WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Griest

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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The immense supplemental section is rewardingly informative in its coverage of the complete production history filled with the filmmakers profiles, publicity stills, props, storyboards, fantasy sequences, scripts, advertising and theatrical trailer. Two documentaries are featured, one on the making of the movie with cast and crew interviews, the other on the conflict that developed between Gilliam and Universal Pictures after the footage was shot. CLV sides 9 and 10 feature Universal’s 96 minute TV cut of the film in full screen known as Love Conquers All, which utilizes alternate cuts and footage that never appeared in the legitimate version of Brazil. Gillian’s commentary accompanies the feature.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1348L-496
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $124.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1985
(LD Release Date): 10/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Terry Gilliam
(Screenplay/Written By): Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard & Charles McKeown
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Garwood
(Visual Effects): Peerless Camera Co., Ltd.
(Costume Designer): James Acheson
(Editor): Julian Doyle
(Supervising Sound Editors): Rodney Glenn
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Patrick Cassavetti
(Producers): Arnon Milchan

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Brazil is an off-beat, fantastical black comedy that links the director’s “Dreams” trilogy—Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, Jonathan Pryce stars as Sam Lowry, a man smothered by bureaucracy and led to insanity by bringing his recurring symbolic dreams into the real world.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture exhibits pleasing image quality throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound could have been spectacular by better engaging the surround soundfield suggested by the unusual visuals.
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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