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USHE Announcement: Brazil (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 42 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 30 2011 - 11:13 PM

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Promotion: Brazil Blu-ray Release
Headline Date: TBA
Release Date: 7/12/2011
 
BRAZIL
 
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: Universal
Theatrical Release: 12/13/1985
Synopsis: Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), Robert De Niro (The Godfather) and Michael Palin (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) star in this landmark cult classic that dazzles and thrills with its Academy Award® nominated, groundbreaking art direction and sharply satirical original screenplay. In a future world, a government clerk finds his life destroyed when he tries to correct an administrative error that caused a massive chain reaction of mistaken identity. Despite his efforts, he finds himself an enemy of the state. Hailed as a modern masterpiece, visionary director Terry Gilliam’s (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) pitch-black comedy takes a highly imaginative and chilling look at a “perfect” future where technology reigns supreme and bureaucracy overrules love for the sake of efficiency.
 
Blu-ray Widescreen (62115281) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  Blu-ray  UPC:  0-2519-20729-7-0
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  7/12/2011  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  2 Hours 12 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French European DTS 2.0 Surround
 
 Subtitles:  Spanish
French
English SDH
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • BD-Live
• Pocket BLU App
• My Scenes
 
DVD Widescreen (62020168) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-20168-2-0
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  1/9/2007  PreOrder Date:  12/5/2006
 Run Time (HH:MM):  2 Hours 11 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-5 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
Spanish
French
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • Production Notes
• Cast and Filmmakers
• Theatrical Trailer
 


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#2 of 42 OFFLINE   WinstonCely

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Posted March 31 2011 - 02:19 AM

I was kinda hoping that Criterion would be re-releasing their package for this title on Blu.  Oh well.



#3 of 42 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted March 31 2011 - 02:25 AM

From another forum:


Per a personal email to a criterionforum.org member:

"We do hope to re-release [Brazil] on Blu-ray in 2011 or 2012 but don't have an exact date set, so please stay tuned!"



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#4 of 42 OFFLINE   cafink

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Posted March 31 2011 - 02:25 AM

In the other thread on the subject, someone claimed that Criterion did say they would be releasing Brazil on Blu-ray.  If so, I presume it will be the director's cut, whereas this version appears to be the theatrical version, based on the running time listed (which seems kind of odd, since Universal's DVD release was the director's cut, not the theatrical version).  So, if Criterion does indeed have the director's cut up their sleeves for a future release, I'm glad that the theatrical version is being made available, too.


 

 


#5 of 42 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted March 31 2011 - 03:03 AM

I'm also kind of happy that this seems to be the US theatrical cut. That version was also approved by Gilliam, so there's definitely value in having it available.


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#6 of 42 OFFLINE   cineMANIAC

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Posted March 31 2011 - 03:30 AM

After the Spartacus fiasco who's going to trust NBC, I mean Universal, to do this properly? I'll wait for the Criterion edition.


 

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#7 of 42 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted March 31 2011 - 03:48 AM

I can wait.


Since no one else has mentioned it yet, I'll flaunt my ignorance and ask:  Is that cover art brand new, or just new to me?



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Posted March 31 2011 - 04:09 AM



Originally Posted by Chas in CT 

I can wait.


Since no one else has mentioned it yet, I'll flaunt my ignorance and ask:  Is that cover art brand new, or just new to me?


Its the original poster art. Except with a ghastly new logo that I hope is temporary.




#9 of 42 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 31 2011 - 04:44 AM

That is the cover art provided by Universal as of this morning.


 

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#10 of 42 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted March 31 2011 - 04:55 AM

I agree that the artwork should be the original logo.


Does anyone else wish companies would ditch the BDLive crap and just put the extras on disc? Every title I have with this feature has already expired making it useless.


Will see how pricing is before deciding whether this is worth a purchase. A Criterion release would be better, but I'm hesitant about buying yet another one of their pricey releases after buying this on both LD and DVD already.



#11 of 42 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted March 31 2011 - 06:35 AM

So it looks like we are getting the 132 minute cut (which at least is better than the Love Conquers All cut) but not the 142 minute director's cut?


If this is cheap (I've seen a trend of catalog titles coming out at sub $15) I may buy it as a holdover until the hoped-for Criterion version is released.


