|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm, Jim Broadbent, Barbara Hicks, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Bob Hoskins, Ian Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Robert De Niro|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||2 hours 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 May 2003|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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The Best Sort of SF.By Matthew M from London , 16 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Brazil is one of my two favourite films and I've seen it several times over now. Rewatching it it struck me again how little it's aged in 20 years, thanks to Gilliam's timeless visuals and a preposterously brilliant script (by Tom Stoppard among others).
If anything, it's more relevant today than it was in 1985, what with a society entirely geared towards combatting possibly non-existent terrorists, cosmetic surgery-obsessed rich people, children being given credit cards by Santa, the countryside no longer existing due to the human greed... Everything Brazil poked fun at then is even more of a serious problem now, which I think qualifies it as possibly the best science-fiction film ever. If somehow you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favour and do.
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Interesting WatchBy VickiMihn (43 reviews) from Warrington , 03 Aug 2011This film is very reminiscent of 1984, although in a more humerous manner. The end 20(ish) minutes of the film are by far the best!
The characters are an odd bunch, but interesting to watch, all played by good actors. The sets are creative and the strange doll/baby faced creatures are very imaginative
My only criticism was that it was a little long and I found myself losing concentration halfway through.
Gilliam does it againBy wannabeyahtzee (5 reviews) , 28 Jul 2011Brilliance. Pure brilliance from start to finish. Gilliam constantly amazes me with his ability to take relatively small ideas to amazing levels, particularly in visual design. The vision of a more up to date '1984' is simple enough and could have easily been given a half-hearted attmpt and then forgotten quickly, but it was lucky enough to be picked up by Gilliam. This film is the middle part of his 'Trilogy of Imagination', the other two being Time Bandits and Baron Munchausen, and for me it's by far the best. While it may not have as much recognition as Time Bandits, I enjoy it immensely more. It delivers on far deeper themes and in more relateable ways, showing us a more cartoony parallel of modern life. It's got that wonderfully dark humour and richly detailed visual design that is Gilliam's trademark and the performances are some of the best from the best. Palin, Pryce, Holm, Hoskins and De Niro all provide sensational deliveries, taking their characters to the nth degree. This is by far, one of the best movies availiable.
A twisted pythonBy Pedro1001 (2 reviews) , 05 Jul 2011Monty Python, completely twisted.
When I first saw this film late one night many years ago, I was moved by its dark, compelling and clever distopic vision. Yes it is quirky - but did you notice the name Gilliam on the cover?
Its the day to day humour, politeness and oh well musn't grumble attitude of the very British characters, bumbling along with their dark and murderous jobs and lives that revisists some of the finest elements of monty python. The dream sequences are a little fanciful and unnecessary. But Sam is a character happy and content with mediocrity, until unfortunately for him, the girl of his dreams comes to life and drags him screaming into reality... Blink and you might miss one of the finest cameos I have come across in the form of Robert De Niro's heroic Harry Tuttle - Heating Engineer; 'I didn't get into this job for the paperwork, I got into heating for the adventure, go in - get out, a man alone...'
Blade Runners only Rival for Sci Fi Future 80sBy SamTheHand (1 review) , 07 Jun 2011This movie is special. It has finer landscapes than blade runner and a story that is so exciting and relevant to today, A film well ahead of it's time and much better than most modern sci fi. It's a warning... about governments future influence affecting our everyday life. Despite diverse elements from the clock work orange bleeding into monty python and orwell the film manages to keep an understandable, highly believable vision of a future government that has become overbearing... ring any bells ;-) Anyone who gave this film 2 stars, or less than.. probably works for our current civil service scared we might head Terry Gilliam's masterful roller coaster movie. Would Deniro really be in a 1 star movie in 1985?...No. 2 hours flys by and will leave you wondering 'when will I next see such complete film'. Love this film. You will to.
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A Brazilian would have been preferableBy DirtyMartini (8 reviews) from North West , 01 May 2011What an odd, sinister film! I have to admit I had to persuade myself to watch this to the end as was about to give up half way through. I don't really do surreal movies and so this wasn't my bag at all particularly the dream sequences were Jonathan Pryce is flying through the sky trying to rescue some yet unknown girl. For anyone wondering why I therefore chose this film I am working my way through Empire's 5 star reviews. I liked the concept of the film - self-obsessed individuals isolated from one another in a completely bureaucratic society with little regard for its citizens - however was not fussed on the execution.