“Brazil’s Score” is narrated by composer Michael Kamen who talks about his original music for the movie mixed in with various musical phrases from the song “Brazil” which he didn’t write but which is woven throughout the movie. This lasts 9 ¾ minutes. “The Battle of Brazil” is the 55 ¼-minute documentary produced by Criterion in 1996 for the laserdisc release detailing the “war” between Universal head man Sid Steinberg and director Terry Gilliam when the studio refused to release the movie in the United States after Fox had successfully launched it in Europe. “Brazil: the 'Love Conquers All' cut” is the 93 ¾-minute cut version of the movie which eliminates most of the satire of Gilliam’s film and turns the movie into as close to a standard love story as it could have been made. This also features optional commentary by David Morgan who details what’s been cut and how the cuts and added scenes or lines change the tone and theme of the movie. It’s presented in 1080i and a 4:3 aspect ratio. The theatrical trailer runs 2 ½ minutes. The enclosed 18-page booklet contains the chapter listing, the cast and crew lists, and critic David Sterritt's critique of the movie.
4.5/5 (not an average)
One of the great cult movies of the last quarter of the 20th century, Brazil is also one of the most salient satires of its time, a movie that plays even more effectively now than it did on first release, and a film that fairly glows in this new Blu-ray release from Criterion. Highly recommended!