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Posted March 31 2011 - 06:55 AM



Originally Posted by cafink 

In the other thread on the subject, someone claimed that Criterion did say they would be releasing Brazil on Blu-ray.  If so, I presume it will be the director's cut, whereas this version appears to be the theatrical version, based on the running time listed (which seems kind of odd, since Universal's DVD release was the director's cut, not the theatrical version).  So, if Criterion does indeed have the director's cut up their sleeves for a future release, I'm glad that the theatrical version is being made available, too.


What I was going to say.  I regretting selling my VHS of that... one of the very first VHS tapes I bought back in the 80s (the other was The Shining).  I'm always put off a little by the closing credits on the DVD version.  I got used to what was on that tape and what I'd seen on cable.

Anyway, bought.  And...a criterion version will be b ought as well.

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Posted March 31 2011 - 07:04 AM

Universal is without a doubt the WORST in blu-ray.  I love the film "Spartacus", but cannot bring myself to watch my copy of the rotten stinking mess of DNR lunacy they called a blu-ray release.  My only hope is that Criterion will eventually do it RIGHT.  Won't hold my breath about (or probably buy) this "Brazil", which probably features the same DNR crapola along with annoying clicking menu prompts and every other simply bad idea a studio can throw at a classic film.  I wish Warners, Paramount, or even poor broke MGM (whose new blu-rays are really pretty good) would just buy the Universal library and do us all a big favor.



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Posted March 31 2011 - 07:06 AM



Originally Posted by Ed Lachmann 

Universal is without a doubt the WORST in blu-ray.  I love the film "Spartacus", but cannot bring myself to watch my copy of the rotten stinking mess of DNR lunacy they called a blu-ray release.  My only hope is that Criterion will eventually do it RIGHT.  Won't hold my breath about (or probably buy) this "Brazil", which probably features the same DNR crapola along with annoying clicking menu prompts and every other simply bad idea a studio can throw at a classic film.  I wish Warners, Paramount, or even poor broke MGM (whose new blu-rays are really pretty good) would just buy the Universal library and do us all a big favor.



Everyone points at Spartacus and slams Universal, yet no one ever mentions how great Psycho looks on Blu. Universal has room for overall improvement, but it's not as though they never succeed.


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Posted March 31 2011 - 07:36 AM

Maybe I am still too hopping mad about my beloved "Spartacus", but this was the blu-ray I was waiting for, and all I got was a big rotten mess.  If Universal ever wants to get me back, I wish they'd put out another "Spartacus" or, better yet. lease it to Criterion, who has respect for a classic film.  Poor "Spartacus" was treated more like a Justin Beiber concert film in its concept and execution.  And, as for "Brazil", I do so hope they lay off the grain reduction software.



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Posted March 31 2011 - 09:46 AM

I don't think anyone here is unaware of or would deny Universal's stellar work on PSYCHO and other titles. The topic of the thread was intended to draw attention to the fact that Criterion has come out with (so far two) wonderful editions of Universal titles that Universal itself has mucked up. I am simply hoping that Criterion will indeed release their own editions of BRAZIL and SPARTACUS once the Universal editions have seen their peak sales decline.



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Posted March 31 2011 - 01:06 PM

Truthfully, I slightly prefer the 132-min. cut to the director's cut--probably because it's what I was exposed to first. I even like the bit with the cloud background that the studio asked Gilliam to add. Though of course if and when Criterion ports its release, I'm all over it.


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Posted March 31 2011 - 04:04 PM

I would only add the longest cut to my set. The first dvd had the time listed as the theatrical length but it was really the longer cut. Maybe this one has the same mistake.
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Posted April 02 2011 - 08:44 PM



Originally Posted by Jefferson Morris 

Truthfully, I slightly prefer the 132-min. cut to the director's cut--probably because it's what I was exposed to first. I even like the bit with the cloud background that the studio asked Gilliam to add. Though of course if and when Criterion ports its release, I'm all over it.



The opening with the clouds is also in Gilliam's 142 minutes director's cut.


I might have bought this Blu-ray if the quality was good, but now that Criterion will release it, I'll wait for that one. I really hope Criterion gets the chance to do a Spartacus Blu-ray as well.


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Posted April 03 2011 - 12:57 AM

The old VHS I had has the closing that goes into clouds.  I liked that better than the pulling away from the final moments the DVD does.

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