen
  • Bokeem Woodbine
    Bokeem Woodbine - Harry



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 559 reviews

92%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The contrast of directors cut and the theatrical

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    kenn
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good action with a great twist from the original

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    Boxsox
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    The movie was far better than I expected. In my opinion, most remakes try to either follow the exact same formula of the original and do not offer enough new elements to re-capture the audience or they stray so far off of what made the original great that they loose their audience. This movie had enough of the original elements that made the first movie so good but introduced new dynamics and a shift from the underlying motivators of the first film. My one gauge on those within the SAG (screen actors guild) is if at the end of the movie who am I thinking about. If I am thinking of them as the actor (i.e. Colin Farrell) then they have failed. If I am thinking of them as the character (Douglas Quaid) then they have succeeded. As actors and actresses progress in their careers, it becomes increasingly more difficult to not think of them as the the actor so the bar is raised over time. There was not one person in this film whom I thought of as the actor by the end of the movie and that is very rare for me. The tie backs to the original (like the cameo at the scanner) and the other references (such as the tear instead of the sweat that proved the realistic nature of the scene) were extremely well done. The only thing that I believed could have been done better was that the tie-in that Quaid had actually decided to join the resistance before the memory wipe was very subtle and would be missed by many. Overall, one of the best remakes I have seen in a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Could be a great Blu-ray but....

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    I gave this review 1 star only for the fact that the Dolby True-HD soundtrack is totally whacked! The movie itself is fine (for what I've been able to see it could be a reference disc for video & audio if it didn't have this issue) but this blu-ray is unwatchable due to the bad audio coding. I've been through 2 copies and both are messed up and unplayable on any of my 3 blu-ray players (all with current firmware updates, etc.). There's at least 4 times where the audio drops out and then the video freezes. So far Sony has not said what they plan to do (if anything) to fix the issue and offer customers a swap out for the flawed disc's. The only fix I've read about for Oppo owners (I have a BDP-83) is to switch the HDMI setting from Bitstream to PCM but we shouldn't have to do that in order to watch this film! Sony needs to fix the issue, repress the disc's and offer a swap to those of us that bought it. I'm about to take copy #2 back to Best Buy and see if they will now refund my money now that it's well known that all these disc's are bad!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Remake

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    Jabaraboosh
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    Packaging - Best Buy, please tell your employees that when they process a store pick up, to check for damages on the disc. I ordered online for a store pick up and as soon as I opened it, the bluray case was cracked. There were fingerprints on the disc which leads me to believe the disc was not new but used although advertised as new but on sale. I don't care for the case as long as the movie itself works and the digital copy unclaimed. Just my two cents. Movie - The movie itself was excellent. Plenty of action scenes that move the plot along. I love sci-fi movies and this one did not disappoint. I never watched the first edition of this movie way back then, but this one kept me entertained all the way through the end.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great video but audio sucks

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    Jeremy
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It should have been a better re-make

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    lucky55
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    Like many people i am a fan of the original and i own it on blu-ray. I agree that by todays standards it's a campy film but i saw it the day it was released in the theater and no one was saying it was campy back then. I have to say this re-make is a let down i must blame the script or the director the story deviates too much from the original which left me feeling robbed the cast was good and the film looked good but halfway through i just started to loose interest and i found the ending to be highly underwhelming it almost felt like a complete waste of time with a different scipt and a better director this could have been a great re-make but instead it just fall's flat on it's face like many other movies where you just don't care about the charactors or what happens to them..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Misguided Remake

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    giar01
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    If you are going to remake an action/adventure movie, especially one that is only 22 years old which I would consider contemporary, you need to do it on a much grander scale. The common plot devices that were clearly a homage to the earlier film only served to remind the viewer of how much bigger and better Paul Verhoeven's version was. I appreciated the occasional misdirection that this version of the story delivers for fans of the original film - I know what happened the last time - will they or won't they? Maybe the prospects for this remake were low from the start. I like the new cast - more Jason Bourne and less Buck Rogers than Arnold's version and the CGI sells the reality of both realities (sorry), but I see it more as an opportunity lost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    What just happened?

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    BigBrandt
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    I hadn't seen any trailers for this movie, but I did love the original. I was surprised to find that there was very little from the original in this remake. That being said, this is a good (not great) movie. You should be aware though, that this is not a scene for scene remake of the original. I guess the basic plot is still there, but it is a new movie based on the original concept. Bought it on sale, and happy to have it in my collection. The only detraction is that this movie had voice sync issues on my Yamaha Blu Ray player, and eventually just froze completely at one point in the movie. I was able to play the DVD without issue, and I have also updated the firmware on the player since then, but haven't tried to re-watch this movie yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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